I am a 49 year old female and I was diagnosed with MS in 1991. I have been on Betaseron since 1995. I have not had an attack since I started using the Betaseron. 3 1/2 year ago I slipped on the stairs and landed hard on my tailbone. A pain shot up through my back and gave me a terrible headache. Over the next few days, my leg started going numb. Went to the doctor and he sent me for x-rays and gave me muscle relaxants. Nothing on the x-ray. Sent me to my neurologist. He examined me and said it was MS and had me take three courses of solumedrol. It did not help. Over the years my leg has been getting worse with new symptoms of burning pain in my hip, burning in my foot. Sometimes it is a cold burn in my foot and my left foot actually does feel colder than my right foot. The back pain is intense. I was always told not to assume it is MS. Look for other causes first. Went to an orthopaedic surgeon who did x-rays, MRI and Nerve Conduction Study. Nothing major. One disk is slightly herniated in my lower back but he did not think this was an issue. I did take a test to make sure I have not developed antibodies to the Betaseron and I have not. I had an MRI of my brain and it showed only old lesions indicating that I have not had an MS attack in many years. What else could be the problem?
Glad to have you here with us, and congrats on no new lesions - or antibodies that's wonderful!
What was viewed by MRI after the fall? Your full spine?
I'd say the burning can be your MS, even though you have no new lesions. But you bring up pain in your lower back, so I understand why you are looking into something structural.
Did those muscles relaxers help anything? They wouldn't touch pain associated with the central nervous system. We have a couple great health pages you would enjoy reading on parathesias, and pain. Here's the links:
If it were me, and I was doubtful it was my MS, I'd get a 2nd look by an othopedic, or spine specialist. If it turns up nothing, you'll know. Then you and your neuro can look into taking something to simmer the nerves maybe? I'm on baclofen for spasms, but some have had relief from neurontin.
Hope to see you around. How are you feeling otherwise?
I just find it odd that I very few problems until I fell down the stairs and everything just fell apart. I did try solu-medrol and that did not improve anything. It always improved things previously when I had an attack (before I went on Betaseron). I had not had an MS attack ever since I had been on the Betaseron and then suddenly I'm having this severe an attack just after I fall down the stairs? It really doesn't make sense to me.
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