About three months ago I started having tingling and itching in my feet that would come and go about once a week. Since then I have had occasional numbess/tingling in my arms - typically when in the heat or after a hard work out. This was followed by numbness and burning in my toes while on a beach vacation. I went to the doctor and he mentioned MS and ordered an EMG, which is a couple weeks away. Since this appointment, I have had more "symptoms" such as tingling in my right arm and leg and last night my right toes clenched up in a spasm that was extremely painful, which was followed with an "electric shock" type feeling through my leg. It lasted several minutes and afterwards (still now) my last three toes will not curl up and stay straight when I try to bend them. The unknown is killing me and I would rather get the diagnosis and move forward. What should I do? I have called my family doctor with no reply. My concern is my symptoms are increasing in frequency and severity.
The important thing is that you are seeing a doc and working through the testing process. It always takes waaay longer than we think it should going into it. I remember my diagnosis process. I kept showing up for appointments expecting an answer, but the doc just kept sending me out for more tests. I waiting over 4 months for an answer, and many, many people wait even longer.
I know it's hard to stay calm and not worry, but try to remember that even if you do have MS, it's a disease that moves really slowly so a few months won't really make a difference. If your symptoms are rapidly progressing now, that doesn't mean they won't slow down or even start to heal in the next few months.
It's tough to be patient, but remember that we are here for you to answer questions and provide support. Read the "Health Pages" in the right column of our website, and learn as much as you can about MS and any other disorder/disease that might be causing your symptoms. That will help to reduce the anxiety you're feeling and prepare you to be an active participant in the diagnostic process.
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