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Are the buzzing, vibrating sensations on my left side MS symptoms?

Hello,

My name is Liam, and I am a first time poster on this site. So a summary of what has been my issue since July of 2019. I woke up one morning in the Middle of July and noticed that my left arm, from under my bicep to my ring and middle finger had a buzzing, vibrating sensation in it. Thinking I slept on it wrong, I left it go for a good time. The sensation was as described but also there was a feeling that a blood pressure cuff was attached to my whole left arm and it was constantly being inflated and deflated. The arm feels weak and fatigues quickly when doing any activity involving those muscles. Around October if this year that same feeling spread to my upper left side rib cage. It felt like a spasm along with tingling. About 3 weeks ago, the feeling spread to my left quadricep down to the bottom of my feet. I made an appt with my neurologist and I was told it was possible a pinched nerve in my neck. A brain, and spine MRI and well as a EMG was conducted. The EMG was normal, but the brain MRI showed punctuate subcortical white matter hyper intensity in the medial right frontal lobe as well as the anterior inferior right frontal lobe. I was told this is of my consequence all though it is very concerning to me. My spine has some bone spurs and well as some minimum bulging in my C5-C6. My face on the left side has gone numb for days at a time and then returns to normal for a least a year now. The numbness is located in my lower check/jaw area. I had fatigue off and on for two years, to the point large amounts of caffeine were needed to make it through the day. I’m awaiting blood test results to maybe find an answer, but as of now no one can seem to find a reason or cause for my left side issues. I am hoping there are some ppl on this site that can shed some light on my issues, as I feel like I’m distressed about my symptoms and a lack there of a cause.
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987762 tn?1331027953
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Hi Liam,

The problem with a neurological condition like MS, (which is a condition that effects the central nervous system) is that there are many different kinds of medical conditions that can also cause the same and or similar symptoms, so its actually more likely for the majority of MS associated symptoms to be caused by something else other than MS.

"I made an appt with my neurologist and I was told it was possible a pinched nerve in my neck. A brain, and spine MRI and well as a EMG was conducted. The EMG was normal, but the brain MRI showed punctuate subcortical white matter hyper intensity in the medial right frontal lobe as well as the anterior inferior right frontal lobe. "

Ischaemic white matter hyper intensities are the most common MRI findings, they are usually small, less than 3mm. Your brain MRI findings mention punctate, which means 'minute dots' so what has shown up are micro sized, 1mm or less which are not generally associated with the types of symptoms you've mentioned experiencing...

"My spine has some bone spurs and well as some minimum bulging in my C5-C6. "

It's possible these are more of a problem depending on your physical activities and potentially some of your postural behaviours are intermittently exacerbating and pinching the nerve. It might be an idea to pay attention to the types of activities you do a lot and see if there is anything that you could try changing to see if it makes a difference.

You don't mention the neurologist finding any neurological abnormalities, so if you don't have any neurological abnormalities even with experiencing what you have it might be worth getting assessed by a physiotherapist who can help tailor an exercise program that should provide you with some direction.  

Hope that helps.......JJ
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Thank you,

That was very informative
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