I am a 37 year old mother of 3. After my 3 year old was born, things started getting a little crazy. I started getting hive-like rashes every time I went in the sun, fatigue was unbearable, and I had a lot of dry skin/mouth, and was losing a little hair. After a lot of testing, I had a positive ANA and high RA levels and was diagnosed with RA and Sjogren's.
The problem is that over the past couple of years (especially the last few weeks) I have had some crazier things going on. I have started experiencing numbness in my left calf, three toes on my left foot, and my left hand. I sometimes get an excruciating jolt of pain in the lower part of the back of my head that almost paralyzes me for an instant. My headaches are sometimes unbearable and have started having some vision issues (seeing halo's and blurriness). My eye doctor says nothing is wrong, just a precursor to migraines.
Lately I have been getting extremely dizzy, having night sweats, waking up to my hands/arms being asleep. I have some severe pains in my breast bone area which was originally attributed to gall bladder disease (which was removed), but the pains still come and go and actually hurt so bad I often vomit. I have problems with constipation as well as diarrhea. There have even been instances where my bowels have just let go on their own.
Another issue is a burning sensation down my butt and the backs of my upper thighs. And my legs itch like crazy. I often scratch so hard in my sleep I actually wake my husband and my legs are bleeding in the morning. When I get home from work my legs just feel so swollen and they look slightly swollen, but feel worse than they look.
I had a recent MRI with contrast and MRA of the brain to check for aneurysm and stroke (which run heavily in my family), but both came back negative.
My gut feeling is telling me this may be MS, but I'm not sure where to go yet. My family is eat up with auto-immune diseases so this is not going to be a fun journey. There is Lupus, Hashimoto's, Sjogrens, RA, and yes, MS on my mother's side of the family.
Help??? Who should I be talking to? My GP never focuses on what I go in there for and always goes a complete other route.