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Symptoms have been an every day thing, does this rule out MS?

I've been experiencing some very strange symptoms, and the possibility of MS was thrown out. The thing is, there isn't much difference between good days and bad days... the symptoms just always seem to be there. I've known several people with the disease, but it seems like they have times where they're pretty much OK.
Would this rule out MS?  I certainly hope that's the case.

If this information helps (and I realize there's absolutely no way to know for sure until the doctors confirm or deny), here are some of my symptoms:

Balance issues
Right side muscle jerks (fingers/lower arm/legs)
An occasional inability to move my hand (like I can't will it to move, it's kinda scary)
Problems with my vision, having trouble reading because the letters/numbers blur together.
Reading something in my head then saying it, or writing it down completely wrong. (It's awful at work)
My muscles feeling tired when I've done nothing to tire them out
Balance problems (Just this past Sunday I fell when I got up from the table at a restaurant)
Frequent urination
Problems with short term memory.

Like I said, for the past 6 months I've consistently had these issues, they're seemingly getting worse, and a couple just started within the past two months.

I'm really hoping this rules MS out?
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987762 tn?1331027953
Hi and welcome,

MS is too complicated to be ruled out because of a 6 month consistency of your symptoms, IF your symptoms had 'rapidly' multiplied, 'rapidly' spread all over, 'rapidly' worsened etc over that short a time frame, MS would be a very unlikely causation because MS lesion damage doesn't typically do that type of symptom pattern...

It is actually possible to have MS for many years and not know it until a specifically located brain and or spinal cord lesion causes something to be significant enough to get your attention. Brain lesions can develop without causing any symptoms, symptoms will vary, as will their intensity based on the lesion location andunfortunately full recovery is not always possible eg

"The cerebellum controls and corrects all body movements so when there is damage there, it can result in poor balance or coordination. This can even cause difficulty grasping small objects, writing clearly, or keeping a steady hand. When walking across a room, it's not uncommon to lose your balance, as if you were drunk.

Balance & coordination problems can include:
● Loss of balance
● Tremor
● Unstable walking (ataxia)
● Dizziness (vertigo)
● Clumsiness of a limb
● Lack of coordination
● Weakness - primarily affecting the legs and walking"

Lesion damage can cause consistent symptoms after an MS attack but please keep in mind that even though MS can definitely cause permanent symptoms, what your dealing with may honestly 'not' be a neurological condition like MS......try if you can to stay open minded on what it could be at this stage of testing!

Hope that helps......JJ

Thanks much. I'm keeping an open mind, It'll be nice to know what it is, whatever it is, so I can get appropriate treatment. I'm having a hard time not trying to rule the scary stuff out myself! Just gotta learn to breathe and say whatever it is, it'll ultimately be okay.
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