Hi, first time here.
I have recently had a number of symptoms that point towards a diagnosis of MS. Two of my aunties had MS, so it has been on my radar as a possibility. Currently moving through a series of tests to rule out other options but it is slow going. Wondering what other people experienced as their first symptoms and how they progressed towards getting a diagnosis?
I am 55 years old and my main symptom is PAIN. Constant shifting pain in muscles and joints, especially in my arms and legs. This has been going on for a few years now but recently has become especially severe in my hands and feet. Lately I have developed numbness and tingling in my fingers and toes which has progressed quickly to my hands, wrists and elbows. The burning numbness is there constantly now. I have been getting frequent urine infections and was also diagnosed with atrial fibrillation a year ago.
I have had all the relevant scans and tests for rheumatoid/ osteoarthritis/ autoimmune disorders. All negative
Recent blood tests showed normal glucose and thyroid levels but elevated ALT, creatinine and globulins.
I have a GP who fortunately takes me seriously when I describe my symptoms but I live in a remote area and would have to wait 12 months to see a neurologist.
Can anyone give me any advice regarding symptoms and diagnosis?
When I had my spinal tap done, there were elevated albumin and protein levels in the cerebral spinal fluid. The Neuro was NOT happy and wanted to send me to the MAYO for blood work but I couldn't make the long trip since my husband had open heart surgery in Jan. so we found a local lab to do it. Does anyone know what these elevated levels could mean? She didn't let me know what she thought...
Branched chain Amino acids are essential for proper protein absorption and muscle recovery/maintenance. You can buy them in protein shakes or flavored amino powders. GNC has a latte flavored one I use. It really helps me not be so sore after weightlifting and gives me a little brain energy.