Pain with M.S.

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Pain with M.S.

Postby ElizabethRE » Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:26 am

Hello, I am a 50 year old female who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago after symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia sent me for my first MRI and some small lesions were found. I have had neck surgery and a hysterectomy since then. Before that I had my appendix out and a hernia fixed, both over 25 years ago. I have a 25 year old and a 12 year old, both normal pregnancies. My main symptom for years has been pain. My skin hurts to touch, pressure points, burning pain and stiffness in my legs. I was also recently tested for myasthenia gravis because of my eye , but left with a not sure diagnosis.I have many female first cousins with lupus and RA. My family has high blood pressure, my brothers and parents, heart disease. I have never had high blood pressure and my blood work is always great. I am on neurontin, vicodin, ativan, estrace, previcid. I would like to get off these pills. I have been tested for years and no answer about why I have pain and stiffness. I excercise, am a normal weight , volunteer and have a positive attitude. I have been in therapy, mental and physical and am willing to look at any advice to help with pain. The stiffness is getting worse. Thank you for any info.

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Postby Dr. Chan Lowe » Fri Sep 07, 2007 2:17 pm

Hi ElizabethRE,

Have you seen a rheumatologist? Your pain may certainly be from MS but usually MS attacks come and go. They are not generally constant.

Seeing a rheumatologist may help in evaluation for a different cause. A neurologist may also be of help, although I'm guessing that you're already seeing one for your MS.

Your tingling pain may be due to a peripheral neuropathy. I think further evaluation would be in order.

Keep in mind, though, that I am going off of a paragraph of information and don't have your full record. Please do not consider what I advise to be absolute truth. Your doctors will be able to tell you if these things would be appropriate.

Best wishes.

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Postby ElizabethRE » Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:20 pm

Hello Dr. Lowe,

Thank you so much for responding. I will see a rheumatologist again. I saw one years ago, but he referred me back to the neurologist. Since then the pattern of stiffness and pain has been more consistent and getting worse. I feel like I'm freezing up.

Thank you again for your idea and I will let you know what I find out.

Sincerely, Elizabeth

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