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Neurology question - I was diagnosed last week with early MS.

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Neurology question - I was diagnosed last week with early MS.

I have had symptoms for 6 months that come and go including: low back/right leg pain, urinary problems, tightening girdle sensation around waist, red skin on neck and chest, esophagus spasms, throat/jaw/ear pain, sinus infection, tingling in hands/feet, numbness in nose, fasciculations (random muscles jumping - visible)

Positive test results include: Brain MRI several small white spots (?), Spine MRI (mild narrowing), Lumbar puncture (slightly elevated protein and WBC-100% lymphocytes). There were more results at my last visit with my neurologist, not sure what they were, but that's when she diagnosed me with MS.

I'm having some horrible anxiety after researching on the internet that it might actually be ALS. Could this be possible given the above symptoms and test results?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr J Burk replied 6 years ago.



No - your symptoms are much more in keeping with - relapsing remitting type of MS


It is normal to be anxious!


Talk over how you are feeling with your neurologist.


You can get some support on the link below.


Dr Jef






Please get back to me if you wish

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I guess what I want to know is - if the spinal fluid showed slightly high protein and lymphocytes and the brain MRI showed white spots in a certain location, does this completely rule out other nervous system diseases? Are these tests the standard in confirming MS? I appreaciate your help.
Expert:  Dr J Burk replied 6 years ago.



These are the standard tests used to make the diagnosis - taken in conjunction with your symptoms the diagnosis is clear cut.




Dr Jef



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