55 Yr. Old Female. Symptoms Of Ms For Three Years; Come And Go. Mri's Of Cervical And Brain Clean

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55 Yr. Old Female. Symptoms Of Ms For Three Years; Come And Go. Mri's Of Cervical And Brain Clean

Have had sensory symptoms for three years. Tingling in left leg, hot spots, now cold and wet feeling. Blurred vision in left eye for approx one week. Feel good right now except for "tripping" for the last two weeks...feet don't seem to be lifting properly from floor. Fell at work and dislocated my shoulder last week. MRI's of brain and cerviacl spine completed two weeks ago (without contrast) all came back "clean" I am 55. Is it possible to be in the early stages of MS without lesions showing on MRI's? Symptoms appear to last for couple of weeks, and then disappear for three or four months. Have had other "strange" symptoms the last three years that I did not go to Dr. about. Have had many other tests to rule out other possibilties. Currently receiving B12 injections once a month. I am too "old" for RR MS (so I have been told.) Very confused, and would like some answers!!!!

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Hi bumblebee,

Let me first say that 55 is NOT too old to be diagnosed with MS. I am friends with a lady who was diagnosed at just that age and she was told the same thing.

Your symptoms do sound consistent with MS, but symptoms of MS can be mimicked by several other conditions (including low B12). I am curious as to why the MRIs were not conducted with AND without contrast if MS was even a consideration. Lesions can be seen on the scans without contrast, but it is standard MRI protocol to do it both ways.

Also, someone patients have to undergo a lumbar puncture (I did) to find supportive evidence of a demyelinating disease in the central nervous system.

If you haven't seen an MS specialist, I recommend that you do that and be prepared with a history of your symptoms and previous test results.