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Old 05-16-2011, 09:41 AM #9
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Default Re: Weakness in both arms and legs at the same time

HI

Your first two sentences are the problem--"I have not seen a neurologist yet" --- what are you waiting for? The diagnosis of MS is difficult--and can sometimes take years. ALS is just as difficult to diagnose.

Your GP should notice signs that would point to MS or ALS--if they are there. MS can not be diagnosed without several tests--MRIs of brain and spine, Spinal Tap, most have Evoked Potentials done as well.

There is a great support place for MS--though this place won't allow to us to post it. If you're convinced you may have MS--search them out for answers to questions.

There are a lot of things that can cause generalized weakness. In ALS think of it as an inability to do something. For instance, I found my first symptom was that I could not push the buttons to unlock my car with my left hand--that rather quickly evolved to general weakness in the entire arm and severe muscle atrophy of my hand and moving up my arm as the muscle dies. And, by the way, I do not have a diagnosis of ALS. My ALS neuro THINKS it is--but said there are other things to rule out first, such as various neuropathies and MS--and even B12 levels. One of three neuros I've seen thinks my problem is simply carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you must research, research the doctors in your areas that specialize in the disease most likely. For instance, here in FL, the MS association lists a doctor that specializes in MS and the ALSA listed the doctor I'm finally seeing.

Like anything else--most doctors in specialized fields specialize in a specific area. That means that they see the diseases they've chosen to treat very frequently and know what they are looking at and for.

With a knowledge of medical terms and reading symptoms, one can come up with about twenty things that 'fit' their symptoms.

Six months of symptoms are long enough to have whatever is going on with you show up on tests. Start there. Most insurance companies require a referral from your GP to see a specialist. Make sure to research the one you're referred to.

Good luck!