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going to the doctors to check for MS. I get very nervous going to the doctors as it is.

I've been putting it off for ages but I finally booked an appointment with a doctor. I'm fairly sure I have MS. I have a many of the symptoms and it's driving me up the wall. Trouble is I don't want the doctor to think I'm a hypochondriac and I get really nervous.
Has anyone been diagnosed with MS? What were your symptoms? Is it rude to just ask a doctor for the test, or should I not tell them about my suspicions that I have MS, just tell them all the symptom I've been having and let them figure out what to do?

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I am 42 and was diagnosed with Ms at 28. I was always shaky, extremely tired, lacked balance and constantly felt like I was in a dream. When my vision became very blurred I went to my gp. He referred me to an ophthalmologist who suspected I had optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve - very common in ms) and he arranged an MRI which confirmed I had it. I was a single mum at the time and I was so scared. I have remitting/relapsing ms and after 14yrs I am still extremely independent. I have since been married and had another child. Please go to the Dr right away to ease ur mind and remember that Ms symptoms can mimic other health issues. If it is ms there is a lot of help available and you will get through It. I promise xxx

 OP here. I know I have swollen optic nerves. I found that out about a month ago when I went to the optometrist. He did scans when he saw something wasn't right. But I feel like I'm tired a lot. Some weeks worse then others, (some weeks I'm fine) and like I have a cloud in my head. I know I'm in there but I can't find my way through the cloud. hard to explain. And I've been going to a masseuse for numbness in my arms. I just thought it was muscles at first but now I'm thinking maybe not.
I did end up going to the doctors but he didn't seem to think it was anything. He didn't even look into it. I was so mad! He checked my blood pressure and looked in my ears. That was all! I think I'll get a second opinion or talk to my optometrist about it.

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 Don't take ur doctors word. Get another opinion. I had all these symptoms for at least 6 months. My original gp said it was stress and I did everything I could to reduce from B12 shots to acupuncture and even a colonoscopy (true story) The best thing I did was find another doctor. OK the outcome is pretty shit but at least I had answers and I could start working on my recovery. I'm sorry ur going thru this. I hope u have support x
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 Also what scans did he do? An x-ray or cat scan won't pick up MS
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 I should have elaborated, the optometrist did scans of my eyes. The optic nerves in both eyes were swollen up. I haven't had any head scans of any type. Just the eye scan by a light thing beaming into my pupil
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 What a shame ur optometrist hasn't taken it further. My ophthalmologist told me right from the start he suspected MS and even rang a neurologist in front of me to get an urgent appt. I don't understand why these so called professionals aren't doing their jobs.
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 My optometrist wants to see me early next year for more eye scans, I think to see if they settle down or not. I think I'll ask him for referral to a neurologist I think.
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 Good luck x
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Get your B12 checked. ☺

 I second this. B12 deficiency can mimic Ms. Goodluck.
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 100% please get this checked out!!! My life has changed since finding out I was b12 deficient!
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 Mine also. ☺
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Don't tell them what you think it is. But rather, just tell them all of your symptoms and let them diagnose you. It's natural to feel a bit nervous, especially given what you suspect you have. I get nervous just asking for a new script for my regular meds! Silly I know. But just remember they are there to help you. And if it turns to be nothing but an overreaction on your part, then that is a good outcome, and at least your mind will be at rest. Best of luck! xx

I was found to have swollen optic discs when I went for a routine eye appt. was transferred straight to the eye hospital for further testing and saw a neurologist. Turned out not MS but I have optic disc drusen. Still a scary process and need life long monitoring. Good luck. Maybe ask for a referral to an opthalmologist.

Good luck! Please let us know how you go? And what other things they test you for? I'm in the same boat :(

 Went horrid. I took the advice of some of the posts here and didn't tell him what I thought it was, just my symptoms. He took my blood pressure and looked in my ears (who knows why) and said I was fine. I explained to him I had swollen optic nerves and he didn't even care. Waste of $70. I'll go to a different doctors I think.
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 Get a second opinion, find another doctor, tell them all symptoms and say 'could it be MS?' Don't dismiss your suspicions, trust you gut
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 To be honest I get where people might try not get you to jump to conclusion but I disagreed and felt you should have definitely asked if it's consistent with ms. You are paying so you have every right to be annoying if you need to and it's their job to rule it out. I've had to get so many second opinions over my life from holes in the heart of my youngest (first ultrasound lady said no, second said without a doubt yes)., to allergic reactions to insect bites and it's all been thanks to google that I got it right
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How did you go xx

 I Just posted above in a comment if you were interested.
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why are you scared of doctors they are just people, not all doctors are jerks or have god complexes.

 Maybe they had a bad experience or some people just know when they have a terminal illness... It's one thing to know you're seriously unwell but it is quite another to accept a proper diagnosis from doctors and specialists.
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 That is true, but they sometimes deliver bad news..... Perform painful and uncomfortable procedures. Ask lots of embarrassing questions! Tell me you wouldn't be nervous going to the doctor if they were going to tell you if you do or do not have cancer......
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 OP here. I don't know why, I've always got nervous at doctors. I'm scared they thing I'm making things up in my head. Doesn't help that I live in a small town and know the doctors well outside the practice.
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You are well within your rights to tell GP your symptoms and request a referral to a neurologist if they don't immediately give you one. You'll need to see a neurologist to get the diagnosis of MS. Neurologist will send you for an MRI and possibly nerve conduction and visual tests to comfirm diagnosis. But most neurologists are pretty good at spotting MS quickly and sending you on your way if it's nothing. Best wishes to you, it's scary I know but sometimes it's not knowing that's even scarier x

 Rather than waiting for an appointment for a neurologist, still ask for that referral, but also ask your doctor for an MRI referral - This doesn't need to come from a neurologist. This way, you get your results faster, and if there is a concern, you'll see a neurologist quicker. If there is no concern, your worries will be gone.
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I would tell them all the symptoms so they can do tests for anything else as well. I get nervous about going to the doctor for the same reason, just take a deep breath and remember most doctors would prefer that you go in for absolutely nothing than to go in when it's harder to be able to manage any illness.