Muscle spasms can be relieved by several techniques, ranging from daily stretching to medications. Personally, I stretch, use a heating pad, self-massage, and take baclofen every day. You don't have to have an MS diagnosis (or any other diagnosis) to have spasms treated, so it's a good idea to consult your doctor about treatment options.
Please be aware that no one here can tell you what you have. If the doctors are finding it difficult to diagnose you, then what you have is hard to diagnose and it will take some time to sort out.
If you suspect MS, seek out a second opinion by an MS specialist. Proper MS testing includes both brain and spine MRIs, evoked potentials, and a lumbar puncture.
Fibromyalgia is a common misdiagnosis, but it could also be legitimate. Fibro and MS share a lot of symptoms in common.
In the meantime, your doctor can have you try some symptom meds that might make you feel more comfortable.
Multiple Sclerosis is not an hereditary disease even though it runs in some families. What's more, your risk of developing MS rises to only 3 or 4% if an immediate family member has it, like a parent or sibling. If your cousins or aunts have it, your risk is the the same as the general population.
I hope you find some comfort and some answers very soon.
It is the result of a study done with a small cohort of patients. According to the article, the blood test costs $744 but doesn't indicate whether insurance companies would cover it. So far, there have not been any subsequent studies done that would repeat (or refute) the results of this lone trial.
It's time to get a second opinion. Though it is possible to have MS and have negative brain/spine MRIs early in the disease, your symptoms could be caused by a number of other medical conditions.
Blepharospasm syndrome, from what I've read, only affects the face/eyelids. It doesn't account for your other problems. And yes, they could all be related.
If you want to pursue more MS testing, you might try to find an MS specialist. Or at least see another neurologist.
At any rate, your doc should be investigating further to determine the cause of your symptoms, and working with you to find symptom meds that work and that you can tolerate.
We MSers take gabapentin and Lyrica for neuropathic pain. I have rib pain sometimes, too, and heat can relieve it. A heating pad relieves my leg and neck pain as well.
When I first presented with MS symptoms, I had to see six specialists before i found one who took me seriously. I was misdiagnosed and blown off as having panic attacks. So, you must be assertive and push your doc for answers and symptom relief. If s/he isn't willing, find another doc.
Hope this helps, and I hope you'll find some answers and relief very soon.
You are right to seek out another doctor, someone should be investigating this further and trying treatments that would make you more comfortable.
You didn't mention how long you've had the vertigo or whether you've tried any meds for it. There are drugs such as meclizine and others that might help.
As far as the cause, lots of medical conditions can cause vertigo and tingling besides MS. Try to keep an open mind and not diagnose yourself. Not to scare you, but my mother developed vertigo and nausea in January, they thought BPPV too, the doc treated her with meclizine, but she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer a month later, it had metastasized to her brain. I'm not saying you have something that serious, simply that it can be caused by any number of things.
To answer your question about MS being possible even with a negative MRI, yes, it's possible. If you want to explore that avenue further with a neurologist, it certainly wouldn't be a waste of time to rule out neuro possibilities.
I hope you'll find relief soon and get the mystery solved.
What you describe is very familiar. I tend to feel heat in the face, too, and need to sleep with a fan blowing at my head. The rest of my body feels varying degrees of cold and hot.
Multiple Sclerosis does interfere with the systems that regulate our body temp. But other things can cause it, too, a thyroid imbalance being one. Perimenopause and menopause can cause these symptoms, too. But if you've had doctors run tests for these things and they found nothing off, then you can probably chalk it up to MS nerve damage.
Not much to be done about it. But it can change over time, if that's any consolation. Hope this helps.
Sounds as though your doc is on top of it and doing all the right things. Gabapentin is used for a wide variety of nerve discomfort, that and Lyrica are the go to drugs for all those strange sensations we feel. I hope you remain stable on your new disease-modifying therapy. Please do keep us updated on how that's going for you.