Thank you for your query at DoctorSpring.com
I understand your concern
I have noted your symptoms. I agree that you need to see a rheumatologist as well as neurologist to confirm the diagnosis and start the appropriate treatment.
1. Collagen vascular disease or vasculitis- In this condition, antibodies are found in the blood, and can affect multiple body systems including nervous system. Positive ANA points to a collagen vascular disease. Further tests may include anti-dsDNA, ANCA, C reactive protein, rheumatoid factor, etc.
2.Vasculitis refers to inflammation of blood vessels and can cause similar symptoms.
These illnesses respond to steroids. However, they should be taken only after confirmation of the diagnosis.
3. Multiple sclerosis- it is a condition that affects brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. MRI of brain and spine would help confirm the diagnosis.
This can also be treated with high dose steroids in the initial period. But it should be started only after confirming the diagnosis.
I hope it helps.
Feel free to discuss further
Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist