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Numbness, tingling in hand, loss of power. MS?

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My niece who is 33 is experiencing numbness and tingling in her left hand and down the calf of her leg FOR ABOUT 2 weeks now. She doesn't appear to have any loss of power. She has been experiencing headaches as well. She is terrified that she could have MS.. What else could give her these symptoms. Carmel

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I have noted her symptoms. I agree that these could be caused due to MS, and can understand her anxiety. However, in my Neurology practice, I see these symptoms most often due to causes other than MS. The causes are varied and may include nerve compression at the wrist, pinched nerve in neck and back, vitamin deficiencies, lack of blood flow to nerves, inflammation of blood vessels supplying the nerves, etc. She should be evaluated by the neurologist, followed by investigations, to determine the exact cause of her symptoms. Most of these can be well treated with appropriate medical treatment.
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Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist

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Thank you. My niece has had an mri brain scan and it has come back clear. Does this rule out MS.

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Yes, normal MRI Brain rules out MS in most cases. In some people, MS lesions may be seen only in spinal cord, though.
Best wishes,
Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist,

Patient replied :

Hi Dr
In relation to my query about MS My niece has a bit of blurred vision now on and off. What are your thoughts on this. Is this pointing to MS. Very worried
thank you

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Blurred or dim vision in one or both eyes can occur in MS. An examination by neuro-ophthalmologist followed by visual evoked potential (VEP) test can confirm whether the blurred vision is due to optic nerve involvement (as occurs in MS), or due to any other eye problem (which would exclude MS).
Best wishes,
Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist

Dr. Sudhir Kumar
Category: Pediatric Neurologist
Senior Residency, Fellowship: DM, Neurology, CMC, Vellore, 2001
Junior Residency: MD, Internal Medicine, CMC, Vellore, 1998
Medical School: MBBS, Christian Medical College, Vellore, 1995
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