I’m new to the site, have already responded to a couple of posts, but forgot to do the intro bit! That’s typical of me and my perma-brainfog!
Recently diagnosed with UCTD after being symptomatic for 25 years, MS was the initial thinking by doctors. Episodes of neuropathic symptoms such as electric shock pains in my limbs, fatigue, low cognitive skills, low mood, memory loss, lack of balance etc were spaced several years apart. The more severe ones were reported to GP who put them down to “overdoing it”, “stress”, “menopause” etc. I just got on with it.
A blow to the back of the head last summer precipitated a very acute neuropathic episode, which did not abate for 5 months. Sporadic episodes continue flare to present day. Concussion aside, a diverse range of symptoms saw me referred to ENT, Neurosurgery, Neurology and Neuropsychology. It was the Neurologist who suggested an ANA blood test due to my history. Bingo! Positive ANA saw me referred to Rheumatology and a diagnosis. Treatment plan in place and I’m starting to feel better! Lifestyle and diet management have made a big difference and I can manage myself much better knowing now what the problem is! I really don’t feel guilty anymore when I sleep in the day!