Well, great. I asked a group of Facebook friends about my sensitivity to heat and two of them said that this is a symptom of MS.
I did some Googling and read a few websites about MS. Sensitivity to heat was not a listed symptom of any of them. You know what was?
- Fatigue (which I have)
- Constipation (yep, although I think it’s stress combined with lack of fibre)
- Bladder issues like feeling as though you have to go all the time, or waking in the night having to pee (yep)
- Sexual dysfunction (kind of…specifically, it talks about being unable to reach orgasm. I was never unable per se but for a while there it was more difficult than usual and I went from mostly using my hand to mostly using the Hitachi)
- Vision problems (…kind of? My vision goes blurry sometimes, but I assumed it was eye mucous smearing itself across my eyeball. That’s what it feels like. I’ll have to check next time it happens.)
- Shaking (…kind of? I thought I only got the shakes because of low blood sugar but maybe sometimes it’s not…)
- Clumsiness (maybe?)
- Pins and needles, numbness (nope)
- Random pains (nope)
- Speech problems (nope)
I’m pretty self-aware – not just emotionally but physically. That sitcom trope of rushing to the hospital during a “heart attack” that turns out to be gas? That would not happen to me. I believe I would feel the difference. Likewise, I think I’d know if I had a degenerative brain disease. I think blurred vision due to brain signals being disrupted would look and feel different from blurred vision caused by something else. But I might be wrong about that, and I’m feeling a little freaked out. Especially because you don’t need to have all those symptoms for it to be MS, or even to have the symptoms constantly. They can come and go.
I’m not freaked out enough to make a doctor’s appointment just yet. Partly because I feel like MS is a pretty serious allegation and it’s hard to imagine a doctor taking that seriously. Each symptom on the list can be caused by, like, a million other things, too. I don’t know what I should do.