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Severe pain due to disc protrusion. Have drop foot, numbness and tingling in the elbow and fingers, slurred speech. Chances of MS?

I have lived with a minor L4-L5 disc protusion causing chronic pain treated with opiates for 15 years, diagnosed no change since 1998 to last MRI Feb 2013. I have experienced drop foot before the epidural and after (in the other foot). The "drop foot" only lasted 5 or so days. I have numbness & tingerling in my left elbow, down thru to my 4th &5th finger. And the same sensation in both feet at usually at different times from knee thru calf radiating into outside of foot. I get siatica shooting down my legs and the sharp stabbing and grabbing pain n my buttocks, hips and at the site (L4L5). I am light sensitive. I have severe PTSD, fatigue, slurred speech, disorientation among other complaints. I am have nerve testing in arms and legs this week. Is there a chance that i could have MS?
Asked On : Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.
Your symptoms are not specific to any specific cause. They could occur in MS as well as disc prolapse.
MRI of brain and spinal cord could help in establishing the correct diagnosis.
Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,
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Answered: Fri, 10 May 2013
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