I have been lurking on this forum for several months now while I try to figure out if my symptoms are MS related. After lots of testing and research I now think that what I have is sjogren's syndrome which can show VERY similar symptoms to MS, but is not as well known as MS. In my case it has effected my nervous system with tingling/numbness, etc. and also inflammed blood vessels, but many of the things I've read about MS can appear with sjogren's as well (fatigue, balance, optic neuritis) .
Since many doctors are just now becoming familiar with this disease it doesn't seem to be well known by many of us. It normally shows through dry mouth/eyes, but not always.
I just thought that posting this may open up some new avenues for those still in limboland or those who can't figure out where their symptoms lead.
It can be hereditary and my dad has it, I also tested positive for SSA which is one of the sjogren's indicators. It is an autoimmune disease so it can affect many parts of the body, or so I've read.
I hope this will help someone along the way.
Quix, have you heard of this? I'd like to know your opinion. I haven't been officially diagnosed. I see my rheumy this month.