Hi all and thank you to those of you that take the time to reply and work with this site. I am very confused as to what to think at the moment. About 3 years ago I developed a problem with my lower back and could not urinate at all and was in excruciating pain. I was taken into hospital and cathetorised, had an mri scan of my lower spine only and told I had slight degeneration of 2 disks but nothing that should have caused that amount of pain. I left hospital after tracktion and pain relief and slowly learned to walk without agony and saw a physio who wrote me off as a chronic back pain sufferer. I excercised as I could and after a few months I forgot I had even had the problem.
About a year later my right hand suddenly spasmed into a claw and I couldnt release it for hours. i went to the doctors and he poked me around and concluded it was due to a lump under my arm. As my mum had just had a mastectomy due to breast cancer I was given an urgent appointment for surgery and had it removed a fortnight later. Meanwhile my ‘claw hand’ had resolved but yet my fingers randomly spasmed and had tremors and did decidedly odd things. I had the surgery which fortunately was what the surgeon called a massive lipoma and was left with very little use of my right arm and exruciating pain in my top of arm, side of face and shoulder blade. I was told this was probably due to damaging my intercostial brachial nerve and was irreparable. However, i researched and excercised and though i still get pain in my face occasionally and don’t have the strength I used to, I can use my arm. Indeed At the time I had a 6 month old baby so needed to ensure I could do what I could!
Sorry this is sooo long…
About 6 months ago I started getting annoying pins and needles in my left(good) arm and pain in my shoulder. This escalated and I presumed I wasn’t excercising enough because I have a 2 yr old so tried to walk more. However I also get pins and needles and annoying numbness in my leg and feet sometimes, something I put down to the lower back problems. - though I don’t have them anymore! I eventually was in so much pain in my left shoulder, had no feeling in my little finger and ring finger and constant pins and needles in my forearm and went to the docs who said I had rotor cuff damage and referred me to a shoulder specialist. I saw him who said it was def not a rotar cuff or shoulder problem and I had an MRI ONLY of my neck and shoulder. No results yet. Meanwhile I am having an embarrassing problem which necessitated yet another visit to the doctors, I am having difficulty knowing when I urinate and am leaking randomly day and night. I have had 8 children but have never had this problem before.
THe doc referred me to urology (appointment in a fortnight) and I get MRI results from the shoulder specialist on 2nd November. Whilst chatting to the GP however he said had I ever thought that I may have something ’ sinister’! Good bedside manner eh?! I asked what and he said he didn’t like to say but maybe it could be neurological.
My question is IF my MRI comes back normal which I fully expect, do I then go to the GP and tell him about the horrendous tiredness that is so alien to me and pins and needles and odd moving toes and fingers still being there or just wait. Oddly enough my newest bad arm is actually a lot improved over the last week and I have no idea why though I have been taking neurontin and tramadol so maybe this is just actually helping.
If you followed this then THANK YOU and if not,it helped me to write it down at least.
thanks to you all