Sorry if this all comes over as a bit of a rant, I’ve been stalking for while J and hope you won’t mind.
I started to develop very tight leg muscles last October or and was told by a physio in January I had hamstring tendinopathy. In April I developed buzzy calves/ pins and needles in legs (along with the calf/hamstring pull feeling I have had since January –nerve pain on stretching always) so I went to the doctor. As I had until January been very active (running/circuit training etc) he referred me to an orthopaedic physio.
However over the next week I developed an incredibly tight back and got burning sensations in my upper arms and back, and it got up to the edges of my face, I obviously went back to the GP who still sent me to the orthopaedic physio. I’ve also had other things like a compressed feeling in my legs, and very aggressive spider tickles on my feet/tummy/head and nose of all places. I also haven’t slept well since January though whether this is due to the neuropathy/stress or anything else I really couldn’t say, I wake up sometime between 2.30 and 4am all the time, I wouldn’t say I was fatigued as such just in desperate need of a good nights sleep all the time.
Though I felt like I was coming down with flu for 3 weeks, thankfully a lot of the grottyness slowly wore off and I feel awful moaning, there are obviously a lot of people here a lot worse off than me.
Anyhow I finally got to the physio in July and she sent me for a thoracic spine MRI and referred me to a neurologist.
I got the results of the MRI today and I have a grade 1 lumbarsacroal bulge (or something, the absolutely lovely physio is going to send me a copy of the report and chase up the neuro appointment) at L1/S5 which could account for the lower body symptoms but not the upper. I’m 43 and to be honest I tend to think that all the exercise and excess weight I carried for several years caused this and it isn’t responsible for everything I’m experiencing. Anyhow I’m getting referred to a neurosurgeon for a second opinion. The Physio has so made up for the completely useless GP, though I’m going to have to learn to be a bit more pushy about these things I think.
Obviously I’m thankful that there were no lesions on the MRI (I should explain I actually work in neuroscience on the research side – on motor neurone disease of all things – I just know a bit too much while not being medical) I don’t know what to think really.
I know I have to sit it out and wait and see what the neurologist/neurosurgeon says but it’s really mind numbingly difficult to not worry all the time.
Anyhow thank you for listening at my not so brief moan.