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My trunk has gone numb?

My symptoms started around 10th January with what I thought was rashless shingles on my forehead which then spread down my body with a numb/tingly/itchy sensation but always on the left hand side. Then two days ago I noticed my back felt numb when I scratched it (around my middle) and it’s also numb on my tummy but only on the right hand side.

Is there any way this could be related to my lumbar puncture which I had on 14th February?

I feel quite down as I’m still holding out hope I don’t have MS and yet now I have new symptoms. Should I be calling my consultant re this?

Well, tried to ring the consultant who is apparently on annual leave until the end of March and the secretary that answered said I should go to my GP! (who I would imagine would just refer me back to the consultant who is a specialist afterall)

Hi Tricky,

I think it’s much more likely to be related to the as-yet-undiagnosed condition, than to the LP. I would have thought any problems from the LP would have become apparent more immediately, and not over two weeks later.

I agree with you that the GP probably wouldn’t do much - except refer back to the consultant. However, it would be no bad thing to get it recorded it has happened - at least then, perhaps they can get the wheels in motion, so you can see him as quickly as possible once he’s back?

I think some GPs will prescribe steroids for an apparent MS attack, but they may be reluctant, where the patient isn’t diagnosed. Steroids aren’t indicated in every case anyway, as they can have some potentially serious side-effects, and don’t change the overall course of the disease. So increasingly, they’re prescribed only if an attack is very disabling, and not where symptoms are “livable with”.

Tina

Thanks Tina. I do have a new cold so I wonder if it’s related to that as that’s how my last attack seemed to start.

I’ve just put a call-back in for my doctor so will mention it but can’t see much point me going to see him as I feel fine and it’s only a sensory problem at the moment.

Thanks Tina. I do have a new cold so I wonder if it’s related to that as that’s how my last attack seemed to start.

I’ve just put a call-back in for my doctor so will mention it but can’t see much point me going to see him as I feel fine and it’s only a sensory problem at the moment.

Viral infections can trigger a flare-up of symptoms, so it may not be a new attack at all, but just brought on by the cold - I hope so, anyway.

Viral infections can sometimes trigger a REAL attack, too, but I think that’s usually some five to six weeks later - not while you still have the virus.

Tina