I am feeling so stressed out at the minute I would love any advice or opinions please.
My symptoms started in March this year with burning pains around right rib cage which lasted 3 weeks. The following day my foot went numb and the day after my whole right side went numb. I had tremors and spasms in left leg. I have urgent urination ongoing. This lasted for 3 months until beginning of June when my foot etc got feeling back. BUT then a couple of days later I have the burning pain around my right rib cage again. I have fell a number of times as also suffer dizziness.
On my first visit to the neurologist he examined me and got his junior doctors to also examine me and give their verdict. They all said ms. He arranged a brain MRI which I had done. This showed a few foci in the front but not so many at the back ( in radiographer’s opinion ) . In her conclusion she said if this person is having persistent clinical concern, neurology assessment is recommended.
When I saw my neurologist two weeks ago he was really off hand with me, the opposite of the first visit. At the time I still had drop foot. I tried to explain how I had been feeling and gave him a small list of my symptoms since last seeing him. But he wouldn’t look me in the eyes and said there was no nerve damage in the brain and I don’t think it is ms. I pointed out that there was nerve damage and what the radiologist had put in her conclusion. He said he thinks I have a trapped sciatic nerve causing the foot drop and will arrange a spinal MRI, which I had done last Thursday. This was only my lower spine. I have since learned 67% of ms lesions are found in the neck area. But obviously he was not looking for lesions. Anybody who has ever had a trapped sciatic nerve will know the pain it causes and I have had no leg pain at all.
My GP does listen to me and has already said if we don’t get any satisfaction from this neurologist he will recommend another.
This is like de ja vue for me. As two years ago my husband and I suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. We were both rushed to hospital within three days of each other, my husband had a huge clot on his lung and I was put on oxygen 24/7 for six days. They done all blood tests etc and said we both had over three times the level of carbon monoxide of normal non-smokers. BUT the chest specialist would not listen to me when I tried to tell him what had been my pre symptoms. He said I had pneumonia and that was written on my discharge note. We ended up going to a chest specialist in Harley Street who looked at all our medical notes from the hospital and sent us a report confirming we were both poisoned with carbon monoxide and he would stand up in court if need be.
I don’t want to have ms as I have spent the last two years getting fit again. But I want to get to the bottom of what is causing all my symptoms.
What do you think I should do? I have another appointment to see my neurologist in a week or so.