I’m new to this site hoping that you may be able to offer some advice/reassurance about the ‘scary’ situation that I find myself in.
I have been experiencing debilitating right-sided pain in my temple and down my face for almost a year now. The pain lasts for about 5 weeks at a time and then disappears for several weeks. This pain started after I woke one morning last July unable to move my right arm above my head - I was treated for a trapped nerve which took 2 months to resolve. My GP recently treated me for trigeminal neuralgia but the tablets he gave me had very little effect. I saw him last week and was in a bit of state and actually broke down in his surgery - consequently, he signed me off sick and I am due to see him on the 13th when he said he will make a decision about referring me to the hospital. He admitted he is a little stumped by it all especially because it goes away for several weeks.
The reason I was so upset was that I am also getting other symptoms now including left sided weakness in my arm mainly but sometimes in my left leg too. I have also developed tinnitus in my right ear and feel that I am having to ask people to repeat themselves more and more when they talk to me. Another symptom I now have is that I feel very lethargic with no energy what so ever, especially in my arms - this is accompanied by tingling and a feeling of warm water across them. I have also had pain in my spine between my shoulders.
Today I have made the effort to go out with my husband for a walk but felt very unsteady and at one stage, fell sideways against a wall. I also noticed that whilst paying for something in a shop, I didn’t let go of the coin between my finger and thumb like you take for granted and had to make a conscious effort to let go of it - the woman laughed and so did I and said it must be sticky.
I’m normally a person who copes with most things and tries to work through but this has kind of got the better of me and I feel very emotional and nervous about it all.
I’m not sure what to expect from next week’s appointment but wondered should I be asking to be referred?
Many thanks for reading and I look forward to any advice you can offer.