Well, for nearly 4 years now I have been suffering from worsening neuro symptoms.
weakness in left arm, tingling/creeping sensation on skin, numb patches, internal vibration, weak/unco-ordinated eye movements, headaches, migraines, painful eyes, recurring urine infections, bowel urgency.
MS tests came back negative in May 2013 and my Neuro then tested for Lupus which was again negative. He said he would therefore be referring my to a specialist in Edinburgh for more tests, he was leaning towards some sort of functional neurological disorder.
He then told me that he was moving home and would be leaving my local NHS so he was referring me onto another Neuro in the area to continue with my tests.
Well, I went to my first appointment with the new Neuro today and she told me she had looked through my medical notes and felt that we were now at that point where all diagnostic tests had been exhausted and that my symptoms sounded more like anxiety, depression than anything neurological.
I lost my job in March 2013 due to the time off I had had with the bowel/urine issues and she felt that this along with the tribunal I am now pursuing would not be helping my symptoms. I explained that the symptoms began around 4 years ago at a time where there were no stressful issues in my life and that I’m a pretty laid back person most of the time anyway. Losing my job in March 2013 was also no big deal as I got another job within 2 days of being paid off.
As for the tribunal with my old employer, my union are taking charge of that, so again there is no real stress involved.
She said that my body was telling me to take it easy and slow down and that was all.
She is not referring my for any further tests and said that maybe counselling or seeing a phsyciatrist would help.
My previous neurologist sent a letter to my former employer stating that he felt the diagnostic process would lead to either a named conditions like MS/Lupus or Functional Neurological Disorder all of which would be covered under the equalities act. For the tribunal my former employer are now asking for the neurologist to confirm my diagnosis and it’s affects on day to day living. I asked the new neuro about this today and she said ‘but there is no diagnosis because there is nothing wrong with you’. She said it in such a condiscending way as if she was trying to brainwash me into believing there’s nothing wrong and that I’ve been imagining all of my symptoms for all these years.
So not only am I still living with the symptoms without treatment or further testing but I now no longer have the support of my neurologist in relation to my tribunal which will make it completely fall down as the main basis is that I suffer from an ongoing health problem which has lasted more than 12 months and is likely to last for more than 12 months from now.
I just can’t believe it has been 2 years of testing (3 months in between NHS appointments) and I am now being told there’s nothing wrong with me, it’s all in my head and no further tests will be done.