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Can't find a diagnosis.

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  • Posted By: sreichert8
  • May 4, 2008
  • 05:27 PM

Hello... I'm a 42 Year old male with controlled blood pressure with the following symptoms and story: Approx. 2 years ago I went to the ER with left side numbness (cheek/arm) with no real diagnosis. I had an MRI, CAT Scan, Xrays and blood work. They told me that I had a enlarged blood vessel on the right side of my brain (venus angioma) but it was probably there since birth and didn't feel that it had any impact on my symptoms. I was sent to a neurologist where I also had an MRI done and found slight bone spurs at C3/C4 but it didn't appear to be an issue as well. At that point she took a wild guess and said that I had Cervical spondylosis, and sent me to therapy for 6 weeks. Everything went pretty well, after 6 weeks i felt probably 70%. Approx. 1 month after that I again started the issues with neck pain (center of neck), occasional numbness in both arms and hands and occasional numbness in face and lips. When I really notice it is when in vehicle backing out and turning my head to the right I feel tingling in my left arm and hand. At this point I believe anxiety plays a huge factor. After 2 years I have been through 6 MRI's a Spinal tap which ended up having to get a blood patch, and numerous medications. So where do I go from here. I am very active and enjoy coaching baseball, football and basketball and this has really put a damper on the life with my kids.

At this point my symptoms are as follows with no diagnosis: Neck pain in center of spinal area. Occasional numbness/Tingling in both arms and hands, occasional facial/lips tingling and obviously slight depression.

Total Depressed/Confused: Scott :cool:

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  • I am not sure if you are the same case, but about three weeks ago my husband had actually severe pain in center of back toward neck...if he kept his neck in a certain position it was ok and put his arm above his head it felt better. Doctors did MRI but couldn't find anything but DID say that even a small hernia that may not appear on even MRI can cause such pain. In his case he had to take time off from work to rest and recover and do basically nothing...it was hard! He was give some pain medication but that took a while to kick in actually it seemed that the resting was more important than anything. Anyway The resting did work and this was actually the second time he has had this hernia that does not really appear on MRI. The doctor aslo said that the amount of pain and discomfort people feel with this problem is variable. In my husband's case he is apparently very sensitive to even a little hernia problem. But the doctor also said that some folks can have large very visible hernias and not be bothered at all! Oh, yes, besides the pain, it did cause numbness in the arm, shoulder and fingers and hands. Just an idea and you may want to research hernia yourself. Joan
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  • Hello... I'm a 42 Year old male with controlled blood pressure with the following symptoms and story: Approx. 2 years ago I went to the ER with left side numbness (cheek/arm) with no real diagnosis. I had an MRI, CAT Scan, Xrays and blood work. They told me that I had a enlarged blood vessel on the right side of my brain (venus angioma) but it was probably there since birth and didn't feel that it had any impact on my symptoms. I was sent to a neurologist where I also had an MRI done and found slight bone spurs at C3/C4 but it didn't appear to be an issue as well. At that point she took a wild guess and said that I had Cervical spondylosis, and sent me to therapy for 6 weeks. Everything went pretty well, after 6 weeks i felt probably 70%. Approx. 1 month after that I again started the issues with neck pain (center of neck), occasional numbness in both arms and hands and occasional numbness in face and lips. When I really notice it is when in vehicle backing out and turning my head to the right I feel tingling in my left arm and hand. At this point I believe anxiety plays a huge factor. After 2 years I have been through 6 MRI's a Spinal tap which ended up having to get a blood patch, and numerous medications. So where do I go from here. I am very active and enjoy coaching baseball, football and basketball and this has really put a damper on the life with my kids. At this point my symptoms are as follows with no diagnosis: Neck pain in center of spinal area. Occasional numbness/Tingling in both arms and hands, occasional facial/lips tingling and obviously slight depression. Total Depressed/Confused: Scott :cool:Prior to onset of symptoms, were you involved in a car accident or any whiplash producing event? Given your symptoms of tingling and lack of diagnosis after so many tests I would suspect an occipital nerve injury. Try putting ice cubes or a cold pack on the place where it hurts on your neck for about 15 minutes at a time, twice a day. In my case it helped clear symptoms within two weeks. Best of luck and feel better.
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  • Hi Joan; Thanks for the reply, I will definitely look into this. Much appreciated! Thanks, Scott
    sreichert8 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello and thanks for your reply: No, I never had an injury to my neck that I am aware of. Actually what started it was the tingling in my left arm and gradually grew to neck pain shortly after. I will certainly give that a try. It certainly is depressing not knowing and trying all kinds of meds that only hide the problem and not fix it. The next med will be depression pills if you know what I mean. Thanks again, Scott
    sreichert8 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Scott, If you have a blood pressure monitor at home, you can periodically check that to put your mind at ease that you do not have a risk of stroke etc (if readings are generally within the "normal" range). I would consider some meditation, or perhaps quiet times where you reflect on something peaceful and tranquil and try to forget all your anxieties. That might even stop you from being prescribed medicines for depression and the like, which have limits in their usefulness, and some side effects. Good luck.
    Lasantha 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Lasantha and thanks for the reply. I currently do monitor my blood pressure and it appears to be always right on target. I am a Technology Director for a mid-size company and, yes, I do get stressed out at times. Many 60-70 hour weeks and sleeplessness. I do take my job very seriously and am committed to it, but I place my job a second to my family. I will certainly take your reply serious and see how things work out. Thanks again, Scott
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