Hi. I'm wondering if anyone out there has been through this, and can steer me in the right direction. I'll try to make this as short as possible.
About six months ago, I started to feel weakness, numbness and tingling in my legs and feet. I went to my family doctor and he ordered a head MRI. That came back normal. I then started to have severe pain in the middle of my back where I had an old compression fracture. The family doctor sent me for an EMG, and I was told that my legs were hyper-reflexive, and that I needed MRIs of my cervical and thoracic spine. I wasn't told what they were looking for, just that I needed them. I had those done, and they came back with minor disc bulges. I was told that I was depressed and that I couldn't possibly be in as much pain as I was in and as weak as I was, and to just deal with it.
Well, I stupidly took this doctor's word for it for a couple of weeks, but the symptoms were getting worse. I decided to look up what hyper reflexive legs could mean, and found out that it could mean MS or a spinal cord compression. Well, I got scared and decided to see another neurologist. This neurologist took one look at the MRIs that were done, and told me that they were not detailed enough (they were done in an open-sided machine instead of a closed one). He ordered new scans, and come to find that I had a disc herniation in my neck that has a mild mass effect upon the spinal cord. I was sent to a neuro surgeon, and this guy is telling me that I don't need surgery.
Has anyone else had this problem, and what was done to fix it? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!