Sequence of events for Spinal problems:
November 2007 had an unsteady gait when walking. Started to use a cane for balancing problems.
Went to Family doctor who sent me to Neurologist. Went for Nerve velocity test and MRI. They could not find any problem after first MRI.
Went to St Mike hospital and they found out after the second MRI that there is a swelling of the spinal cord at the T7 to T9 section of the cord.
Did 5 more MRI/MRA January 2008 to April 2008 to see if there is an increase swelling. No increase in swelling.
Did spinal tap and results were negative for meningitis etc….
15 April 2008 visited my neuro surgeon and he prescribed DEXAMETHOSONE as follows:
4 MG every 6 hours for 5 days, then reduce to 2 mg the reduce to 1 mg.
Started 4mg at 6.00 pm on 15 April 2008 after 4 doses started to have problems with the right leg. I could not walk any more with cane but had to use a walker.
30 April 2008 had an operation T5-T9 posterior thoracic laminectomy for intramedullary spinal cord biopsy. The biopsy results were negative --- No cyst found or abnormal cells etc.
22 July did spinal angio (check blood flow to the spinal cord (no blockage found)
Movements in ankles, toes, calf muscles, but weak hip flexors, and ham string muscles.
Have feeling in buttocks and legs but not as good as the upper body.
Can walk in standing frame, with knee braces, standing with pole and knee brace.
Comprehensive and specialized physical therapy to strengthening muscles from buttocks to toes. No surgery etc.