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  • Posted By: Lynne Broderick
  • May 25, 2009
  • 09:23 AM

I have lost the sensation in my fingers, toes and indeed most of my skin - numbness but no tingling. I can feel pressure but that's about it.
I am also extremely tired and suffering from hair loss as well. My left eye does not respond to light as it should and I find certain movements difficult. I have had 2 CT scans and a complete MRI of my brain, neck and rest of spine. Nothing wrong! MS has basically been ruled out as there was no sign in the scans.

I keep on telling my husband that I can feel that there's something big wrong with my body - it feels as though it's shutting down!

Please help?

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  • Have your doctors performed any toxicology studies, paraneoplastic analysis, sensory nerve conduction and evoked potential studies? If not, then you should discuss these important tests with your doctor. Additionally, when you say that you're experiencing paresthesia throughout the skin surfaces, has this been documented under testing by a neurologist? With regard to your vision, was the diagnosis a Marcus Gunn pupil and were there indications of optic neuritis or papilledema? When you say that you find certain movements "difficult" would you please elaborate as much as possible. Please remember that this is the internet and in the absence of direct evaluation, detailed information is the best conduit to providing you with impressions regarding your symptoms. Also, please indicate whether you've experienced any type of viral illness within the past 12 months and any other symptoms that you may be experiencing, regardless of whether you believe them to be associated with your complaint or not. Has a lumbar puncture been performed? Also tell me what laboratory studies have been conducted and the results if you care to post them. I will mention here that it appears that you've used your actual name and should you decide to post information from your medical records, you are essentially waiving certain privacy rights under federal laws afforded you. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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  • How old are you and how mobile are you? Have any vaccines recently? JCottle is right, lots more detail, lots less attribution (don't use your real name).
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