For the past 3 months I have been experiencing undiagnosed nerve problems (i.e paresthesia).
It started with bladder & bowel function impairment, then a "pulling" sensation in the tailbone, then progressed to numbness and hypersensitive skin in the buttocks & hamstrings, and numbness/pins&needles in the feet (soles/sides only). I also developed numbness from the pubic bone all the way under to the tailbone (no genital sensation).
I was hospitalized for 7 days; xrays of low back & pelvis were taken, MRI of pelvis, and a lumbar puncture. I was treated with Aciclovir for the possibility of it being shingles, amnitriptyline, codeine & morphine. Aside from some mild pain relief, none of the drugs helped.
The MRI showed a mild disc herniation at L5/S1, causing minimal nerve impingement but it was not cited as the cause for all of the nerve pain I am experiencing.
Post-hospital, I have had a brain & spinal MRI, blood tests for MS, HIV, Herpes, Lyme Disease, and another lumbar puncture - all of which have come back negative. I was also put on heavy doses of cortisone steroids which did not change anything.
Although the hypersensitivity has disappeared, and bladder and bowel function normally (though the genital area is still numb), the numbness and pain remain. Acupuncture seems to be the only thing that offers me any relief.
I met with the neurologist today, and he said that he has run out of ideas; he believes that I will get better...
I am looking for answers as the medical system does not seem to have any for me. If anyone has ideas, or similar experience, please will you post a reply here?
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