about three months ago i began having what was first diagnosed as stress related muscle spasms in my neck & shoulder areas. I was sent to physical therapy and given anti inflamitory, narcotic pain meds & muscle relaxants. The pain continued to get worse and i began having severe nerve pain in my upper right arm with numbness and tingling down my arm and into the ring and pinky fingers. I was given an EMG and diagnosed with Ulnar Neuropathy but the doc said that should not cause pain above the elbow. Surgery on my elbow was recommended until the pain and numbness began to change. Shortly after the EMG the numbness moved to the opposite side of my arm, next to the thumb and index finger and the pain began to creep into the upper left arm. since then the pain has moved into both arms, both shoulders, neck and down my spine to mid-back, with occasional pain in my hips when sleeping and occasional random shooting pains in my feet and thighs. Ive also had a headache, that at this point has lasted about 5 days straight. Ive also noticed much more muscle twitching in my arms, shoulders & hands in the last week, a strange sensation in my left ear (sounds like someone tapping on a microphone) as well as fatigue, loss of appetite & memory problems. The doc requested an MRI and was shot down by the insurance co. who said we needed to try more conservative treatments, even though i have been going to physical therapy, taking the meds and taking it easy for months now with no improvement in symptoms whatsoever. Doc has put in another request to the ins. co. for a referral to a neurologist so i am trying to patiently wait and hope for that to be approved. But in the mean time i wanted to post this and see if anyone out there has had similar symptoms or ideas on possible causes. The doc seemed to be worried about MS or Lupus and mentioned testing for those once i get in to see the neurologist.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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