Thanks to everyone who has posted their story. I have a few questions (last paragraph) I am hoping the community can help me with.
I have recently been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy, and it is a huge relief to finally have an answer to what has been troubling me. Like many of you, I am presenting burning and tingling sensations in both hands, feet, and face. I also have painful lower back pains, which makes it difficult to sit down. I hardly noticed the onset of the symptoms. At first (~ 6 months ago), it hurt to walk, and I figured it was my shoes or perhaps I had slept in an odd position. After a few months, however, I found myself experiencing severe pain while I walked, sat or laid down, and this prompted me to visit the ER. After a few months, the symptoms seemed to subside, but suddenly I experienced severe burning in my hands. I went to my doctor and was referred to a neurologist who confirmed I have Peripheral Neuropathy. I can't move my eyes to view an object moving vertically, I have lost my reflexes, and I am having difficulty remember things.
I had an MRI and CT of my brain and spine, several blood and urine tests and I have visited a physical therapist who advised that he could not help me in my current condition. Since I seemed to be in poor condition, the physical therapist advised that I would have to wait for the doctor's further assessment of my condition. All of this has given me allot of anxiety (to say the least). I am in jeopardy of losing my job and I am very concerned about my health.
I would appreciate your help in answering a few of my questions:
• Can anyone tell me what to expect to hear from the neurologist after reviewing all of the reports? What questions should I ask?
• Can this ailment be caused by the workplace? Does anyone have experience in claiming workers compensation or disability benefits?
• Can this ailment be self-imposed? I have read that there are a number of dietary issues that can contribute to or cause this, such as poor nutrition or alcohol abuse. Does anyone have any experience or know of anyone who caught the ailment in this fashion?
• What can I do NOW to help my situation?
Thanks in advance! I wish everyone the best, and hope to been on the road to recovery soon.