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Charcot-Marie Tooth

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  • Posted By: csmith100
  • June 2, 2008
  • 04:43 PM

I began to feel numbness in my feet and legs about 12 years ago. I felt as though I had on knee socks all the time. I noticed muscle spasms in my calves at night and sometimes during the daytime. My primary care doctor found that I was borderline anemic and prescribed B-12 and medication for restless leg syndrome. Neither of these prescriptions worked. She then sent me to a neurologist who diagnosed me with peripheral neuropathy and prescribed Neurontin, Folic Acid and Effexor. No results. After many follow-up visits, the neurologist diagnosed me with Charcot-Marie-Tooth, which is a hereditary neuropathy. A DNA test was conducted and the results showed an unknown DNA strand. I was then prescribed Cymbalta, Lyrica and physical therapy. None of these remedies helped. At the time that these symptoms began I was doing transcription work at home as well as sitting at a desk job during the day. I felt that the problem was some kind of nerve compression situation. My own observations were discounted and the doctors became convinced that this was peripheral neuropathy. I do have the classic "marionette" walk and the dropped foot and high arches, but nobody in my family has ever suffered from neuropathy. I did have some nerve conduction tests and an MRI. The nerve conduction tests did show nerve damage, and the MRI came back normal. I am still convinced that I have some kind of nerve compression problem, but I cannot convince any medical professional of this. Maybe someone else has had these same problems. Certainly nobody I know can relate. I'm hoping for an answer someplace, because I feel that I've been misdiagnosed.

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