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Is my neuro moving fast enough?

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  • Posted By: citygirl71
  • February 18, 2007
  • 08:36 PM


Burning legs, tightness in torso, aching b/t spine and scapula
35 year old female. Almost 2 months ago, it started with my left foot "falling asleep," and the feeling grew up my left leg, to my right (although I feel it more intensely on the left) and around my torso/lower ribcage. For about a week, it felt like a boa constrictor was around my ribcage, and it subsided to a strange "ace bandage" feeling.

I never thought it would be related, but I also have a dull, sometimes throbbing ache between my spine and right shoulder blade. Since I work at a desk, I thought it was carpal tunnel. Over the summer, I remember my hand being tingly and my wrist aching, my shoulder blade aching, and feeling like I had a bad upper back tooth. I thought it was 3 separate problems - I set up a dentist appointment and adjusted my chair at work, and after a few weeks, it all disappeared (except for the shoulder). I never even got the chance to get to the dentist.

My GP medicated me for anxiety when I first went in with the problem (my blood pressure was 180/124; it is usually 110/70) and set up a followup appointment for 4 weeks later. The pins and needles turned into a burning feeling by this time, so he (seemingly reluctantly) sent me to a neurologist.

A brain MRI (with and without contrast) ruled out MS for the time. I was prescribed a sleeping pill and muscle relaxer and told it was stress. It has not subsided, so I am going for a cervical spine MRI (without contrast) tomorrow morning.

My question is this - so far it has taken about 2 months, my symptoms not subsiding. Is my doctor moving fast enough to prevent permanent nerve damage?

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  • Nevermind. The cervical MRI revealed a soft tissue mass in between my T1 and T2 vertebrae.
    citygirl71 2 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 07:32 PM
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  • What happened? I just discovered this site today - I'm having a feeling of burning on my face (happened in all three of my pregnancies, but is now happening when I am SURE I'm not pg) and having some tightness in my chest now....feeling kinda creeped out once I looked up rosacea/face burning on line and saw what it CAN be - ugh! Hope all is as good as it can be, chica - Stace.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 02:14 AM
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  • Stace,All I can say is that you should always follow your intuition if you just don't feel well. Since January I was patient for the GP, even though I wanted to see a neuro, because he thought I was anxious over my dog's passing. I knew inside that I just didn't feel well. After the obligatory wait, because he didn't think I was emergent, he finally gave me the referral for a neurologist. The neuro ordered an mri, although he also reaffirmed that it was anxiety and that I needed to exercise and do more positive thinking exercises. Only after I tried to follow his course and still had pain did he order the cervical spine mri, which revealed a tumor in my thoracic spine. Every case presents differently. The only opinion you should trust is your own. Especially if you are like me, the opposite of a hypocondriac, someone who does not take pills or dwell on little pains or twitches. I encourage you to see a second opinion if your doctors are not listening or supporting you. Had I waited and not pushed, I hate to think how much more badly my spinal cord would have been compressed. Keep pushing. Carrie
    citygirl71 2 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 03:10 AM
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