About 2 yrs. ago, I noticed a burning and tingling sensation on my tongue following an episode with a stomach virus which had been preceeded by a flu shot a month prior. I also noticed a chemical taste. My dentist diagnosed TMJ and sold me a dental appliance. Six months later I noticed tingling in my fingertips. 15 months after initial tongue symptoms, I had tingling and prickling in my feet. Saw Dr. & starting testing (extensive blood work, heart tests, brain scan, EMG's, heavy metals tests, HIV test, etc. - all came back negative). I was referred to a neurologist who had no diagnosis but said his observation was "idiopathic demyelinating and axonal sensiromotor polyneuropathy" and referred me to another neurologist in a major city. Also got referred to a pulmonologist for possible chemical testing (since he knew about that) - he referred me to the regional toxicologist, who did the heavy metals tests, since my occupation as a farmer exposed me to heavy chemical exposure (esp. solvents containing benzene). Toxicologist said they cannot test for benzene, but we have run across human studies of the metabolism of benzene on the Internet (benzene is a common denominator in nearly all the chemicals I've worked with). At two years since onset I now have symptoms of numbness, prickling & tingling in my arms and legs, groin and intestines, have had some muscle cramping over time in my legs at night and muscle soreness and occasional cramping during the day. Wondering if I might have some neurological disease, possibly trigggered by or complicated by the chemical exposure. Where can I get benzene testing? (The labels list neurological damage with chronic exposure.) I am also concerned with possibly receiving massive doses of corticosteroids if an autoimmune disease is diagnosed, due to the additional side affect of the chemicals' being carcinogenic, and the high incidence of cancer in my family.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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