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Neurological Symptoms

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  • Posted By: jinglekeys
  • August 12, 2009
  • 11:12 AM

Hi guys,

About three to four months ago I started having problems with my left forearm/wrist during physical activity. I was experiencing numbness and weakness (the weakness is in the right too, but to a lesser degree), especially during physical activity, and if I awoke during the night. One night I awoke and found myself barely able to clench my fists.

I went to my GP who referred me to a neurologist based on my symptoms, who has booked me in for an MRI next week.

Initially, I was under the impression that I had Carpal Tunnel syndrome, especially given that my father had it. I had the 'pins and needles' in the tips of my thumb, right, and index fingers, weak hands, numbness, shaking hands and everything. Apparently my neurologist felt the same way, and I was given a scheduled test on the nerves in my forearms and wrists at a hospital about a month ago, but was cleared of any Carpal Tunnel diagnosis. So at this point I'm unaware of what's wrong with me until my MRI comes back. I'm a little anxious though, so I wanted to share my symptoms here and see what I can prepare myself to expect.

Headaches


Began around a month ago.
Almost always mild, but often increases in severity, especially during physical activity.
Has been constant over the course of the last month, but sometimes goes away for short periods of an hour or so.
Focused around the forehead.
Not fixed with painkillers.

Speech and Memory


I have noticed difficulty in forming the beginning of sentences on occasion. It only happens a few times a day, but I don't recall ever having this problem in the past.
I often accidentally slur my speech and have to stop myself and restart what I was saying.
This seems to be increasing in frequency, and is apparently bad enough that a colleague of mine noticed it when I accidentally mixed my words up a few times and asked if I was ok.
Lately I sometimes accidentally say "they" instead of "that", "what" instead of "who", etc.
I'm also having problems with my short-term memory being unreliable.
These symptoms are not so bad that I can't have a normal conversation, but as I said, some of my more observant friends have noticed it.


Twitching


Began at left eyebrow when I made certain facial expressions.
My left eye then twitched for multiple hours one night.
Progressed to include my whole body.
Twitches include minor fibrillations under the skin that last from 3-5 seconds on average, large jolts (sometimes accompanied by the brief "dimming" of vision I explain later in the post), and sudden limb twitches.
Occur on both sides of the body.
The other night I experienced a sharp poking sensation in my left thigh that was strong enough for me to jump forward and look behind me to see if something was poking me. There was nothing there.


Eyesight


I don't know if I'm just noticing this now or if it's always happened, but I can't tilt my head without getting double vision. Watching TV lying on my side is out of the question.
Frequent eye floaters, bright dots, etc.
Lately I've had problems with my vision suddenly "dimming" or brightening significantly for a fraction of a second. It's almost as if the light has flickered for a slight second. This happens in natural light, however, and I've verified with others that the lights in the room have not dimmed when I've experienced this.

Reflexes


My neurologist described me as having "very, very brisk reflexes".

Pain


Aside from the headaches and some recent mild lower back pain (which my neurologist says is unrelated), I have experienced no pain in my spine, neck, arms or wrists. Just numbness, tingling, weakness etc. The weakness appears to be in my legs too (left more than right). When I lay my feet flat on the ground and lift my heel, my leg shakes etc.
I haven't had any recent accidents or injuries.

Some of these symptoms I consider to be mild and infrequent, and may just be a product of me consciously observing differences in my body/memory etc. They are definitely noticeable enough to note though, and most of my symptoms are rather frequent and noticeably different to normal functions.

Any possibly diagnosis suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys :)

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  • Hi guys,About three to four months ago I started having problems with my left forearm/wrist during physical activity. I was experiencing numbness and weakness (the weakness is in the right too, but to a lesser degree), especially during physical activity, and if I awoke during the night. One night I awoke and found myself barely able to clench my fists.I went to my GP who referred me to a neurologist based on my symptoms, who has booked me in for an MRI next week.Initially, I was under the impression that I had Carpal Tunnel syndrome, especially given that my father had it. I had the 'pins and needles' in the tips of my thumb, right, and index fingers, weak hands, numbness, shaking hands and everything. Apparently my neurologist felt the same way, and I was given a scheduled test on the nerves in my forearms and wrists at a hospital about a month ago, but was cleared of any Carpal Tunnel diagnosis. So at this point I'm unaware of what's wrong with me until my MRI comes back. I'm a little anxious though, so I wanted to share my symptoms here and see what I can prepare myself to expect.HeadachesBegan around a month ago.Almost always mild, but often increases in severity, especially during physical activity.Has been constant over the course of the last month, but sometimes goes away for short periods of an hour or so.Focused around the forehead.Not fixed with painkillers.Speech and Memory I have noticed difficulty in forming the beginning of sentences on occasion. It only happens a few times a day, but I don't recall ever having this problem in the past.I often accidentally slur my speech and have to stop myself and restart what I was saying.This seems to be increasing in frequency, and is apparently bad enough that a colleague of mine noticed it when I accidentally mixed my words up a few times and asked if I was ok.Lately I sometimes accidentally say "they" instead of "that", "what" instead of "who", etc.I'm also having problems with my short-term memory being unreliable.These symptoms are not so bad that I can't have a normal conversation, but as I said, some of my more observant friends have noticed it. TwitchingBegan at left eyebrow when I made certain facial expressions.My left eye then twitched for multiple hours one night.Progressed to include my whole body.Twitches include minor fibrillations under the skin that last from 3-5 seconds on average, large jolts (sometimes accompanied by the brief "dimming" of vision I explain later in the post), and sudden limb twitches.Occur on both sides of the body.The other night I experienced a sharp poking sensation in my left thigh that was strong enough for me to jump forward and look behind me to see if something was poking me. There was nothing there. EyesightI don't know if I'm just noticing this now or if it's always happened, but I can't tilt my head without getting double vision. Watching TV lying on my side is out of the question.Frequent eye floaters, bright dots, etc.Lately I've had problems with my vision suddenly "dimming" or brightening significantly for a fraction of a second. It's almost as if the light has flickered for a slight second. This happens in natural light, however, and I've verified with others that the lights in the room have not dimmed when I've experienced this.ReflexesMy neurologist described me as having "very, very brisk reflexes".PainAside from the headaches and some recent mild lower back pain (which my neurologist says is unrelated), I have experienced no pain in my spine, neck, arms or wrists. Just numbness, tingling, weakness etc. The weakness appears to be in my legs too (left more than right). When I lay my feet flat on the ground and lift my heel, my leg shakes etc.I haven't had any recent accidents or injuries.Some of these symptoms I consider to be mild and infrequent, and may just be a product of me consciously observing differences in my body/memory etc. They are definitely noticeable enough to note though, and most of my symptoms are rather frequent and noticeably different to normal functions.Any possibly diagnosis suggestions and advice are greatly appreciated.Thanks guys :)For some reason I'm picturing a smart young lady in her 30's who plays tennis/squash on a regular basis......or perhaps not...Anyhow, we'll need to know your age, gender, any other medical issues whether related or otherwise........list of meds, if any (including birth control or vitamins) and also any accident/injury whether recent or otherwise. Just for the sake of asking, on a level of 10 - outside of being stressed re: the above, how stressful is your everyday life?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 13, 2009
    • 09:49 AM
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  • For some reason I'm picturing a smart young lady in her 30's who plays tennis/squash on a regular basis......or perhaps not...Anyhow, we'll need to know your age, gender, any other medical issues whether related or otherwise........list of meds, if any (including birth control or vitamins) and also any accident/injury whether recent or otherwise. Just for the sake of asking, on a level of 10 - outside of being stressed re: the above, how stressful is your everyday life?Sorry to disappoint, but I'm a 20 year old male who's never played squash in his life :oI'm currently not on any medication, and haven't ever had to take regular medication for anything. My health record is fine aside from this recent episode, aside from the occasional flu and an operation I had on an ingrown toe nail when I was 13. In fact, until I went to my GP to get the numbness in my wrists checked out, I hadn't been to the doctors in quite some time simply because I didn't have to.I've had no recent accidents on injuries, though my work does require some lifting (cartons of drinks etc). Just to note, however, I've never had any upper back/neck pain from this, and I do my best to use proper lifting techniques. I am also left handed (possibly relevant due to the weakness and numbness primarily occurring in my left hand).As for stress, I'd say it's usually pretty low. I'm a second year University student with a good grade point average, so I don't really stress over work, and was on mid-year break for a month when the eyesight/memory/twitching symptoms etc. started. The weak wrists did start mid-semester though. The twitching and headaches actually started when I was on vacation with not a care in the world, and the memory/speech problems started at the end of my mid-year break.Thanks.
    jinglekeys 2 Replies
    • August 14, 2009
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  • I have had some of the symptoms you mention down my arms due to a pinched nerve in my neck . I don't have any other thoughts to reassure you with. I do think it would be good to print off the essay here about your symptoms and present it to the neurologist, as you might not remember all the symptoms. Or maybe use it as notes to help you get every thing out.
    melisadenny 33 Replies
    • August 21, 2009
    • 06:00 AM
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  • I have had some of the symptoms you mention down my arms due to a pinched nerve in my neck . I don't have any other thoughts to reassure you with. I do think it would be good to print off the essay here about your symptoms and present it to the neurologist, as you might not remember all the symptoms. Or maybe use it as notes to help you get every thing out.Thanks for the input :)Well, I've been for MRI scans since the original post. The report showed everything to be normal aside from a "very minor tear" and "dehydration" of my C5/6 cervical disc.I have metal braces, however, and they did interfere with the image a bit. I've got to go to my neurologist on Tuesday to make sure that the some parts of the image are artifacts from the metal, and not blood resulting from a "possible sub-arachnoid hemorrhage". I'm not really worried about that, however, being that the report says it's likely and artifact, and I haven't had the drastic symptoms that seem to accompany a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage (thunderclap headaches, death etc).I'm also going to see about getting tested for vitamin deficiencies and possibly having an eye test. I'm still having all the same problems with speech, memory, twitching etc., so I'll be sure to talk to my neurologist about that too.Thanks.
    jinglekeys 2 Replies
    • August 21, 2009
    • 06:09 AM
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  • Thanks for the input :) Well, I've been for MRI scans since the original post. The report showed everything to be normal aside from a "very minor tear" and "dehydration" of my C5/6 cervical disc. I have metal braces, however, and they did interfere with the image a bit. I've got to go to my neurologist on Tuesday to make sure that the some parts of the image are artifacts from the metal, and not blood resulting from a "possible sub-arachnoid hemorrhage". I'm not really worried about that, however, being that the report says it's likely and artifact, and I haven't had the drastic symptoms that seem to accompany a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage (thunderclap headaches, death etc). I'm also going to see about getting tested for vitamin deficiencies and possibly having an eye test. I'm still having all the same problems with speech, memory, twitching etc., so I'll be sure to talk to my neurologist about that too. Thanks. hello young man, you sound very much like me when i started with my symptoms as a teenager.. what i have is a type of potassium ion channelopathy. check into hypo hyper kalemia partial paralysis i started with the numbness in the hands but have graduated to paralysis like symptoms related to my serum potassium levels fluctuating.. for me when my potassium levels go slightly lower i go into a paralysed type state if this is what you have and you can get diagnosed as a young person you will probably benefit greatly.. i am 53 years old and just diagnosed my self but am beginning my road to medical diagnosis. specifically i have andersen tawil syndrome.. pretty sure due to the facial features odd toes and other physical symptoms that go along with it..not all cases of hypo or hyperkalemia partial paralysis are andersen tawil syndrome. I will be getting a referral to muscular dystrophy asssociation as these illness are under their charitable umbrella... good luck in finding your answer!!
    kattsqueen 29 Replies
    • August 22, 2009
    • 01:27 AM
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