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