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Neuropathy or MS? Leg numbness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 9, 2007
  • 01:45 AM

For about 2 months I've had numbness in my right leg. It started by numbness in my toes on my right foot. That was only once and went away the next day. A few days later, I woke up with a numb leg (up to my knee). It felt like a legging over my whole leg. As the week went on, I found it harder to walk, almost dragging my leg...tripping over my foot at times. I went to the ER and was given a CAT scan to rule out a stroke (family history). They then said it could be neuropathy & referred me to a neurologist. Having no health insurance & facing a $3,000 bill for the CAT scan, I decided to just deal with it. Another week went by and I got scared as the numbness, weakness, persisted. I went to another Drs Care type place and they again said neuropathy but also mentioned Multiple Sclerosis & again referred me to a neurologist. They prescribed me Neurontin, which has made the numbness and weakness go away (it comes back when I don't take the pills), but now I'm getting sharp pains in my left buttock with a hot sensation (opposite side of body). I have had an issue in the far past with sciatica in the left leg, but it went away with rest and I never had another issue with it again. I also have had numbness for years in my right shoulderblade for which I was told was just a trapped nerve (but now I think may be connected to this??). I have an appointment with a neurologist when my health ins. kicks in, but not until November (1 month away) and I am truly scared I could be causing more damage by not paying $400 to just see a Neurologist now. Some other factors that may be connected: Dieting...lost 50 lbs since January (following tryglycerite diet) so loss of vitamins is possible??; having major hair loss (which I've been told is caused by stress due to recent divorce, move to another state & career change). I know stress can do many perplexing things to our bodies, but I find it hard to believe that all of this can be related to stress?? And if it is, how can I destress? Any advice is appreciated...does this sound like MS and is it dangerous to wait until my insurance can cover some of this? Thank you in advance for your help!

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  • It's all basically due to stress. That is the root of your problem. You have a tendency for neurological problems, so everytime you have stress your body gives out in that area. You need to find some way to remove the stress - meditation, yoga, exercise , listen to more music. Anything that will help you relax and all your neurological problems will begin to disappear. The power of positive thinking can't hurt either. And don't take any drugs you'll only complicate the problem and you'll save alot of money.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2007
    • 08:42 PM
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  • I think you really need to see a neurologist. Your symptoms could be pretty severe and I don't think that numbness/paralysis can be caused by stress. Seriously...you need to see doctor my friend. I wouldn't wait.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2007
    • 00:27 AM
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  • I would make sure to get your thyroid tested, hair loss is a very common symptom with hypothyroidism... if left untreated for some time it can lead to paresthesia - numbness as well as tics etc. Hope this helps
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  • U have a pinched nerve sounds like the cyatic nerve ..chiropractor!! and the neurotin is a nerve blocker thats why it helps. When i lay on that side a night thats when it hurts the worst? Try laying on back and making a fist, place it in lower back until u find a raw tender spot...leave it there till the pain goes away. Find a second spot...repeat. Then lat on side and get your fist into your butt..the side of it where it hurts and believe u me it will...if u posistion yourself right...do same thing and can do it on back 2 with fist just below and to side of top of hip, theres a spot there....alot of times your lower back goes out and need 2 get a chiro 2 twist u..they call it something where they twist leg over body and push shoulder behind...lol hard 2 explain...but u pop all over down there and it feels great. plue sometimes your groin can go out 2 and cause all sorts of pain. try stretchin legs 2 side and leaning inward torward leg u r streching c if it pops or put it on bed sideways while standing on floor and push....not 2 hard, kinda bounce push...quick!! remember we have trigger points 2, these r the reall sore spots we find when we rub our muscles so if we press there and hold untill the soreness goes away the hurt below that spot usually stops 4 a bit.now i need help with my is it MS or TOS? nubness all over deal...legs hands and face. ugh.can email @ yahoo. would app. any more info from other sites. thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 29, 2008
    • 01:46 AM
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  • If you do have Multiple Sclerosis (ms), you will likely be given 3 to 5 days of IV steroids (Solumedrol) and then taper off with oral Prednisone to reduce inflammation and hopefully help reduce your symptoms. With ms, for best results, the steroids should be started as soon as possible after the onset of an attack (what you explained you are going through). But, in order to get the diagnosis, FIRST you will need an MRI, a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) and possibly an Evoked Potentials test; there is no concrete test for ms. Also, getting a diagnosis of ms can take a long time, sometimes years. Since you don't have insurance yet, if I were you, I would wait the month until you get insurance but make sure you go to the neurologist as soon as you can once you have insurance coverage. Neurontin, an anti-seizure med., is often used for ms patients because it does often help with the problems you are having. You said it is working for you so I would definitely keep taking it. Vitamin D is something that has recently been proven that is often deficient in ms patients; also vitamin B. People who finally get a diagnosis of ms often recall that they had similar symptoms much of their lives and it finally starts to make sense. Unfortunately, for years we have often just ignored the symptoms, were told that it's all in our heads or were given wrong diagnosis like a pinched nerve. Stresses such that you mentioned, divorce, moving, new job, etc. cause many problems but ms attacks are often brought on by just the massive kind of stresses you are currently going through. The good news is that you lost 50 pounds; that's great. Congratulations!!! I hope that this helps and I wish you the best (I have ms myself so I am speaking from experience and first hand knowledge).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2009
    • 03:11 AM
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  • For about 2 months I've had numbness in my right leg. It started by numbness in my toes on my right foot. That was only once and went away the next day. A few days later, I woke up with a numb leg (up to my knee). It felt like a legging over my whole leg. As the week went on, I found it harder to walk, almost dragging my leg...tripping over my foot at times. I went to the ER and was given a CAT scan to rule out a stroke (family history). They then said it could be neuropathy & referred me to a neurologist. Having no health insurance & facing a $3,000 bill for the CAT scan, I decided to just deal with it. Another week went by and I got scared as the numbness, weakness, persisted. I went to another Drs Care type place and they again said neuropathy but also mentioned Multiple Sclerosis & again referred me to a neurologist. They prescribed me Neurontin, which has made the numbness and weakness go away (it comes back when I don't take the pills), but now I'm getting sharp pains in my left buttock with a hot sensation (opposite side of body). I have had an issue in the far past with sciatica in the left leg, but it went away with rest and I never had another issue with it again. I also have had numbness for years in my right shoulderblade for which I was told was just a trapped nerve (but now I think may be connected to this??). I have an appointment with a neurologist when my health ins. kicks in, but not until November (1 month away) and I am truly scared I could be causing more damage by not paying $400 to just see a Neurologist now. Some other factors that may be connected: Dieting...lost 50 lbs since January (following tryglycerite diet) so loss of vitamins is possible??; having major hair loss (which I've been told is caused by stress due to recent divorce, move to another state & career change). I know stress can do many perplexing things to our bodies, but I find it hard to believe that all of this can be related to stress?? And if it is, how can I destress? Any advice is appreciated...does this sound like MS and is it dangerous to wait until my insurance can cover some of this? Thank you in advance for your help! I doubt that stress would be the cause, I would save yourself a huge ammount of money and have your Zinc, Copper and B12 levels checked. If they come out normal then you must see a neurologist. If they come out showing a toxic or defficient level, you can correct accordingly. Sometimes starting with the simplist can avoid long term problems. Best of luck to you Chelle
    Call.Me.Chelle 2 Replies
    • October 25, 2009
    • 06:37 PM
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  • I think you really need to see a neurologist. Your symptoms could be pretty severe and I don't think that numbness/paralysis can be caused by stress. Seriously...you need to see doctor my friend. I wouldn't wait.Although I do agree you need to see a neurologist to first rule out any organic reason for your medical issues, I disagree with this persons statement that stress can cause numbness and paralysis. I know first hand, that in fact, it can. I have spent the last 3 days in the hospital with MS type symptoms that developed over the course of a five week time progressively getting worse until the point that I could no longer walk or function because my legs felt numb, tingly and very weak. I had very little movement or sensation in them. Let me also add that I have no real "stressors" in my life blaring me in the face. My life is good, no financial worries, great marriage, good kids, love my job ect. However, all my MRI's, blood work, spinal taps came back negative. I went through a battery of testing, with many doctors and specialists. Although I do not know what exactly my stressor is at this point, I feel 98% confident that I was diagnosed correctly with this disorder because I walked out of the hospital at discharge without any medication treatment. It is highly unlikely to have MS without lesions, and not to be found on either an MRI or spinal tap. My symptoms are simply resolving on their own.
    mel1971 4 Replies
    • November 7, 2009
    • 09:49 PM
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  • Although I do agree you need to see a neurologist to first rule out any organic reason for your medical issues, I disagree with this persons statement that stress can cause numbness and paralysis. I know first hand, that in fact, it can. I have spent the last 3 days in the hospital with MS type symptoms that developed over the course of a five week time progressively getting worse until the point that I could no longer walk or function because my legs felt numb, tingly and very weak. I had very little movement or sensation in them. Let me also add that I have no real "stressors" in my life blaring me in the face. My life is good, no financial worries, great marriage, good kids, love my job ect. However, all my MRI's, blood work, spinal taps came back negative. I went through a battery of testing, with many doctors and specialists. Although I do not know what exactly my stressor is at this point, I feel 98% confident that I was diagnosed correctly with this disorder because I walked out of the hospital at discharge without any medication treatment. It is highly unlikely to have MS without lesions, and not to be found on either an MRI or spinal tap. My symptoms are simply resolving on their own. You are entitled to that thought. But I would be hard pressed to accept the answer of it being stress. There may be no chemical or organic reason to explain your episode, but stress would not cause such a debilitating neurological disorder as this, especially in a person who can't even pin point a stress that large. I do hope that you manage to keep your symptoms in control and I would be over joyed if you prove me completely wrong. But let's let time prove the diagnosis correct in your case. If in a year you are satisfied with that answer. Then by gee golly I will have research stress all over again. I am wishing you the best with your recovery. Chelle
    Call.Me.Chelle 2 Replies
    • November 8, 2009
    • 10:40 PM
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  • how r u now? was it ms?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 19, 2010
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  • You are entitled to that thought. But I would be hard pressed to accept the answer of it being stress. There may be no chemical or organic reason to explain your episode, but stress would not cause such a debilitating neurological disorder as this, especially in a person who can't even pin point a stress that large. I do hope that you manage to keep your symptoms in control and I would be over joyed if you prove me completely wrong. But let's let time prove the diagnosis correct in your case. If in a year you are satisfied with that answer. Then by gee golly I will have research stress all over again. I am wishing you the best with your recovery. Chelle Hi Chelle,So, It's over a year later, and I always hate to say "you told me so" but you were absolutely correct. I did not stay free of my signs or symptoms, and they returned in June 2010. I had another attack brought on by heat. It caused some pretty severe issues much like, but not exactly, as I first had in November. My MRI's still normal and I have fully recovered (again)- took almost a month but I did recover. Anyhow, I have seen a few neurologists since, and have learned a few things. The most important is if they cannot find any conclusive evidence on tests, they will most likely tell you "your crazy" or it is "stress related". I have not been fully diagnosed yet, still undergoing test after test, but I have found a neurologist I trust, and has actually assured me that "something is there" and he will find it. He's looking, and not convinced that it is not MS, but has at least ruled out every other possible cause. I'm in that probable/possible MS category at this point. I feel that many neurologists may use "psycomotor disorder" as a catch phrase when they cannot seem or do not care to find what is really wrong. Cannot prove it, just has been my experience. Thanks for being so honest, and just wanted to update on this post.
    mel1971 4 Replies
    • February 3, 2011
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  • how r u now? was it ms? please see my latest response. Thanks for asking :)
    mel1971 4 Replies
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  • please see my latest response below. Thanks for asking :) Dear Chelle,So, It's over a year later, and I always hate to say "you told me so" but you were absolutely correct. I did not stay free of my signs or symptoms, and they returned in June 2010. I had another attack brought on by heat. It caused some pretty severe issues much like, but not exactly, as I first had in November. My MRI's still normal and I have fully recovered (again)- took almost a month but I did recover. Anyhow, I have seen a few neurologists since, and have learned a few things. The most important is if they cannot find any conclusive evidence on tests, they will most likely tell you "your crazy" or it is "stress related". I have not been fully diagnosed yet, still undergoing test after test, but I have found a neurologist I trust, and has actually assured me that "something is there" and he will find it. He's looking, and not convinced that it is not MS, but has at least ruled out every other possible cause. I'm in that probable/possible MS category at this point. I feel that many neurologists may use "psycomotor disorder" as a catch phrase when they cannot seem or do not care to find what is really wrong. Cannot prove it, just has been my experience. Thanks for being so honest, and just wanted to update on this post. Read more at http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=21673&page=2&ktrack=kcplink
    mel1971 4 Replies
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  • I think you should listen to everyone when they tell you it's time to see a neurologist. Your pain sounds like it could be something serious. I reccomend using Health Grades Neurology Directory, which lists top neurologists categorized by states. Good luck!
    sarahhill033 10 Replies
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  • For about 2 months I've had numbness in my right leg. It started by numbness in my toes on my right foot. That was only once and went away the next day. A few days later, I woke up with a numb leg (up to my knee). It felt like a legging over my whole leg. As the week went on, I found it harder to walk, almost dragging my leg...tripping over my foot at times. I went to the ER and was given a CAT scan to rule out a stroke (family history). They then said it could be neuropathy & referred me to a neurologist. Having no health insurance & facing a $3,000 bill for the CAT scan, I decided to just deal with it. Another week went by and I got scared as the numbness, weakness, persisted. I went to another Drs Care type place and they again said neuropathy but also mentioned Multiple Sclerosis & again referred me to a neurologist. They prescribed me Neurontin, which has made the numbness and weakness go away (it comes back when I don't take the pills), but now I'm getting sharp pains in my left buttock with a hot sensation (opposite side of body). I have had an issue in the far past with sciatica in the left leg, but it went away with rest and I never had another issue with it again. I also have had numbness for years in my right shoulderblade for which I was told was just a trapped nerve (but now I think may be connected to this??). I have an appointment with a neurologist when my health ins. kicks in, but not until November (1 month away) and I am truly scared I could be causing more damage by not paying $400 to just see a Neurologist now. Some other factors that may be connected: Dieting...lost 50 lbs since January (following tryglycerite diet) so loss of vitamins is possible??; having major hair loss (which I've been told is caused by stress due to recent divorce, move to another state & career change). I know stress can do many perplexing things to our bodies, but I find it hard to believe that all of this can be related to stress?? And if it is, how can I destress? Any advice is appreciated...does this sound like MS and is it dangerous to wait until my insurance can cover some of this? Thank you in advance for your help!Dear poster,Every single thing you have written could have come from ME. I have identical symptoms except MY former sciatica had resided, (like a year long throbbing, sometimes stabbing, searing an tingling 'toothche' in my leg!) in my right leg. For me, sicatica went away as suddenly as it had come.I noticed when I had sicatica, that it so happened a lot of people had sicatica at the same time...which lead me to wonder if the sicatica was not really some viral thing.I had taken antibiotics and doing a lot of exercise at around the time the sciatica stopped but had been curbing the pain for a year taking Robax Platinum every 3 hours and sometimes combined with a tylenol 3.(Not sure if the co-relation of these instances of taking antibiotics and exercise had anything to do with the subsiding of the sciatica or not...just sayin', that's what happened.)Other than that-(back to this topic of strange numbness weakness in the leg and overall limping and stuff, our symptoms are almost identical-right to the numbness in the shoulder-blade happened to me too! In fact in my case, the shoulder thing, which to me felt like some hand resting on my shoulder blade was the first symptom that presented itself.When my seemingly sudden symptoms of this started, I went to the emergency room 2 times over 3 days. Like you, tests were conducted: ct scan of my head and Xray of my chest and stroke was ruled out.I suggested some residual side-effect of sciatica. I also suggested perhaps something to do with either malnutrition, vitamin deficiency or stress-related ailment.They took blood at the emergency room and I never got my test results back but they were looking for vitamin B12 deficiency. I will go to my family dr. to get blood test re-done.Onethig i know for absolute sure is that I have been under a tremendous amount of stress because, just prior to this happening to me, my 16 year old son almost DIED 2 weeks prior because same emergency room had misdiagnosed him with 'stomach flu' and ruled out appendicitis, when in fact, 3 days later I bought him back in and insisted they test for appendicitis and , in FACT he had a ruptured appendix and twisted intestine and required emergent life-saving surgery.After that, after having lost total faith in capabilities of the doctors, I opted to live IN the hospital with him for his 2 week stay and be an extra set of eyes...point being, I slept no more than 1 hour at a time in there and was totally stressed out, drinking copious amounts of coffee and smoking cigarettes on my breaks from being in there: stress (suppressed expression of stress due to trying to be "the rock") + coffee, + not eating right + not sleeping more than 1 hour at a time for 2 weeks + worrying = recipe for destruction of my Mylene sheath (insulator to the nerves) and thus, deeply requiring 1000 mg of vitamin B12 pills a day or weekly injections (so says a nurse friend of mine) I am going to try this vitamin supplement and see if it works and I think you might do well to consider the same thing.After all, our CNS controls our limbs and that tingling in such erratic spots could be explained by this, where the doctors' guessing games of some brain-related injury or disease etc. seems to be yielding nothing and costing a lot in time, effort, adding to stress and, in your case, hospital bills galore. In my case, when i start out walking, I am walking relatively fine...BUT by the time I have walked a shortish distance, the limp begins and, by the time I make it home from simply 4 or 5 blocks, I am dragging my right leg and, in one instance, literally had to grab my pant leg with my arm and physically lift that too-heavy leg. There was no "pain' per se, just this sensation of intense weakness and, of course, subsequent exhaustion and racing heart due to over-exertion.Let's both try 1000 mg of vitamin B 12 a day and see if that works...or, if you can get doctor to give you the injections, that surely would provide more expedient results.Me, I hate needles so am going the vitamin pill-route.I hope you get better soon.Sincerely,Denise in Toronto
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