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Walking problems

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  • Posted By: tingly27
  • March 24, 2007
  • 05:33 AM

Hi everyone! I really hope someone can offer some suggestions about my problem. I had strep throat at the end of January. They gave me antibiotics for 5 days. Well I finished it on a Thursday and by the weekend, I was feeling weird. My legs felt weak and I was walking really clumsy. I could stand, but it was wobbly. I also felt off balanced. I saw my Dr who referred me to a neurologist. MRIs were done and showed nothing, and I was put on solumedrol for 5 days. This helped because the numbess and tingling in my fingers and toes went away. What DID NOT go away was when I bend my neck forward, there would be this weird sensation of a tight pulling running up my spine, which would cause more tingling and numbness through my fingers and toes. He concluded I had myelopathy and it should resolve on its own in 2-3 months. My profession do a lot of walking, and when I did return to work, I noticed that there was more numbness and tingling in my toes the longer I was walking. I am going to see a different neurologist on Tuesday, but I am sooooo frustrated! I really hope that this will go away. I feel off balanced, my legs feel weak, and all I want to do is be able to run again! Please help me! Any suggestions would be so helpful. Thank you in advance.

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  • HI TINGLY,I first of all looked up side effects of antibiotics to make sure your existing sx aren't due to that. I am wondering if the strep throat is a part of what is going on? I would insist to your neuro that you have an mri of brain and spine. Because you get nerve reactions when you bend your neck forward it sound like it could be from your cervical area. This will cause the tingly sensations in the feet and extremities. I have a brainstem tumour and I get weird nerve sensations (burning and cold feelings) in my feet and hands. It could just be a pinched nerve or something else. How old are you? What is your profession?Please note that I am not a medical or health care identity. I have just done a lot of study on the nervous system due to my own condition. My brainstem tumour causes me a lot of various nerve sensations all over my body. They don't know what type of tumour we are dealing with yet. I am having a biopsy done next month.Get some xrays of your neck and back first and if they don't help get mri's done. Hope this has helped. All the best.Louise
    kimberleydust 15 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks Louise for responding! I hope your biopsy turns out to be benign. I am 27 and am an RN. I take care of many patients down a long hallway. This is difficult for me when they need something, I can not get to them fast enough! There are days when I walk or stand for 6 hrs straight! By the end of my shift, I feel that my legs might buckle on me. I really love my job, but with this disease, I feel that my future is uncertain. I saw a different neurologist this past Tuesday. She clarified to me that I have transverse myelitis. I had to do more lab tests and will have another MRI next friday. She also prescribe for me baclofen for the spasms in my legs. Right now, I am trying to look on the brighter side, things could be worse. I am able to walk and work full time. I will keep you updated if youre interested. thanks for responding, I feel that someone out there is listening!
    tingly27 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi,what you are having on bending the neck is called Lhermitte sign: due to either a mechanical compression of the posterior part of the cord ,or an intrensic disease like B12 defeciency or a demyelinating plaque. You do not need a different general neurologist, because its obvious from the dose of solumedrol that you are suspected to have an attack of demyelination which could be an ideopathic , but will require a follow up by an MS specialist. And its very crucial that you get MRI of the spine (advisable before or during the steroid therapy) because there are criteria to include or exclud transvers myelitis!!! and you need evoked potential studies and a spinal tap! The Inclusion criteria for acute transverse myelitis are as follows: (1) sensory, motor(you had both), or autonomic dysfunction (you did not say any issues passing urin/stool) attributable to the spinal cord(2) bilateral signs and/or symptoms, although possibly asymmetric (your walkin problem)(3) clearly defined sensory level (on examination..did you have it?) read the next(4) exclusion of extra-axial spinal cord compression by MRI or myelography(5) evidence of inflammation within the spinal cord, as demonstrated by CSF pleocytosis, elevated IgG/albumen index, or gadolinium enhancement on MRI(6) progression to a nadir between 4 hours and 21 days after symptom onset Exclusion criteria for idiopathic acute transverse myelitis are as follows: (1) previous spinal radiation(2) clinical deficits consistent with anterior spinal artery syndrome (on exam the joint movement sensation is normal)(3) MRI abnormalities consistent with spinal AVM (Abnormal direct connection between an artery and a vein which enlarges and compress the cord)(4) serologic or clinical evidence of connective tissue disease like Lupus, Sjogren, or rheumatoid(5) CNS manifestations of syphilis, Lyme disease, HIV, HTLV-1, or other viral infection (all should be tested for on the spinal tap fluid) Bob
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