:confused: It started with a slight case of "vertigo" (not the falling kind, just the feeling of standing on a 10 storey building), and the doctor said it was probably an inner ear virus that would go away by itself. It went away gradually after 2 weeks, but just when I thought all was well, I had my first "leg collapse". I had got into bed, but remembered something I had to do, and got out of bed. About 5 strides down the passage my legs (predominantly my right one) collapsed under me. My first reaction was surprise and then shock because I thought I was having a stroke or something. After about 10 seconds I could get up and went straight back to bed to gather myself. And that was that.....Until the next day, when I collapsed again. As the days progressed, the symptoms kept changing in very minor ways. Sometimes I would lie in bed and the slightest turn to my right or left side, would start the paralysing feeling in my right leg. Once or twice the feeling went up my right arm, but that hasn't happened again. It has been about 10 days now, and I am getting scared because I sometimes feel like I want to pass out, but I never do. The feeling comes over my right hip (maybe sciatic nerve?), goes down the back of my thigh, and then all gives way. It only lasts 10 seconds, with a weak feeling in my lumbar region just before. I had bloods done to check my thyroid levels, my potassium and kidney function, but these came back as "normal". I have an appointment with a specialist physician on 26th January, so I just have to "wait it out".
I googled the symptoms, and came up with some possibilities: sciatic nerve compression/irritation, low potassium (hypokaelemia transient paralysis), thyrotoxic transient paralysis, vitamin B12 deficiency (due to malabsorption in the gut).
So I went and had a Vit B12 shot, and have been taking Slow-K and other electrolytes in the mean time. This has helped, but only for about a day, and now its starting again. I'm going to increase my electrolytes and I am trying not to sit straight up or in any way to compress the sciatic nerve.
I cannot wait for the 26th January! Thank goodness I don't have to leave the house and go out like most people.
By the way I have been diagnosed hypothyroid, and was put on thyroid meds (50mcg) about 4 weeks ago, and when I had my TSH, T3 and T4 tested again because of these episodes, it was in normal range. I suspected thyrotoxicosis, so I reduced my meds, but today I took my normal dose (50mcg), and found my symptoms back in full force.
PLEASE HELP IF ANYONE KNOWS ANYTHING!
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