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Hurting, Scared and Alone w/It All - Help?

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  • Posted By: long2bnormalagain
  • August 24, 2008
  • 01:31 PM

Hi all. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated...

Prior medical conditions: 44 y.o. female with TAH/BSO (hysterectomy); Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

The progression of symptoms followed a few stressful events in my life and went like this:

Anxiety, Pain in right shoulder blade, insomnia...
(Doc started Cymbalta)
More insomnia, Nausea, tingling in hands and feet
(bloodwork ordered, discontinued Cymbalta after 3 wks.)
Tingling continues, numbness & weakness in legs, severe fatigue, pain in middle back, and digestive issues (nausea & constipation).

Thyroid okay, low white cell count w/neutrophils doubling a month later, positive Rheumatoid Factor, Sed rate normal, ANA negative, negative to Lyme's and Porphyrins, b-6 and b-12 okay, anti-CCP positive;

Brain MRI, Chest x-ray and Cervical and Thoracic MRI's ordered - notable: Small right paracentral disc herniation at T8-T9 (T-8 - T -9 are where the pain is), Chiari I malformation and some disc degeneration. Brain okay.

My legs and back bother me all night but when I first wake up in the morning, it's as if a switch has been turned off, until I get up and start moving around. Pain/numbness/weakness progress as the day does.

I feel "funny" when I eat and sometimes my heart races which triggers an anxiety attack.

I have a visit to the Rheumatologist scheduled, a NCS and a colonoscopy scheduled this week.

Question 1: is it possible the herniated disc seen on the Thoracic MRI is really a tumor?
Question 2: What should we investigate next?

Thanks all!

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