Im new here and just trying to get some advice, the Neurologist that I seen A year ago was not very helpful, I'm going to make appt. with a different Neurologist and some advice on what to ask and other tests I should ask for would be helpful.
Sorry if this gets long. I originally went to regular doc August 2010 because i had suddenly developed numbness from chest down to toes on right side and was in my face for just a day or two and had a little trouble walking down stairs with left leg (it felt weird like I was stepping on a cloud). And at the same time had an awful pinching pain by left shoulder blade which went down back of arm and a very stiff neck(which had been happening for quite a while off and on before the numbness happened). Her first thought was to rule out MS so did Brain MRI with everything normal (thank goodness). She prescribed muscle relaxers and had me wait 30 days and see what happend. Everything still same after waiting. She then sent me to Neurologist who did neuro exam, by this time (October)the numbness on right side was getting better but not 100% and he said I passed it and just told me we may never know why I was numb on right side sometimes it just happens. Hmm. He asked if I had any other questions and I was like YA my neck and shoulder blade pain isnt there for no reason. He said well we can do an MRI but I don't think we will find anything. Well turns out it did find: Disk space narrowing at the C5-6 level with a large left paramedian disk herniation resulting in significant spinal stenosis centrally and in the left lateral spinal canal. Anyways I've seen him once since then, don't care for his demeanor with me and he just wasn't very helpful. Does anyone know if there are other tests or should I ask for another MRI onwhole spine? I am 40 years old, I've developed alot more pain in my legs don't know if its related or not. I clean houses for a living(self-employed) can't afford to miss to much work and little by little its getting harder to ignore and just live with all the weird pains thruout my body. I've searched out alot of infor on this condition, which has been helpful, but when I go to new Doc It would help me If I knew more of the right things to ask. Any help is great. Sorry so long.