I just was hoping someone with some expertise could weigh in on my condition or offer some advice. I spent the entire Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2011 chasing these symptoms and I'm still ever clueless. Long story, please bear with me. I have what I'd call Paresthesia in my left hand pinky tip, left hand ring finger pinky tip (partial), and a major part of my left top side foot. I DO NOT HAVE ANY PAIN in any of the effected areas or any weakness. I had been on the Atkins diet for 6 months when these symtpoms showed. I have since ended the diet to remove the possibility it was the culprit but I gained all the weight back and nothing changed.
Saw many many specialists including 4 neurologists, a chiropractor, an epidural doctor, and finally a spinal surgeon.
No definitive diagnosis from any of them. I had 2 EMGs that showed nothing abnormal. I had MRIs of the spine and head. No MS, but foraminal stenosis of Lumbar and Cervical areas on left side, but also slightly on right side.
I had cortisone shots administered in several areas along both nerves paths, but nothing. Finally my spinal surgeon reviewed all MRIs, and he said I could continue lifting weights and such or do anything I want. That the stenosis could possibly pressing on the nerves, but he didn't seem that concerned.
My main issue is I really want to continue weight lifting and exercising. I've been at it for 6 years, I just don't want to make the issue worse. I'm not throwing huge weight around, but I take it seriously and pay attention to form. I quit doing squats and dead lifts, but I still run for cardio and use barbells/dumbbells.
I'm sorry this is long-winded but I just want some thoughts please...