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My issues started in mid-December. I had bronchitis and had a horrible cough, to the point I was puking from coughing so hard and pulled rib muscles. Anyway, my doctor gave me a rib belt to wear. That same day, I was at work and twisted in my chair and both legs went numb and left like pins/needles (sort of like they were asleep) and waking up. I immediately felt like I was going to pass out and like I was having a heart attack. I ended up in the ER. They did EKG, blood work and said it was a panic attack (including the leg numbness) and sent me home.

I followed up with my doctor and had x-rays. Nothing showed up. She did lots of blood tests and everything was normal. She said to take Aleve and sent me on my way.

A week later (still in pain and still numb in both legs, I ended up back in the ER with both legs and my right arm numb. They did a lumbar puncture, MRI of my spine and more blood tests. Everything was normal/fine. I was given Oxy and sent home. Oxy did not touch the pain. I couldn't sleep. I couldn't sit, walk, bend, etc. I was miserable.

I figured it was an intercostal muscle tear (from coughing) as that pain wrapped all the way around my torso--from the front of my ribs to my spine.

I followed up with my doctor again and was given Lorazepam and told to wait a month because it's probably a pinched nerve and they take months and months to heal.

In the meantime, I started massages and physical therapy.

Nothing was helping...the massages gave temporary relief and the physical therapy made things worse (especially without an official diagnosis)....

I went back to the doctor and she said--"Oh you're 34 and it could be MS." So she ordered an MRI with contrast of my brain. Talk about anxiety and stress! Thank GOD everything came back normal....

My doctor prescribed Lyrica, which I could not take because it made me incredibly dizzy. Then she prescribed me Cymbalta and those side-effects were worse--vomiting, hot flashes, insomnia, terrible nightmares when I did sleep and suicidal thoughts! My legs did feel better when I was on the Cymbalta but the other side effects were not worth it....

Finally, my doctor referred me to a neurologist and I've been waiting for three months (my appointment is this Friday).

I've been wondering--could this be piriformis?? Nothing showed up in any blood tests or any of the MRI's or the lumbar puncture...the tingling is in both legs and my feet. It's a dull, achy pain in my butt (feels like it's sore and almost like a bad bruise)....


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