Hi all. I'm a healthy 24 year old female. I went to my GP last year after I had been experiencing a few odd symptoms.
I was getting pins and needles in my hands a lot and would often wake up with dead hands in the night. I felt that I was very clumsy, dropping things and I can't play the Piano as well as is used to. At night when I'd wake up, I often wouldn't know "where my hands are" unless I moved them. I think this is proprioception and would often walk into things like door frames and other obstacles as if I wasn't able to judge the space. I was also experiencing a burning sensation underneath my right shoulder blade. I have never had neck pain, but it would often be stiff, can only tolerate very flat pillow and sore muscles around the neck and shoulders.
After lots of blood tests that were normal my GP sent me for MRI that was also normal.
A few months later, which was last week, I got my first ever severe headache. I have never had a headache before this. It was awful. An hour later my vision became slightly blurry and then I felt very dizzy. My hands got pins and needles, My speech was very slow, poor concentration and weakness in the right leg. I was admitted to emergency. Bloods normal, ct brain normal, LP normal, urine normal. By that night, my speech was back to normal and he headache subsided. The next day I went for MRI brain, c spine and lumbar spine.
Neurology gave me the all clear by ruling out stroke, tumours and ms. My right leg remains weak in hip and knee and scored a 4 with neurology tests. I'm now using a crutch.
Since coming into hospital, I developed slight numbness in the skin around my right jaw and maybe my scalp but I find it hard to tell.
The MRI showed that I had cervical stenosis at c3,4,5,6 and a bulging disc between 5 and 6.
My doctors agree that this can explain all the symptoms I had before that I complained to my GP about and possibly the episode last week. They reckon the stenosis gave me a severe migraine which affected my speech for a few hours and the pins and needles.
The only thing is, they're not sure if the cervical stenosis could cause my right leg weakness.
Physio don't seem to be too surer either. I'm being referred to a spinal-ortho surgeon where I hope to get more answers. I'm worried about the leg because it will delay me getting back to work And driving.
My question is:
Can cervical stenosis with a bulging disc cause unilateral leg weakness?