My name is Brenda and I live in California. I have had numb hands for the past 7 months and recently have had a weak right leg that makes it difficult to walk.
I had carpel tunnel surgery on both hands in 2006. At first I thought the carpel tunnel was returning. My primary care doctor sent me to an ortho doc to check on the carpel tunnel. An EMG was done and the neurologist said I have no nerve damage in my hands and it wasn't carpel tunnel, more likely something more central like my neck.
I showed the neurologist an MRI I had done in 2005 for a pinched nerve in C3-4. He said that was likely the problem with my numb hands. So, he ordered a new MRI which was done last week. I had my apt with the neurologist on July 11 and he said the C3-4 has a bulging disc extrusion severely compressing the spinal cord. Also some mild stenosis in C4-5 and C5-6.
I told the neurologist I had a new symptom in the past three weeks. My right leg feels weak particularly when I first get up in the morning. I walk slowly with a limp and have discomfort but no pain.
The neurologist says he wants me to see a neurosurgeon next week and be in surgery within the week. The procedure is for disc removal. I will know more after I see the neurosurgeon.
When I had a pinched nerve in 2005 the MRI indicated the C3-4 disc extrusion compressing the spinal cord. I felt pain down my shoulder and arm. With physical therapy it resolved itself in a couple of months. This time I don't feel any pain, just numbness in both hands and now the right leg weakness. My fingertips feel particularly numb.
Anyone else with these symptoms? And had surgery?
Glad I found this board. I'm learning so much from all that you are sharing.