I'm not new to these forums, but I AM new to this section. I have recently developed some strange symptoms (and pretty scary ones). I have a history of spondyloarthropathy and sacroiliitis, but my problems have typically been with the lumbar region.
This new issue has begun recently and continued sporadically for a few weeks now. It usually starts with numbness and tingling in the left side of my face, then the same feeling in my left shoulder, arm, and down to my left hand and fingers. The first time this happened in the middle of the night it was frightening and I'm pretty sure it gave me a panic attack because my heart started pounding and my rate went up to about 200 beats a min. And my wife called 911.
X-ray of my chest was clear. Brain CT was also normal. Blood work showed only slight anemia. Carotid ultrasound was clear. Heart echo showed only a pre-diagnosed mitral valve prolapse, but to signs of inflammation or other serious issues. Following up with cardiologist but doubting the heart is the problem as it has happened since, only without the racing heart panic response.
From what I have been reading, it seems like this could be a cervical vertebrae or disc issue. Has anyone else had symptoms like this? I read about "cervical disc lesions" but not sure what that entails. It just seemed the most logical place to look given my existing spinal problems. I thought I should request a neck MRI assuming my doctor sees my point of view.
Any thoughts, opinions, suggestions?
- Moderator note: See Cervical Herniated Disc Symptoms and Treatment Options