I have consistent, identifiable symptoms, the one MD I saw provided no insight and insurance denied coverage for MRI (wants me to suffer/try random treatments for prolonged period before agreeing to pay for proper diagnosis -- nice). Any thoughts, suggestions, advice regarding a potential diagnoses and type of doctor to see welcome and appreciated. Here's the deal: For the past 3-6 months I have been experiencing numbness and burning sensation in the upper thoracic region, say T1-T4 -- right where the back meets the neck and level with shoulders -- limited to maybe 3x3" area, whenever I sit and hold my head up. Especially at the computer, where the issue started after long days, now starts after 10 minutes, increases in intensity, occurs now when seated in car and on motorcycle after same amount of time, and does not repair overnight any longer (now takes about 24 hours of reclining, walking, not sitting before burning sensation goes away). No sensations outside of this area -- no tingling arms, legs, etc. No loss of muscular ability. New office chair and multiple attempts to be ergonomic at work (8-10 hour days in front of computer), stretch hourly now. Friends have suggested chiropractor (tried two), neurosurgeon and back doctor (tried one). Who should I see? What could it be? If I don't get relief, I don't know what to do. I'm afraid inaction is going to cause permanent damage since everyday actions cause increasing pain and I continue same actions everyday.
Fri, 12/05/2008 - 7:49am#1
Burning Numbness T1-T4