First of all I would like to thank all of you who answered my previous messages. It’s nice to get some feedback to reassure you! We all need that!
I have finally had my MR can looked at and I have a herniated disk C4. The disk is bulging but appears not to be impinging on my spinal cord.
Injury mid October 08 lifting something out of car. Was given anti inflammatory drug Dicloflex 50mg.
Early November seemed to have recovered so returned to Badminton. Next day in great pain.
Went to doctor and was prescribed Tramadol on 24th November 08.
Pain decreased as time went on but got new symptoms.
Left index finger and top of hand went numb and has remained so.
Have pins an needles in legs and both arms occasionally.
Muscle spasms in neck.
Sometimes if feels my head is separated from my body.
Most recently having breathing issues and swallowing/gag reflexes.
Worst thing however is when I lay down and put pressure on the spot on the back of my neck. I get cramping all over my body. Sometimes I wake up and my right arm is completely numb. Today I woke up and I couldn’t move at all, I had to rock my head left and right to get moving.
I have been to A and E (ER) with breathing difficulties, could only breath when laying forward.
The doctor says MRI shows it is not impinging my spinal cord, he also says I have a smaller bulge in a higher cervical disk too and some general wear and tear. But I am really worried about this. He had no clear explanation for the pins and needles and numbness/ cramping/breathing issues when laying. I lay on my back, can’t lay on either side it feels as if i’m going to suffocate.
I have been referred to a spine specialist in January. But I think I need to see a neurologist. Anyone else have this experience?
Reflexes are good, no weakness in legs!
If it continues over the weekend I am going to get my MRI scans and see a private neurologist. I am wholly unconvinced to the doctors diagnosis.