Hello. First time poster. This is an awesome site for people like me. I need some advice.
I am a 54 years old and 40 year type1 diabetic (no complications). I had a disc herniation 6 years ago at C6/C7 and the resulting disc fusion surgery was very successful. The pain and numbness I had in my right arm was almost immediately relived. Awesome!
About 2.5 years ago I started having walking balance type issues. Just a lack of confidence in my gait. My thyroid and other things were checked and all was OK. About 6 months later, I started getting extremely cold burning spots (softball size) in the same spot on my right arm/elbow forearm and right calf. The gait issues came and went during this time but are very persistent now. The doctor sent me to a neurologist who did physical therapy and ultimately an MRI (brain and spine with dye) which revealed another herniation with pressure on the spine from the disc at C5/C6. She stated that there was slight changes in the brain but didn't think it was MS but possibly related to extreme sugar lows experienced as a long term diabetic. In the mean time, a warm spot developed on my left calf and numb/warm spot on my left back shoulder. All are still present today.
I ended up getting surgery done with an artificial disc about three months back (successful according to surgeon and xrays) but my symptoms have not reduced. In fact, they are worse now. And, the cold spots and tingling are popping up briefly in new places every now and are still prevalent in the places mentioned above. Furthermore, I now have some leg and arm pain with some occasional twitching.
I expected the same results but have gotten worse. I am now have so much anxiety and wondering if the cervical issue was not the real problem. Perhaps I have something like MS or ALS.
Thanks in advance for your help.