Hello everyone, I really appreciate any feedback i get from this post.
My Situation, Symptoms, Preliminary diagnosis by Neurologist
About a month ago i felt my right ankle giving out very easily after sitting at the computer for extended periods of time, which resulted in falls. I fell about 3 times which causing in pain in both of my feet and ankles (due to them buckling). About 2 weeks ago, i could barely walk on either foot due to extreme pain in the ankles. The pain resolved but i was left with numbness in the tops of both feet and the inability to life my toes off the ground from the ankles (foot drop in both feet). The numbness and weakness in my right (dominant) ankle is worst then my left. The numbness in my left ankle has subsided quite a bit since the onset of the problems. When i first went to my general doctor (at the time of the pain) he said i had a pulled hamstring in my left leg and right achilles tendon strain. However, 2 days later i experienced the foot drop in both feet. I called the doctor again and he did some routine office tests (scratching the bottom of my foot to see if my big toe exteneded away from the rest of my feet- which he said was negative for motor nerve damage). He gave me an mri on my lower back which revealed a bulging disk, but he said that the neurologists who looks at the mri said this should not be causing my symptoms. I then was refered to a neurologist, she did a bunch of office tests on me, using some electric gadget to see if could feel vibrations in my toes (i seemed to past that test), looked at my tongue, had my take each foot and run it up the opposite leg. She tested my hand strength by seeing if i could keep my fingers spread apart or closed together as she tried to open them or push them together. I showed no weakness in the upperbody. However, she said i was a bit hyperreflective in my lower body, but she attributed that to the anxiety and stress i have had over this. I asked her if this could be ALS and she said it wasnt possible because i would NOT have the numbness or pain, and that the disease does not progress in the way my symptoms are appearing. Her diagnosis is that i have perennial nerve compaction (i.e Perennial palsy) from sitting at the computer with my legs crossed for extended periods of time. She said i need to have a nerve conduction test to confirm her diagnosis but the earliest appointment i could get for the test is April 17 :( . My symptoms were localized to just my feet until last night. I was using the pc mouse for about an hour and i notice a pain in my right wrists (the same side were my foot first started bothering me- but its also the hand i use for the mouse. I woke up this morning and the pain is still there and my wrist feels weak when i twist it. My fingers still feel strong (i.e i can can keep them closed or spread apart as i try to pull them apart or close them). I dont recall hurting my wrist at all, and it seems strange that just 1 hour at the computer could have caused this (again maybe it has built up over time like crossing legs at the computer). Furthermore, I am somewhat skeptical of how crossing my legs could have caused this foot drop. My symptoms seemed to be more progressive not instantaneous, as i felt my ankles being weak for a few weeks prior. Could it be that the falls were enough to push my nerves over the top, and Is it possible that my wrist problem is linked to my feet? I am so worried about this, that any pain i get i start think that the problems are related. I haven't noticed really any muscle cramping, and i am not sure what a twitch should feel like. Sometimes my legs may shake a bit while sitting in a wierd possiton. I have also noticed that my feet, legs and hands fall asleep alot easier now. If i cross my legs at all it falls asleep a few minutes later. I can toe walk, bend toes and move my ankles left and right but cannot move toes up or walk on heals. I also cannot tell if my left leg is getting weaker due to the fact that my left ankle is not giving me good support. It seems to be easier walking up or down stairs then on straight ground. I went in bathroom to look at my tongue and it seems to move a bit when i stick it out by the doctor also looked an my tongue and didnt seem to be concerned. Is there any other symptoms i should be looking for? What does a twitch feel or look like? I also must say that i do get a great deal of anxiety over stuff like this. About a year ago i experienced headaches, and was sure i had a brain tumor- my mind actually manifasted other symptoms such as lightheadness exct. It turned out that there was no turmor and the symptoms eventually went away even the headaches. The problem this time is, once doctor told me it could not be ALS i stopped worrying about it untill today. The wrist issue has me a nervous reck again. Do my symptoms sound like ALS? Any feedback here will be appreciated
I read your post and it sound like you have the same obsessive anxiety problems that I do regarding ALS and other terminal diseases. See a psychiatrist ASAP. I've been dealing with these "phobias" since 2001.
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