About 3 years ago I deliberately cracked my neck in a seated position. I felt a sharp pain down my spine and immediately lost sensation / use of my left hand with severe numbness in most of left face. The numbness subsided when I was laying down, but during that time it would sometimes shift to my right face and hand. I got an MRI while I had little to no use of my left hand - no significant conclusions. About a week later I noticed numbness in my left thigh and distinct lack of sexual function. I have since had 5 brain MRI - contrast and non, 1 MRA of the neck, 4 cervical MRI's and 1 lumbar MRI. Nothing of significance has been observed in any of the tests. MS and brain tumors are consistently ruled out by the neurologists, but they do not have a precedent for this. Physical therapy, weight loss and chiropractics have definitely improved my condition, but today I still deal with the following:
Loss of sensation on both sides of the face - get's worse with walking
Loss of sensation / function in both hands (I can still type fairly well but no fine movement) - worse with walking
Reduced sexual function - highly positional and worst when lying on back
Reduced sensation in both legs
Lessened sense of taste and smell - Sense of smell appears dependent on how I position my neck
Before I cracked my neck, I had the following symptoms:
rushing noise / sensation in cervical spine when hungry - commonly reported by many people but never explained as far as I know
loss of sensation in a small area just left of the mouth
I believe this is a type of dystonia related to a change in spinal alignment.. I have gotten very tangible results from promoting muscle awareness and have trouble isolating core muscles on both sides of body in a symmetrical way. I believe other people have that issue but am convinced that this got notably worse after the neck-cracking.
What should my next step be with this? I have no pain, but consider my sensation loss very real and highly positional.
Not being a medical professional I can only suggest some things I am familiar with....one, with my condition Chiari malformation we were told no chiropractors as they can add to the issues within the neck from the manipulations that are done.
I know u said u see a difference but to what end?...It may be a pinched nerve that can not be seen...have they done a MRI w/wo contrast?
The problem is the MRI is relatively new for dxing things like Chiari and it is not taught in med school except for a 5 mins gloss over...and so many Drs have the impression that it will not cause issues so consider it an incidental finding.
It is the only thing I was Dx'd with and had surgery for that helped with a multitude of symptoms. ....
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