I posted about my symptoms before.
Since then, I have seen a neurologist who did an MRI of my back, blood work, a carotid doppler, doppler transcranial, EEG, EMG/NCV with F on both my arms and legs.
The bloodwork proved it wasn't rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Lyme disease, a vitamin deficiency, or a thyroid disorder. Also, both my neurologist and psychiatrist do not think the symptoms are caused by my bipolar meds (depakote, lamictal, and klonopin).
Most tests were normal, except for the EMG/NCV on my arms and legs. I have some carpal tunnel syndrome, and have lost some nerve function in my legs (which explains my dizziness, vertigo, and loss of balance). It may also partially explain my chronic migraines. However, since everything else was normal, my neurologist says that it's most likely progressive.
He's ordered genetic testing: CMT Advanced Evaluation (Charcot Marie Tooth disease). There are apparently 70 disorders that fall under that category.
Yet, I am unsure whether it IS just peripheral neuropathy. I know that the peripheral nerves are damaged, but I can't help wondering if symptoms can appear before damage to the central nervous system shows up on an MRI or before myelin damage is picked up on a test. It also doesn't explain other symptoms: bladder control issues (feeling like my bladder is full even when it isn't, bladder being completely full and not feeling like I have to go, thus experiencing incontinence), mild to severe loss of appetite, major sleep disturbances, mild to moderate upper and lower back pain, slurred speech, blurred and double vision.
A new symptom is the feeling like someone is tightening and loosening a corset, and my stomach muscles are tightening and retracting.