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I have a severe neck/back pain and limbs numbness

I had an x-ray done on my neck and doc told me that I have sclerosis. The x-ray shows a 'S' shape
on the neck and an opposite 'S' on the lower back.

I am in my mid 40's. I suffered back and neck ache in my early 20's. I had 2 falls during my school days
which I fainted in both incidents. One was during a high-jump and the other was I fell from a bicycle down
the a steep slope. But then docs didn't do much except bandaged my bruised skin.

But now, the pain got worst and I even have numbness in legs. My palms are like ice-bitten kind of feeling.
My legs feel like a circuit run across even with a light knock on furniture or when a pen falls on it.  

I can even hear screeching sound on my neck bone when I turn my neck either to right or left or front to back.
I had been treated by chiropractor and physician but my condition and pain does not improve.

I am also suffering from burning and sour sensation on my tongue and I don't know whether all these are related
to my bone. Has any nerve been afftected or compressed?

I don't know what kind of specialist to consult anymore! Please help me...

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147426 tn?1317269232
Hi, I'm sorry you didn't get a response.  The curving of your spine is called "scoliosis" (not sclerosis).  So you may have found yourself to this forum by mistake.  X-rays cannot show multiple sclerosis.

But, you do have some symptoms that are definitely neurological.  They are probably from nerve irritation in your back, possibly from osteoarthritis.  I would recommend that you be seen by a neurologist to  evaluate the nerves in your legs.

With the symptoms also in your hands and tongue, you can't rule-out a brain problem.  In that case, the neurologist would probably want to do an MRI of your brain and entire spine.  That is my recommendation for you.

Good luck,

Quix, MD
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TQ for reverting your recommendation. It would be very costly for me to get a MRI done as I cannot afford that on private hospitals - medical expenses in our country is quite expensive. The waiting list in our government hospitals would take years. I have to check with my insurance company if my medical insurance covers this kind of treatment.

At the moment, I consulting a physician and it's too early to see any improvment. Thanks again but don't mind me asking you what is the  'metal gadget' on your head in your picture. Is it some kind of gadget that you have to wear to ease your conditions? If it, I am so sorry to know that you got a more serious case than mine and I hope things will not get so bad for me.

Take good care and get well soon.

147426 tn?1317269232
Oh, thank you for making me laugh!  No, the "gadget" on my head is a joke.  It is a pair of salad tongs (for serving salads at the table) that someone cut in two pieces and put on a bent wire.  You put the wire on your head like a headband.  Then it looks like the gadget is going through your head.

I also hope that your condition doesn't become so serious that you need to wear something silly, but it does make people laugh.  I love to make people laugh.

I'm sorry to hear that it would be hard for you to obtain an MRI.  I pray that you also feel better soon.  Thank you for joining us!

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