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Re: Struggling with paraesthesia

PostPosted: August 30th, 2013, 8:06 pm
by twitchinjohnny
Hello again, KateBN. Your experience sounds different from mine in that the nature of my paraesthesia seem to more readily fit the mold of a classic neuropathy. Mind you, I'm no doctor. I make this assumption based on the amateur research that I've done on neuropathy and the conversations I've had with neurologists regarding this topic and my own symptoms. In any event, you and I seem to be two of the many frustrated individuals who are getting no really useful answers from medical science. Thanks again for sharing your story with me. It all helps!

Hello, Twitchy Mark. Thanks for your reply! The C-spine MRI that I had in March of 2012 revealed a broad based central disc protrusion at C4-C5 that is touching the spinal cord. My neurologist, however, said that this didn't seem to be significant enough to be causing me any trouble. She also mentioned that I had some "mild arthritic changes" in my spine that are normal for a guy my age (52 at the time of MRI). Needless to say, this got me thinking about spinal stenosis. I have an older brother who has constant paraesthesia in his legs and feet due to spinal stenosis. I'm thinking.... genetics???? I also have a sister who has paraesthesia issues. She, like myself has low vitamin B-12. Hmmmmm....... genetics?????

I agree with you on your philosophy concerning doctors. A smart patient is one who knows when to submit, and when to assert themselves. I've gladly fired more than a few doctors in my days. The older I get, the less inclined I am to take their word as "gospel." On the contrary.... the phonebook is full of the names of their competition, and I don't mind letting any doctor know that, should I find it necessary. I've got a feeling that most of the doctors I've seen don't look forward to seeing me again. That's too bad for them. For what my insurance company and I are paying them, and... for the amount of crap that I have to put up with on their behalf, they better be ready when I back them into a corner and start asking them questions. If they can't handle that well, they need to get another job.

That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!

John