I don't think going to the ER is going to help. They'll maybe give you something topical to try to treat the burning, but if it is a neuralgia -- a nerve-related pain -- that isn't going to do much. And then they'll refer you to your neuro. It's not like..if you walk into the ER, you'll be instantly transported to some special clinic where they'll run all sorts of tests. What WILL likely happen is you'll wait a long time, be "seen" by an intern, "triaged" -- meaning, moved to the bottom of the line because you're not there for what ER's are designed to do...treat people who have real emergencies...
meaning, you're breathing, you're not bleeding, you're conscious, you're aware and awake, you're not having an anaphalatic episode, or an asthma attack, or at risk of dying any time soon....
and then you'll wait some more. Then you'll be told to see your doctor in the morning, and handed a bill (or one will be sent to your insurance company) that will be huge, and you'll still have the pain.
Neuralgia -- nerve pain -- can happen with MS. But..and I think I've said this before, maybe to you -- it can happen with LOTS of different disorders. A rheumatologist might be a good next step...did I suggest that to you before?
I have seen a rheumatologist, did all the testing, nothing was found. Seen an allergist, my PCP, neurologist, gynecologist, and an infectious disease doctor. Still nothing. I believe that someday I will have an answer, and it probably will turn out to be MS, I'm hoping not, but in the back of my mind I think it is. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
I am undiagnosed also. I have had other weird sensory problems for 7 years now, the burning is new to me. I have a script of Lyrica, I am thinking about trying this. Take care.
Although Lhermittes is a symptom of MS it is a symptom of many conditions. If you do a search or google of Lhermittes you will find a lot of articles that will state that. I am not a huge fan of wikepedia, but it did say that a herniated disc can cause the Lhermittes sign. Good luck with your search for answers. A seven year search has to be so frustrating. Keep us posted as to how you are doing.
Thank you Gretchen and Kimber,
I think that I am going to just have my PCP send me for another c-spine MRI, since its been oer a year now, and ask for contrast also. It also stated that there was no curvature to my neck also. The pain doc told me that this is caused alot of times from whiplash, which I have been rear ended 3 times, and also from muscle spasms. I am scared because my gram had MS and I have these weird feelings, they do not remit, they are there everyday, some days more than others, depending on what I have done that day. Scrubbing floors and working above my head really does me in. So you think that this disk bulge would cause these sensations. I have had these weird feelings for going on almost 8 years now, and my brain and spine MRI have been normal except for the disk issue. Thank you all for your help, its greatly appreciated!!!