This is my first time posting here, I found the forum thru Google. What a wealth of information in here!
A little about
me: I suffered an unstable fracture to my T12 vertebra, without spinal cord damage back in 1995. This injury was corrected by inserting screws and rods into my spine and having a spinal fusion from my T11 - L1.
Over the years I have had bouts of neurological symptoms such as numbness, tinglings, brisk reflexes, loss of balance. I've had abnormal SSEP and nerve conduction tests, but the results were dismissed due to my back injury.
On March 27th this year, I had the screws and rods removed due to back pain from them becoming lose. Initially after the surgery I was fine. Four weeks post op my sensory disturbances/neuropathic symptoms have returned and have continued to get worse. My neurosurgeon ordered an MRI of the thoracic spine region, which I had last week, but it has come back clear. However, I'm still having sensory disturbances/neuropathic symptoms such as:
*Numbness & tingling that would happen occasionally in my feet. It has since returned and spread to my torso.
*When I tilt my head forward, I get an electric shock feeling in my feet and legs (New symptom in past four weeks)
*A tight band of pressure around my chest, just under my breasts. It feels like my bra is too tight, and it feels like I am still wearing one, even after I take it off.(New symptom in past four weeks)
* Sometimes there is a tinge of yellow to my vision (Off and on over past few years)
I'm beginning to wonder if my symptoms are not related to my spine, but are in fact symptoms of MS? Do you think I should ask my neurosurgeon (I am seeing him again tomorrow) to order a MRI of the brain to look for lesions? How soon would lesions appear if it were MS?
Thanks in advance for your input on this