I am a 26 yo female who has developed moderate drop foot and general left-sided weakness since last year. I finally went to the doc when one evening it felt as if I could barely move my left leg due to this sudden attack of severe heaviness/weakness in the limb. No pain, just completely bizarre. I had a brain and cervical MRI at the beginning of this saga, both of which returned (reasonably -- more info on that) normal. Saw a few docs who confirmed the weakness and an EMG was indicated, but then I then promptly ran out of insurance, which can not be remedied for a few more months at least. I was able to visit a chiro briefly, as this seemed better than nothing. X-rays show an extra lumbar vertebra and some spondylosis.
I recently was able to see an actual spinal doc out of pocket today, and the left-sided weakness was confirmed. I should mention that I have had transient feelings of tingling on my face and a huge numb patch on my left arm that was there for a few months before disappearing, as well as buzzing in my left hand and fingers in general. I also can't move my left pinky toe, but that's not exactly concerning.
This office is doing a HUGE discount for me so I can finally get an EMG in a few weeks. However, they told me that if the EMG is normal, they want to refer me to a neuro, as my brain MRI did have some "rare white matter plaques/lesions possibly indicative of demylination or ischemic events." (Not a direct quote, but it's basically what the nurse read to me today). Now, these are small and I suppose there weren't a whole lot of them, so I guess that's why it was brushed off initially, months ago? :/
This MRI was taken in March. I was basically told I may have MS or something along those lines still. Any opinions? I guess I have lesions, but not the ones you usually see, or something. I'm just flippin' tired of going around in circles!
Post Edited (espressobean) : 8/4/2015 12:49:11 PM (GMT-6)