I've diagnosed with conversion/somatization disorder of some kind.
At least 90% of my doctors believe so, as 10%(more less) still think I might have some sort of idiopathic Polyneuropathy.
In brief, my case started in the mid of HUGE stress last year, January to be precise.
Symptoms started as a TIA kind of episode, weakness, dizziness, then evolved to numbness and tingling, and later to pain(pins and needles), hypersensitivity, combined with some weird stuff like feeling my feet wet when they're not.
Finally I also got widespread fasciculations(muscle twitching), muscle spasms(sometimes painful sometimes not) and this whole array of symptoms have come to stay, even as I do have some one or two weeks of almost complete remission, but then it all starts again. I might add that I've also felt some mild overall improvement or I've get used to my symptoms, I don't know.
I've been given a bunch of different treatments and medications(all new to me) from SSRI's which almost drove me nuts, to B-vitamins, Lyrica, Gabapentin, and on top of it all Clonazepam because this condition caused(or was caused by I don't know) some severe episodes of anxiety and panic.
The 10% of my doctor's who still believe it might be something physical, had establish a possible relationship with the increase of my allergic symptoms with an increase in the neuropathic issues. Thing is my allergic stuff is perennial.
But the other 90% have inclined towards the Somatization Disorder because after extensive tests that I've got like an EMG, two NCV's, a brain MRI, extensive blood work, and several neurologist appointments there was not clear evidence of a probable physical cause for all this stuff.
I also have irritable bowel issues, and some other symptoms that match a probable somatization disorder diagnose.
This is why I wanted to see if somebody knows about this mental disorders or has been diagnosed with this conditions, because I have some questions if you may answer them.
1. Can this mental disorders cause not only my symptoms, but an abnormal EMG reading?
My first EMG/NCV showed residual stuff from some previous episode even as I've never ever felt something like this. A second NCV came clean tough, even as I'm still dealing with this issues.
2. Are this disorders consistent with the sudden start of my symptoms and also with the "up and down" pattern I've experienced?
I can have one or two great weeks, sometimes almost asymptomatic, and then once again a "crisis" or relapse and so on.
I just want to figure out if there's still something to look for as the cause of my issues or I just have to concentrate on dealing with this mental disorders to finally recover or get some permanent relief from my symptoms.
Thank you very much.
Last edited by stargrave; 02-08-2011 at 12:07 AM.