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Old 05-18-2009, 06:01 AM   #1
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Can neurologist help nerve pain?

I fell on my back in Dec, took awhile to set in but then terrible nerve damage from back to groin to leg. The leg is the worst, not much pain in back or groin.
I went to chiro for awhile but it's still there. Go to Neurologist this week, I hope he can help. He will probably want an MRI which will be hard since my Ins is making it real hard to get right now.

 
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Re: Can neurologist help nerve pain?

I think the neurologist is one of the best doctors to see for nerve pain.

 
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Re: Can neurologist help nerve pain?

Just an ad-on...if a neurologist asks for an MRI you are much more likely to get it approved. Insurance companies don't usually fight a neurologist. And I used my neurologist to help with nerve pain and helped me to decide if I had spine surgery or not. I figured she had nothing to gain financially so her analysis of the situation was truly independent.

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Re: Can neurologist help nerve pain?

i would have to agree with jenny here on getting that MRI referral thru any level of actual specialist vs a primary doc. it just has a bit more overall 'weight" than just a primary doing this,you know what i mean?

just one thing for you personally? i am sorry i have not been able to get back to the kidney boards with your PKD questions yet? i did read them since i too have PKD? when you have that MRI, try like heck to avoid the possible contrast dye they use since it can harm kidneys that are not normal or not functioning up to par? my neph told me years ago, after already having many contrasted MRIs that i needed to start declining it. it does impact the kidneys pretty hard, even with normal kidneys so in our case, its just a bit more important to not go there if you do not absolutely have to, ya know?

one thing i DID find out when i had to have angiograms when i developed the old possible high risk for aneurysm from PKD in 05? there IS a med called mucomyst that you can take before and after the contrast is used. it is actually the very same med used when people OD from tylenol(acetylcystine(sp?))? it simply encapsulates that dye and safely removes it from the body thru the kidneys without it actually being filtered like it would normally be? but it does smell rather nasty, like sulpher? but it does help when you simply have to have any contrast pics done. this is just an option for you if contrast is really really needed for your MRI. this is the safe way for us. just wanted to mention the contrast thing if you were not already aware of the possible problems with it.

hopefully your neuro will just get the MRI done for you first thing and find any problems. please keep us posted gram. marcia
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Old 05-18-2009, 01:18 PM   #5
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Re: Can neurologist help nerve pain?

Thanks you people are great w/all the info & caring. The nephrogist sd I do not have PKD, have loads of cysts but they haven't affected my kidneys. He has ordered a MRA though since my Dad died of an aneurysm in his early 40's & died. The Ins turned it down until he put that as family history. He has the MRA w/contrast will that still be bad if he sd no PKD? I know the pain in my leg is coming from my back (fell on it) but no pain to speak of in my back only the leg & I can feel it's nerve pain it's been 5mo now since I fell, I thought maybe it would clear up went to chiro but it hasn't.

 
Old 05-19-2009, 02:00 AM   #6
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Re: Can neurologist help nerve pain?

A neurologist is a great person to see in cases like these, although you may need to see a neurosurgeon later on too. They are highly trained and am sure will be able to get the scans you need - I can't believe that they would refuse something like that when you've had an accident. They should be able to offer you some options for the pain as well if you don't have anything yet. My instincts say to be careful of the chiropractor but they are all different in what they do - I had a physio manipulate my spine and she actually moved the herniated disc onto the right T8 nerve, so it's manipulation that I would be careful of until you know if things are stable. I apologise if I'm repeating things you've heard before, I've just leart to be ultra careful until there's a firm diagnosis.

FB gave you some good info regarding the contrast - I too was given a wash out med before and after each time because of my liver tumour. I don't know that that is necessary though.

Good luck, I hope you get the scans you need and some answers, I can only imagine how frustrated you've been. Let us know how you go ok

 
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Re: Can neurologist help nerve pain?

The only option so far my primary gave me is pain killers but don't want to take them the rest of my life. So weird fell on my back side but my back doesn't really hurt like my leg does.

 
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It sounds like Sciatica...do the symptoms sound familiar if you do a search? This can happen from damaging your lower back. I'm not sure obviously, just an idea. Hopefully you'll get the answer soon. Take care.

 
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Re: Can neurologist help nerve pain?

i just posted you on the kidney boards gram with some good info. what i am wondering is when you mentoned that the cysts are NOT affecting your kidneys, does that simply mean that your labs are all within the norms? mine are too. its the nature of this disease and why people don't have a freaking clue they actually have it since those labs wont change til very heavy damage gets done enough to functions to actually show itself. it IS a very bizzare type of kidney disease which i explained in much further detail for you in the other boards since i do think you could possibly have it, despite the way the cysts may have showed. you just and your dad too appear to have alot of the secondary fallout types of problems that can just come with having the PKD gene in some form.(this part is what i explained in much further detail in the other post) how old are you exactly? age also plays a big part as to how and when the septated,or seperated cysts actually join and become the more charachteristic poly cysts. i have globs and i also have sepaerate ones too.

were your kidneys actually enlarged at all from the cysts upon that US? the one thing you need to remember is just 'where' the kidneys are located? very close to the actual spinal column on either side. they can in some cases actually affect spinal nerves. if you fell just right it could have also shifted the kidney onto a nerve in there too. it would cause the very same type of nerve pain as you can get from a compromised spinal nerve from say sciatica or other spinal issues too. just something to keep in mind along the diagnosis road you are on.

if you actually have an MRA done(which IS really great that you are) i would just speak with the radiology facility(or your neph,which really would probably be the best) before the scan about taking the mucomyst, IF contrast is going to be used. they can also do the MRA without the contrast too if need be. i did mine this way and my aneurysm, that did not actually show up on the plain MRI, DID very clearly show on the MRA. and mine was at a bend in the artery making it much harder to see anyway. since the MRA ONLY highlights the arteries within your brain, it is the best type of test next to a full angio done just to see whats up in the brain arteries.

in most situations they will check your creatinine and postassium just to see where they are per contrast orders for any contrasted films. but their rule of thumb for not using it depends much more upon what those labs actually show as far as levels then you actually having anything just 'wrong' with your kidneys at all. my labs are still within all the norms, but i have some major destruction in the kidneys and the liver which is why my neph just told me even if my labs are still good, i still needed to decline the contrast. believe me gram, labs only give you a very small part of the overall bigger picture here. it is just protecting the good healthy kidney tissue you actually still have left that is most important here ya know?

contrast just IS hard for the kidneys to filter out, for everyone. also drinking as much water as possible with even taking the muco, if they have you do a follow up angio just to help clarify things is always important, for anyone who just has any contrasted pics done, even if you do not have a kidney disease, its just very crucial to drink up alot of water for the next like 24 hours post films.

hopefully, whatever is causing your continued pain will just show itself upon the MRI. but if for some reason it does not, that does NOT mean that something is not actually triggering or generating your pain. it just means the MRI could not actually pick it up, ya know what i mean? MRIs or any other particular type of scan is just only that, a scan of an area and not a kodak moment with all the clarity of an actual picture. there are just some things we can have wrong that wont show up for ALOT of different reasons. so just in case this should occur, keep pushing your docs til you actually find the true cause of your pain and symptoms,K? good luck with the getting that MRI and the MRA results too. please keep us posted gram. Marcia
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:19 PM   #10
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Re: Can neurologist help nerve pain?

Well I went to neurologist today, he sd it's the ligaments in my thigh thats causing the pain. Sd sometimes takes a yr to get better, to take ibiprophen & walk. Nothing else can be done.

 
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Re: Can neurologist help nerve pain?

hi gram,haven't heard anything for a while from you. have you recieved the results yet from your MRA? you have just been on my mind hon, and wondering how things are with your back and of course those results too. please let me know when you can,K? marcia
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:12 PM   #12
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How nice of you, I love people that care about others! Well I just found out MRA OK but there's mild to moderate micro vascular disease, he wants me to repeat it in a yr. I guess nows the time I really have to stop smoking (so addicted) The neurologist sd ligament problem in leg can last a yr if itis going to get better & to take tylenol or motrin. Pain is real bad at times.

 
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