Few points to note: (the past month)
-I haven't worked
-have not participated in any physcial activity
-had any injuries
-21 years old, generally healthy
This started off 3 weeks ago after I had a flu. I felt sudden tingling/numbness on my big left toe, of which felt more severe when pressure was put on it. A few days later it started spread across my left foot, soon upwards and onto my other leg.
I now have a rubbery/mild paralysis(can barely feel them) feeling on both legs, with rare frequencies of tingling around my fingers, weakness/numbness around my mouth & lips (in which chewing is slightly more difficult) & short episodes of shortness of breath( of which I went to the A&E about, nothing was found).
I've been to see a GP 3 times, first time no diagnosis was made, second time a plantar fasciitis diagnosis, and 3rd tiem after my A&E visit, I mentioned GBS however it got dismissed as anxiety. I strongly believe the GP visits were drive-though like, in which they gave me any generic answer to get me out of the way and onto the next patient.
As of now, I'm unable to enjoy my daily activities, I still have the constant feeling of mild paralysis/rubbery type feeling on both legs, weakness around my mouth/lips and have no idea what to do next.
I fear everytime I go to a doctor i'll be dismissed & I'm not sure how to get a referral to a neurologist, any ideas of what it could be & what I should do next?
P.S. I also get severe thirst when lying down before I sleep & when I wake up, also come & go blurred vision in my left eye, not sure if its significant.
Location: Paradise Islands, British Virgin Islands
Re: really need help
If you are taking medication for anything, this may cause blurred/double vision. Howeverm regarding your neuropathy, I sympathize!. I am not diabetic, and I have had to go the distance with my feet. I own orthotics (worth 300 bucks), i examine and take care of my feet 2x a day, and I go to the foot specialist for simple things like removing a callous. Please take care of your feet. Non-daibetics get peripheral neuropathy. Our hope is to keep our health regimen- amputaions are very rarte. Doctors only do bunions and hammertoes.
Regarding your other symptoms: see a neurologist. I suffer from a kind of 'partial paralysis' my legs lose complete control, and I can only lie down. Neurologist and psychiatrist think different things; my feeling is that neither knows why this happends. The ER doctor went so far as to record my 4th visit with this complain as "voluntary!" The human body is an incredible thing; medicine is still an art. We ultimately are our own physicians: diagnose, treat, and study outcomes and compare to the literature. Post blogs! Glad I met someone like me. I do hope you will take care of YOURSELF, read and by all means go and see a neuroligist. Best of luck Candy
Ask your doctor for a referral to a reknown nuerologist. There a several quick panels (labs) that can be taken to indicate nueropathy. You are entitled to receive the best medical attention you deserve.
Your Doc should be able to give you a referral to a neurologist. Is there pain associated with the rubbery numbness or is it just weird feeling. I had host of mysterious ailments when I was around your age, mostly gastrointestinal, and now my daughter has all the same ****. Are you taking anything either prescribed or otc?