Hi, AuntieLeela and thanks for your help and advice, I really appreciate it.
I'm now looking to see a new doctor as the current one I saw was just not good or professional enough in my eyes.
Perhaps the neurologist can order these tests for Celiac and B12 deficiency but I'm not sure.
I'm not taking any stomach pills or any other kind of medication.
I'd have thought this doctor I'd just seen would've ordered these tests anyway, knowing it could be a possibility or to at least rule it out rather than guess that I haven't got it just by looking at me from his chair!
He just said that I'd have symptoms if I had something like a deficiency or other problem! I don't believe him. He guessed on my spine and sent me straight to physio before even having me x-rayed! This could've contributed to the damage I now have with my spine as I didn't have the neurological symptoms as bad before then. This doctor seems to me to be one to guess rather than test! Not a good attribute in a doctor. A good doctor would order any and all tests possible to help make the patient feel at ease and rule out everything possible. Doctors aren't psychic so I don't know why they always usually choose to guess rather than go on the solid tests which would usually truthfully tell them.
I will mention the virus to the neurologist as I am still suspicious it is to do with this virus that I had in 2005.
I also now have a bladder problem where it doesn't empty completely. I don't leak. I have full bladder sensations, intermittent pain/cramping feeling on my right side, near the groin and frequency. I started with numbness on my pubic bone in April 2008 and then in May I started to notice I was going a bit more than usual but at that time I didn't have the full bladder feeling or this intermittent pain/cramp in my abdomen, just the frequency. Then in late August it all came at once, the frequency, full bladder sensation, etc.
I'm quite taken aback by the fact that every doctor and spine surgeon I've gone to see so far has said it's nothing to do with the virus and that it was 'just a coincidence'. Though they probably don't know about it or have never heard that viruses can cause neurological damage. They don't seem to be very knowledgeable on quite a few things, including my Schmorls node that they never even mentioned was there! Only the radiologist observed the fact I'd got a Schmorls node and degenerated discs. The spine surgeons that I saw said my spine looks ok! I believe the radiologists who did the report, not the spine surgeons, as the radiologists know exactly how to read and interpret x-rays and MRIs.
I will demand these tests for Celiac and B12 deficiency until they actually just do it as I've had enough of the doctors telling me I have or haven't got it by guessing. They can't just guess and then that's it! In my opinion that is just extremely dangerous. How these doctors and surgeons qualify is just...I don't know...rediculous!
I read an awful lot in the papers and on the news about these sort of medical malpractices and then the patients die because of the doctors' negligence for guessing rather than actually doing the proper tests.
It's sad as I'd have thought in this day and age they'd have never been allowed to guess and would, by protocol (where does protocol exist? I'm not entirely sure!) have to order tests to be able to say that the patient has or hasn't got a condition. It's basically illegal how they have guessed and not done the tests to go with it. Putting lives at risk in the medical profession is against what they actually trained for. I thought they trained to help people, not kill them. It's sad...
Hopefully when I mention the virus and about Celiac and B12 deficiency being a possibility the neurologist may actually be a medical professional and actually order those tests.
I am not going to give up on finding out what could be wrong with both my spine and nerve damage/symptoms.
Sorry for the long post. I just felt I needed to let my feelings out as the people on here are good at lending a listening ear and it's somewhere I know I can always come and talk to other people who have similar problems.
Thanks for your advice and help and I'll keep you updated on my progress.