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Old 01-25-2002, 04:51 PM   #1
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New here..please help

Hi all..I am new here, so bear with me while I share my story. I have been having numbness (slight) and tingling (moderate) in my left foot and right side of my spinal cord (right underneath the bra strap area)on my back, for the past 6 years. It has waxed and waned, and I have seen numerous doctors for this...they've diagnosed me with everything from anxiety to fibromyalgia. I had a brain MRI in 1998 to check for multiple sclerosis lesions...it was normal. I have now found my way to a new neurologist, and in November I had another brain MRI (normal), and now this week I am scheduled to have a MRI done on my thoracic spine, as this is where I get the tingling in my back. The tingling has now also went into my right foot, and I also get sensations of wearing a tight ace bandage on my feet at times. The tingling can also occur on the side of my face, or in my fingers. I've noticed in the past few days that the tingling gets worse when I am sitting, and can get somewhat better when I am up and walking or lying down. Anyone know what could be causing this? I am also having some back pain, about two inches below the tingling, and hubby swears he can feel a little "knot" there. I also get muscle twitches that can occur in any part of my body, and I also noticed that if I stand up and bend over, if I hum, the humming vibrates, and it's like my back vibrates as I am bending. I am scared to death that this is MS, or something else serious. Has anyone ever heard of something like this before? What will the thoracic MRI exactly show? Does it show nerves as well as the bone? I'm only 28 yrs. old, and I feel like I'm too young for this crap! Thanks so much!

 
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Old 01-25-2002, 07:53 PM   #2
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Hi, it's good that you're finally having an MRI. An MRI will show all soft tissue, plus bone. That's why it's better than an x-ray. It could show disk problems, or bone spurs,etc. Anyway, these problems could cause many different symptoms, as the spinal cord controls your whole body...And, symptoms can appear anywhere, and come and go...It sounds like the knot is a muscle spasm, which is quite common with these types of problems...anyway, I hope you find out what's wrong with you from the MRI. Good luck! Lizzie

 
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