Lyn in Michigan. Hi I haven't been on here in years and thought I might ask if anyone else can help me please.
For years I have had off and on lower back pain that starts around my tail bone and goes into my hips and sometimes the pain runs down my legs. Well in 2008 I was at a clinic for an appt. with my doctor and I had also been having problems with both of my feet turning bluish purple and they had always felt like they were going numb and tingly. The doctor did an EMG (Nerve Conduction Study) and when I went back for something else months later he said that everything was ok with those tests. I never thought any more about it. Well 3 years later I was having some routine tests for my heart, ekg,ankle brachial, carotid artery, and was still having problems with my legs and had brachial testing done for that again. Well my EKG was abnormal and so was my
ABI testing so I sent for the last EKG at this clinic and also a Copy of my Nerve Conduction Study that was done by them at this time. They said the tests at that time were OK but when I looked at them over 3 years later it says:
Lower Extremity...Based on the nerve conduction study date..consider a mild left S1 raduculopathy. This statement is based on isolated A-waves which are non-specific findings, therefore clinical significance should be confirmed. also it says
In Addition: consider a Chronic Right L5 Radiculopathy
The peroneal F-wave was normal on the left and "abnormal" on the right
The tibial F-wave was normal but an A-wave was detected on the left.
My question is: a Chronic right L5 Radiculopathy, should I not have been told this? I have pain there and should the doctor not have followed up on this? Also there seems to be a problem with a mild left S1 Radiculopathy?
He told me nothing and if I hadn't sent away just to get a copy because my feet are always still blue and purple and numb and I was getting another test done and wanted to compare!!! I was also told by this test which is for circulation, it was an Anchial Brachial Test that I have peripheral artery disease!!!
This testing was for a cardial vascular testing and that is why my feet were blue and numb and tingling but nobody took that serious either. I went to a cardio vascular specialist and he didn't see anything wrong. It says on the results, patient has PAD (peripheral aterial disease)!!!
Do these doctors take anything serious???
Anyway I was just wondering what anyone thought if this Chronic L5 Radiculopathy should mean anything finding this out on a report 3 years later basically by mistake because nobody certainly told me about it!!!!
Thanks Lyn Angel in Michigan