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Old 02-09-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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I was dx with neuropthy in 98. Pain in feet. In 2011 had inguinal hernia surgery, since then pain and numbness greatly increased spreading up to face and hands and developed difficult bowel movements and urine retention.been to gastro all test neg. MRI done again showing not much change of l5 s1 grade two spodiliosilis they say not causing bowel problems and pain. I now have difficulty with balance and coordination they never did MRI above lumbar, has anyone have these symptoms and should they look athe cervical spine. Please help this getting worse daily bloating so bad can't sit and can hardly walk

 
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I think you need to see a neurologist immediately. An MRI of the brain and cord may be helpful, but you should also have a thorough workup for peripheral neuropathy, to identify what may be causing it. Some causes of neuropathy are very treatable. With bowel difficulty and urinary retention, this is serious stuff, and it sounds like it is getting severe rather quickly. If you get to a point where you can't urinate, you need to go to the ER for a catheter. A laxative may help the bowel situation temporarily until the exact nature of the problem is figured out.

 
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I was dx with neuropthy in 98. Pain in feet. In 2011 had inguinal hernia surgery, since then pain and numbness greatly increased spreading up to face and hands and developed difficult bowel movements and urine retention.been to gastro all test neg. MRI done again showing not much change of l5 s1 grade two spodiliosilis they say not causing bowel problems and pain. I now have difficulty with balance and coordination they never did MRI above lumbar, has anyone have these symptoms and should they look athe cervical spine. Please help this getting worse daily bloating so bad can't sit and can hardly walk
Dear terlin, You have posted on other boards that you were diagnosed with idiopathic neuropathy in 1998 which means neuropathy with no apparent cause or dr found no cause. The dr who did the MRI was the "they say" that said spondylolithesis couldnt cause your bowel problems, urinary retention or pain, balance issues & lumbar nerve compression can be caused with spondylolithesis & the MRI didnt change much, what does that mean as far as what the report said?This dr wants to do thoracic & lumbar MRI again & your chiro thinks that you need a cervical MRI as well because of hand numbness. Am i understanding this right? If so i would see spine specialist & let him try to find nerve compression with MRI of whole spine but if it were me i would not let the dr look at the report & just take his word for the interpretation, i would get a copy of the discs & reports for my own records in case i needed a second opinion & if the cause of neuropathy is found i would ask the dr if idiopathic neuropathy even applied anymore as a diagnosis. Something is causing the neuropathy symptoms to worsen faster, as you posted earlier & after finding out what the dr says then the hernia problems can be seen about if the symptoms are still present. Good luck & hope that all this confusion, pain & neuropathy is relieved soon!

 
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