I had to go to the neurologist today for an evaluation.
I have been poked and prodded.
I have been stuck with pins and found I was numb in places I knew, and in places I didn't.
I have been pushed against and made to push back.
I had to walk in straight lines in strange ways, and close my eyes and tilt my head back, and pray the doc or my Hubby would catch me because I was going down.
I had to regurgitate most of my medical history from age 19 until now.
There was good news and not so good news.
The good news is that the doctor does not think that I have Multiple Sclerosis.
The not so good news is that it seems that I do have Peripheral neuropathy which does often pop up with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
In fact, the doc mostly believes that all of the 'new' and some of the 'old' stuff I have going on is linked to my Lupus not being the 'sleeping giant' that I thought it was being.
So, the next step is and MRI of my brain, neck and spinal cord.
Then, following that, an evoked potential EMG in his office. For those of you not familiar with the test, it is when they stick small needles into your nerves and run electric through them to test your nerve function.
The last time I had one, in 1986 on my forearm and wrist, I passed out on to the floor. My doc today assured me that I will be laying down and he will stop if it is too distressing.
He mostly wants to get my left leg and foot done because that is where most of my trouble is coming from. And, the entire bottom of my left foot was numb and I didn't even know that! LOL
Ahhh yes, the joys of an immune system that likes to attack its own body!
Well, at least I am not going crazy!! That would be worse right?
I will let you all know how the testing goes. I don't even have a date for it yet.
I will be on tomorrow with a good 'normal' update I hope!
Oh yeah, please go over to CarnivAOL it was published yesterday and the entry will tell you where to click to so you can check it all out! Next issue, in two weeks, I am the host!