CandiceMemberJuly 8, 2013 at 12:48 amPost count: 1
My brother who was diagnosed with Pars defect saw you in Colorado. He speaks highly of you and I was hoping you might know a doctor in New York City who was of your calibre.
I have been having phantom pain and other non-existant false sensations for the last 6 years such as cold water running down my legs or buttocks, shooting pains, tingling, itchiness (have had for much longer), burning, and sometimes complete numbness. I’ve had several doctors look and a couple of MRI’s and both noticed a tiny cyst in the spinal cord between T11 and T12 and both have agreed it makes no sense as the culprit but have no better idea.
These feelings have intensified and expanded to shooting pains that run into the neck and stabbing into the breast in a coordinated pain during my recent pregnancy. I am 6 weeks postpartum. It has subsided with the delivery but I now also have occasional tingling in the hands and arms and numbness similar to the legs since just before the pregnancy, during and sense.
I would like to see a doctor in New York if it might be Pars as so far no doctor has had an idea of what it might be and my experience symptom wise seems to compare with my brother who speaks highly you.
I appreciate any suggestions.Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorJuly 8, 2013 at 6:30 amPost count: 8652
First- at this point I do not recommend any specific physicians on this site. Finding a good spine surgeon is not an easy task. There are questions that you can ask. Find that segment on the website to educate yourself regarding questions to be asked.
Pars fractures without the whole disorder of isthmic spondylolisthesis (degenerative disc collapse, slip, spur formation, root compression) generally does not cause significant nerve pain. This disorder will not cause symptoms in the neck, chest or shoulders.
I would look into a good neurologist or endocrinologist as your symptoms could be metabolic or infectious also (hypothyroidism or Lyme disease come to mind).
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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