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  • pacerjames
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    Hello,

    I’ve been having these symptoms for five years and it’s not getting any better. Can someone please help me figure out what’s wrong, please!

    My symptoms are as follows:
    Tingling in the arms; pain in the left leg going all the way down to my toes; back of neck hurts; tightness of neck and shoulders; blurred vision out of no where; light headed; feels like fluid running down the back of neck; I get dizzy when I focuse on something too hard. It’s almost like it’s hard to focus on one thing. I get a copper taste in my mouth (metallic taste) accompany by heat sensation through out my body, starts from my neck and sometimes causes my mouth to dry up quickly!
    My body feels like it’s paralyzed and I’m going to fall or black out
    numbness in my extremities.

    I can’t have an MRI done because I have a pacemaker that’s on standby and my leads will not allow me to have an MRI. I was told about having a myelogram done but I’m afraid to do it thinking it will make me worse.

    Please help me!

    Thank you very much for your time.

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    If we take the symptoms individually and where they can originate from, these symptoms taken together are most likely not all from the same origin unless they are metabolic or base of the skull in nature. Let us look at this another way. What symptoms could be caused and not caused by your neck?

    Blurred vision, copper metallic taste and dizziness associated with the arm and leg symptoms could be caused by a condition called Arnold Chiari syndrome or vertebral artery insufficiency. These two conditions are extremely rare and most individuals with your symptoms will not have either of these two conditions.

    The only way to diagnose these is in your case to use a CT myelogram and also use a CT arteriogram at the same time. You will have to speak with your physician to see if these tests are appropriate for you.

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE 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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