75 year old female, 5'3" tall, weight 125 - Until this, main problem was arthritis in neck, back & knees.
About 6 to 8 weeks ago, when I did my groc. shopping or stopped at a couple of stores, when I got home, my legs were extremely tired and my feet would hurt and burn and my big toe on the right foot would feel numb. At first it was just one time in 2 or three weeks. I kept increasing until it was every day, whether I had gone shopping or stayed home and done very little.
I went to my doctor Fri. June 14. On my paper work he listed it as Neuropathy (Nerve damage) Peripheral - Primary. He started me on 100 MG of Gabapentin
and ordered blood tests which ruled out Diabetes and all other blood tests were normal.
Night before last, the numbness including part of my right foot. Yesterday it seemed to be going up my legs. When it got to and included my knees, I was worried so called the advice nurse. By the time I was off the phone, it had gone up my thighs. My doc. called me back and told me to increase the Gabapentin to 200 MG at night. He said it wasn't unusual for all this to come on so fast or for the numbness in my legs. The numbness is not like pins and needles of a limb going to sleep but is more like a loss of sensation.
History: I had lower back surgery in 2003 on L2 & L3 & have a cage around the discs. The surgery was a success. Although afterwards, the front of my left thigh had some numbness which I still have. In 2006 I started having a sudden stabbing pain around the left shoulder blade. I had laser treatments on the area & had no more pain from it until Jan. of this year. I had more laser treatments & it has been fine so far.
I also had a left knee replacement in 2008 & was told I also needed the right knee done. The new knee has always hurt when I do much walking so I have not had the right one done. Both knees have been worse since the new problem started.
Could any of this be related? What tests would you suggest? Thank you for any information you can give me? Connie