This is a combo orthopedic spine/ neurolsurgical question. After a car accident i got whiplash and started having pins and needles on back in March 2011. I came back from Neuroligist 2 weeks ago and I had Tests done. Sensory evoked potentials, and Nerve conduction velocity. This was another sensory test and they were both normal and strong. My brain MRI is normal and blood work normal. Also clinical neuro test is normal. Though I continue to have pins and needles and numbness on top of head. Arms back,legs. Pure sensory neuropathy.My MRI of neck and Tspine showed a few bulges slightly touching cord. Abutting cord. No compression. But due to improper exercises it got a bit worse in April and I had a band like pain wrapping around me. This band like pain went away 2 weeks later. Last neck/Tspine MRI was March 2011. In Nov 2011 i started having numbness in butt and upper legs , than upper limbs and top of head. Hands and feet spaired. I am wondering if cervical compression or T5T6 compression without weakness or motor issues could cause numbness in all those areas even top of head near forehead? My bulges are T5/6. C4/5/6/7.My neurologist thinks this is autoimmune in nature I should add. Though there is no other autoimmune disease that I have which could connect to neuropathy. I am normal height and weight. Non drinker/ non smoker.Thank you,
Answers are for informational purposes only. Please confirm any information given with your own doctor.Are you taking any medications?Do you drink alcohol?Thyroid?B12?
No alcohol at all, never drank. B12 is top level of range. I have hyperthyroid possibly Graves. I tested negatives to Graves antibodies but my ultrasound and radioiodine test point to graves picture. I have a mild case whatever it is I have and well controlled with small dose neomercazole.
The thyroid is the likely causeHas this been explored?
It hasn't been explored per say. The endo says no to thyroid. My hormones are in good range. But I think it's more than just hormonal dysfunction that causes this. Maybe inflammation?? Who knows?? I was wondering if spinal problems can cause sensory symptoms above the level of injury. For example top of head. Trigimenal nerve symptoms?? Also if thyroid is problem how do I determine this and what can I do??
Yes, it could be inflammation/autoimmune.But no to the symptoms above the level of the spinal cord injury.How else can I help?