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My friend is 48 years old and female for over a week she has

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my friend is 48 years old and female for over a week she has had severe pain and burning in legs and her feet are numb and tingly she cannot walk more than a couple feet and leads an almost completely sedentary lifestyle anyway neurologist ordered mri because she has herniated disk? mri was normal and not sciatica now he wants her to have "emergency" emg can you tell me what u think might be possible causes of her symptoms and also what would they be looking for with EMG?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 months ago.

Hi there.
Thank you for your question.
I will be helping you out with your concerns today.
I am sorry to hear about your problem.

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 months ago.

Do you have the report of the MRI for me to have a look at and see why the doctor was so urgent in ordering the EMG?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
no it was a friend all she said was mri was normal
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 months ago.

Thank you for your response.

With the symptoms that you are mentioning the most likely diagnosis seems to be:

1. Peripheral neuropathy which could be confirmed by EMG testing.

2. Vitamin B12 deficiency, if you have never been tested for it.

I think that the doctor wants to see if the diagnosis is peripheral neuropathy.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
i know he was looking for hyper herniation of her herniated disk and maybe that it was sciatica but not she does not have diabetes but is obese
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
is hyper herniation a real condition?
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 months ago.

There is no such thing has hyper herniation as far as I am concerned.

Herniated discs was he was looking for but once that is ruled out with MRI the next possible diagnosis is peripheral neuropathy which is what is is looking for on further testing.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
she has a herniated disc in lumbar spine the dr knew that before the mri
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 3 months ago.

Since both feet are numb and symptoms are present in both feet, it is unlikely that these particular symptoms are related to the disc problem, which is why the EMG is a very important test.