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Doctor's Assistant: Do you have frequent headaches? Any issues with coordination or balance?

I am a 61 year old female who's immune systems is attacking my nerves. I have complete drop foot on my right leg and now developing on my left side. My legs are very weak. The neurologist did not diagnose me. I went to a Physologist (sorry about the spelling) who said he believes I have CIDP. He referred me back to the neurologist who had me do some immunoglobulin therapy. My family doctor referred me to the University of Utah but the wait time for an appointment is about 6 months. I am going crazy worrying that I have ALS. My question is what is the difference in symptoms of the two>

Doctor's Assistant: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?

No, I don't have swelling. My legs and feet get extremely cold but the rest of me is hot. I sweat very easily. I do not slur my words and have no trouble swallowing or eating. I don't have problems with my arms so far and the nerve testing shows my arms are ok.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I have arthritis and degenerative bone disease. But my spine shows no problems that would cause the Peripheral Neuropathy that they say I have.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Neurology
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Neurologist: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 4 months ago
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ok, thank you.
Neurologist: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 4 months ago

ALS tends to have more motor dysfunction (ie weakness) and rarely other sensory neurological issues like numbness, pain or tingling. CIDP can often have sensory deficits as well as motor.

MS (multiple sclerosis) would be another consideration and can be found on MRI of brain and spine.

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