Neurology

Ask a neurologist. Get answers to your neurology questions.

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

I have been having numbness in my arms, legs and tongue for…

I have been having numbness...
I have been having numbness in my arms, legs and tongue for 2 years now. I have had probably every test done and all come back negative.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Neurology Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Since I have tested negative for EMG nerve conduction AND small fiber I am wondering if you could explain what this could mean. Does this point in the direction of a central nervous problem?
Answered in 7 minutes by:
1/22/2018
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark, Neurologist (MD)
Category: Neurology
Satisfied Customers: 12,459
Experience: Neurosurgeon - Brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery
Verified

This sounds tough.

Your EMG did not show evidence of neuropathy (I'm assuming)?

And you've had MRI imaging of your brain, and cervical / thoracic / lumbar spines?

Ask Your Own Neurology Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
negative on all.

Do you have numbness in your thorax region (e.g. chest and abdomen)?

And I assume they've done all kinds of bloodwork as well?

Ask Your Own Neurology Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I have had chest symptoms, pain in my upper chest (middle and outer edges if that makes any sense) and have felt tightness around my abdomen at times. I do not believe this to be anxiety, I never have rushing heart rate and can not make a connection. I have tried anxiety meds with no luck. Thank you for your time.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I have never had a lumbar puncture. I am wondering does the negative emg and small nerve rule out MS or rule in?

Well, this obviously is a tough case, as you've had many things already ruled out.

Often times when people have numbness throughout -- you have an issue with a neuropathy.

But you've had a number of tests done, which do not seem to point to a specific cause.

Your doctors presumably have ruled out many of these causes, and looked into other diagnoses which can contribute to neuropathy, such as hepatitis C, complex regional pain syndrome, lupus, thyroid problems, amyloidosis, HIV, and most commonly diabetes.

The EMG and small fiber biopsy do not rule out MS. Your negative brain MRI ruled out MS for the most part. While your neurologist can do a lumbar puncture to look for other causes for inflammation in the spinal fluid, they may have done the other tests to rule out conditions already (like your MRIs).

Ask Your Own Neurology Question

The fact that your tongue seems to be involved would suggest more of a "brain" issue rather than a peripheral nervous system issue (like the small fiber neuropathies).

But if your tongue is involved, then typically the rest of your face would also have numbness (if it were a brain related issue). But tumors, strokes, etc that affect the brain would typically affect specific areas (usually just one side or the other), not both sides at once. The same goes for MS -- typically symptoms are patchy and can involve one side or another, but typically not symmetric in nature.

Perhaps revisiting with the neurologist to see if lumbar puncture would be helpful in your case could be the next step.

Ask Your Own Neurology Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Does the negative emg/small fiber rule out amyloidosis?

Yes, they should have figured this out with an abnormal EMG and on the skin biopsy.

They could also do a nerve biopsy to look at one of the larger nerves itself, to see it this was a problem.

Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark, Neurologist (MD)
Category: Neurology
Satisfied Customers: 12,459
Experience: Neurosurgeon - Brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery
Verified
Dr. Mark and 87 other Neurology Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Dr. Mark Your Own Question
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark, Neurologist (MD)
Category: Neurology
Satisfied Customers: 12,459
12,459 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Neurosurgeon - Brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery

Dr. Mark is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Mark

Dr. Mark

Neurologist (MD)

12,459 satisfied customers

Neurosurgeon - Brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery

Jack Scariano Jr

Jack Scariano Jr

Neurologist (MD)

1,056 satisfied customers

Board Certified Neurology 1982 30 years experince. Also expert in Pain Medicine

Dr. Bob

Dr. Bob

Neurologist (MD)

3,731 satisfied customers

Neurology & Int Medicine (US Trained): 20 yrs experience

healthydoc

healthydoc

Board Certified Physician

1,851 satisfied customers

Board Certified U.S. Neurologist

Dr. F

Dr. F

Board Certified MD

266 satisfied customers

Neurosurgeon with more than 20 years experience in practice and teaching.

Phytube.com

Phytube.com

Neurologist (MD)

86 satisfied customers

Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Medicine with Special Research In Pain Medicine/Medications

Stroke Doc

Stroke Doc

Board Certified Physician

51 satisfied customers

I am board-certified in Neurology and the subspecialty Vascular Neurology.

< Previous | Next >

Related Neurology Questions
I am a travel nurse and had a mva with a dump truck in
I am a travel nurse and had a mva with a dump truck in Boston on Wednesday was uncinsious woke up in hospital a day and half later. Was told my hgb was at 5 and they transfused 3 units. Paperwork and … read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,771 satisfied customers
I have had 2 strokes. i HAVE WEAKNESS IN MY RT ARM AND LEG.
I have had 2 strokes. i HAVE WEAKNESS IN MY RT ARM AND LEG. i HAVE TAKEN bOTOX INJECTIONS IN THE PAST NEAR MY WRIST AND THEY DID NOT HELP I BELIEVE THAT I HAVE HAD ADVERSE REACTIIONS TO THEM. SIX WEEK… read more
Dr.Saleem
Dr.Saleem
Consultant Cardiologist
Doctoral Degree
820 satisfied customers
I am 71yrs old. I have problems walking since my
Hi My name is***** am 71yrs old. I have problems walking since my granddaughter died 4 years ago. It seems like my whole body shut down. I feel like I am watching a movie. Would you know what is wron … read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Radiation Oncology Attending Director
Post-Doctoral Degree
13,192 satisfied customers
I had a stroke in 2008, thankfully I recovered really well
HI, I had a stroke in 2008, thankfully I recovered really well but since the stroke have had had a slight balance problem but of late it is far worse. I am finding that to go downstairs I am almost af… read more
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali
Senior Registrar Critical Care Medicine
Doctoral Degree
8,211 satisfied customers
Any medicines for Focal Dystonia, a slight (in my case)
Any medicines for Focal Dystonia, a slight (in my case) tremor in the lower lip, that makes saxophone playing almost impossible… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Doctor
1,118 satisfied customers
I have been getting epidurals for a pinched nerve in my
I have been getting epidurals for a pinched nerve in my spine so I don't know anything about the risks side effects or anything because I didn't want to. Now I am concerned because something strange i… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Neurologist (MD)
12,459 satisfied customers
My father suffered from a cardiac arrest during dialysis
My father suffered from a cardiac arrest during dialysis treatment and was in an induced coma for almost 24 hours. They took out the sedatives 24 hours ago and he is still not very responsive. They di… read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,771 satisfied customers
Funny you should ask about the MRI of my cervical spine. In
Funny you should ask about the MRI of my cervical spine. In 3/2017 I had to be rushed to ER when I could not move my head. They put me in the hospital for six weeks with the following; LEUKOCYTOSIS (I… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Neurologist (MD)
12,459 satisfied customers
For about 3 months now I have had light-headed and
Hello, for about 3 months now I have had light-headed and dizziness. All blood tests normal, CT of head was negative. My doc was going to send me to Neurologist but my bills are high and I figured all… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Neurologist (MD)
12,459 satisfied customers
I have a soreness in my ankle foot. I am a runner. Also a
I have a soreness in my ankle foot. I am a runner. Also a tingling feeling. I went to an internalist doctor. The dr took an X-ray of my foot and found a small bunion. Dr did not know what was wrong… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Neurologist (MD)
12,459 satisfied customers
I have feelings in my fingers most times when i wake up and
i have feelings in my fingers most times when i wake up and sometimes for half the day. my elbows be feeling like i hit them. and my upper arm feels like it is tearing?? i havent been to doctor in yea… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Neurologist (MD)
12,459 satisfied customers
Dr Please. I have been informed by Vanderbilt university
Dr Mark Please. I have been informed by Vanderbilt university medical center spine surgeon's that multilevel thoracic decompression with instrumentation and fusion via open far left lateral extracavit… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Neurologist (MD)
12,459 satisfied customers
I had a lumbar nerve ablation in April. Even after the 2-3
please. I had a lumbar nerve ablation in April. Even after the 2-3 week recovery I am in excruciating pain. Went back to the Dr and they said I had developed "something" neuritis and have me a round o… read more
Dr. Mark
Dr. Mark
Neurologist (MD)
12,459 satisfied customers
Are. You familiar with small fiber neuropathy. Waiting 3
Are. You familiar with small fiber neuropathy JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking? Customer: Waiting 3 months now for an neuro appt JA: Anything else in your med… read more
Dr. Ravoof
Dr. Ravoof
Doctoral Degree
2,007 satisfied customers
I recently been scared about having a seizure after hearing
I recently been scared about having a seizure after hearing of my friend having one. I'm 24 male never had one before or even knew much about them but now I keep worrying can I give myself a seizure??… read more
Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob
Neurologist (MD)
Doctoral Degree
3,731 satisfied customers
12 years ago I was 12 years ago i recieved tpa after a
12 years ago I was 12 years ago i recieved tpa after a stroke. if I have another stroke may i get tpa again? … read more
Neuro Doctor
Neuro Doctor
Full Time Neurologist
Neurologist MD (USA Board Certified
2,534 satisfied customers
My issue is similar to another question asked. I have intent
My issue is similar to another question asked. I have intent pain on the right side between my lowest rib and iliac crest. I had MAJOR surgery 12Aug2012 A fusion was down From T12 all the way down. … read more
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD
Internal Medicine Physician
Doctoral Degree
2,771 satisfied customers
My hands and lips are tingly and sometimes I feel weak. What
My hands and lips are tingly and sometimes I feel weak. What might it be? Should I be standing up long … read more
Dr. Greg
Dr. Greg
Residency
254 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x