Numbness, CT scan ok, affected by posture. Pinched nerve problem?
Your question is a good one and I will try to provide you with good information and recommendations regarding what is going on.
You have provided with good information but I would like to know few more things as this would help me in suggesting you better. As I believe the more information a person gives the better is the doctor's reply and thus improved satisfaction levels.
Hence please answer the following…
Which antibiotic are you taking and how long ago it was started?
Does your symptoms correspond at all with the time of day that you take the antibiotic?
Also, do you take any supplements or vitamins?
This may be a musculoskeletal syndrome of pure musculoskeletal origin. That is to say - inflammation and spasm creating the symptoms you are experiencing. Your symptoms don't quite fit this hypothesis however.
Another thing we have to consider is perhaps a viral cause - something related to what we know as Bells Palsy. Bells Palsy is caused by a viral infection which generates inflammation of facial nerves leading to pain and drooping of the eye along with weakness of facial muscles. This is usually a temporary syndrome which resolves with medications.
I am not sure I agree with you taking antibiotics in the absence of an infection. This is why I want to know what antibiotic you are taking.
Another thing which you mentioned is a possible pinched nerve. This is certainly possible. A nerve pinched in the neck can contribute to pain and symptoms in the shoulder, arms and hands but less likely would there be symptoms in the face.
The best way to assess for this may be an MRI which can look at the soft tissues of the spine including muscles and nerve roots.
I realize you are dealing with frustrating symptoms. I hope you are able to continue a good exchange of information with your PCP who can coordinate a continued workup in order to provide you the help you need.
I thank you again for submitting your query and hope my answer has served to be both helpful and informative. Should you have additional concerns I would be happy to address them.
So far, there is no muscle lost. Just the feeling of numbness and the new pain around the back that is so far tolerable.
My sleeping habits for the last 4 years have been really poor. I have always tended to be more of a night person, so it is difficult for me to fall asleep during the night, and just as difficult for me to wake up. For the last few years I have been sleeping on a couch, and I awake quite often in a sitting position with my chin down towards my chest, having slept that way for sometimes hours. So I am almost hoping that maybe resulted in an injury leading to a pinched nerve.
I have seen 6 doctors so far with no questions answered, but by far the most troubling thing to me is the facial numbness. It just causes me to start panicking. Should I go back to my pcp with these new developments? I thank you for your time,
I recommend you go back to your PCP for a followup and a full exam.
I dont mean to dismiss any of your symptoms but part of this could be related to a manifestation of anxiety/panic. I recommend you discuss this with your PCP.
Thanks again for your query. I hope my responses have been helpful and please know that I am always here for you if you have additional concerns.
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