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Did they actually run any tests at the hospital?
Is it one side of the body or both sides of the body? Where does the numbness start?
Why did they send him home?
Did the numbness get better?
Weakness? Reflexes? Swelling or discoloration in the legs? What tests were run?Spinal CT?Spinal MRI?
A friend of mine tells me that he has generalized numbness (proabably involving a lot of neuropathy) which has affected their balance and sensation in the lower half of my body.
If you were him what would be your next step in finding out what the problem is? I.e. what kind of doctor would yo go to?
A neurologist to identify where the nerve damage has occurred.
First make sure the other doctors have truly "given up", rather than just determining the cause, and that they thought it would either improve with time, was incurable, inoperable, or the patient was a poor candidate for surgery, or the risk from the "cure" was greater than the disease. Or, perhaps they are in the process of further analysis.Then ask the GP to schedule a neuro consult, or perhaps a neurosurgical consult.It never hurts to ask for a second opinion. Back surgery, of course, can be life saving with certain types of pinched nerves, but also is not always curative, and carries significant risk.
http://www.todaysgeriatricmedicine.com/archive/070912p14.shtmlFrom the sounds of the article above, diagnosing neuropathies can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. A lot of neuropathies are vascular. When age or conditions like diabetes damage capillaries, they damage the nerves those tiny capillaries supply. I don't know if that shows up on a cat scan or MRI. Here's also a Medscape article. You might have to register to read it.http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/510706_1