Abnormal Nervous System Activity
That's what it said on my file at the hospital. Just reading that made me feel a lot of abnormal nervous system activity I can tell you.
The doctor was a cardiologist - the head of the department- which wasn't terribly reassuring either. He asked me a few questions if I still feel numbness & loss of sensation(yes), if my fingers also felt numb(no), if I had trouble moving or controlling the arm(no), if my family had a history of heart disease or diabetes(yes to both), if I smoke(yes). He told me that migraines do sometimes cause limb numbness but that it isn't usually continuous & it shouldn't last so long. I asked so what does this mean. He said it means we need tests to assess a few possibilites. Possibilities like what?Heart attack?Diabetes?What?
No, no, no he said. It's just routine. Then he sent me off for tests.
Have never had so many tests in my life.
1) Ultrasound of the neck: Mom said this one is normal so I am not a TIA risk. What is TIA Mother?A stroke. A stroke? A STROKE?She was worried about a stroke & she didn't tell me?
2) CT scan of head & spine.
3) X-ray of my right side.
4) 5 different blood tests.
Have to see the doctor tonight.
If all of these turn out ok there are still 2 more tests I have to take before am pronounced all clear. They're called electromyography(muscle response) & last a lumbar puncture(Cerebral spinal fluid test) which is supposed to hurt like crazy.
So it wasn't a stroke. But I might be paralyzed?Or diabetic?Or what?
What I hate about doctors here is that - unlike doctors in the States - they don't bother to explain anything to you. In the US if you're going to have a test they tell you what it's for, what they suspect. Here they just smile & tell you it's routine & we'll know when we get the results.