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OK here goes. lower back pain, double vision only in right side of visual field from left eye and gets better or worse with computer use, tingley feeling in arms and legs but not what i would call numb. i dont feel weak necessarily either overall or in just one appendage. I have had a battery of tests since it started in march of this year. MRI = normal both times. CT scan normal. Orbital x rays normal. CBC normal twice. blood pressure normal. Sugar level normal.. eyes independent 20/20 and 20/18. only slight visual problem as i said in one small section of visual field. no headaches, no paraylisis. checked for MG ( mythenia) checked so far for MS = negative on MRI and most symptoms didnt match up..... Under tremendous stress over the last year. drive 450 miles a day 5 days a week. until a month ago in a lowered tiburon all day.i am 5'11" and weight 295lbs... i know this must be hard on my back. no reflex problems, no fatigue under a small excercise test, no vertigo, i do have sleep apnea..... i think thats all i have doc..... any ideas......kore is suffering and i have been to neuro, ear nose etc... reg md, etc.... nothing so far.......<img src=icon_smile_question.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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1 day without an answer, I think you just stumped the DOC Dan, lol, he quit his doctor job and retired...

LOL, just kidding guys, but really, please <b>DOC</b> see if you can help us out with this one...

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Sorry for the delay. (Redoing the hardwood floors at the house, so the computer is packed up and in the garage, till the floors are finished and I was at a medical seminar yesterday.

Sounds like most patients who walk into my office. Have been to everybody, yet has no answer as to what it is.

Dan, some questions:

1. How long has this been going on?

2. Have you been stung by a bee and or been
bitten by an insect (ex. Tic or other
bug) over the past 3 years?

3. If you close your right eye does the
double vision in left eye go away?

4. Is the double vision in your upper part
of your left eye or bottom part of left
eye in the medial (right) visual field.

5. Is it getting worse?

6. Did you have an MRI of your Mid-Brain
(brainstem) or just of your cerebral
cortex?

7. The tingling in arms and legs is it constant or does it come and go?

8. Where does the tingling start at and go
to?

9. When do you notice all the symptoms
more? Morning, afternoon, evening, or at
night?

10. Have you ever been to a foreign country
(canada doesn't count)?

11. Do you have any weakness in arms or legs? (or any feelings you just aren't as strong as what you use to be)

12. Have you been to John Hopkins Medical Center?

Ok,
For starters. Stress is one of the leading causes of illness, especially in this country. Stress has such adverse effects on the body. Stress can cause the body to break out in hives, cause stomach ulcers, headaches, and various other health related problems!

1.Stress management needs to be addressed. How to manage stress is different for everyone. This could be one of the keys to getting you back to health!!!

2.5'11" and 295 lbs. Dan this will not only cause you back pain, but puts you at extremely high health risks now and in the future. Weight loss is a top priority as well!!!
This can be accomplished by changing your eating habits and quantities. However, sticking to it is the very hard part! Getting an appointment with a good dietician is a great start. This is something your spouse should attend with you as well, so she can understand how important this really is.

3.Driving 450 miles a day is a lot of driving and definately doesn't do you any good with any type of lowered car!

Your nervous system is definately irritated and affected in some way or another. There are so many factors to consider!!

Here's some possibilities:
-1:space occupying lesion in the middle of brain and off to the left side around the posterior area of Temporal lobe through the Parietal lobe and possibly back into the Occiptal lobe of the brain, still undetectable by MRI and other tests.
-2:Growth or pressure around the mid-brain where the Cranial nerves (CN) come out of.
-3:Virus/Parasite and or pathogen that is present.
-4:Diabetes (doesn't always show up right away).
-5:Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Mystenia Gravis still a possibility.
-6:Hurniated disc's in neck and low back with resultant tingling in arms and legs (Maybe, but wouldn't affect your eye).
-7:HypoParathyroidism: decreased levels of PTH in the blood. This may not have been checked.

If you want to talk about it, send an email to [email protected] and leave your phone number.
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did the mri of the entire brain and then redid another series. only thing they found is a polyp (? spelling) in the left lower sinus and an almost totally inflamed full spheniod sinus on the left side. sometimes the eye problem almost goes away then it comes back.( days not weeks)depending on the stress and the amount of use of the eyes. it is a tracking problem not an actual double vision problem with the eye shut and it is in a very small section of the field. only when looking to the right side of the visual field with the problem generating from the left eye. when in vegas i felt better walking the show almost every day from 9-10 am to 5 pm then walking all night on the strip. no apparent weakness doing that. I do feel that my stamina has decreased since this all started and i do feel a little weaker. We have done cat scans as well and x rays of the neck and head. we did strength tests where i run up and down stairs then they measure the strength of resistance and they didnt see anything major wrong with the response. they did blood work for MG and it came back negative at that time. i have went to a chiro.... and my back was way way out but it didnt seem to drasticlly help but did a little bit. it is so weird. i drove to vegas and sat for 18 hours three days in a car and no numbness, i walked all over the place out there with only one day feeling a little numbness for a little while and now i am back and into the old routine and WHAM i feel the same again. a little tingle here nad there. back still does hurt in lower area and i have noticed that when i move there is frequently a popping noise similar to when you get a back adjustment at the chiro.. it pops back and forth as i get in and out of the car. I also noticed somthing weird as well. I got ankle weights and used them ( 2.5lbs) on my ankles as I walked the week previous to vegas and the numbness seemed to get a little better...... i still feel like my arms tremble inside a little but no one can actually feel me tremble to the touch. this also was better on the trip as well....... i know i am insane.,..........
 

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tingling does come and go. at the end of the day it seems worse after sitting in the car. vision seems to be pretty good for most of the day depending upon the amount of straining i do when driving and stress.if i play alot of video games on top of driving or amswer alot of email it seems to get worse.neck makes popping noises also and nothing has gotten worse for months. did a full cbc and checked blood sugar but didnt do a fasting count. check blood pressure regularlly. usually a little high but not crazy. did have a problem the other day when i was laughing that i felt like i was going to black out..........????????? I also had a period of time when i felt like i wasnt breathing properly but that has passed and never came back... thank god.......doctor said it was anxiety............?? i just dont know anymore I take one day at a time.....

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Okay Dan, I'm no doctor, but let me give you my scenario.

I'm 21, 5'10", 205lbs. I was a little heavier before, but that leads me into my story. I work at a computer 8 hours a day, and have for quite sometime. Then I would go home and watch tv for 1-2 hours, then I would go on my pc at home and download mp3's and stuff. I also spent a lot of time driving my tib as well. All this amounted to a really sore back, and me being tired all of the time. On a side-note, I wasn't getting it too often.<img src=icon_smile_sad.gif border=0 align=middle>

I was thinking to myself though, why am I tired all the time, I'm not doing anything! Plus my sleeping patterns were started to get messed up. I would get up at 7am, and at 1am I still couldn't fall asleep. I would just end up staring at the ceiling for a couple hours, and finally doze off.

Here's what I changed. Diet...not so much. Vitamins...not really. Exercise, 100%.

So far almost 3 months straight now, I've gone to the gym every single weekday. I take Saturday & Sunday off only. 2-3 days per week I do 1.5hours of weights. And all 5 days of the week, I do 1 hour of cardio...and I don't mean slacking off on the bike, I mean pulse rate from 160-180 the whole time. Oh yeah...and way more sex now.<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>. But the thing is, I normally feel physically like a million bucks now. I'm stronger, have more energy, and feel like doing stuff all the time now. I hardly ever watch tv or go on the computer at home, just at work. I'm also an auxiliary constable with the Ontario Provincial Police, so that usually keeps me busy for a day or two each week as well.

All in all though, I feel sooooooo much better. From the sounds of your activity/lifestyle, and your weight, it doesn't sound like you're doing too much physically. I would say it is the best thing you can do. When you workout all the time, your body actually produces endorphins as well, and you are naturally happier.

What do you think of my diagnosis Doc?

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What do you think of my diagnosis Doc?
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I think your suggestion is a very important one!

However, the exercise program needs to be started slowly and not as aggressive as you have done! Remember you didn't have all those other problems. As far as free weights that should be limited, for now.

Thank you for your input!!!

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Yeah, sorry I forgot to mention the gradual start to the workout.

I kinda' just went full force because I had only been out of the workout scene for about 3 months previous to that, and at 21, I'm pretty sure that my heart can take the work.

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Custom CAI, Vibrant Exhaust, Underdrive Pulley
12" Kicker Competitions, Cobalt amps, MTX powered x-over, phoenix gold cap, clarion cd
 
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