For some time I have had a numbness in my left foot as soon as I had shoes on and started to walk outside. It was an annoyance but not a great problem. Since the end of October it worsened. For the past five weeks it changed to almost a complete loss of feeling in that foot and then a numbness started in the right foot and lower leg. The loss of feeling caused problems with coping with different surfaces when walking with many stumbles and one bad fall. I'm now at the stage where I cannot walk without holding on to my wife’s arm to keep myself steady and with a stick that I have used for some time because of an off and on knee problem
A visit to an orthopedic consultant just before it became as bad as it is now proved a complete waste of time as he said there are so many different types of neuropathy that they are impossible to diagnose and that if it came from my lower back surgery would probably make it worse.
A neurologist proved more interested and he did blood tests that did not find a cause although we are waiting on results of genetic testing for CMT. Nerve conduction tests showed that “neurographic findings are constant with a length dependent sensory motor axonal neuropathy” He suggests that it could be due to sensory radiculopathy and wants me to have a whole spine MRI scan. I was having a pacemaker fitted two weeks ago and he could not get the scan done in the three days left after the nerve conductions tests. Now eight weeks must elapse for the pacemaker to be checked before I can have the MRI.
I am convinced that it is spinal in origin as I have off and on had lower back pain. about three years ago when seeing a Physio for something else the exercises gave me back pain and she thought that I had spinal stenosis but later changed her mind. This is a condition I know nothing about and the Net seems to also associate it with pain and tingling that I don’t have. Any Forum readers with this condition who can tell me (good) news about it and successful treatments. Although I’m 80 I was until the start of the year quite fit and have always been a walker.