When did these symptoms start? And how?
Tuesday evening on November 26, 2013, whilst sitting at my desk I noticed tingling in my right great toe and barely any movement. Walked around, noticed buckling of my right great toe and limited flexion of my foot. While concerned I thought it may have been a peroneal nerve palsy, or some type of entrapment…at least that is what I convinced myself.However, I did let Andrew, my youngest, know just in case.
The following day the symptoms were the same and maybe slightly better. Later that afternoon they got worse, my son was worried, and after calling several friends I headed to the ER with three advocates–two friends and Andrew. I was admitted the night before Thanksgiving. My sons and I were planning to attend my friends’ Thanksgiving dinner party, which we did the last 3 years. I was admitted for two nights, discharged on Friday, November 29, 2013. The Head and neck MRIs were negative and my labs were “normal” except a positive preliminary Lyme titer. I was also evaluated by the neurologist who recommended the tests listed. I did not want to wait in the hospital for the Western Blot, the confirmatory test for Lyme disease
The hospital listened; they sent me home though my symptoms had not resolved– they were not worse and appeared slightly better–with the understanding that I had an upcoming neurology appointment the following week. (see first entry) Sending me home allowed me to realize the extent of my symptoms. I tripped several times trying to take a shower.
My right arm weakness is also worse but not enough to interfere with my reduced activity level.
Below is a video of my feet. I have ugly toes. 🙂
My foot exam 12-7-2013
Does my exam look normal to you?
There is no movement of the right great toe and very limited dorsiflexion of the right foot. While involving the same side, this presentation is much different from my symptoms of right sided weakness in May of 2012. I am having pain on the right side of my back which is getting worse, none initially. The right leg is heavy and tires easily. My Blood pressure is elevated at 165/110.