6:17PM Just got back from my appointment with the neurologist, went well. I do not have HYSTERIA! Had EMG and nerve conduction, both painful studies. Studies showed peripheral nerve damage localized to the peroneal nerve. Based on the above studies the damage to the nerve is somewhere between my back and my knee. There was no nerve activity in an area lateral to my knee and nerve conduction confirmed denervation of the muscles in my right foot and leg.
Lumbar MRI showed an annular tear at L5S1 with disc herniation but no compression of the nerve. The nerve conduction in the back muscles was also normal, making disc herniation unlikely cause of my symptoms. BUT if there was compression, it would explain my symptoms….still may???
Working Dx: Peripheral neuropathy of the peroneal nerve. Cause of neuropathy unknown, unlikely to be ALS or MS and no obvious malignancy. Oh yes, NO HYSTERIA!
- Further studies to find reason for peroneal nerve injury. (It is possible I injured it unknowingly.)
- Customized orthotics to prevent injury to foot;
- Hold on physical therapy until etiology becomes clear.
“To that resident and his attending at Mass General Hospital (MGH): I do not have HYSTERIA! I am glad I was non-compliant and did not follow your advice. I would be on psyche medication for my peripheral neuropathy of unknown etiology. Very scary indeed! I shudder when I think what you two did to me and what you may be doing to others.
If only you did not pre-judge you would know what my neurologist said, I am hysterical (humorous) but I do not have hysteria. Your Failure to Listen is a classic example of health illiteracy, cultural incompetence and inexperience at the provider level, all cause harm, misdiagnoses, missed diagnoses and health disparities.