Frustrated, could I have Small Fiber Neuropathy?
Around eight months ago I was driving home from the store and noticed that parts of my face felt numb. I didn't think much of it, the sun was hitting my face and I sort of chalked it up to that. Shortly after that I developed sciatica and that took up most of my attention. When I finally saw the doctor for that after about a month when it was so bad I could not walk in the morning, I casually mentioned my facial numbness and that my left shoulder was also numb. They said it was not related to the sciatica and referred me to a neurologist. Since then the numbness has spread and it's most of my back, my abdomen, and parts of both legs. It gets worse when I am exercising or sometimes after an alcoholic drink (I do not drink excessive alcohol). I'm still battling the sciatica with a chiropractor and prescription anti inflammatory medication, but no one seems to know what the numbness is or even that it is a concern. I've had an EMG that was normal as well as normal MRI's. My primary care doctor just refers me back to the neurologist, and he just says he doesn't know what it is. I do not have a thyroid and have had cardiomyopathy, so I've asked if it could be related to either of those conditions and I get a blank stare. I came upon SFN on my own and am wondering if that could be the answer.