Nerve Conduction Study: Risk vs. Reward
I’ve been diagnosed with polyneuropathy for a year and a half and started noticing symptoms a year before that. I’m 78 and in generally good health except for some (so-far) minor lung issues.
My most noticeable symptoms are odd/sensitivity/numbness/freezing/burning sensations occurring mostly at night that began on the soles of both feet and, over a year, have crept up to both knees. In the most recent months, my legs have gotten much weaker, despite strengthening exercises and walking. I take gabapentin which does nothing for these symptoms, but seems to help with arthritis and sleeping.
I have a follow-up appointment in July a highly respected teaching hospital about eight hours from my home. The neurologist thinks another nerve conduction etc. study is in order.
I’ll have to spend at least one night on the road, probably two. One hand, I’m concerned about the virus, particularly since my wife has serious lung issues. Also, from what I read here, on Dr. Google and elsewhere, there’s really not much can be done about my condition. I’m already exercising and trying to maintain my balance with tai chi and other therapist-recommended practices (toe-heel etc.)
On the other hand, maybe the doctor has a trick up his sleeve.
Should I make the trip? Thanks.