To start I have not to date been diagnosed with anything other then symtoms. Well, I did get told from a neurologist, "I can see you genuinely have a problem and I believe you need to seek psychological help for it."
My story starts several months ago with an injury at work where I was hit on the top right side of my head, while I was facing straight up at something. Due to the facts, I am unsure how much I can talk about since I am still in the middle of lawyer battles, so will be a bit vague on those details. Will not however on the symptoms or emotional toll.
I have from the day after (less then 24 hours) been dealing with an inability to maintain my balance as I walk, total control of the leg movements (more so on the right), falling down to my knees, spasms of the right leg and arm, twitching in the neck (simular to what I have seen looks like Parkinson's), difficulty in handwriting, I am told from my wife that I slur sometimes, short term memory issues, problems sleeping (body on the right side spasms and feels ready to run the 100 mile relay), nasty headaches (lasting upwards of 7 days at a time), and a mass of nightmares possibly stemmed from the plethra of medication I have fallen guinnea pig to.
I have 6 very loud, obnoxious and outgoing children (just like I used to be). I am married. Have a bunch of cars and trucks (I cannot drive anymore). A mortgage and pets. I have 3 college degrees in the automotive field. I love cars and love to work on them, every aspect, painting, fabrication, performance, mechanically, electonically. I have done alot on cars ever sense I was a kid helping my grandpa I have loved cars. I think I have passed my love of cars onto my 2 youngest boys too, my 4 year old used to love going out in dads Vette for a drive and tells me daily still that he will have one also when he grows up. For the most part the all American dream of wants.
I have been to several different neurologists (one was nice enough to say, "I can see you genuinely have a problem and I think you need to seek psychological help for it."), a neurosurgeon who told me if he had a guess I have suffered from a spinal cord sprain caused from a pretuding disc in my c3-c4 vertebrea. My personal favorite to date is the neuropsychologist I got sent to by the company lawyer.
I have endured 2 CT scans of the head, a MRI of the head upon an ER visit, and a MRI of the head, neck and thorax. All scans show I have a normal head ( haha ), only negative was the disc at c3-c4.
After getting news I was crazy from one doctor and another telling me that I should just,"Knock it off and go back to work.", I had had enough. I have been called alot of other things that were more deserving then what these 2 doctors have implicated. I decided to take my health into my own hands and went to the net and started looking up my symptoms online I happened upon the Mayo Clinic website describing Ataxia and another that had a video of a person with Ataxia doing his best to walk. I immediately shared the websites I found with my wife and family. After we all agreed this is at least something we can try to eliminate from the list of possible diagnoses I went back to the occ health doctor with information about this and was told very shortly that there is no way I have this, because the hit on my head was not severe enough and my CT's and MRI's show no damage to my brain.
OOps missed a time line in the middle there, the neurosurgeon told me that PT would be helpful, after I asked, and wrote a script. The first day at PT the owner of the facility I chose to do my therapy was talking to another therapist describing me as someone who has an gait resembling an ataxia she had worked with years before. I have alot of pride and was very well convinced there is noway that can be it. So I blew it off at that moment. The main therapist wrote a letter to the neurologist, who told me I was crazy, describing my symptoms with her idea of ataxia. He didn't even read it. Therapist also wrote a letter to the other doctor, who told me to knock it off. He told me she was not a doctor and her diagnoses was amatuer, inaccurate and she had brainwashed me with this idea of ataxia. Now back to the timeline already started.
I was visiting the doctor to get a rewrite on the PT script since the previous had expired. Well I didn't get new script and was told again there was no reason for any of my symptoms. This is when I got the brush off for awhile after a loud heated arguement about my health and how it was bing handled from me.
The company decided that a lawyer needed to set up an appointment for me to visit a neuropsychologist. I went I took their memory test andanswered their questions. This was the first appointment I had been to I could not get the results of the tests, odd right? Not as I have found out.................
I put my family doctor on the job and he sent me to a neurologist that had a vague answer, but I was not satisfied with it so I requested a referral to the Mayo Clinic. Before the end of this year I will be there and God help me I get some answers. I just want to go back to working and making money and tinkering with my toys (my cars and trucks).
Anyway, still the same issues, I hardly leave the house. When I do it seems such a chore just to walk to the vehicle to be driven anywhere. I hate depending on people for anything. I don't like the looks I get when I do leave the house.
Well that is a shortened version of my story to date, my story seems to still be writing itself.................