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Are These Symptoms of Causing Permanent Damage?

Posted by Mike S. on 3/14/02 at 23:11 (076457)

I have bilateral TTS; the left worse than right. Both are getting worse at a faster rate lately, it seems. Both legs feel weak up to the thigh by mid morning, especially the left leg. My left foot is sluggish and I kind of swing it forward like a prosthesis. It is also half numb to the bottom of my calf.

My surgery date with my HMO is May 3, 2002 and I it's not worth the wait if I could be doing permanent damage, although he is reportedly a good doc. My alternative is to see this other doc who is supposedly recognized worldwide and I would have to pay $7-8K out of pocket since it is outside HMO. No, I'm not wealthy or close to it. The OR & anesthesia is most of the cost!

What are your impressions? Should I spend the $$ to get it resolved sooner because of my symptoms OR these symptoms are expected and tough it out since my HMO's doc is good. I already tried to get in sooner.

Re: Are These Symptoms of Causing Permanent Damage?

wendyn on 3/14/02 at 23:18 (076458)

MMike, what types of tests have you had done?

Re: Are These Symptoms of Causing Permanent Damage?

Mike S. on 3/14/02 at 23:22 (076459)

Lots, 5 NCV/EMG's (positive), complete blood panel, spinal fluid. Pretty certain it's TTS, although it's not 'classical' TTS says the doc's.

Re: Are These Symptoms of Causing Permanent Damage?

wendyn on 3/14/02 at 23:18 (076458)

MMike, what types of tests have you had done?

Re: Are These Symptoms of Causing Permanent Damage?

Mike S. on 3/14/02 at 23:22 (076459)

Lots, 5 NCV/EMG's (positive), complete blood panel, spinal fluid. Pretty certain it's TTS, although it's not 'classical' TTS says the doc's.