I have been doing pretty well recently taking my Paxil and Klonopin (as needed) for my health anxiety. A lot has improved over the past couple of weeks and I was feeling pretty darn good. Well, last week my feet started to go numb (both of them) and I was able to blow it off as overuse and these orthotic insoles I had been trying recently (I have flat feet). I went for a walk at lunchtime at work today and came back to the office and my feet were so numb I couldn't even concentrate on my work. I called the 24 hour nurse hotline and went over my symptoms over the past several months:
-urgent bowel movements
-cramping, dull aches in the lower back
-buzzing/vibrating in the bottom of my feet, and thighs
-twitching in my legs
-and most recently, acute numbness in the bottom of both feet near the front pad by my toes when I touch my chin to my chest (numbness goes away when I straighten my head back out).
Well, the nurse was alarmed and told me to "see a doctor in the next 4 hours".
Obviously, this scared the crud out of me. Since my PCP is out on Fridays I went to the nearest urgent care. The doctor there suggested a herniated disc and possibly quana equine syndrome. This sent me into complete freak out tailspin! He said "this is all obviously neurological, but the cause cannot be known without an MRI". He ordered it up and has referred me to a neurosurgeon.
I have never had an MRI of my back, nor have I ever spoke to a neurologist about my symptoms. I am completely terrified I have some kind of degenerative disc disease or something really terrible.