My brother, Allan was diagnosed with herniated discs in his neck (c-4,c-5,c-6)in 2007. He had all the classic symptoms: numbness in left hand etc. He had an operation in January 2008 to have metal plates inserted in his neck. The neurosurgeon told us it would take a year before he would see any improvement since his stenosis was so bad.
Allan's gotten no better since then and has also gotten the following symptoms:
1-skin very sensitive when wearing a shirt (he says it feels like someone is pressing on his chest)
2-tightness across this chest (has very little relief from this. Some nights he wakes up and it's gone but if he moves it comes back)
3-stiffening up after riding in a car for more than an hour (it takes him two days to recover from this)
4-tingling in his arms (more in his left than right)
5-problems using his hands (buttoning shirts, tying his shoes, etc.)
6-irregular sleep patterns (can't sleep much at night, wakes up incredibly stiff. Sas it's not as bad when he sleeps during the day)
Allan has also been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and sclerodoma. He pretty much has laid in bed since April 2007 and only goes out to keep Doctor's appointments. He's lost some muscle mass in his upper body (which I attribute to laying around all day doing nothing.
Has anybody run across or know somebody with these symptoms? He's seen a neurologist who diagnosed ALS but some of the symptoms don't fit.