Thursday, December 2, 2010
Good News?? Not sure yet
My PCP's office called today, and my EMG results came back as "normal". Since Dr. Welby told me that he was sure what I didn't have, and discussed treatment for radiation induced lumbosacral plexopathy and possible cauda equina issues to boot, this is a little confusing. Not sure if I should be happy (no bad problems found) or unhappy (no bad problems found but symptoms persist).
Did some research tonight when I was able to sit, and found that EMG results on lumbosacral plexopathies are often inconclusive or negative due to the complexity of the lumbosacral plexus and the deep tissue and bony encapsulation of some of the pelvic innervation structure. Wondering if Dr. Welby's test was a waste of time and money. Or is it a ray of hope? At least I know I don't have peripheral neuropathy in my lower limbs to blame my burning buzzing feet and lack of sensation on.
My PCP's office said that my PCP needed to consult with Dr. Welby on treatment planning, so that is confusing also. What treatment planning is needed if testing is normal (even though my pain and weakness is continuing and not normal)?? This is where practical knowledge and medicine part company. All I know is that my pelvic pain has been terrible today - whatever is causing it!
As Danny Kaye said in the movie "The Court Jester": The vestle with the pestle has the pellet with the poison, the chalice with the palace has the brew that is true. Or does it?? Just remember that!!! So which is right - lumbosacral plexopathy or normal nerve functions? I think I just end up with the pellet with the poison every time!