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Re: Cervical Spine
Sep 5, 2014
Yes, diazepam is a member of a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. It does seem unlikely that such short exposure would cause problems. A search for "benzodiazepine withdrawal" will show how serious that can be.

I had an MS scare a few years ago when a brain MRI turned up some white matter lesions. At least one was periventricular as well which is a stronger indicator for MS. I also had some MS-like symptoms like numbness and tingling so I went to see an MS specialist neuro who was fantastic. She had an MRI of my spine done as well and basically said that since the clinical and MRI pictures weren't really indicative of MS that we should watch the lesions. I've had yearly MRIs since with no change. The neuro believes that the lesions are due to chronic high blood pressure or possibly previous trauma (I've had a couple of concussions).

I've had c-spine issues for at least the last 7 years. I've had pinched nerve type symptoms (numbness, tingling, pain) on and off, always helped by PT. Then about 6 months ago I had incredible pain radiating into my left arm which developed significant weakness and atrophy as well. That was pretty scary. MRI shows some spinal cord compression and severe foraminal narrowing at C4-c6. After going to 5 surgeons and 3 neuros, I decided on aggressive PT/traction etc. The pain resolved in 3 weeks or so and I now have about 90% of my strength back.

I've done extensive research on all of these things and have quizzed all of the Drs as much as I can. So, I'm not a Dr but I know a bit about these topics.

Spinal issues can be progressive (like moving to both sides of your body) especially in the case of myelopathy due to spinal cord compression. You should be able to get a good idea of the extent of this, if any from your c-spine MRI. Most typically c-spine issues are progressive over a longer period of time, and commonly follow a more symptomatic/less symptomatic cycle.

MS presents in a variety of ways but the most common does include visual disturbances often as side effects of optic neuritis, as well as bilateral weakness and/or sensory disturbances (numbness, tingling, burning etc) and muscle tremor (myokymia). Often the symptoms come on over a few days to a few weeks and may persist for weeks to months. There are many variations that require a neuro experience with MS to sort through and correlate with the MRI and spinal tap results. Often there needs to be clear progression (additional lesions on MRI, enhancing lesions etc) or clear evidence on both MRI and spinal tap correlated with symptoms.

One other thing I thought of is Lyme's disease. If you'd had any significant outdoor exposure I would discuss this possibility with your neuro. The movement of the sensory symptoms into your face is reminiscent of Lyme's.

It seems like you'll have lots to discuss with your neuro at your next appointment. If you're having trouble getting a diagnosis, perhaps a second opinion with an MS specialist neuro would be valuable. MS is a difficult diagnosis to make as it's a diagnosis of exclusion.

Good luck and let us know how you get on...

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