2006-twitching left hand, right leg random; tingling (pins and needles)right leg after bike rides.
2009--increasing pins and needles right leg after bike rides
2011--pins and needles second toe of each foot (in 1966 both big toes had frost bit--believed at that time tingling might be associated with that)
May 2 2013--steep increase from random to continuous tingling in toes, started noticing some loss of balance control after sometimes carrying items, tightness of hip, lower level of energy.
Up to Aug 15 2013--continuous increase of symptoms to point of balance issues after carrying more than 60 pounds (I was tiling floor at that time and there was a one to one with moving boxes of tile). Pins and needles up to right leg knee, left to slightly above ankle. Started having trouble walking in a straight line without a significant "penguin" walking pattern.
Nov 30 2013--pins and needles above knees. Significant balance issues. Getting harder to walk.
During these six years I went through 4 neurologist--three of these since August 2013. Last one associated something happening in thoracic area of spine, prior thought lumbar issue or chemical issue. Tests in order, CAT Brain, CAT Spine, EMG, CAT Thoracic, MRI Thoracic, CTI Thoracic, MRI Thoracic, Angiogram Spin (primarily T2 to T5).
The key to the neurologist catching the cause was the test where she tested my reflex at the knee. The response was overly responsive.
Angiogram done by Dr Hurst of PennMed showed that T2 could not be treated by gluing method but T5 could.
Dec 16 2014 operation with laminectomy from T2 to T5. T2 suppl to outer portion of spinal cord embolized. T5 through gluing.
After operation did one day in intensive care, three days in two person hospital room under care of neurological physicians and nurses.
Home 12/21/2013. By 12/28/2013 able to get up and down staircase more than once a day. Back at work (University Engineering Professor) 1/06/2014 for an hour, by 1/08 for three hours, by 1/10 told boss could teach two courses with TA assistance. First day of class 1/13/2014 found needed "disability aids to teach".
Did a lot of suggested and then self designed PT from March to May of 2014. Then my own to recently. Hit three mile walks approximately Jan 2015. Those on good days.
Very poor muscle memory. What that means is if I skip a day I can only do around 80% of the day before the skip. Skip three days and I am in serious trouble.
Now September 2015---no improvement since around May of 2014. I am under constant pins and needles from toes to knees. Balance is an issue. I use hiking walk sticks when the ground is wet. But do not need them when dry.