I have this problem a lot and my Rheumatologist sent me to a Neurologist. The Neurologist ordered a pin test to be done on me with electrodes and pins. The pin test ruled that my right side was normal and the left leg showed neuropathy. It sounds like you could have neuropathy going on too. I think that it is terrible the way the doctor treated you with a broken tongue depressor. You need to see a Neurologist.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.