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Chronic Numbness in both legs...Help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 9, 2010
  • 09:43 PM

I've had numbness in both legs from the thighs to the toes for over a year now. SInce February of 2009 to be exact. I've been to a neurologist and his diagnosis was low Vitamin B levels...I took Vitamin B shots every other week for 4 months with little to no change. My energy level was definitely better, but the numbness was still there.

I've had nerve testing (forgot what it was called) and everything was normal. I've had an MRI of my back and was told I had a bulging disc but the doctor didn't think was the cause because I have no back pain whatsoever.

However, I've noticed that my knees feel like there are rubberbands around them. It's just a strange, not natural, feeling.

I've been living with this for over a year and I don't know where to turn...my doctor blames everyone on age but I am 39 and in good health...i exercise and am active but I feel like since I've been feeling this in my legs it's slowed me down just because I don't feel right.

Does anyone know if an orthopedic doc would be able to help me out? Or chiropractor or someone, anyone!!!!

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  • I've had numbness in both legs from the thighs to the toes for over a year now. SInce February of 2009 to be exact. I've been to a neurologist and his diagnosis was low Vitamin B levels...I took Vitamin B shots every other week for 4 months with little to no change. My energy level was definitely better, but the numbness was still there. I've had nerve testing (forgot what it was called) and everything was normal. I've had an MRI of my back and was told I had a bulging disc but the doctor didn't think was the cause because I have no back pain whatsoever. However, I've noticed that my knees feel like there are rubberbands around them. It's just a strange, not natural, feeling. I've been living with this for over a year and I don't know where to turn...my doctor blames everyone on age but I am 39 and in good health...i exercise and am active but I feel like since I've been feeling this in my legs it's slowed me down just because I don't feel right. Does anyone know if an orthopedic doc would be able to help me out? Or chiropractor or someone, anyone!!!!Hi!I am surprised that your neurologist did only an MRI of your back. He/she should have also done one of your brain. I had persistent numbness in both forearms for an extended period of time. After some hounding of physicians I was tested for diabetes (sometimes can lead to this sort of symptoms; in my case it was negative) and then sent to a neurologist. The nerve conduction tests were negative. The brain MRI showed lesions characteristic of multiple sclerosis (MS). In many cases, people with MS will have one strange symptom, then it will mostly go away (sometimes with no treatment whatsoever) and they will be fine for a while, then they will have another strange symptom, etc. There are certainly things other than MS that can explain your symptoms, but I would recommend at least trying to rule it out as a possibility by having a brain MRI. This kind of numbness cannot be explained away by 'aging'. It is not normal, especially not in a healthy 30-something. If it is MS, an exacerbation can be treated by a prednisone burst in certain cases; and there are medications directed at slowing the progression of nerve demyelination and damage to the brain. I have found dietary changes very effective in my case and follow a gluten, dairy, egg, corn, peanut, yeast, and mushroom-free diet. I have not had any exacerbations in over 10 years, so it works for me.You might find this link helpful: http://www.healthline.com/symptomsearch?addterm=NumbnessI would look through the possible causes and take a list of all the ones you think could be possibilities (or maybe just take the whole list) to your doctor to rule out. Be strong about it and make sure your doctor works for you! See the articles for each 'cause' and encourage your doctor to test and review them with you. For example the 1. Numbess page 2 lists various blood tests, imaging, and other tests that might be done for numbess. You can review with your doctor whether you have had thorough thyroid and heavy metal tests, etc. 3. Radiculopathy raises the question of tumours. As your doctor has not been thorough regarding this so far, you will need to do some work before your next appointment. There are 43 'causes' with related articles listed on the page from healthline.com, so I think it's a good place to start.Good luck!
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  • Do you take energy powder or drinks and pills? Your body could be on protein over ride. If not ill do some research. I've had numbness in both legs from the thighs to the toes for over a year now. SInce February of 2009 to be exact. I've been to a neurologist and his diagnosis was low Vitamin B levels...I took Vitamin B shots every other week for 4 months with little to no change. My energy level was definitely better, but the numbness was still there. I've had nerve testing (forgot what it was called) and everything was normal. I've had an MRI of my back and was told I had a bulging disc but the doctor didn't think was the cause because I have no back pain whatsoever. However, I've noticed that my knees feel like there are rubberbands around them. It's just a strange, not natural, feeling. I've been living with this for over a year and I don't know where to turn...my doctor blames everyone on age but I am 39 and in good health...i exercise and am active but I feel like since I've been feeling this in my legs it's slowed me down just because I don't feel right. Does anyone know if an orthopedic doc would be able to help me out? Or chiropractor or someone, anyone!!!!
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  • I've had numbness in both legs from the thighs to the toes for over a year now. SInce February of 2009 to be exact. I've been to a neurologist and his diagnosis was low Vitamin B levels...I took Vitamin B shots every other week for 4 months with little to no change. My energy level was definitely better, but the numbness was still there. I've had nerve testing (forgot what it was called) and everything was normal. I've had an MRI of my back and was told I had a bulging disc but the doctor didn't think was the cause because I have no back pain whatsoever. However, I've noticed that my knees feel like there are rubberbands around them. It's just a strange, not natural, feeling. I've been living with this for over a year and I don't know where to turn...my doctor blames everyone on age but I am 39 and in good health...i exercise and am active but I feel like since I've been feeling this in my legs it's slowed me down just because I don't feel right. Does anyone know if an orthopedic doc would be able to help me out? Or chiropractor or someone, anyone!!!!If it is caused by nerve pain you should try homeopathic Hypericum. It works. I know many friends who have got help with nerve pain as well as few with numbness in feet caused by the nerve pain in back. Worth trying. Good luck.
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  • Thank you so much to all for your insight! I am not taking any energy powder or drinks. I have no pain whatsoever just a the constant feeling of numbness which is not debilitating but aggravating!!! Thanks again!
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  • y don u check ur blood glucose level once .. ?
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  • I've had numbness in both legs from the thighs to the toes for over a year now. SInce February of 2009 to be exact. I've been to a neurologist and his diagnosis was low Vitamin B levels...I took Vitamin B shots every other week for 4 months with little to no change. My energy level was definitely better, but the numbness was still there. I've had nerve testing (forgot what it was called) and everything was normal. I've had an MRI of my back and was told I had a bulging disc but the doctor didn't think was the cause because I have no back pain whatsoever. However, I've noticed that my knees feel like there are rubberbands around them. It's just a strange, not natural, feeling. I've been living with this for over a year and I don't know where to turn...my doctor blames everyone on age but I am 39 and in good health...i exercise and am active but I feel like since I've been feeling this in my legs it's slowed me down just because I don't feel right. Does anyone know if an orthopedic doc would be able to help me out? Or chiropractor or someone, anyone!!!! Treb, I have had the same symptoms for about a month. Numbness in legs, no backpain. My doctor thinks it might be caused by a pinched nerve in my back. No MRI yet. Since your original post, have you found any relief or a good explanation of the cause? thanks
    TSB111 1 Replies
    • December 23, 2010
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  • I've had numbness in both legs from the thighs to the toes for over a year now. SInce February of 2009 to be exact. I've been to a neurologist and his diagnosis was low Vitamin B levels...I took Vitamin B shots every other week for 4 months with little to no change. My energy level was definitely better, but the numbness was still there. I've had nerve testing (forgot what it was called) and everything was normal. I've had an MRI of my back and was told I had a bulging disc but the doctor didn't think was the cause because I have no back pain whatsoever. However, I've noticed that my knees feel like there are rubberbands around them. It's just a strange, not natural, feeling. I've been living with this for over a year and I don't know where to turn...my doctor blames everyone on age but I am 39 and in good health...i exercise and am active but I feel like since I've been feeling this in my legs it's slowed me down just because I don't feel right. Does anyone know if an orthopedic doc would be able to help me out? Or chiropractor or someone, anyone!!!! have yourself tested for carbon monoxide poisening if you have any gas coming into your house.....I had it symptoms include waves of pins and needles in legs and then feeling like your muscles are mush..
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    • December 30, 2010
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