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  • Posted By: booster
  • September 29, 2008
  • 06:07 PM

Hi,

For a few months now, my legs have been acting up at night. They twitch uncontrolably when I'm asleep. Over the past month, this has become much worse, and fast. Now, my body stiffens right up and then I need to stretch it out. I'm asleep while this is going on, but is still painfiul and scary. For teh past two weeks, my fingers and toes are numb/tingley when I wake up and this lasts all day. My mid to lower back in the middle is also quite sore, but I'm not sure if this is related or not.

Anyone experience anything like this? My wife and I are very concerned.

My hands are actually tingly/numb as I type this and I've been awake for 6 hours already.

Your help would be sincerely appreciated.

Jason & Family :)

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  • Hi, For a few months now, my legs have been acting up at night. They twitch uncontrolably when I'm asleep. Over the past month, this has become much worse, and fast. Now, my body stiffens right up and then I need to stretch it out. I'm asleep while this is going on, but is still painfiul and scary. For teh past two weeks, my fingers and toes are numb/tingley when I wake up and this lasts all day. My mid to lower back in the middle is also quite sore, but I'm not sure if this is related or not. Anyone experience anything like this? My wife and I are very concerned. My hands are actually tingly/numb as I type this and I've been awake for 6 hours already. Your help would be sincerely appreciated. Jason & Family :)A differential diagnosis is difficult without additional information, and depends on whether you are young or old, had any past medical problems or surgeries, what medications you take, etc (this is why people have to see a doctor and can't just get diagnosed by one or two symptoms!). However, the areas of numbness that you describe cannot be accounted for by any one spinal cord compression syndrome. Sciatica is a possibility to account for your leg symptoms. However, numbness and tingling with weakness of the extremities can also be an electrolyte imbalance (potassium). The twitching you describe sounds like restless legs syndrome. However, twitching, numbness and tingling also sound very much like low potassium (hypokalemia). I would recommend you see your physician and have a blood panel drawn and a spine MRI, as you could also have degenerative disk disease and spinal stenosis depending on your age.Good luck.
    MD2010 5 Replies
    • September 29, 2008
    • 09:39 PM
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  • Thank you very much for your reposne. I'm a 37 year old male. I've never had any issues before related to this, and no major injuries. Interesting. Any research that I've done on my own would indicate MS or Parkinsons. I've already seen my MD and he wants to refer me to a Neurologist and Sleep Specialist. Any thoughts on this? Jason
    booster 1 Replies
    • September 29, 2008
    • 11:40 PM
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  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is not something you just suddenly develop at the age of 37. It can present with relapsing and remitting numbness and tingling, but if this is the first episode it is doubtful that is what is going on.And you are WAY to young for Parkinson's Disease. There is an exceedingly rare form of early onset Parkinsons that can occur in young people, but it is a familial form so you would have to have a history of very early onset Parkinsons in your family (immediate family, i.e. 1st degree relatives).If your primary physician has done basic lab work on you (blood test) that shows everything within normal limits then I think a Neurologist is probably a good idea.
    MD2010 5 Replies
    • September 30, 2008
    • 10:52 PM
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