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Numbness and tingling. Is it stress, injury or something else?

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  • Posted By: pigeon slayer
  • October 28, 2010
  • 08:54 AM

Need some help to understand what is going on with my body. I am normally a pretty fit 43 year old man who exercises regularly.

I have had a few upper back injuries which include a couple of whiplash incidents many years back and going over the handlebars on my bike a few years back. And suffer from a sore neck most mornings which is greatly relieved from movement and activity.

I decided to get my neck checked out by my doctor as it was affecting my sleep and I had noticed a slight tingling above my shoulder blades. Around the same time I started a job which involved driving 1.2hrs each day which made my neck worse and some heavy lifting which seemed to set off a sensitive patch between my shoulder blades. I was prescribed Ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation in my shoulders. The Ibuprofen was helping to some degree.
To add to my misery my wife has decided to leave me and the kids (mid life crisis) and the stress and anxiety has been tremendous.

Around this time I started to wake in the middle of the night with numbness in my fingers, toes and left thigh, most of the sensations were located to the left side. Most of these sensations went quickly, although some residual sensation would last through the day.

I saw my GP again and after a couple of visits and questions that seemed to relate to Diabetes and MS (both of which I looked into and did not have the other symptoms) he has decided to refer me to a Neurologist, so I am awaiting this appointment.

Since then the tingling has increased at night and I have felt the sensation over my entire body on occasions. It feels like the sensation you get when you warm very cold hands up. And during a couple of days my legs felt cold during the day. I have also noticed that my left thigh goes numb only if I sleep on my front. Relaxation and breathing techniques are reducing the tingling sensation. I have had a few episodes during the day and at night where I felt spaced out and a bit ill. The most notable was the other day when my head started to tingle all over and I felt really dizzy, it lasted about an hour and then I was fine again.

I know I have some physical injuries to my upper back and shoulders that are likely to be soft tissue, ligament and tendon strains. Also the stress from the marriage break up and the problems sleeping with the neck pain and worry about my future have played a large part in this, but the symptoms down my legs and the sickness and dizzy feeling seem unrelated to my upper back injuries.

Can anyone shed some light?

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  • Need some help to understand what is going on with my body. I am normally a pretty fit 43 year old man who exercises regularly.I have had a few upper back injuries which include a couple of whiplash incidents many years back and going over the handlebars on my bike a few years back. And suffer from a sore neck most mornings which is greatly relieved from movement and activity.I decided to get my neck checked out by my doctor as it was affecting my sleep and I had noticed a slight tingling above my shoulder blades. Around the same time I started a job which involved driving 1.2hrs each day which made my neck worse and some heavy lifting which seemed to set off a sensitive patch between my shoulder blades. I was prescribed Ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation in my shoulders. The Ibuprofen was helping to some degree.To add to my misery my wife has decided to leave me and the kids (mid life crisis) and the stress and anxiety has been tremendous.Around this time I started to wake in the middle of the night with numbness in my fingers, toes and left thigh, most of the sensations were located to the left side. Most of these sensations went quickly, although some residual sensation would last through the day.I saw my GP again and after a couple of visits and questions that seemed to relate to Diabetes and MS (both of which I looked into and did not have the other symptoms) he has decided to refer me to a Neurologist, so I am awaiting this appointment.Since then the tingling has increased at night and I have felt the sensation over my entire body on occasions. It feels like the sensation you get when you warm very cold hands up. And during a couple of days my legs felt cold during the day. I have also noticed that my left thigh goes numb only if I sleep on my front. Relaxation and breathing techniques are reducing the tingling sensation. I have had a few episodes during the day and at night where I felt spaced out and a bit ill. The most notable was the other day when my head started to tingle all over and I felt really dizzy, it lasted about an hour and then I was fine again.I know I have some physical injuries to my upper back and shoulders that are likely to be soft tissue, ligament and tendon strains. Also the stress from the marriage break up and the problems sleeping with the neck pain and worry about my future have played a large part in this, but the symptoms down my legs and the sickness and dizzy feeling seem unrelated to my upper back injuries.Can anyone shed some light?I'm sorry about your current situation, people can be real monsters.Have your iron levels been checked, and do you know if you are anemic?If not, based upon the symptoms you are experiencing and past history, I would say that you are certainly experiencing cervical problems, with the three most likely candidates being:Cervical Herniated Disk SyndromeCervical RadiculitisCervical OsteroarthritisI would recommend a spinal MRI, as that will give you the best diagnostic value.I do not believe you are suffering from any type of illness brought upon by stress. However, everyone knows that stress does play a factor in back pain, so I could be mistaken. Your past history does, in my opinion, supersede that though.Feel better man.
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    • October 28, 2010
    • 01:17 PM
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