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permanent numbness of single toe and tingling sensation at one area of back

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 7, 2007
  • 04:12 PM

Hi,

I'm a 37-year-old male who is concerned about the following:

On and off for the last two to three months, I've had paresthesia occuring at a localised area on my back (just below my left shoulder blade). It's a tingling, prickling sensation that has a dull ache. It's been appearing more frequently lately, the onset of which occurs mostly when I'm sat down leaning forward (such as on the computer which I usually am).

Ordinarily I would dismiss it as a possible trapped nerve, or (as I do karate and work out at a gym), a possible injury.

However, very recently I'm experiencing numbness on my middle right toe. It's not completely numb, just a light loss in sensation. I can feel it when I push my toes down.

I don't think it is down to new shoes (I have a few different types of footwear but none cramp my feet). I can still feel it if I touch it, it still hurts if I ****k it the same as the others... But the sensation is definetly different to my other toes.

It might be worth mentioning at this stage, that a few months ago I noticed the same foot swelling somewhat, as if I had poor circulation in that foot. But I am not experiencing this at the moment. In fact I had put that down to fatigue as I was working stationary, long, late hours at the time.

After looking these ailments up on the internet, I've very scared that it could be something like MS, which appears to be a possible cause. Although slightly less scared that it might be diabetes.

I've been to the local GP but he hasn't given me any new information although he can refer me for blood tests.

I'm not sure I want to take any tests until I have my financial house in order! Would delaying this cause me further complications, or should I get it checked out asap?

Am I being a bit OTT in considering it might be MS at this stage? Could it be anything else?

Any help would be wonderful.

Thank you in advance for any help or advice offered.

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  • Dear friend, It is not a good idea to use Internet as a method of self diagnosis, MS has a lot of other symptoms that you are not experiencing, Diabetes could case neuropathy as well but again you would be experiencing a lot worse symptoms if you were diabetic before you get to neuropathy.Please consult your physician and ask for a "systematic blood work" first, if everything came back normal ask him to refer you to a Rheumatologist and go from there.Best of luck to you.
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  • Did you ever figure out what this was...?I am having the exact same symptoms - a patch of tingling below my shoulder blade that flares up when sitting or leaning over (this has lasted for at least 5 years) and just this week I lost feeling in my right big toe for no apparent reason... feeling has not returned for a few days.I am wondering if I should go to the doctor... any thoughts?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2009
    • 03:20 AM
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  • Did you ever figure out what this was...?I am having the exact same symptoms - a patch of tingling below my shoulder blade that flares up when sitting or leaning over (this has lasted for at least 5 years) and just this week I lost feeling in my right big toe for no apparent reason... feeling has not returned for a few days.I am wondering if I should go to the doctor... any thoughts?So am I.. Think its Thyroid?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2010
    • 05:15 AM
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  • Did you ever figure out what this was...?I am having the exact same symptoms - a patch of tingling below my shoulder blade that flares up when sitting or leaning over (this has lasted for at least 5 years) and just this week I lost feeling in my right big toe for no apparent reason... feeling has not returned for a few days.I am wondering if I should go to the doctor... any thoughts?By all means have a complete physical including blood work to rule out metabolic, autoimmune problems etc. If Ok then consider this. Try thinking about chronic muscle tension/ imbalance with neuro involvement especially since you also do a lot of computer work. May be preexisting accommodation especially if the back muscles are weaker than the developed chest muscles. You may try a good physical therapist (one with a Ph.D). I have found this more helpful than many years of assorted chiropractic treatment. Good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2010
    • 04:30 AM
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