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pins and needles

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 31, 2007
  • 05:10 PM

for the last 3 weeks ,I have had acute pins and needles,burning feeling,some numbness in my thigh,and it also feels very hot too touch ,,,This is becoming more and more uncomfortable ,any one else had any thing like this ?? I have had no injurery,or knocks of late thank's,,,,

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  • This could be a sign of some sort of neurological disorder of the lower back. A bone spur or bulged disc could be causing the nerve irritation you are experiencing. If this does not clear up in the next couple of week, or if the sensations you describe get worse, go see your doctor or a Neurologist. There are some noninvasive tests that can be done to diagnose your problem, i.e. x-ray, CT Scan, MRI, etc.DO NOT allow a doctor to do ANY invasive procedure yet, including a nerve block as this may make things worse for you and cause other complications.Hopefully what you have will go away. If you are a person that has seen a chiropractor in the past, maybe all you need is an "adjustment" of the spinal column. Some people do get relief from similar symptoms using this treatment, others don't.If your symptoms continue, don't let this go on for too long before getting treatment.Hope this helps you.B-)
    howler 1 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 09:43 PM
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  • probably a nerve in your spine being squeezed by a small disc lesion.(note:discs do not slip.)it will probably resolve itself if you take it easy.dont be tempted to try to exercise your way out of it.just possibly the outcome of a small stroke but i really dont think so.give it a few weeks,if no progress see the doctor.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 10:50 PM
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  • good advice ,this above.but since it is getting worse it is less likely to be stroke,but it does indicate that your activity level is too high to permit resolution.rest it properlyuntil it is significantly better.dont do stretching and bending to try to fix it .that is how to make it a permanent problem.exercise gently later when you are getting better.walking is good,in the recovery phase .reading while lying down is good in the acute phase.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 10:58 PM
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  • its a disc .rest it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 3, 2007
    • 09:42 AM
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  • how is it now?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 10:11 PM
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  • Ive stretched it as was encouraged but seems to be getting worse. Tried lifting some heavy boxs this morning and it really began to burn, in fact i got really dizzy and my hand also seems to be very numb. Im putting on 'deep heat' at the moment and trying to get the circulation back by trying some heavy excercise (stair climbing), but it seems weaker, and i feel a bit nauceous. Is it a disc, or is it poor circulation?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 02:15 PM
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  • what did i say specifically not to do?you are well on your way to turning this into a permanent problem,old chap.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 04:46 PM
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  • i might as well talk to the cat.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 04:48 PM
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  • sorry i misunderstood what you meant, but i thought keep moving would be the best.my leg is still numb at the moment and i think ive got a tummybug as im feeling weak, i have been to the doctor and he also said rest and he tested my eyes for something. i no this may be strange but i have a neighbour who said yoga may be good but it seems to be giving me a terribe headache,should i keep practising?sorry and thanks again.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 11:39 AM
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  • rest in the acute phase,gentle exercise in the recovery phase.short walks are good;slowly increasing in distance.no stretching.no yoga until you feel o.k.you will know when you are ready for walks when the pins and needles have stopped.as i was wheeled into the operating theatre,the surgeon said to me"if you had lain down for a week when this first happened you wouldnt be here now."learn while you can.my apologies to the person who thinks this discussion isnt entertaining enough.i will try to work in some references to acupuncture and vitamins,oh yes and the healing qualities of oriental medicine.that seems to do the trick in other threads.meanwhile thete is a man here who may be on the way to crippling himself.excuse my priorities.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 04:36 PM
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  • perhaps being bi-polar or having mono or a.d.h.d. would be more fun to read about . (again and again and again and again oh yes and the inestimable value of oriental medicine again and again and again.)but the fact is that the man has a bad back.what is this?medicine as entertainment?dear folks my spine just fell out and its all over the garage floor in bits .do i put the big bits at the top or the bottom?and do the rounded bits go around the front or the back?should i let the cat lick it like that or is it best if i wash it under the tap?-----would that be an improvement?let me know ,my only aim is to please.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 05:33 PM
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  • you have completly lost me now? thanks to the gentleman who gave me the advice to rest, god bless. i will take it on board.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 08:46 AM
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  • thank you for your kind words.rest is very hard if you do not have somebody to care for you.if that is the case it will require extraordinary discipline.if you are lucky enough to have a loyal carer,it is still hard,boredom and depression being the main enemies.still ,more recent medical opinion advises a shorter rest period than i was advised to take.:"treat as if it was a broken bone,"i was told.but there is concern now that circulation, d.v.t. heart and muscle loss problems may emerge sooner than was thought.so while your rest should be as thorough as you can make it ,dont let it go on too long.and my top tip ---avoid deep vein thrombosis by flexing and extending the muscles in your legs .---a week flat on your back is enough.see if you can get somebody to go to a bookshop or library for you and bring you a back care book ,there are lots available.my favourite is one called "be your own back doctor."writers name forgotten.sorry.(it is especially fun to read his demolition of osteopathy,as applied to the spine.)from your source,try to learn if you can something called the "spinal recovery position,"sort of lying on your side with your knees drawn towards your chest with support from pillows.which may help you .my experience though,is that if there is nerve involvement,(pins and needles,)you are best on your back for as long as you can stick it.....it can be done.i did five weeks at the age of nineteen,they wouldnt let me move!it is easy to do longer,much longer ,if you can roll onto a side occasionally.wireless is good,and television,read if you are that kind of person.and keep a chart of the extent of the pins and needles which you use to log progress every day.dont expect fast progress,though!use a big bottle for urine disposal --the gallon ones they use for spring water are ideal; and you may use the toilet for defecation as long as it is on the same level;no stairs.otherwise it is a commode in your room .i improvised with plastic bags and duct tape.(it is surprising how much plastic and tape you need!)good luck and remember you are not the first!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 06:50 PM
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  • i am not keen on this nausea.have you seen the doctor?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 06:55 PM
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  • If it doesn't go away soon you really need to get to the doctor. I had the same thing in my feet and legs 11 years ago. I thought it was a pinch nerve or something, went to ER and happen to have a neurologist on duty. He did an MRI and found out I had Multilple sclerosis. I am doing very well that was 11 years ago and Im perfectly alright. It goes away and heals itself, but can keep coming back until permenate damage. I am on avonex. it is a once a week shot that keep the disease from progressiing. Good Luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2007
    • 09:27 PM
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  • anyone with m.s. can benefit from googling the terms "multiple sclerosis and parasitic worms" (both terms together.)looks like it might just be possible to stop the progression of the disease.how about that!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 08:58 PM
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  • the underlying rule here is "common things happen most commonly."bad backs are so common as to be practically normal.and it is usually a disc. but give it a chance,then get it checked.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 09:02 PM
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  • Try acupuncture :) sorry, I couldn't help myself. I have treated countless people with disc degeneration, herniation, sciatica, spondolithesis, and much more. It works. It is not snake oil, but a thousand year old form of medicine. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 03:37 PM
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  • the human race has made many mistakes lasting for longer than a thousand years.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 00:10 AM
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  • I would get your back checked out...could be the sciatica nerve.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 04:42 PM
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