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Severe back pain, weak legs and arms, severe fatigue and more...

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  • Posted By: my4monkeyboogers
  • March 14, 2013
  • 00:26 AM

These are the symptoms I have been having. It is the list I typed up for my Dr. I have Fibromyalgia, and narrowing in my cervical spine and a bulging disk. I was told that there wasn't any compression on my spine to be causing these symptoms though. I am not sure what to think or what is going on.

The last several months my right leg goes numb, all the way to the toes. It varies from numb to pins and needles to burning and even what I call electrical bursts. My toes tend to get the pins and needles feeling after being on my feet for a few hours.

I get sharp shooting pain up and down both legs and arms. I also get them in my back, chest and neck.

My lower arms and hands go numb for no reason and get a tingling feeling. It gets worse at night when I try to sleep.

I am having a horrible time sleeping. I wake about every hour and a half to two hours, usually from pain somewhere in my body. I have a hard time getting back to sleep. My husband will not sleep with me anymore due to the fact that I move constantly in my sleep. He says I moan and make all kinds of noise. I have physically hurt him in my sleep before by swinging my arms or kicking.

My legs and arms get very weak after being on my feet for awhile. They feel like jello and I need to brace myself on something to be able to walk for fear of falling. Even a gallon of milk can be too much to lift. Going grocery shopping causes enough pain that I am in a great deal of pain by the time I get home.

After being on my feet, walking or standing, my back really begins to hurt. I feel majority of the pain in my lower back but my whole back will hurt. If I continue to walk or stand the pain moves down into my legs. It really becomes unbearable and has become so much worse since physical therapy. I have had to quit working because of this.

I am incredibly tired all the time and have days that I will sleep on and off all day.

I can't think straight, I feel like I am in a fog all the time and have headaches nearly every day.

I have had to greatly depend on my kids or my husband to help around the house. Doing normal housework has become very difficult. I avoid walking up the stairs in the house because I am afraid of falling. My legs get very weak, I have fallen once last fall.

My neck and shoulders are hurting more and it hurts to extend my arms in front of me or put them over my head. Like when driving with my arms in front of me they get weak and hurt.

I have been using the bathroom a lot more than normal and my IBS is acting up as well.

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  • I am very worried about those symptoms :( Your doctor has probably gotten back to you by now, I hope. The combination of neuropathies, pains, brain fog, fatigue, and everything else sounds like an autoimmune and/or neurological disorder. If you have not had any testing for MS, such as an MRI and a lumbar puncture, now would be the time to ask for those, I would think. It's possible that your fibromyalgia is linked to some bigger underlying condition that is causing the rest of your symptoms. Take it very seriously and schedule an appointment with your GP and a neurologist asap would be my advice to you. And if you start having a really bad headache, persistent confusion, or the weakness spreads across your body, or you start having balance trouble, I would consider going to the hospital. Good luck with whatever this turns out to be!
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  • Oh I want to add that I'm not a doctor, obviously. I do have a couple of extra tips though: get your vitamin B12 and Folate checked; simple vitamin deficiencies can cause these sympotms and mimic MS. Good luck
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