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It starts at the foot

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  • Posted By: SeattleD
  • December 10, 2006
  • 02:20 AM

Hello,

I am concerned about some strange symptoms I am experiencing.
Bear with me......
I am a 28 year old male, 6' 175lbs. I have been active in martial arts for over 10 years now. I actually teach a class 2X a week. I try to exercise regularly. Non smoker. Occasional Alcohol.

Some of the info may be unimportant, but it all seemed to happen at once so I'll lay it all out there.

I started a new martial arts class that is very demanding. I participated for a few weeks until my left ankle on the lateral side started hurting during weight bearing. I am flatfooted so this was no big suprise. I went to the poditrist and got an X-Ray and MRI.
Soon after that I started getting cold feet and my big toe on the left foot was going numb whenever I sat at my computer. It happened a few times and raised a red flag. Soon after that I was exercising in my house doing push-ups and shadowboxing...I went outside in the cold and started doing jump rope.100 skips X2. Suddenly I I was hit by a massive headache that lasted a few minutes. There was a lingering headache that lasted for about a week after that(1 week today actually.)
This made me nervous, as I never got that sort of headache before...coupled with the cold feet, made me concerned about my circulation. My podiatrist says my pulse is good in my feet though.
Anyway a few days later I started getting the feeling of pins and needles in random places over my body. From my back, to my arms, legs and feet.
It gets worse at night, and sometimes also gives me a crawling sensation. Occasionally my feet would also feel tingling during the night, and when I woke up.
Around the same time I noticed my neck was sore in the lower cervical vertabre. It hurts worst when I sit, and feels fine when I'm laying down. Well, I went to the doctor and she said the pins and needles sounded like diabetes to her, and that she thought the headache was a sinus headache, and the neck was possibly jarred due to jumping rope. The only person I know of in my family to have diabetes was a great grandmother. She had type I.

The DR reffered me to Physical Therapy for my neck, and had me take a blood test to check on diabetes.
I havent heard back about the test and, as people do, am getting nervous.
Also today I was taking a hot shower and the place where my neck is sore
was extremly sensitive to the heat. After I got out of the shower I noticed that my back and butt were bright red. The insides of both legs were red as were the tops of my feet. iT went away after about 15 minutes.
I'm really confused and frustrated. Its all happening suddenly and according to what I found on the web it may be anything from MS to Lymes disease, to a Tumor. My father says it sounds like some kind of allergic reaction to him, or shingles, which he had. I havent eaten or done anything different recently that I can remember besides getting a flu shot about a 1-2 weeks ago.
And now that I think about it I remember complaining to my wife, that I though we had bed bugs because occasionaly at night I would feel itchy. This goes back about a year.

Let me know what you think.
Thanks Alot!! And sorry this was so long.

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  • Hi I'm a medical junkie, no doctor though. To me..your symptoms explain a jar to your spine. You'd be amazed at what happens to your body when you 'jar' a part of your spine. In reality you probably pinched a nerve in your spine and it hasn't let up, yet. If I were YOU..I'd get my back massaged a few times a week in hopes of relieving a pinched nerve. Go on the web and check out the 'spine' and see what every bone in your spine, controls..it's truely amazing. When any nerve is compressed..it will keep doing your type of symptoms to your body. I would STOP doing your excersises until you get relief. Stretching type movements might help, also..Good Luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 10, 2006
    • 00:31 PM
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  • Thnk you very much. I hope this is the case. Is it possible to jar my spine this bad by jumping rope, that it effects my upper and lower extremities?
    SeattleD 6 Replies
    • December 10, 2006
    • 07:54 PM
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  • Is it possible to have such a mild case of shingles that the rash is not very visible? Also, are shingles known to ever break the typical one sid of the body pattern?
    SeattleD 6 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 03:45 PM
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  • Ok, well it does not seem like I am getting much here. I'll stick around anway.I believe I have gotten a wrong diagnosis ! Actually, no diagnosis.I got the test results back from my blood. I dont have diabetes.My doctor has reffered me to Physical Therapy for my neck pain.I dont think its going to stop the pins and needles I am feeling in my feet, legs abdomen, back, and arms.I know enough about nerve innervation to know that I cant be pinching a leg muscle at my neck. Any thoughts?
    SeattleD 6 Replies
    • December 13, 2006
    • 03:31 AM
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  • SeattleD, what did you ever find out. I'm also a martial artist and experiencing similar symptomsOk, well it does not seem like I am getting much here. I'll stick around anway.I believe I have gotten a wrong diagnosis ! Actually, no diagnosis.I got the test results back from my blood. I dont have diabetes.My doctor has reffered me to Physical Therapy for my neck pain.I dont think its going to stop the pins and needles I am feeling in my feet, legs abdomen, back, and arms.I know enough about nerve innervation to know that I cant be pinching a leg muscle at my neck. Any thoughts?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 3, 2007
    • 03:07 AM
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  • Ask around for a great chiropractor. The other condition appears to be a shingles-herpes neuralgia-like condition since your diabetes test was negative.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 6, 2007
    • 07:05 PM
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  • I have come down with exactly the same symptoms. I'm also a martial artist. Did you ever get a diagnosis SeattleD?
    mincognito 1 Replies Flag this Response
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