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It starts with pins and needles....

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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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  • I was surfing the net myself, trying to find an explanation for the things that I have been experiencing lately...and came across your post. I was shocked..and relieved (strangely) to know that someone else had been through the same. I am a relatively healthy female, I work out at least 4 times a week...recently quit smoking (a few months ago), and have been experiencing what I believed to be really poor circulation. My feet, calves, and hands go from feeling "normal" to freezing, numbing at times...to the point that I wear socks to bed at night. My skin even feels "sore"..again, this isn't all the time. I've noticed that these 'sensations' are stronger on one side of my body as well - primarily the right side. I've been under quite a bit of stress lately...have had difficulty sleeping (have been tested for sleep apnea even, because I'm so tired all the time). I have a follow-up appt scheduled with my doctor again in a week for further discussion/testing. If anyone recognizes these symptoms for anything - or has any suggestions for what to do to get rid of them, I would appreciate it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2006
    • 02:01 AM
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  • i am a doctor from new jersey. i read your posts and it sounds to me like you are both suffering from the same problem - you have both got liddingtons disease. it is incredibly rare but unfortunately highly contagious. i reccomend you both go to your local hospital immediately to get them to give you the treatment. this will stop it spreading to anyone else.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2006
    • 03:05 PM
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  • Well doctor, your post was shocking to say the least. I could not find any information on Liddingtons disease anywhere.Can you please give me some more information on this disease and how you diagnosed us as having it, before I go into a panic about spreading a highly contagious disease to dozens of my elderly patients, and my family over the past few weeks since I have posted here.thanks
    SeattleD 6 Replies
    • December 24, 2006
    • 00:02 AM
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  • There no such thing as liddingtons disease. It just comes from stress . Try seeing a chiropractor and see what happens and you have to distress your life. Stress can do wierd things to your body. Im dealing with a lot of stress myself and dealing with the same sensations and I know I am very healthy.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 03:29 AM
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  • One more thing have you tried getting tested to see if you have RLS?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 03:34 AM
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  • Thanks for the info.I have personally not considered RLS, because I get the occasional pain in my legs, but also in random other places like my arms or back too.
    SeattleD 6 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 06:46 AM
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  • Hey did you ever get your dilema fugured out. Im havin the same symptoms as you so Im curious to know what info you got...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 9, 2007
    • 01:44 PM
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  • Hey did you ever get your dilema fugured out. Im havin the same symptoms as you so Im curious to know what info you got...Haha- I am 28 years old active happy energetic female with the INVISIBLE DISEASE. I was also suffering with the same symptoms. The truth is my doctor ran some tests- and after finding all of these symptoms that don't seem to be connected- she realized that I was having a toxic overload. Which by the way gave me a hyper active liver. I was poisoned by my body- I collapsed. The funny thing is I thought I was doing everything right.For the OP I would advice him not to do his heavy work out until he manages to detoxify his system. I am concerned that he might be close to suffer athletic anaphylaxis. Doctors are often baffle to see healthy athletes die suddenly of anaphylaxis because there are only very few indicative of a person's toxicity and those symptoms could look like some other disease.Think logically: how could you get 3 or 4 different unrelated conditions at one? They are not unrelated.I told the doctor that I knew I was not developing hepatitis ( I am not sexually active), a urinary track infection, food allergies, acid reflux, dermal allergies, anxiety attacks, restless leg syndrome ,a sinus infection, etc all at the same time.It all have the same origin: toxicity.Some other delicate conditions might suddenly arise- as your immune system is fighting out the internal pollution.* cut all sugar, fats, caffeine, alcohol for now.* reduce your intake of protein- do not drink milk*take a high quality vitamin/mineral supplement. (this will help your body to detox)* take apple cider vinegar (45 min. max), epson salt bath (20 min. max). your skin was red because it was pushing out toxins.* drink lots of water* eat lots of unsoluble fiber, as you need to keep your colon working.* probiotics will help your immune system- it gets debilitated with all the internal stress- Don't be surprised if you have protein in your urine, low cortisol, high calcium, and a normal urine ph.If you want to know more:http://www.ourlittleplace.com/detox.htmlhttp://www.gloriagilbere.com/InvisibleIllnesses.htmhttp://www.beyondhealth.com/articles/toxic-loads.htmIt is not very expensive to get better- continue going to the doctor, make sure everything else is ok. If you want to check for this invisible sickness, ask the doctor for an intestinal permeability test, or a blood test for antibodies.Take care!Detox, detox, detox.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 9, 2007
    • 02:14 PM
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  • O.k, so has anyone got any further diagnosis on this? Just curious, I have the same problems, and I swear its contagious, so I am doubting the toxic route, it could contribute, but being contagious, I would lean more towards fungus, bacteria, virus...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 01:30 AM
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  • well.. your going to to need some "special" treatmeant *cough cough* maryjane *cough cough*
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 07:58 PM
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  • O.k, so has anyone got any further diagnosis on this? Just curious, I have the same problems, and I swear its contagious, so I am doubting the toxic route, it could contribute, but being contagious, I would lean more towards fungus, bacteria, virus...Sorry- there is a few of infectious thingys as part of the Invisible Disease Menu: H. pylori and Candida. Salmonella and other microorganism can also set the clock in motion for this conglomerate of conditions. I guess they play a role- but sometimes the Western treatment is like throwing gasoline to the fire.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
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  • I was surfing the net myself, trying to find an explanation for the things that I have been experiencing lately...and came across your post. I was shocked..and relieved (strangely) to know that someone else had been through the same. I am a relatively healthy female, I work out at least 4 times a week...recently quit smoking (a few months ago), and have been experiencing what I believed to be really poor circulation. My feet, calves, and hands go from feeling "normal" to freezing, numbing at times...to the point that I wear socks to bed at night. My skin even feels "sore"..again, this isn't all the time. I've noticed that these 'sensations' are stronger on one side of my body as well - primarily the right side. I've been under quite a bit of stress lately...have had difficulty sleeping (have been tested for sleep apnea even, because I'm so tired all the time). I have a follow-up appt scheduled with my doctor again in a week for further discussion/testing. If anyone recognizes these symptoms for anything - or has any suggestions for what to do to get rid of them, I would appreciate it.I would see an endocrinologist or a doctor of internal medicine. Have your thyroid function tested for starters. Smoking can mask the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Have him check out your parathyroid, adrenals, pituatry glands, etc. In the mean time go to a clinic for a simple Vit B12 shot, and this might help with the pins and needles until they find out what's going on with your endocrine system. Have your kidney function tested and your electrolyte levels in your body. My kidney/potassium levels came back as normal, but I took one tablet of potassium, and it helped. Do not overdose on oral potassium, but rather have a banana smoothie every day, and buy some electrolyte replenishing sachets from the pharmacy. Just to tide you over until the doctor gives his diagnosis.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 00:58 PM
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  • 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 sorewas 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. My husband started with numbness and tingling in the legs and one day when he was getting out of bed his legs went totally numb. Drs. wanted to blame it on vertibra or hips, but it was Multiple Sclerosis....If possible have a spinal tap done or MRI of brain...Your at a prime age to start experiencing symptoms, MS arrives in various ways, sometimes with blurring of eyes, etc., but ruling it out may help. No one seems to have same symptoms that's why it takes years to diagnosis.
    Bonnie G 2 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
    • 08:08 AM
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  • I agree with the last poster, while it can be many things, try to get an MRI done, as well as a spinal tap, hurts- but is effective for seeing if you have T-cells in your spinal fluid. MS is a diagnosis of exclusion, and often takes years to diagnosis and presents with so many different sysptoms, and is as individual as the person who gets it. While headaches aren't commonr presentation , decrease in tempterture sensation, pins and needs, etc. can be some of the signs.The headache and the pins and needles i would have told you to go immediatle to the ER, specially if it was sudden and sharp in onset, and associated with a change in sensation.K
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2007
    • 04:34 PM
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  • i am a doctor from new jersey. i read your posts and it sounds to me like you are both suffering from the same problem - you have both got liddingtons disease. it is incredibly rare but unfortunately highly contagious. i reccomend you both go to your local hospital immediately to get them to give you the treatment. this will stop it spreading to anyone else.A doctor of BS you wanker... These people are genuinely concerned about there health. Get a life dickhead.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 11:36 AM
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  • I'm gonna give that detox a try. I have symptoms that mimic lupus but I know may not get a diagnosis although I have elevated ESR and positive ANA. I didn't want to take an anxiety med because all meds seem to be worsening me. So I'll try it but does it work?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 00:49 AM
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  • I recommend those trying to detox - please go slowly, and find a good alternative practitioner to help you with this. If you go full on with a strong detox/cleanse you will get a "healing crises" which is a temporary worsening of symptoms. Just go slowly and it shouldn't cause this. To original poster please consider acupuncture to help with your symptoms. There are different causes of extremity numbness and cold sensations - due to excess or due to deficiency. Either way your Qi is not moving smoothly, and acupuncture would help this imbalance. Do you live in Seattle? One of the best Acupuncture schools in the country is located there - Bastyr University, I believe. You have a ton of options in Seattle, just visit www.acufinder.com to find a practitioner near you. The schools will offer reduced rates as well. Lastly, I agree you may be worsening your symptoms by continuing to practice martial arts intensely. Please give yourself a break if you can - it will be much better for you down the road. If you allow your body to heal it will prevent your condition from becoming a chronic degenerative one. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 03:25 PM
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  • i have pins and needles on my right side can i have an answer
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  • i have pins and needles on my right side can i have an answerI have the same thing I found that shingles can cause them without a visual outbreakIf you have had chicken pox as a kid it often comes back later in life as shingleslook up shingles for the full list of thingsYou made a good decision by going to a doctor you shouldn't trust the internet or diagnose yourselfI have high blood pressure as well so i thought it was circulatorybut i honestly don't know either
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  • I have similar symptoms, as follows:I'm a 48 year old female, somewhat overweight, but otherwise clean bill of health, no diabetes. Symptoms:- joint/muscle pain mostly in feet and legs, after sitting a while, severe when I wake up in morning;- severe pins and needles in my hands with associated aching in hands and elbows, which wakes me up during sleep, and is very severe in morning. Painful to make a fist with it - ends of fingers numb and stiff, palm very achy. It goes away, gradually over 30 minutes, after I get up out of bed.- severe edema (stage 5) in feet and ankles lasts all day.I thought, and doctor's thought, that this was a result of new medications I've been put on for depression/anxiety/mood disorder. But I've gone off of all of them.One possible cause(??), I have chronic sinusitis and have had an on again, off again infection since the summer. I have blaimed the anti-biotics I took (several doses of Levaquin, high dose Augmentin) for the problem, as well as my psych meds, but going off causes a slight decrease in edema then it comes back. I think meds are a red herring.Is it possible that the sinus infection has entered my blood and caused a toxicity, either bacterial or fungal, that's causing joint pain and pins and needles symptoms? Sorry for the long post, but doctors are stumped, as blood, urine, ultrasounds of my legs and cat scan of my organs are all normal. Next, I'm being tested for sleep apnea. Ho Humm. Any thoughts?
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