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Progressive pins-and-needles feeling in extremities

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  • Posted By: Leah01
  • December 5, 2012
  • 01:14 AM

I am 24, female, nonsmoker, but overweight.
About maybe 4 days ago I first noticed the pins-and-needles feeling in one of my feet. It was on-and-off, more not there than there the first day. The next day, I started noticing it in my other foot. By the end of that day, it was more frequently happening. By the next day, at any given time, I was more likely to be having the sensation in my feet than not. Now today it has started in my left hand. It seems to have no bearing on whether I'm sitting, standing, or laying down. It doesn't matter if I move or don't move, it doesn't go away or get worse or better.

I have a few health conditions, mainly hypothyroidism, GERD, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I haven't started on any new medications recently or anything. I know that diabetes can cause issues like this, but I was tested 3 weeks ago at a routine checkup and the bloodwork (checking for diabetes, my thyroid, and a complete blood count) came back fine as far as the diabetes goes. I don't have it.
The only thing it found was that I'm anemic and my platelets are high. This has been the case for about a year (at one point I had to get a blood transfusion) even though I eat plenty of red meat and I don't even menstruate because of the PCOS, so no one knows why I'm anemic.
I've also been itching all over my body for about a month. No red patches, no scaly or flaky skin, nothing, just itching everywhere. A prescription antihistamine did nothing to help it.
There's lots of little issues going on with me, but that's not really the main reason I came here. It's the progressive pins-and-needles/tingling in my feet and now hands that is scaring me a bit. This has never happened to me before. Should I go to my doctor?

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  • I am 24, female, nonsmoker, but overweight.About maybe 4 days ago I first noticed the pins-and-needles feeling in one of my feet. It was on-and-off, more not there than there the first day. The next day, I started noticing it in my other foot. By the end of that day, it was more frequently happening. By the next day, at any given time, I was more likely to be having the sensation in my feet than not. Now today it has started in my left hand. It seems to have no bearing on whether I'm sitting, standing, or laying down. It doesn't matter if I move or don't move, it doesn't go away or get worse or better.I have a few health conditions, mainly hypothyroidism, GERD, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I haven't started on any new medications recently or anything. I know that diabetes can cause issues like this, but I was tested 3 weeks ago at a routine checkup and the bloodwork (checking for diabetes, my thyroid, and a complete blood count) came back fine as far as the diabetes goes. I don't have it.The only thing it found was that I'm anemic and my platelets are high. This has been the case for about a year (at one point I had to get a blood transfusion) even though I eat plenty of red meat and I don't even menstruate because of the PCOS, so no one knows why I'm anemic.I've also been itching all over my body for about a month. No red patches, no scaly or flaky skin, nothing, just itching everywhere. A prescription antihistamine did nothing to help it.There's lots of little issues going on with me, but that's not really the main reason I came here. It's the progressive pins-and-needles/tingling in my feet and now hands that is scaring me a bit. This has never happened to me before. Should I go to my doctor?You should have someone check your B-12 levels. http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/2009/03/18/have-you-tested-your-b12/You might want to read the book "Could it be B-12". I have recently discovered that i am B-12 deficient (with different symptoms) and this book has opened my eyes. I just wish i knew what i know right now when my father had his stomach removed and promptly developed dementia and spent the remainder of his life demented after going into surgery a n active, productive 84 year old.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2013
    • 10:33 PM
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  • I agree B12 is the most overlooked blood test,this vitamin is absorbed through body off sunlight,you get some off red meat ,that's why some vegans are often low,giving the weather the last year its quite probably your low,which would be great ,no surgery, and yes you go to docs at once,stomach acid tablets also cause B12 loss,if like me you take them every day,Colin, let us know how you are know
    colin1948 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • Colin. Vitamin D gets absorbed from sunlight. Vitamin B-12 only comes from animal sources of food and there are a number of conditions that can result in it not getting absorbed. One is age. Another is the use of antacids and proton pump inhibitors such as tagamet, etc., plus if you have an autoimmune problem such as thyroid issues, lupus, etc, you might also be low in b-12.
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  • Your right mobo i missed the ref to vit D in the same sentence, never notice,was tired when i wrote it B12,is a simple test,but over looked,costing millions in expensive MRIs and the like, a study by Harvard and Yale,with the help of St Thomas's in London,into B12 deficiency was shocking and a wake up call to the medical profession ,one of the finding was 50% of over 50s suffer some degree of loss,20% suffer a great loss they also found that thousands of aged people in old people's homes were being treated for alzheimer's/dementia were in fact they were were B12 deficient,,and vegans and folk on acid blockers are susceptible, also,
    colin1948 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • Leah, Did you ever go to the doctor. Would be interested to know what the outcome of this was.
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