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Tingling/numbness in arms/hands/legs/face/head

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 7, 2007
  • 08:30 PM

Tingling and numbness are basically around whole body, although moreso in the back of head, face and mouth now, after being more all around over two months ago when this started. Sometimes tingling in legs will become extreme when walking.

Extremities seem to "fall asleep" (different than the above numbness) often. A couple of months ago my foot (I believe left one only) several times fell asleep with a distinct centralized "ball" of heaviness/pain for lack of a better description. Had never felt anything like that in extremities falling asleep earlier in my life.

Muscles have little, visible twitches at times, in no particular area (mainly legs, arms, hands and face).

Occasional heartburn-type feeling (has actually been happening for about two years).

Some trembling and inability to make fine movements with hands, although I have never been the most dextrous so it's hard to tell if this is new.

Difficulty balancing at times, but not extremely.

Slight muscle soreness/weakness, especially in hands/fingers. Occasionally on face.

Dark/smelly urine (possibly from infection or directly from whatever is causing everything else). Seemed to have small amounts of uncontrollable urination but not as of late.

Some sudden, inadvertent movements, especially of legs/feet.

General fatigue/tiredness.

I know this is very vague. I went to the ER two months ago and they said it could be pretty much anything from an infection to MS. They didn't do any tests. I'm a 24 year old male.

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  • Does sound neurological, but, may try a chiropractor. Depending on what type of work or other activities you do, you may have put pressure on one of your nerves via muscle/tendon/facia pulling somewhere between neck and lower back. If these areas area irritated, it can contribute to all kinds of weird feelings. Could be in just the right spot to irritate and radiate to limbs etc. I remember several years ago, I was sure I had MS. My face would tingle, toes and leg felt weird and numb, I had already diagnosed myself with all kinds pf crazy things. Turns out, while I was studying, I sat on the floor, neck and back bent forward. This along with stress which contributed to facial tingling/numbness, had me severly worried. I stopped sitting that way, went to chiropractor where he did TENS along with physical manipulation of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, and finished nursing school and I was good to go. Even now, when I am stressed and anxious, my face tingles around my mouth and down my left leg/foot. Hope you found this helpful.
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  • Thanks for you input, I am just so alone and it seems that no doctor knows anything.
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  • I too have been having wierd things going on. Slight speech problems, but anyone I ask say they do not notice it. Arms tire VERY easily, left leg feels awkward, and I feel foggy all of the time. I did get a bunch a blood work done including test for lyme disease...all came back perfect. SO, I still think it may be lyme's as I did remove a tick from my body after a camping/deer hunting trip. It is driving me crazy, as I feel all of this, and not sure what to do?
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  • Go see a good Chiropractor. You may be out of allignment and need an adjustment. I had some of the same symptoms and I will tell you that it made a big difference. You may need to go at least 3 or 4 times.
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  • Two years ago after my daughter was born. I began having problems. It stated a week after she was born she was a premie and her life was put into a precentage rate from the doctors. Yea I was kinda of loosing my mind. A week after I went home I woke up with the worst headache you could ever imagine. I took a pain pill that the doctors gave me from my c-section. All of the sudden I had a big anxiety attack my heart was racing I could't breath . I woke my husband up telling him to take me to the emergency room. After all there test they said I took to much I explained I took one pill it says take two and I took one. I felt so sick and dizzy this weird tingling pain on my brain. Everyone was looking at me like I was crazy. Day after day it got worse. I stopped eating drinking. I was puking constantly. I stopped sleeping. Within 2 monthes I dropped 60 pounds. I was melting away going to doctor after doctor any specialist that would listen to me. I cried to them. You dont understand I am a happy healthy young girl please help me this is not me. I was terrified that my husband was going to wake up and find me dead. No one wanted to help me. Finally I had enought I started doing research when I could hold my head up. I found neroligist in jacksonville,FL by the name of Silliman who listened and told me I had a chemical embalance and perscribed me remeron The next day I felt normal. This has been two years ago well two days ago some of the symtoms have come back and Im terrified.
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  • Basically if you have any vitamin D, B12, C Deficiency you will get the same symptons. Mine was low vitamin D, I started taking vitamin B12 first which kind of help but after going to the doctors, I found out that my vitamin D was extremely low. I am taking vitamin B12 2500mcg once per day and I am supposed to take Vitamin D- 2000 IU once per day for the first month and then 1000 IU the next months. You also need your rest so take some tylenol PM, that helps. The SUN is always a great source for Vitamin D so have hour walks during the middle of the day. Finally my body feels better and the floaters are almost gone, only 4 days into it. No more shaking or numbness, my hands and feet do not get cold anymore. The anxiety is gone. This has really changed my life to learn to eat better. So now I have a glass of milk every morning sometimes 2 glasses(Calcium and Vitamin D). Orange Juice (Vitamin C) Naked Juice Blue (All the vitamin B's) Plus my supplements. And walk an hour per day when the SUN is the hottest. Your body uses a lot of the vitamins in your body to protect your system so if you are doing extacy your vitamin can get low so be resposible if you do that. Now if you have pain in the joints and the pain can move around your body, stop drinking diet sodas, if you find asphertane in any of your diet fluids, stop taking it, same with sweetners that contains asphertane, splenda is OK. But many people suffer joint paint from taking asphertane.I hope this helps somebody and makes their day better :D
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  • You will also have the same symptons if you have too much vitamin B12 so check with your doctor. At least do a blood test to test for your vitamins in your blood. Normally too much B12 shoould go through your urine and leave your body but do a blood test anyway.
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  • You know its interesting- MS is so rare then how come all of these posts are chick full of ppl complaning of tingling, burning, etc. I myself have had some annoying come and go tingling and burning these last few months - nothing debilitating. I have not stumbled, fallen, gotten vertigo, foot drop, etc. SO will everyone here develop MS or what? When does occasional tingling and the symptoms we descibe NOT equal an later dx of MS?
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  • I have been experiencing similiar issues as well, although in my case it started with a TIA (minor stroke). The stroke happened in Oct, however I started feeling left side facial tingling in Dec. Nothing like the pins and needles feeling but real light tingling. Had a CT scan and MRI and both came back as normal (other than the scar for the stroke which was related to my heart). My first bout with leg tingling was a result of anxiety. Believe me, I know you you can drive yourself crazy from anxiety. My neuro even did a second MRI of my spine just to double check that I didn't have MS. As he predicted, it came back normal. The tingling seemed to go away for awhile, but just recently I started getting tingling sensations again with pressure feelings. Sometimes I even get strange pressure feelings in my head or hot streaks. What is wrong with me? I have always been very healthy - no high BP or cholesterol and have always maintained a healthy weight. I am also very active and play lots of sports. It makes me feel somewhat at ease knowing that I am not the only one with these issues, however it is still very frustrating.
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  • I am not a doctor, but I have both Lupus and Behcet's Disease. and both of those can affect the central nervous system. I have every one of the symptoms described throughout this thread. Although we knew I had these diseases, I ignored the newer symptoms of the chronic tingling/numbness in my arms and legs. HUGE MISTAKE! I thought it was not a very big deal compared to some of my other symptoms. In truth, it was the first signs that the Lupus was attacking my central nervous system. Included in the Central nervous system was my optic nerve. So, one morning, I LITERALLY woke up blind in my left eye. While it is true that you may simply need more vitamin B, I would not bet my eyesight on it. Whether the cause by Lupus or MS or any of the other many dieases that can affect your central nervous system, you lose nothing by making a simple appointment with a neurologist. Lastly, just to comment... An ER is not a place to go for something like this. Their purpose is to stop bleeding, save your life, immediate fixes. They are rarely efficient at diagnosing something more chronic. I love the ER for what they are, but they are not the best for diagnosing.And as far as spinal tap and MS... If they tell you that you need it, it is not BS. I know 7 different people who had no signs of MS on an MRI and yet tested positive with a spinal tap. A spinal tap can also catch it earlier that an MRI - which needs legions on the brain to see it. I have 9 spinal taps (usually for the A septic meningtitis that comes with Behcet's Disease). Again, I am not a doctor, but I wish you the best of luck. :)
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  • I read through a lot of responses here and I too have had the numbness/tingling - it started one night and progressed to a state where I thought I was having a heart attack (I am only 35 but have a family history of bad hearts - mom died at 50 of heart attack). It has been almost 4 months and the only answers I have gotten were anxiety, possible heartburn/acid reflux (awaiting test results), sleep disorder (still awaiting these results too). The sleep disorder is interesting because I now CANNOT sleep due to the numbness and tingling and, YES, I have anxiety because I don't know what is wrong - I take the klonopin that I was given but it does not take away the symptoms, only makes me less anxious about them. I began to also take prilosec as told since my endoscopy (which has left me with horrible heartburn and reflux for the last 2 days). I just feel like there is something going on but am affraid my doctor just thinks I am a hypocondriac - I am starting to think so too but these feelings are oh so real and upsetting. I am now in a constant state of depression from these syptoms and fear that my boyfriend of several years is beginning to become intolerant... I need help but don't know where to turn... I just want to feel normal again before my life crumbles around me.
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  • you need to go to your doctor and tell them your symtoms,,, you,may want to write down all your symtoms and start keeping a log of what your doing at the time and if you have eaten or not...diabetes can make you have night sweets, numbness in fingers and toes, vision issues, kidney problems, pain in the grown left side and more ...the only way your going to know is go to the doctors and they can run test to find out ......for diabetes the best and most acurate is the 3 to 6 hours fast if your doctor just takes blood test at office that good but ask for the 3hour glocouse test....so go to the tell your doctor and plain and simple if your doctor makes you feel stupid find a new doctor that will run test to find out what is going on with you......
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  • Hi allI've been reading these posts with interest. I've had exactly the same symptoms for the past 4 months and they turned out to be due to estrogen dominance (high estrogen, low progesterone). I also have heart palpitations, nerve and muscle twitches, disorientation, dizziness, headaches, nausea, hot flushes, rheumatic pains, etc etc. Also terrible PMS, but the other symptoms come and go daily. I had to do the reseach myself because my doctor and gynae had no idea and offered me beta blockers and sickness pills. If you're going for neurological tests I suggest strongly that you all get your hormones tested as well!! And make sure they do a saliva test rather than a blood test, as it's more accurate.I have been using natural progesterone cream for 2 weeks and already the symptoms are starting to calm down. You can get it online, or if you're in the US over the counter at health stores and pharmacies. It's a completely safe version of HRT and doesn't have the same side effects, just takes a little longer to start working.hope this helps guysGood luck!!Vicky
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  • TRY LYMES DISEASEI was actually relieved to read your first post because I'm having 99% of the same issues. I just turned 25 and have had a lot of diagnosis in the past 5 years. Most doctors I see think I'm a hypochondriac, however, they have found a reason for everything. Bipolar 2, Narcolepsy, Fibromyalgia, Kidney stones, Unknown reasons for Fainting, etc. In the past I have gotten nauseous, passed out, and hit my head 3 times a couple years apart. Once I actually woke up with vomit a foot above my head on the floor. This would wake me from sleep.MS would make sense. However, I have had so many blood tests and MRIs done so many times checking for everything. My tests are always negative. However, all of the numbness and types of vague symptoms you have- I have as well. I'm not having anxiety because I have gotten used to my history :) . This has all lasted for 1 1/2 months. I'm giving eastern medicine a try just for the heck of it. Can you tell me if you learn of anything?
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    • October 2, 2009
    • 03:21 PM
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  • i have a question. when i sometimes smash my finger i get a quick tingle in my lip...why would that be?
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    • October 6, 2009
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  • I am having the numbness/tingling as well! It started on the right side of my face and has moved to forearms on both side and calves on both sides. Went to ER last week to rule out stroke.I was put on Avapro for hypertension, I took it for 3 weeks and it wreaked havoc on my body, low grade fever, eye spasms, nausea, just general illness, day after I stopped Avapro symptoms started to subside. It been a week and a half since I last took Avapro, still have a few of the eye spasms, but developed the body numbness 4 days after stopping Avapro. Seeing Neuro sometime this week.Oh, and I am having serious anxiety and it is making my numbness/tingling worse.
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    • October 11, 2009
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  • I have all the same symptoms as almost everyone on here. As someone mentioned age or sex doesn't seem to be the factor. Mine started in 2006 and now in fall 2009 in much worse. Twitches, tingles, the foggy brain ( you feel like your brain is going to blow off your head) all extremeties, face etc. pins, *****s, go to sleep, trouble memory, depression, my serotonin was about half normal production as a normal person, can't sleep like my whole body is changed its biological clock. I also have done brain MRI in 2007 for tingling in the ears, hearing sounds, all came back ok from brain MRI. EMT DR says nothing in ears. They also think I am a complainer and a crazy person that wants all these weird things. When I tell them my head is about to explode they think I am crazy. I have awful headaches. My thryoid just came back high 91. Meaning I am very hypothryoid. I have for some time had that sharp pain in my left side above my stomach. Had gallbladder removed but the pain is still there and is worse. My blood tests came back normal before until this time. Occult blood high. It seems all these symptoms do lead later on to more problems. So I am going to ask the endocrinologist to run all tests and do a liver scan. I am wondering now if all this didn't start from the liver a long time ago. Actually it was the first thing to get those sharp pains, pins, needles, numb feeling. I also have the freezing cold hands, feet, body etc.
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    • October 20, 2009
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  • I'm new to this forum, found it while researching recently appearing symptoms to add to my plethora (SP?) of other symptoms. I'm a 35 y.o. mother of three beautiful children ages 3 to 14 years. I come from a family of seemingly cursed women. We all have Chronic Inflammatory Disease/ Autoimmune diseases of some sort. Mother has Lupus, Raynauds (among about 30 other dx's since onset 20 yrs ago.) Sis has RA and Neuropathy (of some sort) and I have been dx'ed with AS "Ankylosing Spondylitis" Fibro, Gerd, Barretts and newest today..RA. My GP was suspicious that I had been mis-dx'ed with the AS because she ran the exact same tests and found nothing to prove I had it (spacing between vertebrae all normal.) I have not been seen by my Rheumatologist for a year now due to loss of insurance but my internal med doc. I just started seeing is extremely concerned about my new symptoms. Numbness and tingling in arms, feet, buttocks and now face. I like to call it "balloon jaw" as it is the exact feeling you get after over taxing your cheeks with 500 tiny "impossible to blow up" balloons. lol. I have awaken in the morning to find what appear to be large bruises on my face (and yes...I sleep alone) so no one is kicking my but while I sleep. I have sores in my nose that kill to touch (immediate tears) and memory loss, inability to concentrate, urinary incontinence and now very painfully debilitating (crotch pains) for lack of a better description. It feels as though my pelvic bone is snapped and I can hardly walk. Now, add to that...tremors during fine motor skills and involuntary head bobbing while concentrating on TV or a book or even this darn laptop. I don't drink diet soda (don't drink much soda at all) Am definately guilty of the coffee clutch and occasional cigarrette. I was referred today to a new Rheumatologist, Neurologist, Urologist and Gastroenterologist to check the mass found in my upper left flank area today. Maybe one of the "OLOGISTS" can make some sense of it all. Currently take 10mg prednisone daily for (dx'ed issues, swelling and inflammation) Nexium for my Barretts & Gerd and by my own choice 2400 mg. Omega 3 fish oil suppliments with (EPA & DHEA) And a Womens Centrum Multi-vite a day. Underwent Chemotherapy drug treatment last January and MTX use caused beginning stage renal-failure. HGPT levels shot up and I was in and out of the ER screaming with upper GI and right flank pain every other day. Now they want to put me back on the MTX and give the subcutaneous injections a try because they feel my issue was that I was pill dosing. I don't know but I feel like my life is over already and im only 35. My kids are still babies and I have no energy to be the mom I was 3 years ago. Fishing, crabbing, bikeriding, basketball, long walks or just playing with my kids in any way. I just hurt so bad I can hardly move. For those mentioning feeling afraid to tell their doc's what theyre experiencing for fear of being branded a "hypochondriac," I know how that feels. But I learned that it doesn't really matter what they THINK because your symptoms (however small they may seem to you) may be very serious indeed. If I had not called and called my rheumatologist and bothered him with mine, I may not be here today because as I stated, I was going into renal failure. And yes I was told that worry was causing me to get sick. You know you better than anyone else and sometimes, we know exactly what we feel, we just don't know how to explain it so we get frustrated and start to sound a bit whiney. It's OKAY. Anyone relate with any of the recent issues I have had arise? I know this was long, thanks so much for hangin in...I just feel so lost.Thank you sooo much for your time and responses. I look forward to meeting you all.
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    • November 13, 2009
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  • the same exact thing happened to me
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  • I'm new to this forum, found it while researching recently appearing symptoms to add to my plethora (SP?) of other symptoms. I'm a 35 y.o. mother of three beautiful children ages 3 to 14 years. I come from a family of seemingly cursed women. We all have Chronic Inflammatory Disease/ Autoimmune diseases of some sort. Mother has Lupus, Raynauds (among about 30 other dx's since onset 20 yrs ago.) Sis has RA and Neuropathy (of some sort) and I have been dx'ed with AS "Ankylosing Spondylitis" Fibro, Gerd, Barretts and newest today..RA. My GP was suspicious that I had been mis-dx'ed with the AS because she ran the exact same tests and found nothing to prove I had it (spacing between vertebrae all normal.) I have not been seen by my Rheumatologist for a year now due to loss of insurance but my internal med doc. I just started seeing is extremely concerned about my new symptoms. Numbness and tingling in arms, feet, buttocks and now face. I like to call it "balloon jaw" as it is the exact feeling you get after over taxing your cheeks with 500 tiny "impossible to blow up" balloons. lol. I have awaken in the morning to find what appear to be large bruises on my face (and yes...I sleep alone) so no one is kicking my but while I sleep. I have sores in my nose that kill to touch (immediate tears) and memory loss, inability to concentrate, urinary incontinence and now very painfully debilitating (crotch pains) for lack of a better description. It feels as though my pelvic bone is snapped and I can hardly walk. Now, add to that...tremors during fine motor skills and involuntary head bobbing while concentrating on TV or a book or even this darn laptop. I don't drink diet soda (don't drink much soda at all) Am definately guilty of the coffee clutch and occasional cigarrette. I was referred today to a new Rheumatologist, Neurologist, Urologist and Gastroenterologist to check the mass found in my upper left flank area today. Maybe one of the "OLOGISTS" can make some sense of it all. Currently take 10mg prednisone daily for (dx'ed issues, swelling and inflammation) Nexium for my Barretts & Gerd and by my own choice 2400 mg. Omega 3 fish oil suppliments with (EPA & DHEA) And a Womens Centrum Multi-vite a day. Underwent Chemotherapy drug treatment last January and MTX use caused beginning stage renal-failure. HGPT levels shot up and I was in and out of the ER screaming with upper GI and right flank pain every other day. Now they want to put me back on the MTX and give the subcutaneous injections a try because they feel my issue was that I was pill dosing. I don't know but I feel like my life is over already and im only 35. My kids are still babies and I have no energy to be the mom I was 3 years ago. Fishing, crabbing, bikeriding, basketball, long walks or just playing with my kids in any way. I just hurt so bad I can hardly move. For those mentioning feeling afraid to tell their doc's what theyre experiencing for fear of being branded a "hypochondriac," I know how that feels. But I learned that it doesn't really matter what they THINK because your symptoms (however small they may seem to you) may be very serious indeed. If I had not called and called my rheumatologist and bothered him with mine, I may not be here today because as I stated, I was going into renal failure. And yes I was told that worry was causing me to get sick. You know you better than anyone else and sometimes, we know exactly what we feel, we just don't know how to explain it so we get frustrated and start to sound a bit whiney. It's OKAY. Anyone relate with any of the recent issues I have had arise? I know this was long, thanks so much for hangin in...I just feel so lost.Thank you sooo much for your time and responses. I look forward to meeting you all.I can releate to this completely. I am a 32 yr old mother of 3. In May 2009 I began experiencing numbness and tingling on the left side of my face, arm, and neck. I was also experiencing terrible fatigue and muscle weakness in my arms. My mother has MS and RA. My uncle and his son have MS. My grandma has Parkinsons and my other grandma has fibromyalgia. I had bloodwork taken and showed my RA level was elevated. At this time I had a MRI done of my cervical spine which came back negative. In June 2009 I went in for a follow up and my exam revealed no reflexes in my knees and the numbness had moved into my legs and my right arm. My internal med dr finally decided that i needed more MRI's and bloodwork along with a consult with a neuro. I had four MRI's done and they came back fine except it showed that in my neck my lymph nodes were enlarged. I went in September 09 to a neuro who was a complete ***k. My internal med DR suggested that I had MS but the neuro just ordered thousands of dollars of lab work and told me to go back to the internal med dr since my scans were clean. The symptoms went away about 2 weeks after that visit. Now they have reappeared and the nerve pain and fatigue is horrible. I have been referred to another neuro DR but can't get in until Jan 11 2010. I am just really frustrated and wondered if anyone could help. I am tired of being sick and tired. I feel like the DR thinks this is all in my head. I can't keep up with my kids and am still having to work full time. Basically I was told to be patient and it may take years to find out what is wrong with me.
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