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Who knows the symptoms of nerve damage?

Posted In: Nerve conditions 16 Replies
  • Posted By: jjoanne
  • February 23, 2007
  • 09:28 PM

Hello everyone, :) I have trouble with burning pain throughout both legs that happens when I stand or walk. My leg muscles stiffen up also, and they get very heavy. It is hard to walk. I have to sit down all the time to stop the pain. :mad: My first doctor said I had symptoms of spinal stenosis, but the MRI of my lumbar did not show anything. (I have constant soreness/stiffness in my sacroiliac area-but the doctor did not image that area.) I recently read that nerve pain is felt as "burning" pain...so I think maybe that is what is wrong. Does anyone reading this know if my sacral spine or any other area of my spine would cause these symptoms, if nerves were pinched? Or if it could be from something else-like MS or arthritis? Also...why do my leg muscles get SO heavy when I stand or walk? :confused: My legs feel OK when I am sitting down. Any help would be welcome.:rolleyes:

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  • I am only 23 years and since xmas I have burning on the left side of my chest in my arm and now in my leg.When I walked around the other day shopping there was a stinging pain in my leg.Have to wait another 2 weeks to see a neurologist,Worried incase its ms.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 04:02 PM
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  • jjoannePain can be coming from a pinched nerve. I also hurt my sacral area and it is a killer. I have herniated disc inpingging a nerve, but more recently I have been complaing of leg cramps and numbing and tingling in both legs all the way around ( front and back) My doctor did a test called an MRAthat showed my arteries are clogged. Something you might want to discuss with your doc.
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  • hii aslo have burning pain in various parts of legs ,i also get very restless legs with prickling sensations and my right arm constantly goes weak and my hand either burns or tingles...anyone else experience these symptoms i have had blood taken which is neg, but my doc thinks theres nothing neurological going on .,...im not so sure....i have also started getting headaches and a tight squeezing pain around my upper abdomen that goes all the way around into my back, any advice on what to do...
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  • You didn't mention if you have had any accidents or injuries? What tests have been done thus far? Have you had MRI's done? Have you been followed by a neurologist? I would request a nerve conduction test, and MRI to start after they do their intial exam. My EMG came out negative when they hooked it up to my hands and legs, but showed a lot when they tested the cervical paraspinal. Now I am told I have waited to long and surgery is not an option. Had they done this 6 years ago when I started to complain, perhaps I wouldn't be in the shape I am now. The MRI showed several bulging discs. but they didn't feel it was bad enough to do surgery. A physiatrist is another doctor that would be good to follow up with ( They are a doctor of Sports and rehabilitation medicine) I had much better luck with diagnosis with them then I did with a neurologist that dib't seem to listen.Also had a thermogram that showed RSD and asmetry in blood flow. Regular blood tests came out basically normal, and it wasn't until my doctor started running really strange "out of the box" type blood testing did things start to show up.I noticed on this link many of us have pretty much the same complaints and wondering about MS. It is worth finding a Lyme Literate doctor and being checked for Lyme disease. I sat in on a siminar meant for doctors to obtain CME credit. The speaker was from the Boston area, and I will never forget how he said how many people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, MS, gulf ws syndrome, and CSF actually tested positive for Lyme. Elsia test is not that reliable, escpecially once the lyme leaves the blood stream. Good luck!
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  • Hello everyone, Thank you for your replies...now I can go back to my next appointment and ask questions...The only tests I have had were CBC, Met Panel, TSH, and x-rays which showed degenerative disc disease in my low spine. I never had any nerve tests. I am at a loss...because my doctor does not seem to listen to me...:mad: He even returned the referral I had for arthritis workup tests, from another doctor. He seems to think it is all in my head! I will continue to ask questions and let everyone know what happens!:) If it is nerve damage...my doctor made a big mistake-and maybe I can find someone who can help me find out why he ignored my symptoms for so long? It is SO nice that we can help each other-and have someone to talk to about these things. Doesn't that show that the doctors are NOT doing a good job out there?:confused:
    jjoanne 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello everyone, :) I have trouble with burning pain throughout both legs that happens when I stand or walk. My leg muscles stiffen up also, and they get very heavy. It is hard to walk. I have to sit down all the time to stop the pain. :mad: My first doctor said I had symptoms of spinal stenosis, but the MRI of my lumbar did not show anything. (I have constant soreness/stiffness in my sacroiliac area-but the doctor did not image that area.) I recently read that nerve pain is felt as "burning" pain...so I think maybe that is what is wrong. Does anyone reading this know if my sacral spine or any other area of my spine would cause these symptoms, if nerves were pinched? Or if it could be from something else-like MS or arthritis? Also...why do my leg muscles get SO heavy when I stand or walk? :confused: My legs feel OK when I am sitting down. Any help would be welcome.:rolleyes:have you ever been tested for pad. that is what i had its a blockage in the arteria in your legs.i now feel fine they put a stient in. they found this by doing a test on my legs it like taking your blood pressure but in your legs .dont know if this is your problem are not but it is worth a try. hope this helps feeling for you in kentucky.
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  • Look at the symptoms for Acute Reflex Sympathetic dystophy. I have it in one leg and foot. It sounds similar. Good luck in finding your problem
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  • hello jjoanne---you may have peripherial neuropathy which is damage to nerves other than those of the central nervous system. the central nervous system is composed of the brain & spinal cord all safely housed within bone protection (skull & vertebrea). peripherial nerves are all the other nerves leading away from the central nerves & going to all other body parts. they are of three kinds---motor nerves to voluntary muscles, sensory nerves responsible for sensing temperature, pain, touch, etc., autonomic nerves responsible for automatic function such as breathing, blood pressure, digestion, etc. there can be damage to one nerve (mononeuropathy) or many nerves (polyneuropathy). the damage can be caused by many things---disease (such as diabetes or autoimmune disease as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis), toxins, injury, nerve compression (as in degenerative disc disease or osteoporoisis with vertebrea collapse), vitamin deficiency (B12 and/or B 1), etc. symptoms vary according to which nerves are damaged & how many nerves are damaged but symptoms include pain, tingling, burning, numbness, muscle weakness, heavy feeling, difficulty of movement (like walking if nerves to legs are damaged), etc. symptoms of damaged nerves to the internal organs are specific depending on what nerve to what part of body (impairment of digestion if nerve damage to stomach or intestines, palpitations of heart, problems with blood pressure or sweating or bowel or bladder control, etc.) treatment depends on finding the underlying cause & treating that. if cause is not found then it becomes a matter of pain management. there are many tests a neurologist can do to find which nerves & what cause. someone mentioned peripherial artery disease ( P A D ). some symptoms are similar but the cause is not damaged nerves but diminished blood & oxygen supply from blockage in peripherial veins & arteries (such as from a clot or placque build-up). i could explain alot more if this gives you any thing relevant to consider. donna
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  • Thank you for telling me something at last. I have sent to many doctors...internal medicine, orthopedics and pain management, and no one has found an answer. Then a friend of my sister said I could have nerve damage. So now I am trying to find answers on my own. I just had a test for arthritis on 3-12-07, and today I got the results-all normal. (ESR-15. RF-negative. ANA-negative.) A female doctor said I had "arthritis symptoms", so why are the tests normal?:( (I usually get sent to male doctors who do not listen, and hoped this new doctor would find answers). Today my ankles are SO stiff and sore . And it is hard to walk because both of my legs feel very heavy. My whole back is stiff, too. I have been spitting up green stuff since 3-12-07, and vomited a little every day. I feel sick, and the new female doctor took a throat culture for strep, and told me it was also normal. But I do not have a sore throat. There is SO much going on that I don't even want to go back to the doctors. I feel so sick, and I am getting nowhere. I can NOT walk two blocks, and my knees have loss of function. But nobody listens!:eek:
    jjoanne 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Have you been checked for Lyme disease? It can cause arthritis like symptoms. Regards, Lil
    Diamond Lil 12 Replies Flag this Response
  • The green stuff you are coughing up could be due to your inability to take a deep breath and cough effectively. Respiratory muscles that are weak, been damaged in some way, or the nerves that make them work have been damaged, can cause the green mucus. Any damage to the respiratory muscles or the nerves that make them work, prevent the lung from expanding;This causes an infection to occur at the bottom of the lungs that cannot completely open.
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  • Joanne:Seek an endocrinologist for a complete blood workup for all of your internal and endocrine function. Your symptoms may be related to a metabolic disorder. I had those symptoms and not one doctor picked up on it for 8 years. One day my OB / GYN ordered a bone density test just because of the statements that I made about how I was feeling (much like yours) and the results were not good. They found a problem that lead to surgery. It was a genetic disorder and now I am not quite as normal as I once was but my body is not going downhill as I once was.Good luck.
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  • Hey.... good day..... hope you're stay in good health... it's seem like western medicine can't do much.. consider to try TCM ??.... pls see attached link for more info... http://alternativehealing.org/list_of_health_problems.htm
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  • I would recommend going and seeing a nerve specialist. The can run emg tests and other things to pinpoint the nerve damage and tell you why its occuring. The burning, numbness, tingling, pins and needles are all symptoms of nerve damage. The sooner detected the better chance you have of slowing whatever process is occuring.
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