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leg cramping, pins/needles and tingling in shoulders, arms, hands- achy arms

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  • Posted By: kimmaggie
  • November 4, 2006
  • 10:24 PM

My legs hurt (hamstrings, calves and arches of feet), not when I walk, but when I am still, mostly at night (not RLS). The aching and cramping has gotten worse over the last few months. My arms now ache, but the pins and needles, numbness and tingling has stayed about the same. Some twitching in calves and feet. Blood work is fine. Had a C5-C6 acf in 10/03, which relieved protrusion on my spinal cord. These symptoms lasted for a while, but then went away until July of this year (began w leg weakness, but went away). We're wondering if it is a mechanical problem that would only be relieved by surgery or what else? Any thoughts of what else it could be or any thoughts on what I can do for relief other than Flexiril and Hydrocodone? MRI showed little, nothing significant enough for my surgeon to operate or give me a definite answer.

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  • Hi I was curious to talk to you about this because I have had similar problems for the past year. I actually went undiagnosed for mono for about six months and in the process I wholly stressed my body out. (I was tested for it initially but the results were negative because sometimes it doesn't show up right away.) Anyway approximately a year later I developed leg cramps, tingling sensations, pins and needles, etc. etc. I had a brain mri in april and they told me that everything was fine. Although my problems went away for several months they too came back in July. I saw a neurologist last week and now they want to get an mri of my spinal chord to rule out ms. Was this what you did? I would like to talk to you more regarding this.Thanks, kate
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
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  • I didn't have mri of my brain, but mri of my spinal cord showed it is flat and there is some impingement. I (and my physicians) don't think I have MS because I don't really have the symptoms--my vision is fine, and that is one of the main symptoms. Have you had any neck trauma? I have, but I don't understand why it is getting worse after three years, and with not having any problems for so long. Please keep me posted about what you find out and good luck. I have already been through the MS scare and I'm sorry you're going through it. I'll say a prayer.
    kimmaggie 3 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 06:58 PM
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  • thanks for getting back to me about this. Yeah I'm def. going through the whole ms scare right now. I'm wondering what you mean by trauma to your neck? Do you think neck problems could result in pain to other areas of the body? Strangely, I only have the tingling, pain in my left leg. Occasionally I also have strange sensations in my left arm. It's very wierd.Anyway thanks again for getting back to me. It helps to know that other people are going through similar things.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
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  • Hey-my cervical spinal cord was damaged with an awful herniated disc that was ignored by a very bad doctor for 3 weeks (3 years ago), while all the time the "caustic material" as the surgeon put it, was making the spinal cord injury worse. The problems that came of it definitely caused problems in my legs and arms. That's why I asked if you've had neck trauma. If your problems were only in your leg, then it might be your lower back. But since you're having arm sensations, it could very well be your neck has something going on--or rather your cervical spine. Please describe your arm sensations. I'm trying to better define my weird sensations and thought I'd get your description to see if it matched mine. As I think I said before, my arms ache and my legs cramp/tighten. It is very "unnerving" (sp?), pun intended. Don't freak about the MS because you don't need the extra stress. Read about the symptoms and I bet you don't have a lot of them. Again, vision problems are a common symptom.
    kimmaggie 3 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 10:17 PM
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  • This Is For All The Replys To The Leg Cramping,pins/needles And Tingling In Shoulders, Arms, Hands Etc.\Please Go To A ''good" Neurologist Who Knows What He Is Doing. Everyone Has Different Symptoms When They Have Ms. It Is True That Vision Problems Are A Sign, But Not "everyone" With Ms Has Vision Problem's. Have A Good Doctor Do An Mri On Your Spine As Well As Your Brain. You Can Have Ms On Both Or Just On One Or The Other. Everyone's Symptoms Are Based Not Only On How Severe Their Ms Is, But Also Where It Is On The Brain And/or Spine. I Have Lived With This Disease For Eleven Years And Know This For A Fact. Fibromyalgia Symptoms Are Very Very Similiar To Ms. A Good Rheumatologist Can Verify If This Is What You May Have. Again, Find A Good One. If You Go To A Dr. And His First Words Are "these Symptoms And Pain You Are Experiencing Are All In Your Head Due To Stress." "run"! He Is The One Who Needs His Head Examined. Good Luck To You All.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
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  • This Is For All The Replys To The Leg Cramping,pins/needles And Tingling In Shoulders, Arms, Hands Etc.\Please Go To A ''good" Neurologist Who Knows What He Is Doing. Everyone Has Different Symptoms When They Have Ms. It Is True That Vision Problems Are A Sign, But Not "everyone" With Ms Has Vision Problem's. Have A Good Doctor Do An Mri On Your Spine As Well As Your Brain. You Can Have Ms On Both Or Just On One Or The Other. Everyone's Symptoms Are Based Not Only On How Severe Their Ms Is, But Also Where It Is On The Brain And/or Spine. I Have Lived With This Disease For Eleven Years And Know This For A Fact. Fibromyalgia Symptoms Are Very Very Similiar To Ms. A Good Rheumatologist Can Verify If This Is What You May Have. Again, Find A Good One. If You Go To A Dr. And His First Words Are "these Symptoms And Pain You Are Experiencing Are All In Your Head Due To Stress." "run"! He Is The One Who Needs His Head Examined. Good Luck To You All. P.S. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MS. THAT WOULD EXPLAIN THE SYMPTOM FREE MONTHS OR YEARS. THERE IS ADVANCED MEDICINE TO SLOW THE DISEASE DOWN AND NON-NARCOTIC INFLAMMATION MEDICINE,ETC. TO HELP.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 18, 2006
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  • Hello all. I have found comfort in finding your posts tonight. I am up at 3:30 am, unable to sleep, due to very similar symptoms. I will be fine during the day but, when I lay down to bed, I might begin to feel tingling which evolves into severe "pins and needles", beginning in my hands and continuing up my arms. It can begin in either or both arms; It might be in one arm and one leg. Or it might be in all 4 limbs (as tonight). It sometimes will start after I've fallen asleep, causing me to experience nightmares of being bitten by animals or stinging insects, or having glass broken into my limbs; (I see that as my subconscious mind telling me that my body is in distress and to wake up, which I do, unable to go back to sleep). Taxing mentally as well as physically, as I'm sure you know. This does not happen every night and, in fact, hasn't happened for many weeks. My chiropractor gives me neck adjustments for it, always with success, albiet temporary. He attributes it to a misalignment that is exacerbated when I lay down (with my neck on my orthopedic pillow aligned how it is INTENDED to be. Cruel injustice!) He also suggested a cold pack on the back of the neck, which sometimes does help, due to the severity. I , too have had neck trauma over the years, but this has only shown up in the last year -since any trauma- so I do believe that past damage can show symptoms well after the injury. A visit to a chiro or orthopedist might detect pinched nerves, etc, and would be worth the effort for some relief. I will take all of your suggestions in tow with me to the doc tomorrow and see what he thinks about going for an MS test, etc. Thank you for posting as, again, it does give me some solace to know that I am not the only one struggling with this. There have been many nights that I have been driven to tears with this torture. I will continue to check this post reguarly and offer any ideas and findings that I might obtain.
    Kolohe 1 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
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  • :o HEY COUS! I hope you are feeling miraculously better - looks like there are a lot of caring folks on here! ~ Have been on this site since 4 am... Itch...Itch...Itch... Pull pull pull ugharghugh Off to find an itching room.... See ya soon!;)
    insaneittcher 4 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
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  • I am a 27 year old female who has been experiencing tingling in my hands, arms and feet since June. The tingling in the arms primarily happens when I am sleeping and usually goes away when I readjust my position/recirculate my blood flow. My hands and feet tend to tingle during the day, on and off, although in the last couple of days my right foot has been tingling consistently. I have also experienced lightheadedness for the past 2-3 weeks. My doctor has ruled out Diabetes, thyroid issues, anemia, pregnancy, and my holter monitor test came back normal. My doctor is waiting for some more blood test results to figureout what the nest step is. I am terrified about MS. Any advice or support you could provide me would be greatly appreciated.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 22, 2006
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  • I am a 27 year old female who has been experiencing tingling in my hands, arms and feet since June. The tingling in the arms primarily happens when I am sleeping and usually goes away when I readjust my position/recirculate my blood flow. My hands and feet tend to tingle during the day, on and off, although in the last couple of days my right foot has been tingling consistently. I have also experienced lightheadedness for the past 2-3 weeks. My doctor has ruled out Diabetes, thyroid issues, anemia, pregnancy, and my holter monitor test came back normal. My doctor is waiting for some more blood test results to figureout what the nest step is. I am terrified about MS. Any advice or support you could provide me would be greatly appreciated.Go to www.ms-success.com/ It has really given me hope. The title of the site is Multiple Sclerosis: The Greatest Medical Mistake. The author is Noel N. Batten (Auto-immune Specialist and Qualified Natural Therapist).I think it might help you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
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  • I too have recently had numbness, tingleing and twitching. I have pain all over. I was under the impression it was my thyroid medication, but I still have no idea. I haven't go in for anymore tests, but should I? Thanks!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
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  • Hello, I have the same symptoms, as with seisures, headaches, fogetfulness, short term memory loss, I work @ walmart I had so much pain I took advil everyday like it was candy just to ease it, but the seisures didn't come until 3 weeks ago back to back and was refered to a neurologist ( head doctor. He did a MRI on me and it came out I had MS. So get check out cause it lead you not being able to walk. Hi I was curious to talk to you about this because I have had similar problems for the past year. I actually went undiagnosed for mono for about six months and in the process I wholly stressed my body out. (I was tested for it initially but the results were negative because sometimes it doesn't show up right away.) Anyway approximately a year later I developed leg cramps, tingling sensations, pins and needles, etc. etc. I had a brain mri in april and they told me that everything was fine. Although my problems went away for several months they too came back in July. I saw a neurologist last week and now they want to get an mri of my spinal chord to rule out ms. Was this what you did? I would like to talk to you more regarding this.Thanks, kate
    harrison7 1 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
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  • I am going to see a neurosurgeon today. I still have a neuromuscular neurologist appointment in a few weeks, but I can't wait until then. Both doctors are in an medical academic university city (or whatever you want to call it!), where most people in this region go to see specialists, so I have a lot of hope for today and for the next few weeks. I still think my problem is a mechanical problem (spinal cord) and not a disease process, but I will update when I know something. I will say a prayer for each of you, please do so for me too....
    kimmaggie 3 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
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  • I had the symptoms of MS for a long time ( headaches, dizzy spells, forgetfulness, tired all the time, clumsy at times, pain, burning tingling in legs, feet especially when I'll stand for about 1-3 hrs, sometimes in arms) short time memory loss ( forgeting names phone numbers, dates all kind of stuff). Recently I had a seisure 3 weeks ago so my neurologists had me to take a eeg, and mri, the mri test came back I had ms, but not the eeg, so he he had me to do a lumbar punture ( get fluid from your spinal cord) and it tell you for sure if you have ms for sure, it came back that I had it, also I had another seisure I had 1 seisure after I did the mri. So he put me on rebif to see if it helps.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
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  • Hello,I've been trying to find out some information and I'm glad I found this site! Well for the last year I have been having strange leg, hand and jaw cramping. Becomming worse evry time.As well as extreme tiredness, and at times, falling over from trying to walk. Yestersday I fell and blacked out. I went to my doctor and she has me going in for a series of blood work etc. As well as seing a neurologist. My question for you or anyone ele reading is what are some good quetions to ask the doctors to be sure they are not overlooking something? And if anyone has the same or similar problems please I'd love to hear from you. Also I'm 4 months pregnant and I'm concerned for baby's health. Waiting to hear and see doctor's is so hard when you are unsure of the unknown!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
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  • I am a 40 year old female and I have had many of these symptoms for about 1 1/2 to 2 years. It started in my feet they ache a lot and I get pins and needles often, my neck and back is sore quite often, I also have it in my hands mostly at night when I am in bed. Sometimes I have no energy and nightsweats also. My legs seem to ache all of the time. I have been to several doctors - Neuro last year ran tests for MS including lumbar puncture said everything was normal. Went to a new GP this Jan. exlained what I was experiencing and she asked to get copies of the test ran by the neuro. After she got the tests she called me and said one of the tests he ran showed an abnormal protein in my blood which he never told me about. She asked me to come in so she could re-run the test, I got a call about a week later from her comfirming that there was an abnormal protein in my blood and she referred my to a hemo/oncologist and said it could be a pre curser to multiple mylomia (cancer of the blood). I have since seen that doctor and they ran several tests, he called and said he was pretty sure it was not that and that my protein levels has not increased since last year which was also a good sign. He is still waiting results to other tests looking for some sort of autoimmune disease ( lupus, RA...etc). The blood test for the protein is a very specific test so it might be something to ask your doctor about - I have had numerous blood test over the past two years and no one has ever mentioned this protein. It is very frustrating - I have four kids and I am anxious all of the time about this, it is controlling my life - I will get to the bottom of this!!!! If anyone has ever heard of this or knows anything about abnormal protein in blood please let me hear from you. I hope things improve for you - it is an awful thing to feel this bad and not be taken seriously by doctors. My initial visits were awful they said I was tired because I had four kids, and my feet hurt and were tingly because I wore flip flops - I may not be a doctor but I know the difference between sore feet from shoes and the pain and pins and needles that I am experiencing.
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  • I have the same symptoms as you plus 50lbs weight loss and i just called my doc for test results and the nurse said all was fine accept that i have presence of abnormal proteins in my blood i am so frustrated and i know what you are going through.Hang in there and keep my updated on diagnosis and i will do the same.
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  • I swear by my chiropractor(s) - whenever I have tingling in my hands, feet, or pain in my hips and back (usually in the mornings), etc., or neck and shoulder pain, I visit him and I feel better. It's a temporary fix, but It feels good to walk out of his office in a much better mood and with less pain than before. Good luck with it.
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  • I am a 40 year old female and I have had many of these symptoms for about 1 1/2 to 2 years. It started in my feet they ache a lot and I get pins and needles often, my neck and back is sore quite often, I also have it in my hands mostly at night when I am in bed. Sometimes I have no energy and nightsweats also....After she got the tests she called me and said one of the tests he ran showed an abnormal protein in my blood which he never told me about. ...her comfirming that there was an abnormal protein in my blood and she referred my to a hemo/oncologist and said it could be a pre curser to multiple mylomia (cancer of the blood). ...my feet hurt and were tingly because I wore flip flops - I may not be a doctor but I know the difference between sore feet from shoes and the pain and pins and needles that I am experiencing. It's common knowledge among diabetics that these symptoms (pins and needles in feet or hands - the extremities) are signs of possible neuropathy, which my ex-husband has, but I don't - we're both diabetic). Also the abnormal protein in urine test - albumin test - can definitely be a sign of you being diabetic. It couldn't be a simpler test, taking a drop of your blood from your fingertip, testing it on a little monitor machine to see if you have sugar in your blood and how much. When I first was diagnosed, my blood sugar reading was 460. normal is 70-something - between 75 and 120 approximately. Demand that the doc test you for diabetes. Good luck.
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  • I'm 28 years old. I'd been experiencing the "pins/needles" sensation in feet, then legs. I brushed it off as nothing but then had a short disturbance in vision, numbness in my left arm followed by a bad headach. I went to see my family doctor who sent me for testing for TIA (mini stroke). These tests came back normal. Everything was okay for about three weeks but then the "pins/needles" came back but in my waist region. It was too close to the heart for comfort so I went into Emerg and was schedule for an MRI. My Doctor told me there's a chance I could have MS as per the results of my MRI. I was then referred to a neurologist and am in the process of having more blood work and have a few evoke tests schedule for March. Needless to say I've been on a rollercoster of emotions. I'm complacent for the time being but anxious to complete the testing. At current the pins/needles in my waist region is gone but has returned to my feet and...finger tips most recently. I'm hoping for the best. Thank God for my husband. He's been amazing. I don't want to worry my family or friends at this stage of the game because I really don't know what's going on for sure. I'm just so glad that he's been there to help me walk through this. K
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