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Old 02-15-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

For a few days now my hands and feet have been somewhat tingly. Not so much the tingling sensation you get when you sleep on your arm, but they feel as if I have a tourniquet on them and they're full of pressure. I have some other health issues I'm in the process of getting diagnosed and I've been to the doctor at least twice a week for the past month. I'm so afraid I'm going to have a stroke or something. My blood pressure is good and I'm young, so I guess you could say it's unlikely, but my head has been hurting. If I hold my hands down by my side, they become painful.

 
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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

You're post hit home, as I've been having the same problem for the last week. It feels as if the tendons in my hands and wrists and feet are inflammed. My eyes even feel inflammed. Does this sound anything like what you're experiencing? Mine came on over night after falling off the wagon and eating too much bread and ice cream. So, I thought, "uh oh, food related."
So, the next day I ate a totally alkalizing good diet and actually felt better. It's almost like an autoimmune problem. Not sure but will be watching your thread to see other's thoughts.

 
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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

I don't know. I feel like mine is more of a neurological issue. I'm not really sure what's going on with me. I got up today and everything feels so pressured. My fingers hurt, my hands and arms hurt. Even my lips hurt!......I'm so afraid I'm dying, seriously. I've gone to so many specialists and had an MRI yesterday, but I still don't know what's going on with my body. I was just at the doctor's office Friday, then the ER Saturday. I want to just yell at my doctor and tell her this stuff is all related, but they just aren't finding anything in any of the tests. So I guess I'm I feel like giving up. Just let myself wilt away and die. Sorry for this rant, I've never been sick before and since becoming ill this last year and with all these tests and nothing showing up I feel hopeless. My family thinks I've lost it, so I don't tell them anything about the way I feel anymore. I know all of this is totally off subject, I just feel really let down about all of this. I wonder if I'm going to make it to next week or next year.....and it's gotten me very depressed.

 
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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

I know this is a little off the wall, but you might want to try this. I've been reading so much lately about our body's PH and how eating acid producing foods, like sugar and red meat, will eventually make us sick. So, I have been alkalizing my drinking water by adding a pinch of baking soda to it. I have also been eating foods that alkalize my body and staying away from acid producing foods.
You might try Googling PH and reading about the benefits of balancing the body's PH.

 
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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

Honestly, right now I'm willing to try anything. Like a lot of people on this board, I'm just sick about not knowing my diagnosis. I go from one doctor to the next and they all seem to say the same thing, "Oh, you're young, nothing could possibly be wrong with you." Blah, I guess I'm just going to have to load up on Ibuprofen and take it day by day.

 
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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

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Honestly, right now I'm willing to try anything. Like a lot of people on this board, I'm just sick about not knowing my diagnosis. I go from one doctor to the next and they all seem to say the same thing, "Oh, you're young, nothing could possibly be wrong with you." Blah, I guess I'm just going to have to load up on Ibuprofen and take it day by day.
I know that you're desperate for relief, but those OTC drugs are so bad for us. Aspirin usually will take care of my back inflammation, but does nothing for this pain, which would make sense if my theory is correct, as it increases acidity. Sooooo, I tried the pinch of baking soda in my water, starting yesterday and I don't know if it's a placebo thing or not, but the pain in my hands and wrists became reduced about 80%. It returned after about 6 hours, so I did it again, and again experienced the reduction in pain.
With me, I found that sugar, breads, red meat and coffee will cause the pain to flare. It makes sense as they are all acid producing.
I really think many people are sick, simply because their bodies are too acidic.
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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

Well, I had my MRI and it was completely normal. Of course I'm glad, but at the same time it's starting from square one. I keep wondering if I possibly have some kind of virus that's making all of this happen. One of the reasons I say that is because my lymphocytes are always slightly elevated. I guess I'm just gonna have to keep on truckin' with it. lol. Thanks for your responses.

 
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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

Hi have the hands or feet ever turned blue?
Since motrin can cause perforations of the stomach or GI system I would not use it. White willow might help the headache or a massage or a bag of ice and heat to the feet if it is a blood vessel headache. Is there a postnasal drip particularly in cold?

Are the lips swollen, dry or bleeding?

Has there been blood in the stool?
Has there been diarrhea?
Has there been a fever?
Has there been difficulty breathing?
Is it difficult to swallow?
Is there any blurred vision?
Is there uncoordinated movement?
Are there muscle or finger spasms?
Are there any medicines being taken?
Are the fingernails or tonails brittle or lined with ridges?
Has bloodwork been done to rule out anemia?
Has there been prior lung infection or gastrointestinal infection?
Is there any urinary hesitancy? Is there a decrease in sweating?

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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

are the lips swollen, dry or bleeding? Yes, they have been very dry lately, but I think it's due to the cold weather

Has there been blood in the stool? A few months ago, for about 3 days, hasn't shown up since
Has there been diarrhea? Of and on.
Has there been a fever? A little fever on occasion, mostly during the evenings
Has there been difficulty breathing? No, but sometimes I get a heavy feeling. I can breathe just fine, but it feels somewhat hard to to do.
Is it difficult to swallow? No, not really
Is there any blurred vision? No.
Is there uncoordinated movement? No.
Are there muscle or finger spasms? Yes, a few times a day. It happens almost always in my legs or temple
Are there any medicines being taken? Nope, an occasional tylenol, ibuprofen
Are the fingernails or tonails brittle or lined with ridges? No.
Has bloodwork been done to rule out anemia? Not sure, I've had a CBC, can that tell? I've had tons of blood work though.
Has there been prior lung infection or gastrointestinal infection? No.
Is there any urinary hesitancy? Is there a decrease in sweating? Nope.

 
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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

Also, neither my feet nor my hands have ever turned blue.

 
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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

Hi is there incontinence, drooling, fainting, memory loss, hallucinations? Were parathyroid and calcium levels checked?

Has the doctor possibly considered food poisoning? Have menses been painful?

 
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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

No to all of the above. But, my issues started a year ago after I had my daughter March of 10'. First thing noticed was a fullness in my abdomen. It came and went. Starting about Sept. of last year I started getting this pressure in my head, followed a month of dull headaches, after a while they went away, but the fullness in my abdomen persisted.
I didn't have any type of medical insurance during this time, so I wasn't able to see a doctor. I finally got coverage in December of last year. I found out the fullness was due to an enlarged spleen and liver. Other symptoms I've had are achy joints, mostly in my right foot and wrists, as well as my elbows. Whenever my spleen gets inflamed (it happens intermittently) I have loose stools. I also had blood in my stools back in November and did a 3-day hemacult(sp?) test which was negative. One of the other things I had started to notice during last year was this full feeling in my lower extremities and an buzzing feeling in my calf muscles and feet. Now, I get that same feeling in my hands. I've also had heart palpitations since I was pregnant, which come and go now, not sure if they're related. I've had a CT scan, MRI (brain), bloodwork to check liver function, infection and other typical tests. The only thing that ever comes back abnormal is elevated lymphocytes, which aren't even that elevated. When I saw the surgeon about my spleen, he said it's clinically insignificant. Now, for the past week I've felt really ill. Like a very mild case of the flu. Body aches, stiff joints, headaches, just everything. I also need to mention along with the symptoms I listed above for months now I've had a nagging earache that comes and goes as well as bright flashes of light in my vision and a dramatic increase of floaters. I'm 22 years old and my doctors are saying it's either my anxiety or weight. Honestly, I'm a little overweight..I want to lose about 40 pounds, but I'm not obese. And, I know anxiety can make you feel certain ways, but my anxiety has never been that bad, I know it's not causing me to feel this ill. In all of my blood work they keep saying "Oh, it looks like you have something viral, you must be getting sick." and that's that. I was tested for the flu and strep last week, both were negative.

Also to add and this may have absolutely nothing to do with anything, but when I saw the nurse at my doctor's office a few weeks ago, she said did anyone ever tell you about the cysts you have on your ovaries and I hadn't. Could that be causing anything?

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Re: Odd sensation in hands and feet. Help?

Hi what is the weight and height? Cysts might cause abdominal pain but I have doubts that it is causing all these symptoms. The liver might cause ascites or a fluid build up in the abdomen if it is bad enough. Has a stool test been done to check for bacteria? If not I think I might bring a diarrhea sample in for him to test. A call for the request could be made ahead of time so a collecting can could be provided if desired.

 
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185-weight and 5'7 for height. My liver function is completely normal, although it has been inflamed. Stools have been checked for parasites, not sure about bacteria. I'm concerned though because I had a blood sugar test about 2 weeks ago and my fasting blood sugar level was 136, and the doctor said he was concerned about prediabetes and advised me to lose at least 10 pounds before my next visit in June.

 
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