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Old 01-27-2013, 03:54 PM   #1
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MS Symptom?

Hi there,

Wondering if I could ask for your opinions. If I press on an area close to my ankle on my right foot, the nerves sort of zing all the way up to my toe. Sometimes if I brush lightly on this area it does the same thing. Does this sound like something that could be related to MS?

I have also been feeling vibrations in my calves lately. If I change position or wait awhile, they go away. Do MS related vibrations usually stick around?

Thank you so much for your help.

 
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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Re: MS Symptom?

Welcome.

Could they be signs of MS? Yes, but they could also be signs of many other possible causes or they could simply be unknown. I would not go to the far side and state MS, but if you are exhibiting abnormal things which are happening, I would encourage you to see your GP/Family doctor first. Their initial exam could clarify things quickly. If your concerns are neurological, then I would see an MS Specialist- not that you are aiming for MS, but that if it is MS you will be with the right specialist.

MS symptoms are generally continuous and can last longer than 24 hours. Now, the problem is that we cannot often perceive the continuation of the symptom and we will lose interest and forget about it. Foot drop is often forgotten until we are lying on the ground after another fall.

I would say- great job on seeing things which might otherwise be overlooked. Check with your doctor and if warranted, ask for a referral to see an MS Specialist who may send you to another specialist, but you should be on the proper path! Again, welcome.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:21 AM   #3
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Re: MS Symptom?

Jacmil,
I would lean the other way and say no...this probably isnt MS. The fact that you have to push on it for it to happen, is more than likely a nerve which is trapped or pulled.

MS pain is constant in areas where there is damage. If a lesion in your brain was presenting in your foot (which is possible), you would have constant pain, even if it were for only a few hours or days...not "only" when you push on it.

One of the toughest parts about having MS is learning what is, and what isnt, MS related.

Think back, did you do anything in the past few weeks which could be causing this pain? Bump your ankle? Run? Walk too far? Wear boots where something was rubbing up against that part of your leg? Does Ibuprofin help? Does heat or cold help?

If anything helps, its not MS related in most cases...

I would also see your GP and ask to have a CT scan of this...chances are its a nerve- MS wont show up on a CT scan.

I do hope you feel better soon....and as the old adage goes "if it only hurts when you push on it, DONT push on it!"
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:46 AM   #4
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Re: MS Symptom?

Thank you both very much.

MSNik, it doesn't hurt, but I feel the area is very sensitive. Like if I press on it (which I will try not to do from now on lol) or even rub it lightly, I can feel my nerves in that area sort of "zing". You're right that I don't feel it unless it is touched.

My doctor did say that he thought it might be a trapped nerve caused by shoes or something of that nature, but it's been about a month now and I can't remember a particular instance of injuring it.

The vibrations in my legs also started to get me a bit concerned. They definitely come and go and I feel they come on more at night when lying in bed. Not sure if this is a mind over matter issue.

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Old 01-28-2013, 04:49 PM   #5
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Re: MS Symptom?

Jacmil,
Im glad you werent offended by my response and that you took it in the spirit in which it was meant. I wasnt trying to make light of your situation, but basically, you agreed with me and it appears your doctor is also thinking along the same lines.

You dont have to remember injuring yourself to have done so- it can happen so easily! It an also be caused by certain shoes/ boots and even tripping....a trappped nerve is very common.

as far as it feeling like you described, it could even be Restless Leg Syndrome which is giving you this feeling and if so, the nighttime restlessness, could be causing the soreness as well. I know alittle something about RLS- I live with someone who has it.

Talk to your doctor about all the possiblities, a simple EMG or CT scan will rule out or dx where the pain is coming from. You shouldnt have to live with this sort of pain, when it may very well be controllable.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:10 AM   #6
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Re: MS Symptom?

Thanks again. I actually don't have any pain. I feel what I can describe as little vibrations in my calves usually at night when I'm trying to get to sleep. They kind of creep up on me and then go away.

I do have a constant issue that just started (or I just noticed) a couple of days ago. I feel a intermittent "buzzing" on the bottom of my left foot...much like a cell phone vibrating. This has got me nervous as well.

I don't have any pain or balance issues. Just these issues I guess related to my feet/legs.

Thank you for your insight.

 
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Re: MS Symptom?

My legs vibrate so often that when my cell phone vibrates I ignore it because I think it is my leg! Still, there can be a multitude of possible reasons from skin sensitivity to cardio to nerves, to RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome). I would start with your doctor and get a wellness check which includes blood tests and cardio. Check you nutrient levels in your blood. If these tests are inconclusive, then ask for a referral based on your doctor's professional opinion. It really can be one of many things.

Keep a journal and keep observing if any new symptoms present or other concerns develop. The journal is useful to help the doctor and also to help you remember things. You can keep a handwritten journal or a digital journal, but either way, have a hard copy to give to your doctor if needed.
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