An absolute mystery... please help
I live in America and have been searching the Web for medical advice. - I am one of those rare people who have never been seriously ill or injured. I am therefore one of those people who have never been to the doctor as an adult and, as a result, I am simply terrified of them, however I think I may have no choice but to deal with that suddenly. About 6 mos ago, I had a severe emotional shock due to the actions of a friend. My lymph nodes under my right arm only became inflamed, which lasted for no more than 48 hours and then suddenly I began to have a pins and needles sensation in my hands and legs and especially my feet. It lead to a bizarre feeling of static electricity all over my body, in varying degrees. Believing that my nerves just needed time to recover, and knowing that numbness can be a long-term symptom of shock, I let it go. In the interim, I was under a tremendous amount of stress from a new job that turned out badly, so badly that I had no choice to quit before I had another. The entire time the tingling persisted but worsened in my legs. I can feel temperature, pain, and pressure in my calves but my skin reacts to all other sensations there as if coated in plastic. My thighs are almost the same. It takes the nerves time to relay that anything else, and my own hand creates a feedback of more "static". Any impact sends the nerves into a tailspin. I can't run more than a few steps without being driven crazy but the sensation stops as soon as I stop moving. Over the past few days my torso muscles have also been tightening but there is no sign of tension in them when I touch them. None of this has made me change my lifestyle but I just today began a new job, a great one, and I don't want this to ruin that so I am working to overcome my terror of the doctor. I have never heard of symptoms like these before and am hoping I might have a clue as to what I ccould be facing, what tests might have to be done, etc. It's all strange and terrifying to me. My health otherwise is perfect, breathing, digestion, excretion, healing cuts, etc. are all fine. I can't recall when I last had a cold. Could someone help me gain a clue as to what all this could mean.
Last edited by Mae_Sutton; 04-26-2004 at 06:22 PM.