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Old 05-22-2010, 03:31 AM   #1
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feeling of electric current and twitching

Hi, Iam new fo this forum. I am 55 and for the last 7 years I have had an electric current feeling through my arms,hands, legs and feet. Sometimes I feel like Iam trembling or twitching. These symptons occurred in 2003 and my then dr. sent me to a neurologist who did a scan for ms which was negative, did show burst blood vessels in my head. These symptoms have reached the point of being really annoying, All I do is focus on them. I dont notice them when Iam on the go, just when Iam still. At one point the left side of my face started twitching, does anyone have any ideas what this could be? I dont see my dr. again until the first week of july. Thanks so much

 
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Re: feeling of electric current and twitching through arms hands, legs feet, have had

Any other problems with you limbs like some numb feelings at times or dropping things in your hands or having trouble walking?

I've had that feeling but had the other symptoms as well of numbness at times and stiffness in my muscles at times and occasional trouble walking and dropping things all the time.

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Old 05-22-2010, 07:07 PM   #3
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I'd suffered a stroke during surgery when I was 22yrs old in 1999. I'd periodically get similar sensations. Acupuncture helped immediately. Just try it a few times if you can, really, the results were amazing.
Good luck

 
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Re: feeling of electric current and twitching through arms hands, legs feet, have had

I ended up in a wheelchair after losing muscle control in my legs from the knees on down, this happened within 20 seconds. I have had numerous MRI's with contrast, and numerous blood tests, been to Mayo clinic in rochester, saw the neuro. and spine clinic, and got no answer as to the cause of my problem. I do have moderate stenosis in lumbar spine, and moderate to severe in my neck, both said this would not cause this. I had also had 2 epidural injections only 12 days before this happened, which did not help as I was in worse shape after and it took 10 days for me to start feeling a bit better. If you have had all the normal tests to rule everything out, which is what happened to me, about all you can do is look back to when these symptoms started, to anything different that may have been going on, and try to help yourself. I am still searching. There were only 2 things I did different, the injections which I found out peak at about 14 days, this happened 12 days later, and numerous trips to the dentist after not going for 20 years, to get my teeth filled, the last one 1 and 1/2 days before this happened. I have found I have to do everything to help myself many times as docs look at only specific things in our body, they do not look in our environment, or in our mouths for any metal put in there that may affect you. I say this because years ago I spent 6 solid months so ill that I had to quit my job and was being treated for a virus, as the doc couldnt find anything wrong. I finally insisted on seeing an ear nose and throat specialist, who told me it was something in my environment, I looked back to when it started, and realized we had had our bathroom renovated, I had gotten sick from all the glue, plastics, drywall floating all over, it took me 2 years to recover, but I am now extra sensitive to every spray, scent smell, plastic, rubber etc. Hope this helps a bit

 
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Re: feeling of electric current and twitching through arms hands, legs feet, have had

when you mentioned 'seeing your doc again"? just what type of doc, only your primary or are you still beihng followed by that neuro?

did that neuo EVER actually fully explain to you just what created/caused those burst blood vessels within your brain since there just CAN be a few different possible types of vascular issues that would or could cause this?? just how many were even effected? did you actually 'lose' any types of real abilities from those vessels bursting, or after effects or something that you simply 'felt' when it could have actually occured well before it just happened to actually show itself upon that scan? if not, thats really good for you, trust me.

do you actually have a copy of that MRI that was done? was this checking for MS with MRI done ONLY on the brain or did they also include your spinal cord too?honestly? when you see your doc again i would seriously ask to be referred for a full brain thru full spinal level MRI also using a contrasting agent as well, to be done for one reason, to see what changes have occured since 2003 in the inner landscape of where the vascular issues just were back then, and number two, just to fully and thoroughly check out what would be your total and entire central nervous system along with the full spinal column including all discs and nerve roots well into that cord area too.

'something' is very obviously creating these ongoing symptoms for you that really does need to be found out so any possible treatment options can be started or any needed intervention can be done as well. when anything is simply impacting all four extremities with something that appears to be at the very least 'nerve" related, which this definitely sounds like to me, there are usually only two areas where the basic problem/generators could realistically be located, either the brain,or within that spinal cord level. more likely what would just have to be within that c spine level of spinal since once you go down beyond c 8 nerve level there, nothing would actually go into your hands/fingers. and that T 1 would only go partially down into more of the forearm level so it would have to actually just be above that in order for anything within your arms down to hands to be feeling what it is right now.

if at all possible, when you hopefully just DO obtain that referral from your doc for that full contrasted MRI, try if you can to actually go back to that same facility where you had that other one done. they would just actually have in their files already, what all of the actual hardfilms showed the last MRI you had and it is then used as kind of a 'comparritive" type scan? which really really does help the interpretting rad actually see any real solid changes or more importanly, anything newer that has occured SINCE that last MRI was done? its just a good thing for you to do overall when possible.

but either way, i would seriously push your doc at this point for that full brain on down contrasted MRI. given the bleed history you already ahve documented, simply needed to recheck that brain would NOT be an unusual thing and really should have been done on a more ongoing basis like every few years already? once any real bleed has taken place within our brains in ANY way shape of form, that automatically would place the patient in a much higher risk catagory just even having that happen at all kinda thing?

any real true dx of anything really is more a matter of looking at the actual symptoms,with a hands on eval of the patient, then doing any testing that would just really try and track back any possible sources that could even begin to create those particular types of symptoms. and for you with all four extremities being involved here, that would simply be your brain and the full spinal, but mostly that upper c spine level. but it never hurts to simply scan the whole spinal when you have had a history of vascular issues since some can be congenital? meaning you can simply be born with very strange types of vascular malformations in the brain or cord that CAN actually bleed. i had one of these insane suckers actually grow from before birth then on my whole life right inside my spinal cord up at that c 8 nerve level and never knew it til it happened to actually show itself upon an MRI i needed for determining a herniated disc severity. it just was there my whole life. and it also had bled at least once before it was even found too.

i would just push your doc if he is hesitant at all which realistically he should WANT this for his patient, to just at the very LEAST here get that brain and that c spine done if nothing else right now. those two areas are just crucial more than any others right now to simply 'see' what is or is not actually there at this point. this seriously just is kind of "overdue" given what already occured within your brain, but seeing those key areas just may uncover the actual reason for what it is you have been feeling. even if these areas(the c spine) was actually done with the other scan too, believe me, alot of things CAN change over even one years time and wear and tear and aging too that just natually occurs over time. if this last 'look' was actually back that far in 03, this just NEEDS a new looksee.

good luck to you and please DO let us know anything you may find out. also make certain to actually obtain your OWN copy of that MRI report as well. you just really DO need to always keep your own copies of any types of real testing results for YOUR own files. we just all DO have certain rights when it comes to obtaining our very own medical info. FB
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Old 05-23-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
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Re: feeling of electric current and twitching through arms hands, legs feet, have had

I have had those symptoms off and on before, but they were the worst when I was having thyroid/adrenal issues. I am still in the process of finding the right dose, but those symptoms (and others) have, for the most part, gone away. Have you had your thyroid checked to rule it out?

 
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First, thanks to everyone who responded. About 7 years ago I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. After many trips to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack, they finally diagnosed me. I was put on the drug seroquel, after a few days on that I could feel the sensation of little shocks in my head that made me picture tiny springs breaking. I immediately got off that and was prescribed another drug. Now I am taking 3 psych drugs. When I complained to my family dr. at the time that I had this feeling of electric current going through my limbs,it worried me because I have 2 cousins with ms. He sent me to a neurologist who did the mri with contrast of my brain and nothing but broken blood vessels showed up. I go to a clinic so I have had many doctors since then. I have had the same dr. for a couple years now but I feel she thinks Iam a hypochondriact, spelled right?, but when I see her next month I will insist on a mri w/contrast and the spinal column. I drop things all the time, several times a day. I cant walk a straight line, I often stumble. When I went to the neurologist he asked me if I dropped things often, but at the time I wasn't and now all the time. When I am still I feel like Iam trembling. I will let everyone know the outcome of the tests, that is if she will order them. Thanks

 
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Re: feeling of electric current and twitching through arms hands, legs feet, have had

I forgot to add that I have been on thyroid medication for about 7 years.

 
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Re: feeling of electric current and twitching through arms hands, legs feet, have had

Hi

I don't think you have MS or a neurological problem or are a hypochondriac at all.
Since your other tests are negative, I would suppose the symptoms are Thyroid related and definitely investigate it, not with your present doc but one that treats according to symptoms, not just by blood tests. Your symptoms are definitely thyroid imbalance symptoms, and most people are under-treated.

Depression and anxiety are also a thyroid symptom. You might not need psych drugs at all if your thyroid is properly managed, but certain drugs MUST be weaned off very slowly so I don't recommend that you stop them without help and recommendation from a good thyroid doc.

Very few people have adequate vitamin B complex intake, and it is the B vitamins that feed the nerves. Without feeding the nerves, nerves get hyper sensitive, and anxiety can be a symptom of B deficiency. People who are low thyroid benefit from taking certain water soluable vitamins daily, like B complex & C. These vitamins digest easily and do not need to be expensive ones.

Broken blood vessels is related to vit. C deficiency. I have that problem, because my stomach can't tolerate taking vit. C or eating citrus. (I just found a buffered C by Sunrise that I can take.)

Please let us know how you are doing.

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That happens to me too. I never had it before I became hypo. It has to be related somehow.

 
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Re: feeling of electric current and twitching through arms hands, legs feet, have had

Hi everyone

If you read my story in the sticky thread you will see that elctrical like sensations, muscle weakness, numbness etc. were my common symptoms before I began thyroid meds. I could be holding socks and they could fall from my hand.

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I agree with Paseo. I have thyroid and adrenal issues and my hands shake and I feel jittery and I have muscle aches as well. Your thyroid might be another avenue to check.

 
Old 05-26-2010, 02:22 AM   #13
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I've been on levothyroxin 25mcg since 2003. I have a Dr. appt. coming up soon and will discuss this with her. Thanks

 
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25 mcg is a pretty small dose. Chances are you are not optimized and need a dose increase. Maybe request some labs. Does your doc do Free T3 and Free T4 along with TSH?

 
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Re: feeling of electric current and twitching

Let us know what you find out.
I agree that your thyroid dose is extremely low.

The doc should by your symptoms alone give you a trial dose raise.
And how to get that is to be prepared to ask the doctor to humor you and allow you to try it.

 
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