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mleah
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posted 06-09-2003 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mleah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are times that I feel as though there are bugs crawling through my skin mainly on my left side. My neurologist initially thought I was nuts, however, when I once again complained about this horrible sensation, it was then that he labeled it parentethesis. It appears that there is nothing that can be done to alleviate this annoyance.

If there is anyone who might have some insight for me please write. It's easier to deal with when knowing I'm not alone.

Thank you

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posted 06-09-2003 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for reneeintx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
mleah~ YOU'RE NOT ALONE~

I have the same sensation. I also experience random twitching and a water running down my body feeling.

I have been to the neurologist and had and emg/nvc test, all was fine.

I get the bug crawling mess along the arches of my feet and calves.

I was given xanax to help deal with these annoying occurences. This med only decreases it some though, but it's better than nothing.

I've been dealing with this since Dec 02,and you know what?? I think we're both stuck with this mess forever.

Renee

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posted 06-09-2003 05:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zuzu8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi
You both may have what is called "Restless Leg Syndrome".
It is much more common than once thought, and you are certainly not alone. Parasthesia (sensation of tingling and pins and needles...not bugs) may or may NOT be part of what patients describe to their doctors.

A sensation of bugs crawling is a very common complaint and a lot of doctor's do not recognize this as a very real and separate syndrome from parasthesia. They often put it down to "anxiety".

There are other medications out there to help... and ongoing research, discovering new ways to help people with this problem. If you think, upon reading up a bit about this, you might have it, find a neurologist who knows what the hell you're talking about !
Use your search engine to investigate "restless leg syndrome"...

or check this out. It's a link to medline's website (and approved for posting here on the HealthBoards without breaching board guidelines)
http://search.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/query?DISAMBIGUATION=true&FUNCTION=search&SERVER2=server2&SERVER1=server1&PARAMETER=Restless+leg+syndrome%22&x=26&y=5

zuzu xx

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mleah
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posted 06-10-2003 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mleah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your reply Renee...

I hate to believe we are stuck with this horrible sensation.

Marcia

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posted 06-10-2003 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zuzu8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi- Here's another link about Restless Leg Syndrome symptoms.

Is this you?: http://www.rls.org/about_rls/default.htm


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posted 06-11-2003 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zuzu8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...bumping this up....

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posted 06-12-2003 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Theresa15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I was significantly younger (around six or so,) I'd wake up in the middle of the night, freaking out because it felt as if bugs were crawling up my back. I was constantly getting my mother to tell me there was nothing there. She started to wonder what the hell made me so damn sure there was bugs on me, so she took me to the doctor, and the doc said it was something called "spider nerves." Called, I suppose, by what it feels like; spiders crawling on you, but is caused by the nerves. I am not sure if this is what you have, and this occurance happened to me only for a short period about 12 years ago, so what the doctor told me may have been wrong, or could be now out dated. I remember even now what an awful feeling it was, so I really hope you can find something to help you out

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posted 06-13-2003 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mleah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Theresa,

Thank you for the information. Today I went to see an orthopedic surgeon for a different problem, so I decided to throw this out to him. He stated that it sounds like a neurological problem, so the info you gave me is helpful......I'm glad you no longer suffer with this horrible sensation.

Once again, thank you

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posted 06-13-2003 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for delrae4753     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have neuropathy in my legs and i feel like there are bugs biting my legs down just near the ankles I am on neurotin 300 mg 3x a day and it don't do anything for this sensation.

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posted 06-14-2003 04:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zuzu8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Apart from the links I've listed in my previous posts (above) I just found that there's a Restless Leg Syndrome Board right here on these health forums, with other people posting there, also complaining of bugs crawling and other weird sensations:
http://www.healthboards.com/cgi/forumdisplay.cgi?action=topics&number=105

good luck...

zuzu

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posted 06-14-2003 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mleah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the link to restless leg syndrome. However,my bug crawling sensation is in my left arm. I have yet to get any info/diagnosis from any one in the medical field. I have been bumped back and forth to different specialists, and
have become enormously frustrated and angry. I often wonder if it were them or someone they loved suffering with this if they would push for research on this subject.

Sorry about my venting, at times I just want to scream!

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posted 06-14-2003 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zuzu8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HI- I know how frustrating this must be for you, to be bounced around with a lot of doctors shrugging.....but Restless Leg Syndrome, if you read the info in this link from the NIND (National Institute of Neurological Disorders) http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/pubs/restless_legs.htm#whatis

It seems that it is NOT JUST THE LEGS that can be involved. Here's a quote from one of their summaries:

***"People with RLS feel uncomfortable sensations in their legs, especially when sitting or lying down, accompanied by an irresistible urge to move about. These sensations usually occur deep inside the leg, between the knee and ankle; more rarely, they occur in the FEET, THIGHS, ARMS,AND HANDS. Although the sensations can occur on just one side of the body, they most often affect both sides."****

So, in spite of the disorder having the name "leg" in it, it is not confined to the legs, and can indeed affect the arms.
When you click on the link, scroll down to the heading: "What Are The Common Signs and Symptoms of restless legs?" and you'll see not only the paragraph I mention above but more info.

I do hope you can find a neurologist who doesn't call you nuts!

Good luck,
zuzu xx

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posted 06-15-2003 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mleah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Zuzu,

Thank you for sending me that site. It was very informative, however, what they write about is not what I have or feel. It's so hard sometimes to explain this sensation, since it sounds 'strange' to say you feel bugs crawling under your skin. I guess I'll just need to accept this ......

Mleah

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posted 06-15-2003 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for reneeintx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awww mleah~

Don't let it get your down. I was given xanax to help control my twitches and guess what!!!It also decreases that "bugs" feeling. Who knows, maybe it will knock yours out completely. See if you can talk to a doc and try xanax(anti-anxiety medication)

I bet it will work for you too. I hope I didn't get you down by telling you we're stuck with this forever. I bet it can go away for some. Let's keep our chins up. It's not too bad considering some medical conditons other people have to deal with.

Renee

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posted 06-15-2003 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mleah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Renee,

No, what you wrote didn't get me down, and your right, all things considered it could be a lot worse.

I have been keeping up my chin for almost 18 months, it's beginning to get a bit too heavy!

mleah

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posted 06-18-2003 05:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zuzu8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Hi mleah- Have you ever been in an accident of any kind? I ask since you also mention that you've seen an orthopedist.
Have you sustained any injuries that could account for a neuropathy (nerve damage) perhaps?

Strange sensations (dysethesia) can be caused by nerve damage, and these may be described as painful itchiness or an intense feeling of bugs crawling on the skin.

I keep pushing Restless Leg Syndrome on you (forgive me for being so persistent!) but if you've sustained an injury then maybe that's what's going on......

zuzu

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posted 06-18-2003 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mleah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Zuzu,

Yes, unfortunately I was in a near fatal car accident in Jan 2002. I suffered traumatic brain injury, in addition to other problems.

You are the second person to mention neuropathy to me. No if only the "Specialists" would diagnose me!

Thank you for responding so quickly. You have been very helpful, and I thank you immensely

Mleah

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posted 06-18-2003 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Julie-K     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if this will be helpful, but I am familiar with the sensation you describe except I call it 'kreepy krawlies' it used to be so bad it would keep me awake at night.
I have a chronic Vitamin B12 deficiency, after this was diagnosed I started on a course of B12 injections, after the second injection the kreepy krawlies began to disappear.
I mentioned this to the neurologist and he said they often treat people with nerve damage due to other causes with B12. Just thought it might be worth getting your levels checked and even if they are normal asking your neurologist about the injections?
Hope you soon get some relief.
All the best
Julie

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mleah
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posted 06-18-2003 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mleah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for your reply Julie,

Without a doubt I will mention this to my neurologist. After all,
I have nothing to lose, only to gain.

Thank you again

mleah (Marcia)

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