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lauracb719
03-04-2016, 04:04 AM
Hi all,

I've been through the ringer with medical tests and they have come up empty, so I'm wondering if anyone else has had similar symptoms and been diagnosed with something.

For about 8 weeks now, I've had numbness and tingling, mostly in my left foot and leg (mainly the calf), and in my left hand and arm. It started pretty quickly one night. It feels like a weakness/heaviness, and occasionally feels prickly. It sort of feels like its coming from the center of my leg and arm, if that makes sense.

Its worse when I am in hot/cold water. My leg has gotten really stiff after walking, probably because I'm walking slightly differently on the left side, even though that's not really apparent.

I've seen a neurologist who by an MRI of my brain, cervical spine, and thoracic spine, as well as a Nerve Conduction Test, does not see anything. He has chalked it up to anxiety, which I have a really hard time believing. I'm an otherwise healthy 24 year old.

Anyone have any thoughts or had any other nerve tests done?

I'd really appreciate any feedback.

Thank you,
Laura

MSNik
03-04-2016, 12:00 PM
HI Laura,
You may not like my answer but this is what came to mind reading your post. I have Multiple Sclerosis and my first symptom was waking up one day with tingling in my hands and arm. It lasted more than 48 hours and I went to see my GP who thought it was a pinched nerve. he sent me for a CT scan, which showed nothing.
The next day I had it in my foot. I was really upset because it actually hurt. ALOT.
I went to see my GP again who ordered a MRI. The imaging center saw something 'abnormal' on the scan and had a neurologist called in. He ordered additional MRI scans and boom. I was diagnosed with MS. This was 12 years ago. Since then, I have become extremely savvy in MS....it is not uncommon if you see a regular neurologist that he wouldnt know a MS lesion. This is why people are sent to MS specialists...not all cases of MS show up the first time around, which is why usually they repeat the MRIs 6 months down the road. A neurologist who mostly deals with migranes and strokes is NOT qualified to read a MRI and if only a radiologist read it, then its still not conclusive.
I am not trying to scare you. MS is no big deal overall. Nothing in my world has really changed having it. BUT if you are having signs and symptoms of any type of neurological disorder, and it sounds like you are, My suggetion would be to find a MS specialist in your area and have him look at your current films and do some tests....this very well could be NOT MS; but an MS specialist will know where to send you if he conclusively rules out MS.

I wish you the best.
MSNik

Lisa903
03-21-2016, 04:28 PM
Have your b6 level tested, especially if you are supplementing anything. B6 builds up to toxic levels even from a multivitamin and doctors never test it!

yayagirl
03-21-2016, 11:47 PM
Laura,

The symptoms also can be from excessively tight muscles and tendens, which can cause neuropathy. I get that frequently myself.

Try soaking in very warm water with 1/2 cup epsom salts dissoled in it, and getting a massage. Do all over gentle stretches. Take a yoga class...those things all may resolve the problem, since all else shows as negative.

VickieLL
10-14-2016, 05:24 PM
Laura,

The symptoms also can be from excessively tight muscles and tendens, which can cause neuropathy. I get that frequently myself.

Try soaking in very warm water with 1/2 cup epsom salts dissoled in it, and getting a massage. Do all over gentle stretches. Take a yoga class...those things all may resolve the problem, since all else shows as negative.


Hi YaYa for months now I have been having muscle strain in my calves and decreased movement when I am going upstairs. No problems with just walking only when I have to bend my legs to go up, they feel like they are not bending all the way. No Pain, though they feel slightly swollen but these symptoms go away when waking in the morning but as I walk they show up. Was wondering if you always experienced this, if you saw a dr and what you did to fix it. I am unable to go a specialist due to no insurance and I am going out of mind trying to figure out what it is and what to do about it. thank you so much