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    Old 02-22-2006, 05:43 AM   #1
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    Is this neuropathy?

    Hi all,

    Recently I have been experiencing random pains that affect mainly my limbs, but have been known to affect my chest and face also. They last seconds, minutes at most. E.g. a dull pain will shoot through a specific part of my foot and then seconds/minutes later will shoot through my arm, thigh etc.

    These pains came on all at once (i.e. didn't start in my hand and gradually move upwards to my arm) and can strike anywhere at any time. They are not very painful (on a scale of 1-10 about a 2 or 3) and feel deeper than the surface of the skin. I have experienced no numbness or any other odd sensation.
    I am going through a period of stress at the moment and consider this as a possible culprit, however, when I am relaxed the pains (though decreased) are sometimes still noticeable. There are times however when I will not feel the pains for up to a couple of hours.

    I guess what I am asking is does this break too many patterns to be neuropathy? And is it possible or likely that anxiety is behind all this?

    Any help or insight that can be offered will be greatly appreciated and may well help calm my mind a bit Thanks a lot!

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    Old 02-24-2006, 04:21 AM   #2
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    Re: Is this neuropathy?

    Alrighty - new developments:

    The other night my toes began tingling while I was at work. The lower part of my left leg and hands also experienced pins and needles. These sensations were intermiddent (i.e. not constant) and lasted minutes at most - but kept recurring.

    A few hours later I went to bed and began feeling pins and needles in my right arm that soon spread down to my torso and soon enough all my limbs (including hands and feet) were numb and tingling. I started drifting off to sleep but was awoken within minutes by my cell phone - and when I woke my whole body was still tingling.

    Today the same sensations have been occuring - and can strike any part of my body. I guess what I am wondering is whether or not this is consistant with neuropathy... I was under the impression that it began in the feet and spread gradually to the ankles and then legs and only sometimes occured in the hands/arms and was generally constant.

    Basically is it impossible that this is neuropathy given that it is intermiddent and affects my whole body within just 2 days? Thanks a lot.

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