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Old 04-01-2005, 03:51 AM   #1
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Prickly tingly legs

Hi there,

I am at my the end of my tether with this. Almost a year ago I suffered 3 severe headaches at the back of my head/neck. I had two weeks of dizziness before attending ER. Here I had a lumbar puncture and CT scan all normal. A month later while awaiting a CT Angiogram I started getting this tingling prickly burning sensation (mostly prickly now). Neurologist was not interested and dismissed. Got a second opinion from a neuroseurgon and he also said "put up with them". He did an MRI of neck and middle and lower back. I have a slight wear on a disc near my neck and a slight wear near my lower back. but he said overall that my MRI is "Normal" and it did not have anything to do with this feeling. I work at a computer every day but this "prickly feeling" is driving me insane. Sometimes it goes away but this is the worst stint of it (10 days). When I awake in the mornings its virtually not there but as soon as I get up I can feel it coming on. My Doctor does not know. Can anyone shed some light. Is the MRI a definative test and will it show everything? I have put out my neck on 4 different occasions in the last 1.5 years.My lower back has always been weak!

Could this be from Stress! My doctors think so or else its restless legs. (Im not so sure)

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Old 04-01-2005, 12:12 PM   #2
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Re: Prickly tingly legs

look up fight or flight response on the net, it reduces bloodflow to the legs etc, causing numbness or pins and needles, its caused by stress and relaxation is the answer

other possibilities are an allergy to stockings or soap

Old 04-05-2005, 03:51 AM   #3
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Re: Prickly tingly legs

I posted here in Oct.2004 under heading Pins and Needles, about a similar condition I have had for nearly 7 years. If yours is from the fight or flight reaction, it could be caused by stress at the time of your CT scan, do you think? Mine came on after a kind of panic attack and after visits to many specialists and therapists, and trying various drugs, it is still worse at some times and mainly in the night or early morning. Hyperventilation can cause this same effect as well as dizziness, and I suspect my problem could be worse because of bad breathing patterns when asleep.
Deep relaxation or being distracted by interest in something or activity like dancing all help me for a while. I do hope you will find an answer soon as I wish I had got rid of the problem quickly, because what you give your attention to always gets worse!

Old 05-17-2005, 10:02 PM   #4
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Re: Prickly tingly legs

I have suffered what you have described. I was tested and they could find nothing wrong with me either. A nurse practitioner finally realized I was having panic attacks and I also suffered from depression. My GP prescribed clonazepam (anti-anxiety tablets) & effexor (anti-depression capsules) and they worked for me. I'm not depressed, no more panic attacks and no anxiety. I also have no side effects. I'm on the minimum dose still after 5 years on them. They have also helped my pulsatile tinnitus (heart beat noise in my right ear). My mom takes clonazepam also for restless legs syndrome. She no longer suffers from it anymore.

Old 03-28-2006, 12:58 PM   #5
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Re: Prickly tingly legs

how long did it take for the effexor to kick in? im almost at 3 weeks for my SSRI and im on xanax. i also have tingling in my left foot and kinda numbeness in legs

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