Numbness in leg first, then arm on same side of body??

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KerriH
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   Posted 8/26/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Are these Fibro symptoms?
 
Last night, my right leg started to feel numb.  It was numb all day today too, not so much that I couldn't walk, but enough to be annoying.  No pins and needles.
 
Then, a few minutes ago, my right arm started to feel the same way.  No pins and needles, just a weird numbness.
 
Does this sound like Fibro, or should I be worried??
 


Dagger
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   Posted 8/26/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
This sounds urgent. You should call your doc or go to the ER. It may be fibro but it could be something far more serious. If it's a stroke, time is important.

I believe that any new symptom should be checked out before fibro is blamed. You don't want to miss something dangerous that could be fixed if caught early.

Good luck.

KerriH
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   Posted 8/26/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I just called my doctor and he asked me a bunch of questions, then said that I can wait to come in until tomorrow...unless the other symptoms he mentioned start or the numbness gets worse, then I should go to the ER...but said "I WILL see you tomorrow".

Thanks for responding, Dagger! You got me to call my doctor.

Still, pretty scary!!

Do any of you have numbness like that?

Kerri

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Dagger
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   Posted 8/26/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had heaviness, numbness, and sometimes, tingling in my left arm & leg but I believe it was due to Lyme Disease. A neurologist gave me all sorts of tests and couldn't find anything wrong (other than Lyme.) It cleared up after I was on antibiotics for a while, a long while.

I'm glad you called your doc. It will probably turn out to be nothing but you will feel better when you are sure.

IndianSummer48
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   Posted 8/26/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
yes please go and see your doctor, last weekend i was at work and the side of my face went numb i thought it was just FM but then my leg and arm went numb also.
i went to the er and was admitted, i had had a mild stroke. i was there for a week and im just starting to get some feeling back,it also made me deaf and blind on the same side i had the stroke on.
let me know how you are doing please, i will be praying for you.
hugs,
Jackie

Jokat
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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I would have it checked out since both are on the same side of the body.....mild stroke is a possibility.
 
OR-
 
You have become so super cool that part of your body is unable to keep up with you super coolness and is rebelling against you!!!  smilewinkgrin
 
I too have the occasional numbness in my extremities, rarely does it effect only one side of my body though.....
Go see your Doc and tell him to give you a sucker for being a good girl.
JoKat
 
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crazykitty
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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Kerri

I am so glad that you called your doctor, better safe than sorry!

I get numbness in my feet sometimes, but it is related to Raynauds.

Hope everything is well.

Robin
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 8/27/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm glad you are getting checked out.  When we have symptoms like that we need to see our doctors.  It is so easy to put everything in the "fibromyalgia bag".  I pray that there is really nothing wrong at all.  Please let us know what your doctor says.

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Jokat
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Kerri,
 
How did your Dr. appointment go???
 
 
JoKat
 
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KerriH
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   Posted 8/28/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, everyone!  :)  I appreciate your concern and your responses.
 
Jokat, you are too funny....super-coolness, LOL!
 
I did see my doctor.  He did not believe it was stroke related.  He mentioned the following possibilities:
 
- B12 deficiency
 
- Thyroid
 
- Blood sugar
 
- Multiple sclerosis
 
So, I need to have fasting bloodwork next week, see a neurologist & get on B12 supplements.
 
So, we'll see.  I asked him if it might be due to Fibro, and he dismissed that.  But, I know that many of you have numbness.  So, I wonder if those of us with Fibro who have numbness may be low in B12? 
 
Anyway, I'll just go through tests again.  They checked my brain a year and a half ago for lesions and found none. 
 
My right leg is better, but my right arm is not.  I keep getting mild pins and needles.
 
Thanks again, everyone.  You are all very special people.  smilewinkgrin

Kerri

Fibromyalgia since 2007

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
 
Helen Keller


Jokat
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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Good news Kerri!
 
I am glad that it does not seem to be anything too serious.
 
Do not worry about the pens and needles too much, I have been experimenting with voodoo dolls and may have taken it a little too far.... I will put yours on the shelf for now... devil smilewinkgrin
 
Something to consider is maybe restricting your arm with a brace this weekend and seeing if not using it might make it feel better...it may have become fatigued.... this sometimes works with one of my hands........
 
I truly hope you get to feeling better!
JoKat
 
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mamanan
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   Posted 8/29/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad is doesn't sound too urgent, at any rate. This may put your mind at ease, I've had numbness as well, also mainly on my left side. One day I was hiking with the kids, and I recall being freaked as I couldn't feel my foot when I put it down. I couldn't feel the ground at all. My neuro exam was normal. I find my arms go numb when I flare, but I haven't had the leg go numb anymore. I've also had the blood glucose test adn B12 checked.

Good luck!
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KerriH
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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Jokat, thanks for putting that Voodoo doll back up on the shelf....tell me, what curse caused pins and needles??  Or, were you just sticking pins in, willy nilly?  LOL!
 
Mamanan - that sounds scary!!  I would have freaked a bit too!!  That's good, and interesting, that B12 had nothing to do with it. 
 
I did try to be a vegetarian recently (failed miserably....after dreaming of meat every night during my second month, I couldn't take it anymore).  I wonder if that had something to do with it?
 
Anyway, I'll pick up some supplements. 
 
Jokat, never thought of not using the numb arm.  That's interesting.  Do you find not using it helps? 
 


vestabula
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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kerri...I know the numbness/pins and needles are scary!  I had both of my knees go numb and was all set to run back to the doc and it went away.  I have a numbness sensation in my legs all the time but when I pinch them I can feel the sensation.  Pins and needles..yup.  I have had so many tests and they say it's fibro.  If you look at the list of fibro symptoms numbness, crawling sensations and pins and needles  are right there at the top!  But...glad you are going to be careful and have eveything checked out anyway.
 
Huggies
Donna
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dn527
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   Posted 8/29/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have similar symptoms sometimes. I started having them when I was sleeping, several years ago. It started out just the one arm I WASN'T sleeping on would go kinda numb - like it was trying to go to sleep? I always thought that's what it was. Months later, it would sometimes go to my leg, too. My migraine dr. told me that migraines sometimes happen on only one side of the body, and a lot of ppl confuse it with stroke.
 
Now, (I am currently severly exhausted - for those of u familiar with the ATP/glutathione shots - my ATP level was a 17 and not getting better!) I wake up almost every morning with this feeling. I was scared my heart was not pumping stong enough at night, but Dr Salvato says it happens w/FM patients. She told me she still thinks it's my low ATP levels, although if I had insurance, we'd do a sleep study. Could possibly be that partial blockage of sleep apnea. Makes sense - if I'm not breathing well, it could possibly mimic poor circulation? * Mine sometimes wake me up 3-4 times a night! Seems like it happens when I'm in REM sleep. * I do sometimes get the pins and needles in my hands/feet, but that seems to be on for a few weeks, off for a few months.
 

This is my first post here (sorry for the long post!), and I'm very overwhelmed with the severity/complexity of my symptoms. I'm relieved (but saddened) to find ppl going through the same weird things I am!
Is yours during the daytime or does it wake you up, too?
FM dx mar09 (although I've probably had it 5-10 years!), severe fatigue (ATP at 17), severe anxiety and depression, severe fibro-fog (word substitution, auto-pilot/zoning out, disorientation, and just plain forgetting everything). Im sure there's more, but I forget. Currently on weekly ATP/glutathione shots (started 24aug09) and vicodin (when I absolutely can't ignore the pain anymore).

Post Edited (dn527) : 8/29/2009 8:02:40 PM (GMT-6)


Miss Magnolia
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   Posted 8/30/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I am dealing with arms and hands going numb and tingling right now. Headaches, chest pains, face feels hot, breasts burn, plus moderate osteoarthritis. I am almost 57, and I rarely post here, I just come on from time to time. Times like this, typing is difficult.

It's as if I sometimes even doubt what is wrong with me, it's just too hard for me to accept, I was always so vibraint, active and independant, right now my hubby is doing the grocery shopping. I still work full time, most days are a struggle to just get to my car in the morning. Once I am in the car, the worst is over, bath, hair, makeup, dressing. It's what I call "the ritual". I rarely leave the house other than for work these days. I am not the same woman as I was, I feel like I am in the body of a stranger, it's someone else's body.

I get injections whenever my rheumy say's enough time has passed. Plus, no matter what they say, getting old is not for the squimish.
 
I am glad you called your doctor honey.  It's always to be safe, and sometimes it's good to have some blood work done when you are feeling this way. 
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Dagger
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   Posted 8/30/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
You will probably go through a bunch of tests that will all come back normal. While normal tests don't really tell you what's wrong, at least they rule out a lot of things. It's better to have the tests and find nothing than to assume it's fibro and miss something. Especially if that something can be treated, cured, or is dangerous.

While many of us have tingling and/or numbness, Jackie's post shows us that it may not always be fibro.

Jokat
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   Posted 8/31/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Kerri,
 
I use a brace for my hand and wrist when it is giving me trouble....mostly at night because of work. It usually feels better and less fatigued by morning. Something about restricted it that helps.
JoKat
 
Our attitude towards life determines life's attitude towards us. {Earl Nightingale} 
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KerriH
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   Posted 8/31/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, thanks Jokat, I'll try that. I have lots of problems w/ my wrists & hands getting fatigued - maybe that will help.

dn527 - thanks for posting! That's ok that you had a lot to say. :) Mine started in the middle of the night (like yours, the one I WASN'T sleeping on), but then became numb both day and night. I hope you find comfort in posting on this forum - I know I do.

I agree w/ you all that it's probably nothing more than Fibro. I think I'll pass on yet another MRI, but will add supplements and get the bloodwork done.

Take care, everyone! :) Thanks!

Kerri

Fibromyalgia since 2007

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
 
Helen Keller

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