Tingling of hands and feet

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Muzz
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   Posted 5/4/2008 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm a reg on the FM board altho no dx and on the chronic pain one. I have a question for u guys here...for several mths, I've had tingling in my hands and feet and it has become more intense. Saw PCP and he says circulation ok, put me on Lyrica and set me up with neuro in June. I have dealt with chronic pain from DDD and hern discs, and manage it ok...but this awful tingling is something else. It seems to be extending up my legs. The Lyrica 25mg tid seemed to help some for the 1st few weeks but now, not so much. Besides the tingling(and burning) I've noticed a weakness in my legs and an aching in them feeling pretty much all of the time. I'm 53 and have some arthritis so I expect to have some aches and pains...but the tingling thing has me a tad worried. I just don't feel right. I'm fairly active, wk p/t Ped Home Care nurse, take care of our 2 youngest grandkids 1-2 days a week, but I try to be sure to get plenty of rest. Soooooooooo...with the gereralized weakness that has creeped up on me, this tingling concerns me. If I were to have MS, would the nerve conduction tests sched in June dx it? There, that was what I've been hem-hawing around about. Pls bear with my hesitancy in even writing out the words but if it something like that, I'm not sure that I would want to know. Is this too stupid for words??
OK, that was 2 questions...sorry  LOL
I am not my pain, it does not own me.


uppitycats
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   Posted 5/5/2008 5:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Muzz said...
Hi, I'm a reg on the FM board altho no dx and on the chronic pain one. I have a question for u guys here...for several mths, I've had tingling in my hands and feet and it has become more intense. Saw PCP and he says circulation ok, put me on Lyrica and set me up with neuro in June. I have dealt with chronic pain from DDD and hern discs, and manage it ok...but this awful tingling is something else. It seems to be extending up my legs. The Lyrica 25mg tid seemed to help some for the 1st few weeks but now, not so much. Besides the tingling(and burning) I've noticed a weakness in my legs and an aching in them feeling pretty much all of the time. I'm 53 and have some arthritis so I expect to have some aches and pains...but the tingling thing has me a tad worried. I just don't feel right. I'm fairly active, wk p/t Ped Home Care nurse, take care of our 2 youngest grandkids 1-2 days a week, but I try to be sure to get plenty of rest. Soooooooooo...with the gereralized weakness that has creeped up on me, this tingling concerns me. If I were to have MS, would the nerve conduction tests sched in June dx it? There, that was what I've been hem-hawing around about. Pls bear with my hesitancy in even writing out the words but if it something like that, I'm not sure that I would want to know. Is this too stupid for words??
OK, that was 2 questions...sorry  LOL

The nerve conduction tests would determine whether the tingling is caused by a circulation problem, or problem with your peripheral nervous system.  If they come back "positive", then it is a peripheral nervous system problem (MS is a problem with the CENTRAL nervous system), and you'd need to figure out what is causing it from there.  I'm not sure how your PCP would know whether your circulation was OK without first having conducted these tests.
 
As I said, MS is a problem with the CENTRAL nervous system. So if the tests come back "negative", meaning your circulation and peripheral nervous system aren't the cause of the problem, then the neuro would have to proceed with further testing to determine what IS the cause. 
 
There is no one test to diagnose MS. Instead, the PCP and neuro have to rule out everything else, including diabetes (which can cause numbness and tingling in your extremities), rheumatological problems, circulation problems, and a host of other things.  So the nerve conduction tests are really just a first step in any diagnostic process.
 
Good luck!
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Muzz
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   Posted 5/5/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   
TY uppity...I'm not diabetic, had BS checked several times in the past yr. RA neg, ANA neg. My PCP just stuck some pins in me in various places and asked if it hurts now......how bout now...does this hurt? A very comprehensive test....lol It's just that I've only had this tingling business since last fall and it's getting worse. TY for the info, I'll have to decide what I'm going to do.
I am not my pain, it does not own me.


uppitycats
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   Posted 5/5/2008 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually the pin-sticking test isn't as foolish as it sounds. It's a good first start..and presumably he didn't find anything wrong superficially...so now he's thinking it's time to dig deeper, which is why he's sending you to the neuro, and requesting the nerve conduction test. What are you deciding about? Seems reasonable to try to figure out what is going on, if it is severe enough to be troubling to you!
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Muzz
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Total Posts : 395
   Posted 5/5/2008 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I know that u r right, uppity, but I guess I'm kinda afraid of what I could find out. Up until recent yrs, I've been pretty healthy and I tend to avoid or try to deny anything that could be wrong, even tho I myself know that something is. It may be something vascular, which could easily be treated, or FM, which I know is at least manageable. I'm one of those goofballs that u hear about who tries to dx herself by the internet....lol I guess what I meant about deciding was wether or not to see the neuro, I've been seeing a PM doc with little success and was seeing a hemotologist to rule out autoimmune disease and it just seems like that's alot of doc visits ;) TY and I'll let u know how I make out with the neuro...there, that's a decision, isn't it? LOL I'm getting punchy, worked last night and off to bed now. Have a good day and blessings to you yeah
I am not my pain, it does not own me.

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