Hi ! I am new to forums, in fact this is my first post to a "thread". I came here because I am experiencing these strange pin prick sensations on the bottom of my feet mainly at night when I'm trying to go to sleep as well as random though infrequent ones all over my body esp. legs, thighs and back. I am noticing this more now that I have stopped taking any and all medications for my Fibro pain. I was worried it may be radiation causing this ( I live on the coast of Northern California ) because I seem to be so sensitive to everything. The pinprick feeling on the bottom of my feet is sudden sharp and makes me jump sometimes. The pricks on my legs feel like there is a bug or something and and I always feel & look to see if anything is there of which I find nothing . I had decided to stop medicating this Spring as I wanted to really feel what was going on with my body and see if I could let my body find it's natural rhythm again and make a better assessment of my Fibomyalgia that the rheumatologist had diagnosed me with. I had been given many different meds from anti-depressents to Vioxx , etc. sticking mainly with Vicodine w/out Tylenol as it was ( or so it seemed ) most effective for treating my discomfort and helping me with energy without so many horrible side effects and feeling like an alien had taken over my body ! I had used this as I had been recovering from a bad car accident, multiple traumatic dental surgeries ( several root canals,etc. ) illness from black mold where I had been living & breathing the stuff, moving to a new house where there was a slow carbon monoxide gas leak for three months ( making my fibro flare up severely ) a divorce, death of three loved ones within a year , lots of stress , moving back to this country after a decade overseas ( culture shock ) , Mono-Epstein Barr Virus , other illness/virus/bugs from traveling and living in remote countries .
While the pain relief from the medication was helpful during the worst parts of my flare ups I noticed as I started to feel better that the unfortunate side effects of the pain meds ( constipation , nausea, fatigue , brain fog ) seemed to be exaggerating my fibro symptoms . I felt more achey and would have endless inflammation and pain in my scapula that caused me to want to be massaged very vigorously almost to the point of bruising because I could never "get" to the pain. I was almost experiencing a "boomarang" effect, I couldn't tell the difference between what was my "fibro" pain and what was caused by "withdrawals" from my body wanting it's dose of medication. That's why I needed to do a cleanse and to find out where I really stood. It was a difficult passage to stop the meds . I was worried I wouldn't be able to even stand for long w/out them, do any normal tasks . It took about
two weeks to taper the meds and two weeks to go through the worst of the withdrawals. I did notice a remarkable difference in my Fibro. I wasn't getting as much inflammation & flare ups . I still have the discomfort but right now ( the last five months ) it has been manageable. I went to a free clinic at the local Ayurvedic Hospital where I got support with my diet and some supplements to help balance my digestion and for sleep/ pain. overall I am feeling so much better I am able to get more exercise which in turn makes me feel better both mentally & physically which lessens the doomed feeling of being a disabled fibro victim for life as I had felt
Now as I am finding out where my body truly stands I am noticing that my metabolism seems to have slowed and I have gained weight though I am exercising more and eating healthier . I know it is worth it because I feel so much better . Also I now have had the worst acne ( never had it acne in my life ) ! The pinpricks are awful and aggravating . Also , I am unable to stay up late like I was used to and cannot sleep in . I feel the need for deeper rest and don't want to take pills for this ! I have tried herbs , baths , etc. I think the meds suppress a lot of functions in the body and effect the nervous system by depressing it then the body acts out over time by becoming even more aggravated and sensitive / jumpy. So my conclusion is that if you can maintain yourself with healthy diet, ROUTINE, sleep and exercise ~ and have a strong mind, healthy emotions and surround yourself with healthy people ( emotionally , mentally, physically and "spiritually" ) you may be better off in the long run dealing with your Fibro . The body is capable of many amazing miracles and I am going to keep believing and working toward healing