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   Posted 2/1/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
       I am wondering how long the numbness usually last. My nose numbness lasted 5-6 days but my toe numbness is maybe 2 years but it comes and goes(maybe 1 hour every day). It's not numb all the time. I woke up one night with my arm numb from the shoulder to the tip of my fingers. This lasted 4-5 hours. I thought that maybe it was the way I had slept that night so I never told the doctor about it. With you guys, does the numbness last long periods of time or does it fluctuate like me?
               Thank you, Nicaribbean 

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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Nic

Well that's the nature of this will come and go. I have transient numbness like u'r talking about, but i don't have ms, so it may not be what is causing u'r probs. I'm sorry i can't remember, are u dx'd? Anyway, the thing is that u'r likely going to have all these strange little oddities coming and going. They may last longer at times than they previously did...or last less time....but u will likely have these things continue. It's different for everyone too. What may be my duration may not be u'rs. Best wishes on this...i know it's very frustrating!
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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   

I have been numb from mid-torso to toes for the 25 years that I've had MS. It started in my toes, quickly worked it's way up, and is always there.  Sometimes it's not as intense as other times, but always exists.

Some transient numbness is common in everyone -- like your foot "falling asleep", or sometimes a numb arm or shoulder from pressing on it "wrong" while sleeping.  Some MS related numbness can be transient, too. If the numbness occurs in the same area - -like numbness in your foot or toes and always on the same side -- first figure out if indeed it isn't a too-tight shoe on that foot! -- but if not, then it could be related to having MS.

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 2/1/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   

The numbness I have seems pretty permanent.  I had a flare last spring and I have improved, but my feet have been numb since then.  For me, the numbness has not been transient.  It has been pretty much there all the time 24/7. 

Along with th numbness, I get weird sensory stuff.  I get icy/hot sensations in my lower legs.  It feels like a copious amount of bengay has been applied to my skin. 

Love and prayers,

Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

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