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