Paraesthesia (Numbness) Keeping Me Awake: Tips?

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/18/2008 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
In the past few weeks I have noticed a significant increase in the frequency and intensity of the Paraesthesia, especially in my arms and legs. It has been keeping me up and/or waking me up at night as it is painful at times as it is tingling (hope that makes sense). 
I have tried taking Melatonin with some success but this past week I have not slept well which affects how I do during the day. I was wondering if anyone has any advice to either stay asleep or to help relieve the Paraesthesia.
Thanks so much!
ps. I have not been diagnosed with MS but my PCP believes that I have it and is sendind me to a neurologist who specializes in MS (appointment Oct 1st).

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/18/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I am undiagnosed as well. Imseeing a nuero Sept 26. But I know exactly what your talkig about. It drives me nuts, I wake up thru-out the night. I cant ev en grab theblanket to cover up. my hands will not work at all. My whole arm will be tingling and aching. I wish i knew what 2 do for this as well. I am just so frustated. Good Luck Hun!

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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 9/18/2008 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I get that too. And I've made it worse by daring to do too much yard work and stain a fence the last two weekends. Now I'm paying in a really painful way. I don't know why too much activity sets it off...I picture the muscles spasming and squeezing nerves that are already messed up. Anyway- I take a clonazepam to help with muscle spasms, sleep and a bit wit nerve pain. I'm in too much now so won't type much. I am diagnosed since 05. Neuro prescribed nortriptyline two months ago but I haven't started it yet. Lots of reasons, but I need to try it and something else if it doesn't help. I don't know if you aren ot diagnosed what you can get. Sorry. It is miserable and must be especially frustrating without a dx!

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   Posted 9/20/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I have this also and have learned first of all not to sleep on the side or limbs that go numb. Might sound silly but I have a tendency to move alot so I try to start out sleeping right first.

I use Zanaflex now for nighttime, but have had great success with a combination o f Melatonin, Calms Forte and Valerian root... all of these are natural supplements. Along with the Zanaflex (2mg) and these, generally I'm guaranteed at least 5-6 hrs sleep, after that it's a gamble.
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