What is the significance of new, but short-lived, symptoms?

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Mezazinine
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   Posted 11/17/2006 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

I relatively new to having MS so please pardon my ignorance. I'll occasionally develop tingling that I've never experienced before. However, it doesn't last very long. Sometimes it's as short as less than one min to a couple of hours. This has happened to me several times now. I know the standard definition of a relapse as being " a new symptom or reoccurence of an old one that lasts at least 24 hours".

Since these new symptoms hang around for hours at most, I'm not really sure they're relapses but then what are they? Does this mean that new lesions have developed?

mesea
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   Posted 11/17/2006 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I'm pretty new to ms too.  I can't answer ur question but I'll sure be interested in the answers u get.  Like u I get a few tingles that don't last long and I always forget to mention it to my dr.  I don't think about it again until it happens and by then I'm at home or at work.  Thanks for asking this question.  Bye!!!
 
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uppitycats
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   Posted 11/17/2006 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Mezazinine said...
Hi everyone,

I relatively new to having MS so please pardon my ignorance. I'll occasionally develop tingling that I've never experienced before. However, it doesn't last very long. Sometimes it's as short as less than one min to a couple of hours. This has happened to me several times now. I know the standard definition of a relapse as being " a new symptom or reoccurence of an old one that lasts at least 24 hours".

Since these new symptoms hang around for hours at most, I'm not really sure they're relapses but then what are they? Does this mean that new lesions have developed?
OK...a small confusion here.  You "develop tingling that I've never experienced before."  but then you say, "This has happened to me several times now..."
 
Sensory stuff is in itself a "symptom". Sensory stuff can manifest itself as tingling, numbness, sometimes a feeling of water running down your leg (or arm), hot or cold sensation when the rest of the limb is "normal"...all sorts of weird sensations (which is why it's called "sensory".)  So no, probably not a new relapse, or even new lesions...
 
just that..the circuitry in your brain, and from your brain to various body parts, is "broken" - -affected by lesions in your brain...and so signals get through imperfectly, resulting in weird sensations from time to time, as areas of your body try to respond to imperfect signals from the brain.
 
Seems pretty ordinary circumstances in someone who has MS....  but then...
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Mezazinine
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   Posted 11/17/2006 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry if I wasn't clear. I'll just give an example to try and clarify. I'll get a buzzing/tingling sensation on the inside of my right knee that lasts a 1/2 hour or so then goes away. Fast forward several days. I'll get a similar sensation on the outside of my left ankle that lasts a few hours then stops. I think of it as migratory paresthesias. When I say "I've never experienced before" I mean that it's in a different area that my symptoms occurred during what I know for sure was an attack.

These sensations tend to come on very suddenly. I can't help but freak out because I think the relapse is coming for sure this time but then it stops. I was just wondering if anyone else experiences this. As I mentioned, I'm pretty new to this.

P.S. Thanks very much uppity for all of your posts. I've learned a tremendous amount from you that I could never have gotten from listening to docs.

uppitycats
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   Posted 11/18/2006 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
My response would be essentially the same: the electrical impulses from brain to body part are "short circuited" -- they aren't working properly -- so you'll feel all sorts of relatively fleeting sensations. Maybe they'll last a few minutes, or even hours, then dissipate. It's not likely that it's a new flare (or exacerbation or attack)...just a "misfire in the wiring".

As you noted, to be an actual "relapse", doctors will look for it lasting at least 24 hours, usually longer, with an escalation of other symptoms along with it.

I get weird stuff all the time. I'm forever looking for bugs crawling down my leg, for example...and of course there's nothing there.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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