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Question: Numbness, Tingling & Burning


 thester6474 - Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:43 pm

User avatar Hi, I am a 25 year old bi-racial female from Southeastern Georgia. I have been having major medical issues since January of this year. First of all, I must mention that this time last year I was suffering from Mononucleosis. After catching this I never really got to the point where I felt better. I stayed tired all of the time, and I lost all desire to do anything. I quit working my second job, which was a shock to everyone, considering that is my all-time favorite pasttime. A few months later, I started having trouble with my right leg and foot, it would start tingling. The tingling soon turned into numbness, which later turned into burning, tingling & numbness. My symptoms are as follows:

Burning pain (in muscles) – moderate to severe, lately severe, Pins and Needles Feeling, Numbness, Decreased Muscular Control, Stiffness – PT has really helped this, for days after pt, I feel less stiff...stiffness makes is hard for me to dress. Swelling – worse in back, feet, legs, & right chest under my bust. Fatigue (Mental & Physical), Malaise **** – A daily problem with me anymore, I do not know if it is because of depression, the pain, weakness, or the abundance of medication I am taking. Depression – taking Nortriptyline 50 mg and Cymbalta 60 mg daily, Headaches – (Migraines???) worse around loud noises and bright lights, Irritability & Anxiousness, Tingling Sensations (allodynias) – for example during bathing, walking, sitting...anytime my leg is near movement or I put pressure on it, worse with my right side?!? Worse when laying down or when putting pressure on the right leg, foot or knee. Low Grade Fever, results are hardly ever under 99.6. Shaky right hand – Intentional tremor ??? Proprioception – loss of position sense – I can barely tell where my leg is placed if I am not directly looking at it. Major Cramps and Painful Spasms (severity worse than Charlie horses). Dysesthia – Inability to feel when injury happens, for instance I can get cut, scratched etc, and not feel any pain, that is unless I see it. Chronic Urinary Tract Infections – from urinary retention???? Feeling faint and dizzy when rising from a sitting position. Bothered by noises and lights (Could Anti-Depressants be causing this?) Back pain, Muscle weakness – Especially in extremities, & Dystonia. Symptoms severity increased with heat, inability to cope with heat. Body can feel heat or burning without any apparent heat near body (sense of touch may be replaced by feelings of numbness or tingling. Parts of your body may feel burning or cold, even though there is no heat or chill present.) Constant state of tiredness – inability to complete most tasks – moving or lifting items, exercising, walking, carrying grocery, brushing hair, etc. Extra tension in arms and legs with usage, Chronic Indigestion, & frustration

As a Physician what (disease) would you be concerned the most with? If a person walked in your office today exhibiting these conditions what would you advise them to do? What test and/or Specialist would you recommend? And also what prognosis would you feel I would have, considering that after only 11 months, the symptoms have progressed at such a rigorous speed? I know you are tired of reading this post now, but I really need some medical advice, I am currently seeing 8 doctors, 7 of which are specialists. Thank you in advance for your help, it is much appreciated.
 thester6474 - Mon Nov 05, 2007 10:49 pm

User avatar I am sorry I forgot to mention my current diagnoses as well as my medications. Diagnoses are kyphosis, scoliosis, mild disc dessication, mild early degenerative disease (of the spine), spinal stenosis, chronic rhinitis neuropathy, myoclonus, hypermobility syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteopenia, B-12 and Iron deficiency. I also have been told I have a nasopharyngeal mass, do not know what that is, or the seriousness of it. My medications are Cymbalta, Pamelor, Naproxen, Allegra D, Flonase, Lasix, Potassium, Requip, Lamictal, Repliva, B-12 injections (cobalamin). I have one family member with Diabetes and Gout, one with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and one with Multiple Sclerosis (all of which are on my mother's side of the family).

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