Q: Tingling Sensations
I live in the Boston area and have a great GP. I originally went to him in August 2011 after feeling dizzy and having a slight twitch in my thumb. At that time, I didn't really have any suspicions on what was going on with my body...I just knew it didn't feel "right". At that appointment, he did a neuro physical and told me that everything looked great. He said that he suspected I was stressed and tired (I had a six month old baby and four year old), but that he would like me to see a neuro. Among the many questions he asked that day was if anyone in my family had MS. I basically didn't even know what MS was, but I said no and when I got home I googled the symptoms. That evening, I started having this "tingling" in both hands in my fingers and I have had it ever since.
Now, immediately one would think that this is stress-related and back then, I would agree. However, since then, I have seen two neuros, a therapist (for stress management), ophthalmologist, went back to the GP, saw my OBGYN and have had every test in the medical industry with my blood, Brain MRI w and without contrast, etc. All looks clean with no indication of anything.
I cannot believe that this is stress or anxiety related as I am of pretty strong mental health and have never had a physical reaction to stress. Especially not one that has lasted nine months!!! The pins and needles are intermittent and happens on and off just about every day since August. It does not travel up my arms or legs, but it travels from one finger to another, etc. Also, I have noticed that the top of my right foot and right hand feel slightly numb to touch. I also have sharp electric shocks in my wrists when they have extra strain or bend in a weird direction.
It all seems so benign...and yet it doesn't make sense to me why it is happening. I know this group is not a group of dr's, but being that many of you either have a diagnosis or speak to those with a diagnosis, what does this sound like to you? I want to believe that it is not MS. I want to believe that it is "unexplained" as one neuro told me. But, it is just so hard to believe.
How's the baby doing? It certainly must be a lot to handle which two young children at home. Some people with MS have a relapse after having a baby. But it sounds like the testing you've had so far doesn't provide any clues toward MS.
When you mentioned the sharp pain when you have pressure on your wrists, it reminded me of when I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. I had tingling and numbness in my fingers and definitely experienced shocks in my hands at times. Just a thought.
I hope that you are able to find answers. Sometimes the journey to an accurate diagnosis can take a very long time. For me, it was over five years.
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