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Numb Patches of skin now spreading - got Neurology appointment next month but any ideas for now???

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looneytune Mon 05-Oct-09 11:14:15

Hi

For several months now I have had an area of skin on my leg that has been numb. This recently spread further across my leg so I went to the Dr. I've now got an appointment with the Neurology department for tests but that isn't until mid November.

I just wondered if anyone had any experience of something similar? I know it could be anything and no-one can know but any ideas would be good. All I know is that my grandma had MS and this was one of the first symptoms but I'm only 33 and presuming there could be many other causes.

Any ideas would be great. Thanks

orangina Mon 05-Oct-09 11:16:25

I haven't got anything helpful to add, but wanted to bump for youj (and good luck for November...)

AmazingBouncingFerret Mon 05-Oct-09 11:20:35

hey there, I have numb areas of my left hand side, mainly underarm and towards my left boob! It feels like ive had an anesthetic injection in the areas.
Mine is called neuropathy, which is damaged nerve cells. In my case its because of an extreme curve to my spine but I know it can have other causes, apparantly people with diabetes can get it.
Hope all goes well at the appointment.

Ledodgy Mon 05-Oct-09 11:24:23

I have a numb area on my left thigh. I suffered fo sciatica when pregnant and think its related to this.

Ledodgy Mon 05-Oct-09 11:24:33

*from sciatica

looneytune Mon 05-Oct-09 13:02:54

Thanks everyone.

AmazingBouncingFerret - that's EXACTLY how I describe it to people, like I've had anesthetic there!!!

I'm wondering if maybe it's connected to what I think is a trapped nerve? From time to time (it's really bothering me since this weekend!) I get pins and needles in my right hand which feels like it's coming from my shoulder and sometimes it goes down my leg and I get pins and needles in my foot. All of this is on the same side as my leg. Maybe unconnected but just thought MAYBE there is a link.

Milliways Mon 05-Oct-09 22:18:12

I get a numb patch in my thigh due to Merlagia Parasthetica which I have had for years.

I too have had new symptoms develop over past few months and am seeing a neurologist. Repeat MRI scan due later this month.

Hope you get your appt and some answers soon

mrstimlovejoy Tue 06-Oct-09 08:46:46

i was going to post about my hands since yesterday both my hands have been numb,like you say feels like i've had a anesthetic.weird that its both hands and exactly the same area on both hands

noddyholder Tue 06-Oct-09 09:08:51

I had this on my hand and one toe and its b12 deficiency

bebejones Sun 11-Oct-09 14:53:31

I had numb fingers like this Nov last year, graually spread and spread til my whole left arm was numb. Was told I had a trapped nerve in my neck. After 6 weeks of ar getting worse & going back and forth to GP my face on right side started to go numb. GP contacted neurologist to try and spped things up (appt was not for another 3 months and I had a very young baby at the time) Was seen following day, had many tests and was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS. I am 26. Had some IV steroids straight away and physio and slowly got back to near enough myself. Had a routine blood test last month which showed I had B12 deficeiency & also was told by neurologist & GP that I possibly had parasthetic myralgia as I had a numb patch starting on my right thigh. 5 weeks on numb patch has spread to the point that it is now affecting both legs & I can barely walk. Have hounded GP for 2 weeks now & will see my neurologist on Friday. I know now it is MS relapse but have had to bug the crap out of them to get seen even though I have been diagnosed. Twice now they have told me it is a trapped nerve. My Great Aunt had MS but I have been told it is not hereditary so I wouldn't let that thought be a factor. I really really don't want to scare you but if this is getting worse I would really hound them as I just don't want anyone to go through what I went through being diagnosed, it just seemed like they didn't take me seriously at all. I am no expert and I am not saying you have MS at all just with many diferent nerve type problems the speed with which you are treated can impact on eventual recovery. Have you considered going to A&E to 'get in the system' as it were? If it gets worse you could consider it.

Doodleydoo Sun 11-Oct-09 15:02:23

Looney, first off don't panic. It sounds like Meralgia more than MS. Meralgia is untreatable, well there are treatments but they are frankly not worth it imo as they involve ops to sever muscles and don't guarantee full recovery of the sensation.

Meralgia is similar to a trapped nerve and I would think you will have some nerve tests and get this confirmed. it is always worth being checked out to put your mind at rest. (the nerve it refers to is in the pelvis)

bebe - gosh how horried for you, it sounds bizaare that both the neurologist and gp told you it was meralgia rather than the ms. Don't really know what to say to your post but wish you all the best.

looneytune Thu 15-Oct-09 12:56:39

Oh, I popped back here to update but didn't realise I'd had other posts. Thanks for posting and bebe, I don't know what to say, how awful for you I really hope they are giving you all that you need now!!!

Well, last week was my worst week and basically I have suffered in EVERY area of my body apart from my left leg. Some of it's twinges and pins and needles, others are tender feeling muscles, I really can't work out what's going on. I went to the Dr on Tuesday as I worry because I started dropping things more in my right hand plus I was wondering why all of my body was being affected (not all at the same time), he couldn't get me seen any quicker but offered a blood test. I'll get the results next week. The last couple of days haven't been as bad which is good as I look after up to 7 children in a day (I'm a childminder) and need to be able to deal with everything.

Will let you know when had the blood test results back and then it's just a matter of waiting until 17th Nov.

Thanks again for all the messages, sorry I didn't come back.

looneytune Sun 07-Feb-10 09:21:54

Since I last posted I've been for my appointment where they said they didn't know what had caused the numb patch but they aren't worried so not looking into it any further. But I mentioned all the other things (GP told me to) and they decided that I should have an MRI of my brain and spine to rule out MS. I had this before Christmas and last month got a letter saying all perfectly normal. I then got a letter on Friday saying my brain scan showed something so I'm thinking the other letter was supposed to say my 'spine' MRI was fine.

Anyway, the letter says I have 'a few tiny areas of high signal in the subcortical region' and that due to my family history, they'd like me to have some 'electrical studies at Oxford and further blood tests'.

Anyone have any idea what is involved in 'electrical studies'?????

Troy710 Sun 22-Oct-17 01:04:36

I have had numb hands for 3 months now and numb patches around my body and a funny buzzing sensation in body when I move certain ways also my shoulder is really sore to put above my head ...was given Naproxen first off then Amiltryptaline (spelt wrong) to calm nervous system ...doctor suggested it may be me causing it myself 😨...I'm a 55 yr old woman so am menopausal with sweats ..itching skin loads of symptoms of this but I'm sure the hands and numbness is down to nerve damage of some kind ...I ache all over and feel tired a lot of the time ..anyone have any thoughts please .I'm waiting for appointment with neurologist at the moment as doctor finally referred me ...

Troy710 Sun 22-Oct-17 01:05:09

I have had numb hands for 3 months now and numb patches around my body and a funny buzzing sensation in body when I move certain ways also my shoulder is really sore to put above my head ...was given Naproxen first off then Amiltryptaline (spelt wrong) to calm nervous system ...doctor suggested it may be me causing it myself 😨...I'm a 55 yr old woman so am menopausal with sweats ..itching skin loads of symptoms of this but I'm sure the hands and numbness is down to nerve damage of some kind ...I ache all over and feel tired a lot of the time ..anyone have any thoughts please .I'm waiting for appointment with neurologist at the moment as doctor finally referred me ...

MrsSkeletor Sun 22-Oct-17 21:27:16

The electrical signal tests (Evoked potential tests) connect very mild shocking devices to your hands and feet as well as stimulate your vision and hearing systems. There are electrodes to measure how clearly and quickly the signals reach your brain. They don't hurt.

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