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Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 8:38 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

So, I'm a little concerned. The past few weeks, I've been feeling a little "off". Recurrent mild numbness in my hands and feet; I've always been clumsy, but have been dropping things and tripping much more than usual; slightly decreased peripheral vision... I've fallen three times in the last three days.

I'm afraid to WebMD it, because every time I do that, I convince myself that I probably have a brain tumor or something. Should I just be focusing on getting to bed earlier, eating healthier, and drinking more water? Or should I see a doctor?

ETA: I have been convinced to call a doctor. Thanks for the overwhelming multitude of opinions (and potentially more irrational panic than WebMD would have caused )

[This message edited by Amazonia at 4:14 PM, May 27th (Monday)]


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Default  Posted: 8:40 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

Any chance you are diabetic?



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Default  Posted: 8:41 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

doctor. I would not think numbness is because of dehydration or lack of sleep. and you should go this week.


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Default  Posted: 8:46 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

Doctor.

Right away.

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Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 8:50 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

I think numb is probably the wrong word. More like everything feels kind of dull. It's usually when I'm cold.
ETA: I can still feel things, but my skin feels kind of tight, or like I'm feeling things from further away, if that makes sense. I don't really know how to explain it.

At my check up three months ago all my results came back as "perfect" in the doctor's words.

[This message edited by Amazonia at 8:54 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)]


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Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 8:59 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

Okay, I did the WebMD symptom checker thing and "Vitamin B12 Deficiency" and "Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)" both sound like they could be the root cause.

Still see a doctor?

The other thing is that I don't have a doctor. My gyno has always just done extra blood work at my annual, and I had a full physical in January for a job thing (which is when the doc said I was "perfect").

[This message edited by Amazonia at 8:59 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)]


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Default  Posted: 9:02 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

In my best momma voice: GO SEE A DOCTOR, NOW.

I had the vitamin B defficiency, but just had like tingling in my hands and feet. Never fell down because of it.

Do the blood work and know for sure.


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Default  Posted: 9:03 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

I think it sounds like your head is going to fall off so don't move too suddenly and try and keep your back straight.

Go to a doctor for peace of mind if anything.


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TrulyReconciled
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Default  Posted: 9:09 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

Peripheral or diabetic neuropathy.

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Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 9:12 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

Peripheral neuropathy

The numbness thing sounds right, Mayo Clinic said it's like wearing a sock on your hands, which is kind of how it feels I guess. I don't have any of the rest of the symptoms though.

I do have a pinched nerve in my back. My chiropractor has been working on that. Could that be affecting this?

The thing with falling is that I really am clumsy. The two times on the escalator, I just assumed it was because I was wearing flip flops and my feet were super cold (I refuse to admit it's still in the 50s even though it's May).


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Default  Posted: 10:13 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)

Amazonia, I recently had symptoms like yours. Went for a check up, ANA count was very high which usually indicates Lupus or Arthritis -- but tests showed neither. Extensive blood work shows my body is very low on Vitamin D. So I'm taking one prescription Vitamin D a week and already see/feel a difference after two weeks. Get checked.


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Default  Posted: 2:45 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)

Go find a general practitioner. I know you haven't needed one up until now, but honey? You need one.

It could be a pinched nerve, low blood sugar, or a dozen other things. That's what the nice women and men in the white coats are there to find out.

So go see one before you're back in school again and don't have the time, okay?


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Default  Posted: 3:03 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)


I have known two people who have had similar symptoms, both to the verge of being diagnosed with MS, only to have it turn out to be severe vitamin B deficiency. The thing is that if it's really severe (or pernicious anemia), an over the counter B supplement is not going to do the trick. I also agree with whoever said you should have a really thorough blood panel, including rheumatology (especially if anything autoimmune runs in your family at all), endocrinology, vitamins B & D and a full iron panel.

Go to the doctor. Stay off webMD!!


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Default  Posted: 3:11 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)

Please go see a primary care doctor for a work up.


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Default  Posted: 3:15 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)

I know quite a few people with MS. Seems like for them it started with clumsiness & tingling. You should have this evaluated, if for no other reason to rule out MS.


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Default  Posted: 3:20 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)

Doctor NOW, Ama! I don't get concerned over most stuff, but this I *am* concerned about. (((Ama)))


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Default  Posted: 3:23 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)

I was gonna say MS as well...

But it could be any number of things or nothing at all... Get Checked!!!


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Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 3:26 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)

The doc I saw for work in January was about as full a workup as you can get.

I'll check with my insurance company about where I can go tomorrow, and try to find some doctor reviews on Yelp.

It's not consistent, just occasionally, and the "numb" feeling usually goes away after about 10 minutes.

ETA: What do I tell the doctor's office when making an appointment? That I want a checkup? That I have numbness?

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Default  Posted: 3:31 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)

What do I tell the doctor's office when making an appointment? That I want a checkup? That I have numbness?

All of the above. You need to be seen because...

Make sure to mention the falls and how they occurred, especially the one last night.


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Default  Posted: 3:32 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)

I would tell them your symptoms. Numbness, falling, etc.


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Default  Posted: 4:07 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)

I was gonna say MS too. My niece has MS, and her's started with tingling and dropping things.

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Default  Posted: 6:56 PM, May 14th (Tuesday)

Sweetie, get thee to a doctor and pronto. Why wait until you really get hurt in a fall? Just tell the doctor everything you have said here. This is what you have insurance for!

Can you ask around at work or ask friends for a recommendation on a good doctor?


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Default  Posted: 6:20 AM, May 27th (Monday)

Ama, just bumping to see how you're doing?


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Default  Posted: 6:41 AM, May 27th (Monday)

That last fall cant be reasoned away.

I say get thee to the dr


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Default  Posted: 7:49 AM, May 27th (Monday)

I did get doc recs from 3 friends, but it all went away when the weather warned up, so I think it was probably just that I was wearing skirts and sandals in 55 degree weather because I was beyond ready for spring.


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Default  Posted: 9:53 AM, May 27th (Monday)

Immediately see a doctor. Please. This is not one for self-diagnosis.

If the symptoms have remitted, share that info; it's potentially very important.

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Default  Posted: 10:38 AM, May 27th (Monday)

Ama, you have had at least one doctor and a few nurses comment that you need to have this checked out......I would trust that they know enough about what they're talking about to take into consideration whether your symptoms could be caused by wearing flip-flops in 55 degree weather. And yet, they STILL said to get this issue evaluated.

Make the appointment and go.


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Default  Posted: 3:21 PM, May 27th (Monday)

I second Gonnabe's comment. I know all about the "If I wait long enough maybe it will go away so that I don't have to go" strategy of avoiding medical appointments, because I use it a lot! I loathe all the palaver of making the appointment; stripping off; being poked and prodded; talking to random fully-clothed strangers while wearing only a minuscule paper-doll dress and praying that The Big One doesn't strike within the next hour. But nonetheless, in this situation, even I would cave in and make that appointment.

I think I'd probably have been scared by all the "go immediately!" messages people have posted. But I think I'd rather face the fear and the inconvenience and go and talk to the doctor than keep waking up at 3 am wondering whether I should have listened to all those SI posters....

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Default  Posted: 4:04 PM, May 27th (Monday)

With MS you lose ground with every progression, and you don't gain that ground back ever. Meds slow the progression. If this is MS and you don't go to the doctor you are really harming yourself permanently.

But if it's nothing and you go to the doctor--no harm done.

There isn't a scenario here where it's a good thing to ignore this.


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Default  Posted: 4:12 PM, May 27th (Monday)

Thanks all - really do appreciate the concern, and will consider the numerous factors as to when I can best take time off work to check in with a doctor.


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Default  Posted: 8:06 AM, May 28th (Tuesday)

Ama - You should make an appointment with a Primary Care Dr. No excuses. You need to have an MD that knows you well. In addition with the numbness issue that "went away" I would say that MS is a possiblity, but would like to ask if you drink a lot of diet soda, or eat a lot of aspartimine (nutrasweet). This can cause all kinds of weird neurological symptoms. If so eliminate it for a week,and see if you feel better. Had a friend that was going through the whole MS workup, showed up at the appt with a 32 Oz polar pop, the Dr asked what she was drinking, she said Diet Coke. He cancelled all further testing told her to cut it out of her diet immediately (she drank about 1-2 liters of it a day) AND guess what? Her symptoms went away. She is a tea drinker now, and has gone a bit extreme on eating clean.

But please call and make an appointment. Most PCP's that are good take a bit of time to get in to see, and lot of them now have early am and late day appointments to work around work schedules.


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Amazonia
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Default  Posted: 8:28 AM, May 28th (Tuesday)

I drink about 2 sodas a year, and never diet because I can't handle the fake sugar taste.


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Default  Posted: 9:54 AM, May 28th (Tuesday)

Ama, this isn't a "when can I fit this into my schedule" thing. It's a pick up the phone and see when the doctor can fit YOU into his/her schedule thing.

I'm a former neuro RN. I don't say, "Go to the doctor" lightly. And I don't go to the doctor easily, either. When I had symptoms like you describe, I was in my PCP's office the same day, and a neuro's within the week.

It took about 3 hours out of my life, and gave important info an peace of mind almost immediately.

Please don't be an ostrich.


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Default  Posted: 9:56 AM, May 28th (Tuesday)

Count me in the MS camp. I have MS and it was the trouble with your peripheral vision along with your other symptoms that made me think you need to go and have that ruled out.

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