I didn't sleep well last night and woke up with pins and needles all over my body, paired with an intense itching sensation that makes me want to jump out of my skin. This happened once before the day after a sleep study. It's AWEFUL! has anybody else experienced this?
I get pins and needles bad mainly in my knees down to my feet sometimes they go so numb I can't feel them, doesn't matter if my feet are up or down happens a lot, I've had nerve tests done but they haven't shown anything.
Of all things, I awoke with pain about 130 am, with pins and needles, & burning from my low back down my whole left leg to my toes. It was awful! When I got back on tonight and saw this I remember that its happened a couple of times before. And I'm always laying on the side that's affected. I think its because my neck is fused C4-C7 with titanium plate & screws, and C2-C3 are collapsing, as is C7-T1. I go through a lot of pillows just trying to keep my head & neck aligned.
It seems to happen to me when I'm extremely tired and/or stressed. And the weather ses to be a factor as well although to a lesser extent. Lately my muscles also seem to be affected. Yesterday my face was partially numb and I had to "force" my left eyelid shut. A very weird feeling when you actually have to focus on blinking properly. My spidey senses tell me that can't be good.
In my personal opinion, the forcing your eye to stay shut issue should have you seeking medical advice. Nerve obstruction at any point in your spine could cause all of the above issues you spoke of. Seek medical advice, self-medicating may be dangerous and masking other issues.
It sounds a lot like my severe anxiety attacks. When it happens, I feel like I'm going to literally jump out of my skin. It seems to happen to me most often in the morning when I am waking up, or if I take a nap, or if I'm really seriously stressed out. I'll try to lie down and I cannot get comfortable at all. It's a horrible feeling. I've been prescribed Lorazepam for my anxiety, and it's the only thing that works for that.
Thank you Cherrie and Amie, yes I'll definitely tell my doctors. I see my pain doctor on 1/14 and my primay on 2/10. I have damage to my cranial nerves 5, 7 and 11 as well as issues with my neck and lower back. And yes, lately I'm also having somewhat higher anxiety levels than before I was told I had reached MMI (maximum medical improvement). As a natural born overachiever, the thought of not getting any better than I am today is just not something that's easy for me to deal with.
Maximum Medical Improvement. It's a term doctors use when an accident injury improves as much as it will. At that point, whatever is still there is deemed permanent unless fixed via surgery (if even possible).
Wow, imho, that's a term that should be struck from a doctors vocabulary. There are always new treatments & therapies & drugs coming out. I just saw a special about the incredible advances being made by the foundation that Christopher Reeves created. (http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.ddJFKRNoFiG/b.7391715/k.5F14/Paraplegic_Man_Stands_Steps_with_Assistance_and_Moves_His_Legs_Voluntarily.htm)
It gives me the feeling that the doctor is giving up, washing his hands of it, unwilling to entertain anything else. I don't know, it just doesn't sit right with me.
Amie, please don't be too harsh on doctors using the term. It's most freuquently used in litigation and insurance settlements. In that context it's actually a hugely useful term. It basically means that ongoing treatment is mainly for maintenance purposes and likely needed long term. That is being taken into consideration when dealing with the insurance company.
Hello I am new here and was interested in your post subject since I have these symptoms too. Has anyone mentioned the possibility that you could have CRPS ( Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome ) ? As I mentioned I too have these symptoms and they are due to CRPS. There a is a lot of good information on the internet and some excellent support groups on Facebook. I hope this helps and is not a repeat of information that you already have.
Iathompson, What tests were run to determine cranial nerve damage? I woke at 1am with pins/needles/tingly prickles/burning sensation of my whole left side, especially my face. It worsened to include my whole body when I turned onto my back, and continued to 430 when I fell asleep from exhaustion. I got up at 7 and it started back around 915 and spreading. I've had it before but I believe this is the worst ever, and the face & shoulders are the worst areas.
Flappy, I've had similar sensations in the past year in various areas and totally random times lasting from 1 hour to 6 hrs and have wondered what the heck it is about. I looked into whether it was an allergic reaction to something but I really don't think that was the case. Sure would like to know what that is about. I find it so odd.
Flappy, my PCP did the standard clinical exams (reflex etc.) based on my symptoms which are Always the same. My eye doctor confirmed impaired eye muscle control. The pain doctor did the facet joint injections and medial branch nerve block to zero in on the problem zone. Next stop is the Neurologist. I hope this helps! Just got back from a lumbar epidural. I think I need a nap...