Has Anyone Ever Hurt Themselves And Felt The Pain On The Other Side Of Your Body? Is It Just Me?
Hi Everyone and Happy Friday!
Early this week I hurt my left hand/wrist by sticking it through the bars of a dog cage to pet the dog and getting it stuck (I know not too smart). Anyway it hurt like the dickens for a bit but after a short period of time I noticed that I had terrible pain in the right wrist that lasted for days.
Last night I mis-judged the door way and slammed my toes. Wow for about 15 minutes I thought I had broken 3 toes on my right foot. By the time I hopped up the stairs and got on the bed I had pain in both feet at the area of the 3 toes (all the middle ones). Most of the night the left toes hurt much worse then the injured right ones.
I have swelling and bruises on the "correct" sides of both injuries but am quite baffled by the pain on the wrong side.
Should I mention this to the doctor at my next visit in a few months? Am I the only strange one who has this?
I've had radiating pain from injury, especially toe stubbing and elbows, but nothing specific switching sides.
I can't give you anything technical, but I'll venture to say that "anything" is possible when signals get mixed - our fire wrong due to CNS damage all the time. Our skin burns when it's not burning, our legs won't hold us when they should, etc.
Anyone care to take a crack a medical explanation of this occurance?
Theere's a phenomenon called referred pain that can account for some of this. Apparently that's why heart attacks can be felt in the neck and shoulder, etc. Nerve pathways can be the same going to different parts of the body, at least partially.
My dentist told me that pain originating in one tooth can often be felt in another, even upper vs. lower, but it has to be on the same side of the mouth. Whether this carries over to other nerve pathways I don't know. I hope someone more knowledgeable than I can explain how all this happens.
I sure am glad you mentioned this as it reminded me some something alse I want to bring up with my PC next week,
While I don't have the same problem as you described I do have a problem with injuries. I don't feel them at all. I can't tell you how many times I have looked down at one of my arms or legs to find them covered in blood. I have no idea of how or when I hurt them. And the bruises I find are also numerous, Just yesterday I looked down at my left arm and I had cut it somehow so many hours earlier that the blood had already dried. Probably was from a blackberry thorn I walked by about 5 hours earlier.
Thank you all for sharing and Mike in your case laughing! I don't mind if you laugh in fact I'm glad when I can make someone laugh it's something we don't do enough :)
It's good to know that I am not completely alone in this. Atleast I don't have my right leg vs. left shoulder like Val, lol (thanks Val). I guess it's one more strange happening of the wiring issues of the MS. I think that I will mention it to the neuro ( if I haven't already, ha ha)
Oh how I wish I could blame it in meds. This has been occurring before I went on most of my meds. Realy since my legs and arms started experiencing numbness. I think at the time I was on lipitor and thyroid meds only. The first time I remember it happening I was watching TV and got up to go to the bathroom. As I was walking to the bathroom I noticed red spots on my carpet so I started following them and they went everywhere in my apartment. When I bent over in the kitchen to get something to clean up the spots was when I noticed blood all over the side of my left foot. There was a 2 inch gash on the side of my foot. To this day I have no idea of how I cut my foot, but it had to have been hours earlier as I had just finished watching a movie and the spots were all over the apartment.
Well isn't that a delightful thing to worry about :(
I guess you are going to have to be constantly looking for signs of new cuts so that you don't need a transfusion, lol. I actually had to have one of those a couple years back but that's another story.
I don't have the cut myself and don't know how now (look I'm a poet, ha ha) but I do have tons of bruises that when people ask what happened I have no clue where they came from. My husband teases and says just tell them that I beat you but I don't dare in case they don't have a sense of humor.
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