I have had Neuropathy pain all over my body for 4-5 years now. I burn from the top of my head to the bottoms of my feet like massive sunburn. When I sit or lay down it feels like you are lying on a sunburned body. This came on gradually over about 2-3 days when it started. I even burn down my throat at times and sometimes even my eye balls and eye lids burn. Most of the time with medicine I don’t have the burns except on my back. The sensation there feels like I am leaning on a warm heating pad any and every time I sit or my back is up against something. This is not like a sunburn it is a very warm feeling.
When it first started I went to my medical doctor and he referred me to a Neurologist. Over a year or more period I had over 30 some blood works. Numerous different times of doing 24hr urine tests. I was testing for about everything imaginable, Lou Gering disease, MS, all kinds of muscle diseases. I had needle probes stuck in me all up and down my arms and legs hooked to an oscilloscope type machine. I had electrical probes all up and down my arms, legs and muscles to make the muscles jump. I had spinal taps on two separate occasions. At the same time I was going to a thyroid doctor who checked for diabetes, and many other maladies, checked my thyroid through many tests over many months including swallowing a radioactive pill and then waiting 24 hrs to come back for a scan to see about my thyroid uptake. Body scans for any cancer or tumors or anything that might be causing the burning. I was given Topamax medicine which helped some. I was also given some kind of medicine called something like Neuroprin, (unsure how to spell it), or something like that. (I would wake up in the middle of the night and see large white blobs on the ceiling) -it was making me see things so I quit that medicine. I was also taking Amitriptylin 25mg about 6 or so tablets a day.
After all these labs, examinations, etc. all of them came back negative, meaning that I was healthy and nothing could be found causing the burns. The Neurologist finally said he believed my high blood pressure had caused it. (My general practitioner and later another Neurologist said they had never heard of such a thing). I later went to another Neurologist a couple of times with some tests but nothing found. He later quit using my insurance company so I had to quit seeing him.
I kept taking Amitriptylin 25mg daily and over the years weaned myself to ½ tablet a day which held down the burns well for a couple of years or so, with a slight flare up rarely for maybe just my arms for an hour or so. I did this because the medicine makes me so tired. Cutting the amounts keeps from wanting to sleep all day and having to just push through the day. I do know that eating chocolate sometimes brings the burns up a little. Also, if I suddenly let fear grip me and I have an adrenaline dump for a few minutes, I can feel a little surge in the burns but all of these mostly in the back gound. In other words I just forget about it. Also when I get under a lot of stress or if I am concentrating real intense, say doing some research on something, the burns will come up a little in the back ground.
Here in the last 2-3 weeks though, it has flared up for a day at a time, skip a few days and again flares up. These times I say are in the fore ground. It impedes me in things that I am doing, say just sitting and reading is fairly painful and I am constantly aware of it. I upped my medicine to a whole tablet and that helps some days. I was also concerned that maybe I had gotten a bad batch of Amitriptylin somehow from my required mail order insurance medicine company. I know that there are defective medicines and counterfeit medicines been introduced into the regular medicine supplies, but I have no way to check the medicine to find out.
What I want know is, is there anyone out there who has every heard of such a case? Not just arms or legs or feet but all over the body. My first Neurologist said I could not be burning on my head. He said if I was burning on my head, I would be dead. I told him I must be dead then.
Is there a doctor out there who can help me? Not just treat the symptoms but the cause? I would deeply appreciate any help you could give.
I have a similar problem with all-of-body-neuropathy. I've had the problem in gradually increasing degrees for a long time, mine is caused by undiagnosed pinched nerves in my neck, when I say undaignosed - it's ONLY taken doctors 22 years to see that I have pinched nerves in my neck despite me complaining about the pains for 22 years and despite the fact I had a car accident 22 years ago that resulted in me suffering whiplash for many months.
God bless Australia.
I have had muscle & joint pain -- and overall feelings of having the flu -- all over my body to the point where it became disabling. Upon numerous tests, the doctors could find nothing wrong. However, I am a diabetic and have had foot neuropathy for many years. What I discovered was that when I kept my blood sugar within the 90-120 range, the pains subsided. When my blood sugar went above 120, the pains would begin to come back. At times, when my blood sugar was 300+, the pains all over my body were so severe I could hardly get out of bed. This experience has been an incentive for me to keep my blood sugar down to around 100 day and night and this entail constant testing/monitoring of my sugar and use of short term acting insulin 4-6 times per day in addition to using long-acting insulin at night and in the morning.
My pain was not of a burning sensation as you describe but more of a severe ache, shooting pains and overall weakness as if I had the flu. Good luck with your case!
I have the exact same symptoms! My whole body burns ALL of the time, even inside my throat, my eyelids, and especially my chest. I have to keep ice packs on my body almost all of the time. I can't sleep without taking several pills to get to sleep because the pain is SO bad. It began just after a car accident where I broke my hip and, over the past seven years has gradually taken over. Like you I have been to numerous doctors, had tons of tests, and tried lots of medicine. I see your post was from 2008, are you any better or worse? Thurman, Lynchburg, VA
I was diagnoised with peripheral neuropathy several months ago and have lesions on my body that I thought was mesquito bites. I naturally scratched them because I have always had a very sensitive reaction to the bites. These lesions are taking forever to heal, are very sore and painful. I am taking 800 mg of neronton twice a day, my vitamin D level was low so I am taking 50,000 iu of Vitamin D twice a week for two months. I have had a Vitamine B 12 deficency but was able to get it back to normal. I am stumped, with these symptoms. I have severe cramps in my legs, abdomen, back, feet and hands especially my fingers. Is there anything else I need to know or do about this and is it going to be permanant? I am 70 years and have always been in good health.
Okay, I want to jump on all of this. First, thank God someone within just a few months posted here and I found this old post still has followers. I posted on Med Help several months ago, but no one answered by cry. I too am a suffer, but my twist is not only is it systemic (toes, legs, arms, back, fingers, face, eyes and even top of my head, mine is worse in my vaginal area!) I wake up every morning to the feeling of something crawling in my vaginal area. I have had all STD testing done, numberous times, all negative. Like all of you, all Blood tests come back that I am healthy as a horse. The other spin I have is my tinnitus is off the charts. Right now it sounds like a high pitch sound you hear when you go for a hearing test, can not put my finger on the exact word to use for what it sounds like. I have refused any medication, not that I am a masochist, but I fear it will interfere with blood testing. I have been advised by the physical therapist I saw to ask for a spinal done, but my Dr says she has no idea what we should check for if she did have spinal fluid drawn. I am hoping to get a referal to the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, it was the last thing the neurologist mentioned. He said I have poly neuropathy, which generally means I have neuropathy all over my body, but her refused to do anymore tests. I have been told to see an infectious disease specialist and/or a rare disease specialist. I am in so much pain, mine is not just burning, it is pins and needles, stininging, tingling and then followed by itching. I have forgotten what it feels like to feel normal. I cry a lot, it is my only help, other than when I can get to sleep. This is no way to live. We all need to stay in touch and let others know what we find. Support is so vital. I wish all of us the gift of finding a good Dr and a diagnosis..D
Have you considered that you might have Candida? I have the exact same symptoms and I am convinced it comes from yeast....testing for it is difficult, but the best testing is from the stool - not blood tests....Yeast is a fungus and difficult to treat...one of the best methods is 1 part baking soda with 3 parts of organic maple syrup (yeast loves sugar) place it in a pan on the stove and cook over low heat, so it binds....so the yeast is drawn to the sugar, and the baking soda destroys the yeast...I just started taking this, so I don't have results yet. It's worth a try...also, check it out on google.
Me too! Full body all over burning tingling debilitating pain. When I wake up in the morning my whole body is buzzing and burning, including my head, which feels like it's in another dimension. I test negative for EVERYTHING. I don't think this is peripheral neuropathy. It's much more serious than that. And I have these attacks sometimes that include tremors, electric shocks like lightning through my brain, severe cognitive difficulties, and too many other things to list. Yours is the first account I've read that is similar to mine. Please let me know if you learn anything, and I'll do the same.
have you ever read up on morgellans? do you have a lot of shiny shimmers all over your hands in the sunlight? have you ever taken cipro or levaquin? I am stinging from head to toe after 4 scripts of levaquin that seemed to blow my entire sensory nerves out.. I am literally out of my mind with it and feel like I am being electrocuted.
I have same issues - burning stinging sensations all over body from head to toe and feel my body breaking down due to it. All tests negative, severe hair loss, rashes, uticaria, itching like something is crawling on me! It feels like something is in me and causing me to be allergic to everything. This all happened shortly after delivery of my first child. Please post if you discover the cause of all of this
I have this same thing head to toe tingling and burning, it has stopped me from living a normal life. I also have been tested for everything, no help at all. I AM ON LYRICA WHICH DID HELP AT FIRST BUT IS NOW not working anymore, I am also on cymbalta and pain pills and now paroxtine even with all these drugs I am sitting here tingling and burning. I cannot live like this its just awful. The only way I can sleep is with sleeping pills. They have said neuropathy, fibromyalgia but there is nothing they can do for me, there doing the only things they know of to do. If anyone comes up with a different answer please let me know
In looking at all of the posts, a common theme is that the medical community does not know how to treat full body neuropathy. That leaves a lot of people, me included, out there with no help. My neurologist said the technology just was not there yet.
The same is true for fibromyalgia. The best they can do is try to manage symptoms, but the medical community just does not know yet what it is.
I happen to have severe fibromyalgia and full body neuropathy. I burn all over, along with the full range of symptoms that accompany fibromyalgia. I have been told that everything I experience is a symptom of fibromyalgia.
Fibro is relatively rare, meaning a small % of the population and most women. However, the full body neuropathy crosses gender lines. So, it cannot be just a symptom of another syndrome the medical community does not know how to treat.
It is very uncomfortable to feel like you are on fire 24/7 and discouraging to know that the medical community cannot help you. It does not really show up in some testing. My fibro doctor says I have small fiber neuro. and my neurologist says I have mild large fiber peripheral neuro.
I have been tested for all kinds of things, like so many of you, and nothing shows up on any test known to man at the moment. Yes, they can do skin tests for small fiber and nerve conduction for large fiber. But, that does not determine the cause. They can tell you only that you have it.
My fibro. doctor says the condition, fibro and the neuro., are permanent conditions. I am 69 years old and I have no idea how long I have left to live with it. It doesn't kill you, but it certainly can diminish the quality of your life.
It requires a lot of adjustment in what you do and how you do it. It seems to me that in the end, you have to keep up with your own research into these matters and experiment a lot with what makes you feel better. It won't be the same for each person, as we are all different.
I take high doses of gabatentin and it just keeps me mobile. Without it, I'd be a cripple. I take some other things as well and I am of the opinion that all of the medications that address nerve function can cause a whole host of symptoms of their own.
My neurologist said that the effect of gabapentin in the body is like alcohol. With high dosages, it is no wonder I am clumsy, off balance, memory problems, etc. It has caused other problems in me as well, which they can write off as fibro. symptoms. It is rather like going in circles.
For all of you out there who suffer from this kind of neuropathy, I extend my heartfelt sympathy. I know where you are coming from.
I know how you feel. I have been burning up now for 5 months and it us getting worse effecting more parts of my body. Neurologist saying its neuropathy prescribing cymbalta I've started taking shall. Rose with no success. Going to try acupuncture as drugs not something I want to be on and from what I read not very successful. Cannot believe this is happening as I'm a very healthy 65 year old woman who has led a very active and pain free life until 5 months ago when I began having burning tongue and it quickly turned into this nightmare. No one I know had ever heard of such a thing so it helps to hear your story and that I'm not alone. I certainly feel for all that are suffering with this. Very disheartening to think this is permanent.
I burn too and know how disheartening this all is where md after md have no good answer just a lot of different meds to try. I noticed after I went for my walk/run this morning the burning was gone for few hours. Exercise must help. Hoping acupunture will too. This is horrible and depressing.
Do any of you suffer from stress? I have the exact same symptoms and everything comes back negative too. I do have a lot of stress and I want to know if this would be a possible cause. Also, I am diabetic and I'm wondering if we all have this in common too.
A year ago Neurologist said I had a mild case neuropathy. Before I saw him, I had it from head to toe (head on fire). Before I hit HELL, I was very active. It slammed me right down. Getting off of
This is what I did. I said NO to this Neuropathy that came from nowhere and send it back to nowhere. Many positive affirmations over and over again.
I AM NOT MESSING AROUND.
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Keep moving for circulation. VERT VERY IMPORTANT
DId physical therapy now home exercises (can walk around the block)
Using doTerra essential oils with foot and leg massage. Break up deposits in the feet and muscle tissue.
Change diet, no sugar, cow milk, wheat, eat as close to nature as possible. My new sugar is popcorn. ha ha ha
Drink filtered magnetized water. Drink lots of water to flush out deposits. Checked for heavy metals in the body, had them. Detox the body with essentials and zeolite with charcoal.
Tens, SLC, Utah Acupuncture and Neuropathy Treatments to reset the nerves.
LED Light Therapy (healing and circulation).
Soak feet in epsom salt to draw out excess calcium deposits, ONLY 20 mins.
Meditation to balance the mind boy and spirit.
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Neuropathy Support Formula B's and Lipoic Acid
Magnesium Lactate (prevents lactic acid in body)
Apple Cider Vingar
Chance Piedra (stone breaker but used more for the nerves)
It is important that you do your own research for what is best for YOU.
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I too have had the same symptoms for over a decade. I found out it was Lyme Disease. Have you been tested? You need to go to a llmd. Lyme literate medical doctor. The tests are usually negative, this is why you need a lyme dr that knows what he/she is doing. I had to travel back east. Was on antibiotics for years, but got better.
I am the same as you, severe stings over my entire body with a massive other things, sever spine pain, abdominal pain, Mine all started after levaquin and cipro. I am near crazed and saw over a 100 doctors.. I am stung to death.. I would love to talk with you.
Also took Levaquin over a year ago. 2 full months after stopping it my skin (face/body everywhere) has been hyper sensitive. I have to wear very soft leggings under my slacks because I simply couldn't walk if my leg sleeves simply rubbed against my lef when wlaking. Only VERY soft shorts too or else everything burns/stings.
As well, only in the last month (this started last April, a year ago) my feet and left hand are very tingly like they are falling asleep or have cobwebs between my toes/fingers.
I nearly died from pnuemonia and took Levaquin because no other antibiotic was working. Wish I hadn't. (Turns out I inhaled food into my lung and it took them 2 months to find it via a bronchioscopy after many XRays and MRIs - but that's another story)
I am 3 years out and still stinging over my entire body even face and hands.. it happened after I took the 40 levaquin my body just blew apart.. I cant stand it much longer after 3 years non stop.. I have bartonella but is not burning it is stinging in every pore of my body like pulling the hairs on your arms..
can someone please contact me.. anybody that has this, I am beyond frantic,
so if you sting with one script, I have 900 pills in me in total but it was the last 40 that I was just electrocuted like a bomb went off in me. Is this over your entire body and face.. mine is stinging.. the burning I don't really have but nerve pain presents diff..
could you contact me..?
This reads like a page from my diary. I am your age and, truthfully, with this burning, stabbing, needle-like puncturing all day, every day, all over my body - am not sure I much care about many more birthdays.
Thanks for all the posts. Sorry to know that so many are going through this. I have these symptoms all over the body as you do and have made some substantial progress. Here's what worked for me. Hope it helps some of you.
- my number one find is that i'm most comfortable without anything on. it feels like electricity flowing through me. there's the tingling and burning but they are fading siwth some changes.
- no jewelry, this was really hurting me. especially metal, this greatly weakened me.
- touching wood seemed to absorb some of this electricity.
- changed diet - i thought i might have heavy metal toxicity - lookup chelatin diet - cilantro is great - crosses over the brain barrier.
- i found out that wearing even my eyeglasses made me dizzy - i wear contacts now - will try wood frames soon
- my breathing was messed up because i had a chronic ear ache. i found that putting a piece of wood stick in my ear helped to relieve this ear ache.
- better breathing i think is helping all around.
- not wearing socks or flip flops helped to let electric current flow better.
- i think it might be key to avoid these medications doctors prescribe
- may want to check out dr. labrum's book cure to peripheral neuropathy. there are some good ideas - it may be worth look into getting something called the ultima neuro - idea is to help reconnect nerve connections by using body's natural frequency
- i'm looking into getting tattoo removed and fillings that are silver.
- may want to be aware of EMF - electromagnetic frequency things like wi-fi etc
- i think basically we may be sensitive types or suffered a trauma and our toxic load overfloods - we need to get back to homeostasis.
- PT stuff helps too - like the theracane - and a number of other devices.
- i am not in remission but have had a lot of progress, it's not getting worse any more.
- i think it's key to find the cause(s) of this.
at this point, i may do the following:
- MRI - may be a bad idea and add to problem but want to know if there's anything going on with my brain since that controls the rest of the body.
- change of diet completely as mentioned above
- i did test positive for candida so i will try the suggestion as outlined in post above
- keep learning from y'all
- be open to the possibility that something else could be triggering this.
There's so many possible explanations and they could be slightly diffferent for all of us. I wish you all luck on your journey to better health.
Feel free to email me at ***@**** for any follow up questions.
i have been having tingling or numbness all over my body for quite awhile. I never heard of total body neuropathy until today from my psychiatrist. Understand there is nothing to do for it. I also suffer from tinnatus, "ear worms" and Hyperacusis (hearing too loud). ENT's don't know what to do. Wonder if body neuropathy affects the hearing? Anybody with these symptoms. Had "pins and needles ", but Gabapentin stopped the pain, so far. Help!
I've had neuropathy for nearly 10 years and bouts of full body burning. The most common cause of neuropathy is diabetes or even glucose intolerance which is pre-diabetes. Diabetes damages your nervous system and especially your autonomic/small fiber nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls all your automatic body functions like heart rate, blood pressure, pupil dilation, sweating, digestion and more. One of these automatic functions is body temperature. Damage to this part of your autonomic system can make your whole body feel hot or cold. Other things can cause autonomic nerve damage but diabetes is the primary culprit.. If you have not considered blood sugar control as the root cause of your burning problem, you need to consider it. If you have full body burning, chances are that you may have other autonomic functions that are damaged. Even if your blood sugar control is borderline, damage can occur. IF the damage occurred because of poor blood sugar control, the only thing you can do is get tight control over blood sugar and hope that the problem reverses itself or lessens in intensity.Look up autonomic neuropathy if you really want to understand how bad things can get if you let the damage progress. If you accept borderline blood sugar levels as OK, you are playing with fire.
I am a suffer of "full body neuropathy." About 20 years ago I started experiencing neuropathy in my feet and lower legs. My wife would yell at me to stop scratching as I was almost drawing blood. It progressed to my hair line, and, my body felt as it was covered in soap scum. I showered like crazy. Next my back started getting the feeling of "starburst" or electrical impulses going off. My GP thought I was maybe coming down with shingles. I ended up for 30 days on steroids. It did not help. With hindsight the underlying culprit was glucose issues. I was diagnosed as diabetic because I had fasting readings (9) during a thirty period of 126-142. I had an additional 11 between 120-125, and, none below 110. I am now on 1,800+ MG of gabapentum per day, and, the glucose levels are under control with diet and exercise. However, without gabapentum I'm a wreck. I tried going w/o meds and ate nothing but meat and veggies. My fasting readings were around 110. W/O meds the neuropathy ran from face to feet and everything between (torso, arms, legs, hand, feet), I gave up after 26 hours and gulped down 600 MG of gabapentum. My neurologists and GP's shake their collective heads.
The best I can say is I was undiagnosed for over 20 years as diabetic. I suspect my small fiber nerves are shot.
could someone please contact me. My stinging is very electrical. I feel electricity all over me and severe stinging every pore of my body. I can feel electrical raindrops on my skin. Does anyone have this. it is insane.. also I feel very altered inside. My heart pounds with horrific anxiety and then the next day it does not . on and on. I cant hold much longer. I cant put clothes on. can lyme or bart do this.. I have never heard of it and neither has my lyme doc.. I do have lyme and bart but I cant take any meds and natural has not helped so I don't think it is that.. Please someone call me that has this.
732-752-4485 I am past desperate and holding by a thread
Things I would suggest testing for: Lyme disease (through Igenex Labs only, as all over labs are useless for this), Epstein-Barr (don't let a doctor tell you that everyone has this in their blood and it's not a big deal, it isa big deal), Cytomegalovrius and HHV-6 (viruses as bad as Epstein-Barr). I would be willing to bet that most here have one or more of these conditions and I highly recommend skipping the medical doctor route (most are useless when it comes to this stuff), and getting a qualified naturopath or functional medicine doctor. You WILL get answers through them.
It is the same everywhere and it is just doctors. They are either fantastic or dumb as a rock. Unfortunately, too many are dumb as rocks.
I have mine all over for the last five years. Mine started suddenly as an inability to get my legs to move very well. I went to sleep and woke up a few hours late completely on fire. Doctors were useless unless I told them what I wanted done but many refused to do as I was paying them to do.
I take gabapentin 1,200mg/day and hydrocodone 10mg 4 times/day.
I have pre diabetes but the sudden onset is curious and unexplained though I have told many doctors that I sprayed my yard for two hours just three days prior. They said it was impossible for that to cause this as only diabetes causes peripheral neuropathy. I guess he had not read anything about it since that is a completely stupid and incorrect statement.
I am glad you have found a reason for yours and I too felt a pinched nerve was possibly the cause of mine so I went to doctors and chiropractors (who caused my neck to freeze up for six months - never went back).
I hope you get better.
Gabapentin does nothing for me, I also have the ringing in the ears and the full body Neuropathy started in my feet two years ago the doctor at that time just dismissed it. Im in pain with pins and needles all over some days are good some are horrible.
You have hit the nail on it's head, I have all that you are talking about and I am glad some Dr's don't think where crazy. I am 63 and have had this for 10 years
My whole life has changed including my body image, I try to keep myself away from people because of the complete change in myself I just don't want people to remember me this way.
Good luck on this irritating journey
did you burn as mine is severe screaming level stinging in every pore entire body chills, heart pounding, mental breakdowns from it.. I have bartonella but had it for years,, this is like I am being electrocuted, it is very electrical stinging
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