In early June 2003 I first experienced a numbness and tingling in my face. It was diagnosed as Belle's palsy though my face never drooped, just the numbness and tingling.
During June I started to experinence twitching of my muscles and I thought it was due to tension and stress. Near the end of June that disappeared and I began to have aching legs and feet and a tingling in my feet. Then in early July, I began to experience a sensation of bugs crawling or a hair tickling me. This occurs every few minutes throughout the day all over my face, limbs, body, butt, etc. Now though I still have the tickling sensation it now has also changed and added a constant feeling of pin pricks all over my body. These pin pricks hurt and they also are all over my body. During last week for about 3 days I also had a low fever and sweated through my clothes during the night. This week I had an MRI which came back normal. The neurologist examined me with no conclusion and decided to wait and see what happened. In the meantime, I can hardly stand the pain and the terrible anxiety these constant pin pricks give me. I have also tested negative for Lyme's and thyroid.
What can this be? I am very concerned.
Based on your description, your symptoms are almost exclusively sensory based, and according to you your neurologist did not find abnormalities on exam. The fact that your MRI of the brain was normal is good. Did you also have a MRI of the cervical spine and an EMG test. These may be helpful to further evaluate your complaints. Other possible causes for your symptoms include Vitamin B12 and Folate disorders, medication side effects, and auto-immune disorders such as lupus. Another possibility would be sarcoidosis, although the normal MRI makes this less likely. The EMG test would be helpful to define if there is any dysfunction, and help guide the remainder of the evaluation. If you still can not find an answer, then I recommend a consultation at a large academic center such as the Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion.
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