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faint vibration or 'humming' sensation

I am a 54 year old female and consider myself healthy.
I have recently started experiencing a faint vibration feeling in my right foot (leg?). I also feel 'shaky' more often than I used to. The vibration feeling is reminiscent of standing on a floor with machines underneath, just a very gentle 'humming' feeling. I kept turning things off around the house, until I realized I have it when I am elsewhere as well.
I am suffering from some stress at the moment, and wonder if it might be related, or if there could be a more serious underlying cause for this?
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The humming sensation could be the sign of nerve dysfunction within your foot. What I would recommend is having your primary doctor take a look. If there is something wrong, then a referral to a neurologist can be made. Stress can do many things, but I would first exclude other disorders first. Good luck.
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I have those same feelings and at first it was very difficult to deal with, as I would get dizzy as well.  I now take Neurontin and a low dosage of Ampitripline before I go to bed, so maybe that helps.  I still get jolts and feel my fingers, feet or hands moving on their own.  Lately my lips are tingling & I get pins and needles pain in my extremities.  I had another MRI last week and am having an EMG next week.  I previously had both tests over two years ago, but the results were normal.  However, the symptoms seem to be progressive and I still don't have any answers, but am coping with it.  My left foot and leg problems affect my balance, walking and coordination and I have constant pain and numbness. My symptoms started in the fall of 2001 with foot drop, pain, dizziness and the vibrations.  I first noticed the vibrations more after I had physiotherapy TENS treatment.  I thought it was the machine that was setting it off until the physiotherapist told me to bring the symptoms to my doctor's attention.

Please let us know if you ever get any answers to your situation.  I am still in limbo two years later but haven't given up hope.

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I've been having the same vibration sensations now for nearly a year.  I also get the muscle twitching and leg cramps, dizziness and feeling 'out of it'.  Seen a neurologist, a rheumatologist and a GP, couldn't find anything wrong (although I didn't have an MRI - just bloods taken).  Docs said it was all due to stress (although I wasn't stressed when it all started!), would be interested to know what you find out.
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I also am battling the same thing (and it appears it is becoming more of a battle).  I've had this going on for 8 months, the vibrations, tremor, now pain.  Still looking for answers, but my exams have also all been normal, so I guess it's just a matter of waiting to see what happens, which is not very comforting.  I'm trying to get back in to see the neurologist for questions about new symptoms.  I'll post back if I receive any news.
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I HAD A BACK PROBLEM THEN HAD HIP SURGERY, ONE YEAR AGO. SINCE THEN I HAVE HAD A PROBLEM WITH BALANCE, & PAIN IN BOTH LEGS & FEET. I HAVE HAD THE VIBRATION THAT YOU TALK ABOUT, ITS LIKE A KITTEN PURRING. I HAVE IT FROM THE HIPS DOWN IN BOTH LEGS; I WAS ON 2400mg OF NEURONTIN & AMITRIPLTILINE.  MY NEW NEURO SAID I WAS OVER MEDICATED. I AM NOW CUTTING BACK ON THE NEURONTIN & I AM FELLING A LITTLE BETTER.  I AM A DIABETIC,&THAT IS WHAT 7 OTHER DRS. SAID WAS THE PROBLEM. BUT I GUESS IT WASN'T.  I WAS ALSO TOLD I HAD A SERIES OF SMALL STROKES (TIA'S) WAITING FOR RESULTS FROM LABS AND MRI. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A YEAR.  I CAN NO LONGER DRIVE & I LOST MY JOB & INSURANCE.  HANG IN THERE.  IT WILL GET BETTER

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I am a 57 female. My recent MRI & EMG test results were normal, so I am back to square one again. All the neuro could say is:  "Well, we know what you don't have."  I have a referral to another neuro for a 2nd opinion in June.  He will do another EMG and a Sensory Evoked Potential Test.  Has anybody ever had that one done and what does it involve or prove?  My hand and foot was so cold that they had to first warm it up with a hot water bottle before they started the EMG testing.  My extremities are cold and numb in the day and hot and burning at night.  If so many of us are experiencing similar symptoms there must be an underlying factor.  I do not suffer from stress and a psychiatric evaluation proved that. Like so many others, I am still searching for answers and would like an explanation for the chronic pain, numbness, weakness, vibrations, twitches and tingling. I know what it was like to be normal and healthy for some 55 years so I know I am not imagining these symptoms. Do bright lights, sudden noises and fast moving objects startle or affect others as well?  Still looking for answers and it is gratifying but sad to hear that so many others are in the same boat.  Try to remain focussed and keep the faith!!!!!!!!!!!  I am also getting B12 shots although they tell me my B12 levels are normal, but Pernicious Anemia runs in my family as well as leg and foot problems.
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I'm 31 and female, and had a DVT two years ago, so when I started getting internal vibrations/turbulence/humming and aching calf and thigh a week ago, my first thought was oh no, DVT.
Blood tests have ruled out DVT, and my doctor has prescribed a topical cream for superficial thrombophlebitis, on the basis of the muscle aches (calf and lower back of thigh), even though there are no other signs of venous inflammation.

Whenever I mention the vibration, all I get is blank looks and incomprehension - it's bad enough to stop me from sleeping, with a vibration every 4 seconds or so. If I walk around, it's less obvious, but I can't sleep and walk at the same time!

I have had this vibration several times before, usually it has worn off after a week or so, but it's never stopped me sleeping before, and the muscle aches and general spaced-out feeling are new.

I'm going to show this info to my doctor and hope he takes me seriously and not just look at me like I'm crazy!
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Hi-a ! 51 year old male also having vibration in right foot. Vibration last about 1 and half seconds at 4 second intervals.
Some what annoying and also curious as to what is causing this.
Asking the others who have this condition if they found out any information . Nerve damage in foot or else where ?  At first I thought it was the floor vibrating ,also.
            Thank you !
                        Sincerely,
                                    Greg
                  e-mail ; ***@****
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I am in tears as I read your similar symptoms.  I am in my mid-twenties and trying to put puzzle pieces together to make sense of my symptoms.  My story begins when I was in highschool-maybe before.  I had everyday lower back pain, possibly stemming from or at least aggrevated from a car accident, or other early trauma.  Heading to college, after wearing a back brace and going to PT my pain subsided.  More recently, in January of 2003 my legs began to ache...whether hereditory or not my condition was probably precipitated by standing for LOOOONG periods of time in not-so supportive shoes, in a stressful environment.  I first felt a little numbness in my toe...then a burning along my shins...like I had been dragged across concrete.  I would rest and elevate my legs or go for a walk and I would be ok...then it just never stopped.  I went to a Vein clinic..where (surprise surprise) they found a variscosity.  I had a vein removed hoping that this would ease the constant sensations in my legs.  I do not regret the removal of an unhealthy, non-functioning vein, but I now, more than ever am maddened by the consistant "purring" sensation that did not subside in my legs.  Although it seems my symptoms now are not related to the vascular problem I corrected through surgery, I still believe that there is an answer to be found~ one that proves, chronologically, the onset of my current condition.  I'm starting to feel it in my hands and I'm terrified, truthfully.  My next step is a visit to my primary care physician for a complete physical, including a test for diabetes.  I do not have a family history of this though, and think a neurologist will be next in line.  I have hope that everything will be ok, it would just be nice to meet someone with answers, and I'm sure you all agree.  I really find it helpful to stay active, no matter how bad you want to put your feet up at the end of the day...it really helps!
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