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Strange symptoms all in my head?
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Strange symptoms all in my head?

For about 3 years, I have had very random "tickling" sensations throughout my muscles all over my body, where it feels like my limbs or tongue are numb and light as air; but when I feel them, they are not numb and I can interpret feeling normally. So during feeling this I will panic that I won't be able to talk or move, but of course I am always able to do both normally. The tickling sensation is usually met with faintness.

This is met with some insomnia (where I am wide awake until 2 or 3 AM), daytime fatigue, and constipation. This all started after a flu bug that had me vomiting for 24 hours straight, after which I became lactose intolerant and food-sensitive to potatoes (when I eat them I get a headache and fall asleep almost immediately.)

I do tend to stress, and my current worry is that this is caused by a brain tumor. I have no medical history except meningitis as an infant.  I am 19 years old, 5'1 and 140 pounds. (30 lbs overweight).

What do you think is wrong, what should I do?
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Hi, sorry to hear about this unusual set of symptoms. I can only imagine how disquieting it is and scary. I don't feel comfortable making diagnoses over a forum such as this. These types of problems are best addressed in person. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

Dr. Nundy
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All that vomiting may have disturbed your balance of electrolytes/minerals: Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium and Sodium.

Insomnia has been helped by magnesium.

As for the sensations:

One possibility:

"Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations."

The Importance of Magnesium to Human Nutrition
Michael Schachter M.D., F.A.C.A.M.
(Online article)
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