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Why do I have tingling and pins and needles that comes and goes?

I turned 40 in September of last year and feel like my body has started falling apart. I started by getting a mild pain in my wrist and sometimes felt like my wrist was weaker and it took more effort to hold things in that hand. I was sick for a week or so and my Liver levels were high and then went back down after a week or so. Around that time I had extreme night sweats to the point I had to change my clothes a couple times during the night, that only lasted about two to three weeks. I have had ED for a year or so, not constant but often. I sometimes feel like I have an urgent need to urinate shortly after getting the feeling of a full bladder. Now recently I started getting a tingling in my upper lip and my nose, it felt odd but would go away after a short amount of time. Then a couple weeks later I got the tingling in the lower left side of my face and it was more intense. I know the signs of a stroke and felt fine other than the tingling. I ignored it for a while until the tingling moved into my upper arm. So I decided to go to urgent care justbto he safe. They sent me to the ER to rule out a stroke. So in the mean time the tingling started randomly in different places my feet, my arms, my back, all on the right side at first but later moved to the left side. I felt something that's hard to describe like my throat closed off but briefly which really scared me, but that feeling went away. I would have intermittent feelings like I had trouble swallowing but not with food. Anyway they did a CT scan and an MRI and decided it wasn't a stroke, and sent me home with tingling still happening in random spots some painful sensations other just annoying. They told me to follow up with a neurologist the next day. That night I woke up and the left side of my face was numb. I fully expected to go in the bathroom and see the left side if my face dropping from a stroke, but it wasn't and the numb felling in my face was gone by morning. When I tried to make an appt with the neurologist I was told they would contact me in 2-14 days after they got a referral. The tingling went away a day or two later. I would get a sharp pain like a quick short headache right behind my ear, and then it would go away. I also get not often but at times quick squeezing pain in my chest and I've felt it in my lower right abdomen as well. Thevtingling has returned stayed for a few days and then went away again. The pain in my chest and behind my ear makes me nervous because I feel like this is it I'm having a heart attack or an aneurism. I have also noticed recently that my feet get cold and even under multiple blankets they don't get warm. I feel like I'm crazy because nothing is constant and stays it's just intermittent there and then goes away quickly orbin a day or two. I have a physical scheduled tomorrow and have called to get an appt with the neurologist a few times they say they will look st my chart and then call me. They are basically telling me I'm not at a place or my symptoms don't make me a priority and there are other people more severe. Anyway the reason I'm posting this here is because if I look up symptoms MS shows up on a lot of them. I just wanted to see if any of this sounds familiar to anyone because I just feel like my body and nerves are just malfunctioning on me. Thanks for any input someone can give me.
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You can likely put your fears of ms at rest.  MS doesn't present with intermittent, random tingling episodes all over the body.  This is much more likely a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

Even with a good diet it's difficult to maintain vitamin D and magnesium levels.  Impossible with a typical north American diet.

You may have someone decide it's due to anxiety - but anxiety is also a side effect of low magnesium so it's something to consider.

Twitching all over is definitely a peripheral nervous system thing (I'm not sure if that's what you mean by tingling).  Multiple sclerosis is a central nervous system disorder.

Pain or weakness in the wrist is generally a repetitive motion injury; carpal tunnel syndrome for instance.

I would consider a referral to a urologist to deal with the bladder symptoms.

Intermittent trouble swallowing is much more like to be anxiety.  I have had relapses of weakness and trouble swallowing - it is 24/7  and lasts as long as the relapse does, not intermittent as you are experiencing.

It is completely normal to have anxiety when experiencing weird symptoms, however the anxiety can make weird symptoms worse, so it's a vicious circle.  I do recommend you head the neurologist off at the pass, and get a referral to a counselor or psychiatrist to assess and if needed, help you deal with the anxiety.  You will then be able to see what is left and you and your doctors will know better what the true issues are.

Without the psychiatrist step those with unusual neurological symptoms can get pigeon-holed as mental health dxes (by specialists without training in the area sadly).  So please take care of this first - the note in your file will help you from future mental health lectures.  I wish I'd done this sooner!

One more thing to consider -- have a sleep study done, whether you snore or not.  Even if you think you are sleeping, quality matters and there is a lot of fall out from long term sleep deprivation.

Hope something here helps, and keep us posted :).
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