I m a 32 year old female who has been experiencing what I assume is nerve pain only on my left side for about 6 years now. It all started about 6 years ago when I was diagnosed with Herpes and I would get these horrible electric shock pains in the back of my left thigh...the doc told me that was a prodrome to the virus. Well I believed him and since it was only happening about once or twice a year for a couple a days I didnt think too much. 6 years later I am having horrible "electric" pain everywhere on my left side. Episodes now last 8 weeks and occur about every 2-3 months. It is most severe in my left hand, wrist and forearm, back of thigh, heel, and ankle. It always starts off as just pins and needles feeling, to numbness, horrible burning, feeling of ice going through veins, and electric shock feeling. These "electric shocks" will literally knock me off my feet. It eventually gets to the point where I cant pick anything up with my left hand or balance on left foot.
Been to the docs more recently and they are stumped. Tests I have had that of course "all come back normal" grrr:
-MRI of brian and neck, nerve conductivity tests in both arm and leg, blood tests for lupus, ms, etc, thyroid test, B12 test, and no I dont have diabetes.
In keeping with the theme of nerve problems, I have had others in the past. I had a TIA (mild stroke) in 2005...docs baffled as to why, and I have optic nerve damage due to pigment dispersion syndrome. Other symptoms I have but am unsure if related to this same problem are:
-dizziness/vertigo (always feling like i am dropping in an elevator), skin problems-weird rashes, hypersensativity to the sun (break out in major hives), occasional "foggyness" like how I felt after my stroke, recurring infections, especially yeast and bladder (ugh). i was also just diagnosed with endometriosis after a surgery removing some ovarian cysts.
Sorry this is so long but it's hard to cover 6 years in a blog! If anyone has had anything similar or can offer some advice it would be greatly appreciated. I am just scared that since this has progressed so much that one day my left side will hurt 24/7/365. I can only hope not or find a cure! thanks