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CONSTANT tingling in feet

I'm very stressed. I've had constant tingling in my feet, the soles, for 6 weeks straight. It never goes away. Ever. I've had a full spinal MRI which showed a disc bulge and annular tear at L5/S1. And a brain MRI which came up clear. I am having nerve testing done next month and I'm SO stressed they're going to find something bad. I have been worried about MS and am worried it wouldn't have shown up in the MRI. Would it?
You see NO one has been able to reassure me that the tingling could be caused by my disc bulge. In fact most professionals are concerned that if it was, it wouldn't be in both feet. One said it was anxiety which is rubbish. It NEVER stops. It's constant.
My question is, has anyone ever heard of anyone with an injury like my disc bulge having constant tingling on the soles of both feet for this long? Is it even possible? I don't have much pain other than a slight ache where the bulge is occasionally and my right leg often aches a bit too but it's mainly just these scary pins and needles. I'm so worried. :-(


  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    Anything is possible, but both feet can be sign of a type of neurapthy . The brain MRI should show evidence of lesions if MS was to blame. The nerve testing is the logical next step in the doctors handbook, for what you are experiencing it's usually spine mri, next is brain scan, next will be large fiber nerve testing . When one or all of these are negative you will begin to hear the anxiety thing. I say this out of exp with all you post. You see each dr had a skill set developed by school , continued learning and experience , but that does not mean because their skill set is exhausted your issues are anxiety. See what the large fiber testing reveals, if it's negative don't worry ( I had 6 negative ones). Form a plan address the anxiety to see if it might help and at worse you can challange dr by saying I'm treating what you said it was and its not working.
    Have you had blood testing for thyroid , diabetes, and vitamin deficiencies which can both cause your issue? Have you seen a podiatrist?
    In my case my feet tingling and pins issue was diagnosed by the simplest test I had, a punch biopsy to measure the density of the small nerve fibers. Standard nerve testing never looks at small fiber nerves . If all the testing comes back negative I would request that test to rule out small fiber neurapathy. A neuromuscular specialist is who helped me the most and found the issues. There is a reason for what you are experiencing and I would keep pushing and also doing your own reasearch. I also had a B6 tioxicity which can cause neurapathy.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • SostressedSSostressed Posts: 3
    edited 07/20/2015 - 4:05 PM
    Thank you for your reply. I googled small fibre neuropathy and have officially freaked out badly. It sounds awful! What were your symptoms? Just exactly the same as mine? Terrified now. Are you in constant chronic pain? Please tell me more about your story and diagnosis.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    edited 07/21/2015 - 3:08 AM
    Here is a right up abut my condition, I would not jump to conclusions, but use it as a potential guide if normal testing does not come back with results and see is our symptoms are even the same. I do have alot other neurological issues so keep that in mind. There are some very minor things that are easily treatable that cause the same conditions you have and lets hope it has those. Its definintly a hard thing to live with so lets hope yours is just something minor, read through this and then if have an questions let me know.

    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • paul1971ppaul1971 Posts: 2
    edited 09/02/2015 - 1:34 PM
    I have this too having test done still waiting for them saw a CTS carpal tunnel syndrome as mine fingers and hands are tingling and numb alot of the time told him about my feet and toes the same he said it could be peripheral neuropathy have DDD L5 and pain in my si joint the only drug that works for me is Amitriptyline 30-40 mg per night during the day its full on waiting for a neurologists for test
    All blood tests came back normal

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  • 2dgs4cmpany22dgs4cmpany Posts: 200
    edited 09/02/2015 - 2:16 PM
    I like your username, we have all felt that for sure. I'm so sorry this is happening to you, but it sounds like you are doing the right steps and isautronic has good advice..keep it up!

    About the stress...that cannot make things any easier on you physically or emotionally. As someone who has been there I found the more stressed I was, the more I compounded the issue. The advice to see a therapist is such a wonderful thing if you can. They are like another doctor who can help you cope through what your dealing with, reduce anxiety, and let you go thru this journey with the power of calmness. I waited too long to add this person to my medical team and and I can tell you the serenity they can bring makes the journey through pain much easier. Plus as an added bonus you can say to any doctor that you have the mental side covered..because the therapist will be your biggest supporter, one way or the other. Good luck and wishing you freedom from the pain.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    2dgs4cmpany also gives great advice, the anxiety and stress will not help but are normal when you are hurting and searching. It can spiral fast!! I had to go to a psychologist and say I cannot cope alone with all the issues I am having and went from there. With help lowering stress level you can focus more on getting to root of issue instead of fear running away.
    Again its very common to feel this way in these situations
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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