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Q&A: What is wrong with me? Stinging “pins and needles” ache in both my calves.?

January 13th, 2014

Query by sls1727: What is wrong with me? Stinging “pins and needles” pain in each my calves.?

so to inform you a bit about my dilemma i’ll start with saying im a 15 yr previous female fairly wholesome, a soccer player and had been going to physical treatment for about 3weeks earlier this month for what was said to be a “calf strain”. I am kind’ve concerned since aside from the continuous stinging in the calves as soon as in a even though I would come to feel stinging in my hands. i never told my trainers although. I would describe the feeling as pins and needles. So i did some analysis and here are the things I think could be wrong with me.
-Claudication ache: “ache
that occurs in the legs when strolling or doing exercises. It is generally the consequence of circulation difficulties which has an effect on the movement of blood to the leg muscle tissues. In extreme circumstances, the ache might persist even when the patient is inactive”it isn’t going to just sting for the duration of sports but outside of them like proper now im on the couch.

-diabetes- due to the fact i also had been getting headaches and pains during physique and other signs but my blood stress is usually regular so im not certain about this thought.

Peripheral neuropathy: Peripheral neuropathy is the term for damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous technique, which may be caused either by conditions of the nerve or from the side-effects of systemic illness. Peripheral neuropathy is a common neurological disorder resulting from harm to the peripheral nerves. It may possibly be induced by illnesses of the nerves or as the end result of systemic illnesses. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Peripheral Neuropathy Details Web page: NINDS)

other information on calf burning-
Calf burning sensation (healthcare symptom): The skin sensation of partial numbness or “pins and needles” or a sort of “burning”, “tingling” or “creeping” sensation of the skin, is recognized as a “paresthesia”. Signs and symptoms may begin as a tingling (paresthesia) and modify to a numbness, or there may possibly be a mixture of decreased sensation (numbness) but with heightened sensations at certain instances or with stimulation. Any type of tingling, burning, or numbness is generally a symptom connected to a sensory nerve becoming broken, diseased, or injured. Brings about depend on the exact place of the paresthesia sensations, but usually include a physical nerve injury sort problem (e.g. a nerve entrapment or some variety of stress getting utilized to a nerve straight or to the spinal attachment of that nerve), or a condition problem affecting the nerves (e.g. neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, several sclerosis, diabetes, and other individuals). Possessing these sensory signs in multiple areas, or the recurrence of equivalent symptoms in various spots is a hallmark symptom of numerous sclerosis, so your doctor will probably request about the past history of comparable symptoms to assess the probability of multiple sclerosis as a diagnosis (see signs and symptoms of several sclerosis). Any of these tingling or numbness signs and symptoms are more than just annoying they can indicate a serious medical condition and demand prompt health care diagnosis by a specialist.

PLEASE Assist IM IN A Excellent DEAL OF Ache TO THE EXTENT THAT IM CRYING i never know what to do and if i tell my dad he will not do anything he will just say suck it up … im frightened for my wellness and soccer profession. thanks your support is significantly appreciated!!!
Also if you have any other suggestions please share them something that can assist break the case!

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Answer by Gayle H
I would be amazed to know that any physicians are on this website. See a medical doctor it sounds serious.

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  1. Aria
    January 13th, 2014 at 08:55 | #1

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  2. SciFi
    January 13th, 2014 at 09:23 | #2

    Hi, I’m very sorry to hear about your pain. I have Multiple Sclerosis and deal with that everyday.

    “Pruritis (itching) may occur as a symptom of MS. It is one of the family of abnormal sensations—such as “pins and needles” and burning, stabbing, or tearing pains—which may be experienced by people with MS. These sensations are known as dysesthesias, and they are neurologic in origin.”


    I’m a System Engineer, not a Doctor, but since I was diagnosed with MS in 2001, I’ve had much time to research the disease, running a MS Support Group where I answer many questions for newly diagnosed MS Patients all the time since 2002.

    From what you are describing, a numbness/pins and needles sensation that is causing you chronic pain, sounds like one of the common initial symptoms of MS.

    I would tell your doctor about what has beeing going on, and how long it has been going on for. I know that without the pain you would be able to deal with the pins and needles, of course it would be annoying, but at least you could bear through it. It’s the Chronic Pain that is truly ruining your day to day life right now. I would suggest to ask your doctor for a prescription for an MRI with and without contrast, stating the reason for the MRI is possible MS, this way the Radiologist will know what to look for when examining the results of the MRI.

    If you don’t have MS at least you know. If you do, you were able to catch it earlier than some people and you could get started on an MS Therapy Drug right away in order to slow the progression of the disease.

    I would also suggest that you ask your Doctor to run a blood test for Lymes disease. Lymes can mimic the symptoms of MS, but sometimes they don’t test for that until they’ve tested for everything else. Lymes is treatable with antibiotics, so finding that early would be good too.

    Unless your doctor can come up with something else, I don’t see it being wrong to at least get an MRI and check for MS.

    If what you describe is MS, then it’s a result of nerve signals getting screwed up because of the MS. The pain you feel could be classified as Nerve Pain. Many MS Patients take a medication called Neurontin for Nerve Pain.

    And for the meantime, you might want to try wearing some knee-high tube socks for the pins and needles and calve pain. Nerve pain with MS can respond to pressure against the skin. Warmth can also help.

    If it turns out that it is MS and you would like some more information, have questions, would like to vent or just talk to some other people that understand what you are experiencing, you are more than welcome to come and join our Yahoo MS Support Group. It’s called ms20something, and it’s address is:


    I hope it turns out to be some thing different, something simple to take care of. I’ll keep you in my thoughts. When you find out what is going on, come back here and email me and let me know.

    I hope this information has been helpful.

    Good Luck to you.

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