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What is incorrect with me? Stinging “pins and needles” discomfort in both my calves.?

January 14th, 2014

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

so to tell you a bit about my dilemma i will start with saying im a 15 yr previous female reasonably healthier, a soccer player and had been going to physical therapy for about 3weeks earlier this month for what was explained to be a “calf strain”. I am kind’ve concerned because in addition to the continual stinging in the calves once in a whilst I would feel stinging in my hands. i in no way informed my trainers although. I would describe the feeling as pins and needles. So i did some research and here are the items I believe could be incorrect with me.
-Claudication pain: “soreness
that takes place in the legs when walking or exercising. It is generally the outcome of circulation troubles which has an effect on the movement of blood to the leg muscle tissues. In severe instances, the pain may possibly persist even when the patient is inactive”it does not just sting in the course of sports activities but outdoors of them like correct now im on the couch.

-diabetes- because i also had been getting headaches and pains during physique and other signs and symptoms but my blood stress is usually normal so im not sure about this thought.

Peripheral neuropathy: Peripheral neuropathy is the term for harm to nerves of the peripheral nervous technique, which may possibly be brought on both by diseases of the nerve or from the side-results of systemic illness. Peripheral neuropathy is a frequent neurological disorder resulting from harm to the peripheral nerves. It may be triggered by diseases of the nerves or as the end result of systemic illnesses. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Peripheral Neuropathy Details Web page: NINDS)

other data on calf burning-
Calf burning sensation (health-related symptom): The skin sensation of partial numbness or “pins and needles” or a kind of “burning”, “tingling” or “creeping” sensation of the skin, is recognized as a “paresthesia”. Signs might begin as a tingling (paresthesia) and change to a numbness, or there may be a blend of decreased sensation (numbness) but with heightened sensations at specific instances or with stimulation. Any type of tingling, burning, or numbness is normally a symptom relevant to a sensory nerve getting broken, diseased, or injured. Brings about rely on the actual place of the paresthesia sensations, but usually consist of a bodily nerve injury sort condition (e.g. a nerve entrapment or some type of stress becoming applied to a nerve immediately or to the spinal attachment of that nerve), or a ailment condition affecting the nerves (e.g. neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, numerous sclerosis, diabetes, and other folks). Getting these sensory symptoms in multiple areas, or the recurrence of comparable symptoms in various places is a hallmark symptom of numerous sclerosis, so your medical professional will very likely request about the previous history of similar signs to assess the likelihood of multiple sclerosis as a diagnosis (see signs of a number of sclerosis). Any of these tingling or numbness symptoms are much more than just irritating they can indicate a significant health-related condition and call for prompt healthcare diagnosis by a skilled.

PLEASE Help IM IN A Excellent DEAL OF Pain TO THE EXTENT THAT IM CRYING i do not know what to do and if i inform my dad he won’t do something he will just say suck it up … im scared for my overall health and soccer job. thanks your assist is tremendously appreciated!!!
Also if you have any other ideas please share them something that can assist break the case!
“nothing severe” thanks for your view but this has been going on for the previous month i hope its not severe but you can not seriously blame me for doubting

Best answer:

Response by Lizy
it is most likely the lack of blood flow to your calfs or hands, i’ve had the same problem following jogging a mile every day for p.e. and swim practice each and every week.
i don’t think its anything serious. it’s like you become numb or sore following a vigorous physical exercise, specifically because you play soccer, i do not feel it is anythign serious

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  1. Douglas B
    January 14th, 2014 at 10:46 | #1

    P.T. and they didn’t help you? Ouch. This isn’t so much about the calf muscles as it is about the tendons that attach the muscle to your foot. I bet your foot hurts occasionally from this. What you have to do is release the tendon in the bottom of your calf and you should be good to go. Here is the best way I know how to do that:
    Achilles tendon:
    With that foot in your lap, take both your hands and place them on the back of the tendon about one inch apart at ankle level. Press the tendon hard between your fingers and thumbs and hold that pressure there. Relax, take a deep breath and exhale and don’t tense up any part of your body. After 30 seconds slowly raise the front of your foot as far as it will go. Then remove the pressure but hold your foot there for one minute longer.
    If you continue to have trouble or need help get in touch.

  2. laura
    January 14th, 2014 at 11:26 | #2

    well im not a doctor yet, still in my second year of school, but if you have multiple symptoms that could be applied to this many problems, it will be hard to diagnose the problem you have. you need to see your doctor. if your dad wont take you, call your doctors office and see if you can talk to a nurse, make an appointment yourself and find a way to get there! if you do have a problem, it is best for your doctor to do some tests. the “pins and needles” feeling is typically associated with a neurological problem. but, dont worry, im sure youll be fine. problems usually do occur after injuries so it could just be the aftermath of your prior injury. so, my advice: YOU HAVE TO GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR. you wont get a good answer on yahoo answers because we’re not doctors nor do we know of your medical history or have the ability to run any sort of tests on you. i hope everything is ok, and good luck!

  3. Chris
    January 14th, 2014 at 12:03 | #3

    I agree with the above poster, I would go to the doctors. It is almost impossible for anyone over the internet to diagnose something, the lack of any sort of observations make it difficult. Also the lack of a history further complicates this.

    I doubt you have diabetes however, since you did not complain about being hungry all the time, peeing a lot or being thirsty all the time (the three cardinal signs of diabetes mellitus). Which is always good, diabetes can be a terrible illness.

    Please do make an appointment with the doctor however, a pins and needles sensation that persists is not something you want to ignore.

  4. mistify
    January 14th, 2014 at 12:39 | #4

    You should be concerned, but some of the more serious things you’ve mentioned are not likely.

    Vascular claudication:Not likely based on your age and symptoms. The hallmarks of vascular claudication is years of untreated peripheral vascular disease or diabetes. The typical person is over 50 and has a long history of smoking. By this stage, there are usually changes to the skin: the leg become stained a brownish color. It would be practically unheard of for this to occur simulatenously in the hands. Finally, the hallmark of the disorder is that that symptoms occur with activity. It severely limits walking capacity and is relieved with rest. Sitting on the couch and experiencing symptoms would indicate that this is not likely a source of your symptoms.

    Diabetes: While headaches may occur in this disorder, they also occur in other disorders. Juvenile diabetes typically has the symptoms of extreme hunger and weight loss despite eating a lot. Extreme thirst with extreme urination also occur. Finally, due to low blood sugar, the patient is likely to faint frequently…espeically with long lapses between meals. Even if you did have Juvenile diabetes, it would not be likely to cause diabetic neuropathy…this usually comes after many years of poorly managed diabetes. Your blood pressue really does not have much effect on this disorder in the way you describe. Diabetes is an issue with either insulin production and managing the glucose in your blood.

    Peripheral Neuropathy: Again, this is a disorder likely to happen is an older population. Usually there is history of either poorly managed diabetes or alcholoism or other medical disorder. You can get idiopathic neuropathy, which means the cause is unknown, but again this is a disease of the older adult population.

    MS: Certainly this symptom might occur in MS. However, you are under the age of average age of onset of MS. Only rarely have I seen it onset in someone in their late 20s…usually it’s late 30s, 40s or even 50s. However, if you are finding other symptoms such as weakness and sudden clumsiness in the hands, this would be cause for concern. MS can have pain associated with it, but it’s usually the weakness that is the hallmark.

    Your symptoms do indicate that there is perhaps something neurological. What is most likely since it is occurs with activity and position (sitting on the couch), it could indicate what the typical lay person would call a “pinched nerve” or “sciatica”…this typically is referred from the lower spine. A bulging or herniated disc can irritate a nerve, or an irritated disc can also refer pain down the leg. It typically only occurs in one leg, but can cause symptoms in both. Since you are a young and athletic person, this could be suspicious for a spondylolisthesis (ie, a slippage of the vertebrae)…however, not all spondylolistheses are something to worry about. What is also concerning is that you get the symptoms in the arm. This would not be consistent with a low back problem. It could occur if you also had a neck problem. However, a bad enough neck problem can also refer pains to the legs. …but the fact that you report your leg symptoms more frequently, I would say it’s more likely consistent with a separate neck disc related pain and a separate low back one.

    The other issue could be posterior compartment syndrome…this is really a rare condition…I’ve only seen it once. It is a vascular condition, but is not a degenerative as in the ones above. It typically produces tingling and “cramping” during athletic activity. So the fact that you get it even at rest and that it sometimes occurs in the hands makes this not likely.

    What I would do first is have your PT screen your spine. If they are not a spine expert, I think it’s worth a trip back to the physician, as neurologically related symptoms in teens are a cause for ruling out things such as the spondylolisthesis. If everything turns out OK and you do have pain referred from the spine, you will most likely be referred back to PT, but I would recommend seeing a PT who is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy: http://www.mckenziemdt.org

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