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Hi There, I get worried about having MS. I sometimes get

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Hi There,

I get worried about having MS. I sometimes get pins and needles not severe but tingling in my right leg and foot. I get this sonetimes from sitting down and also when standing. Since childhood I have noticed that I get itchy legs when standing on the spot for 2 long when I'm barefoot and also recently have experienced crampy sensations in my right leg. Sometime my right arm feels heavy aswell (also have experienced this for years). I expressed my concerns to the doctor who carried out a simple neurology test when came up fine. She suggested an eye test which came up all good except from some wavy lines in my right eye and suggested a blood pressure test (yet to be taken). I also get longering coughs before and after Colds. I get back pain from time to time too but this has been out down to a protruding lumbar which causes sciatica. Apart from this I feel fine and regularly exercise. I have recently been training for a half marathon with no problems except for sometimes a slight pins and needles in my right foot. Please an you advice as I get worried and anxious about this.

Thanks
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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don't let your anxiety get out of control here.

Dr. David :

it would be very very very very unlikely for you to have MS.

Dr. David :

MS patients usually can't run 1/2 marathons.

Dr. David :

occasional pins and needles is most likely from mild pinched nerve or temporary lack of blood flow into the legs like after you cross your legs for too long.

Dr. David :

a protruding lumbar disk on the sciatica nerve could very well cause occasional pins and needles in your legs as well.

Dr. David :

it doesn't sound like you have MS

Dr. David :

let me know if you have questions.

Customer: And the cramps in my leg do u think this could be from the training?
Dr. David :

yes,

Dr. David :

from training or from low potassium levels or low magnesium levels in your blood.

Dr. David :

most likely not from MS

Customer: When you start reading about other symptoms of ms is it possible to manifest these symptoms in your head without physically having them?
Dr. David :

yes,

Dr. David :

this is called somatization.

Dr. David :

and when your anxiety is bad and you are worried about symptoms, then you can develop these symptoms.

Dr. David :

your brain can play tricks on you like this.

Dr. David :

best is to stop reading and worrying about symptoms that you are reading online

Customer: Thankyou. Just one more question I would like to ask is that I I had a emergency c-section a year ago and was given a spinal block. My sensations on legs etc came back pretty quickly (quicker than expected) and feeling to the rea where the scar is is basically back to normal after I was told this may never return. Surely this is a sign of a good nervous system? Not something wrong?
Dr. David :

yes, it sounds like you have a good nervous system.

Dr. David :

I would not stress about having MS.

Dr. David :

don't let your anxiety get out of control.

Dr. David :

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you are welcome

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