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Dr. Bob, Neurologist (MD)
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Experience:  Neurology & Int Medicine (US Trained): 20 yrs experience
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Four years ago I was in a minor accident. I hurt my back and

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Four years ago I was in a minor accident. I hurt my back and took sciatica and pins and needles in my toes. Over the next few months the pins and needles spread all over my body. They feel like strings/bands of pins and needles digging into the muscles and are very painful. They are constant and have a tugging sensation. I have had 2 MRI of my brain and spinal cord which were both normal. I also had a nerve conduction which was normal. I have been diagnosed with conversion disorder which I find very hard to accept. Do I need an EMG as well as the nerve conduction to diagnose neuropathy. Also if it was a neuropathy would the pins and needles move around to different body parts. They are like strings and bands which keep rotating around different parts of the body. They are always in my arms and legs and back, but sometimes move around to my tummy.

Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 4 years ago.

Doctor-Bob :

Hello. I'm sorry to hear about your painful condition. Has this been present continuously for 4 years, or does it come and go?

JACUSTOMER-5qpqbex9- :

It is constant

Doctor-Bob :

Have your doctors done blood tests to rule out cause of neuropathy such as low thyroid, diabetes, low vitamin B12, etc?

Doctor-Bob :

A neuropathy could predispose you to such pins and needles all over. An EMg would not likely be of much help as it really looks for evidence of muscle damage, not nerve damage directly.

Doctor-Bob :

Are you there?

Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 4 years ago.
Hi Pamela. Please let me know if you would like to go over a few possibilities regarding your symptoms.