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Paresthesia: Pins & Needles, Numbness, Tingling, Burning Sensations aka Neuropathy

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Tom

Yes, this does get better with time. At least in my case it has. It still flares up sometimes, but I would say that most days either it is not there, or it's so subtle that I don't notice it at all.

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Crocus

Tom, Georgia, Shanti and Alex -

 

Well thank you for letting me know this. It is such an obnoxious thing and primarily at night they go numb, but it has worsened with the taper.

 

I am so glad to hear that symptoms subside over time - thank you for letting me know your experiences.

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alexjuice

I've been trying some new supplements. They are on the riskier end since they are formulations with lots of ingredients.

 

However, since I started this bad stretch, in mid February, I've experienced skeletal muscular pains, zaps, twitches. They are mostly in the limbs and hands and feet but also occur in the trunk and random places under the skin... They do not occur on my face or zap my brain. So these zaps, pains, pins/needles predate the current supplements.

 

There may be other threads on this topic or omethng similar, but I couldn't find one promptly.

 

Also, one of the reasons I've been trying to minimize blood draws is because a big "zap point" is my elbow pocket, maybe due to 20+ draws in the last 2-3 months. yet... I dunno... I know in drug studies blood is often drawn 24 times a day everyday for the length of the study...

 

Anyway, anyone else had flare ups like this?

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Altostrata

I had those electrical-like tingling pains in my hands and wrists for a while. At times, I could feel them shoot through.

 

I believe acupuncture helped those.

 

I think they're classic Lhermitte's sign.

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Barbarannamated

I don't believe there's any question that hunching over the computer is bad for your back!

Please do try the chiro, it can save you a lot of suffering. Go to a good one, not a quack.

 

Just saw this message from awhile back and had to throw my OH YES! in. Posture at computer and while driving can flare my neck and back pain in minutes. Positioning of computer screen, chair height, steering wheel can help also to achieve the most ergonomic position.

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lindamorellato

It seems to be getting worse. This is what used to happend when I would start an AD. I am off the AD. Is is the what goes up must come down? I'm just so sick of it. I guess these are the physical symptoms of withdrawl and I hate them.

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LostaDecade

Hi all. I'm not sure if there was already a topic started on numbness but I couldn't locate it so thought I'd ask here. Off meds for about 6 months after 10 years and my latest symptom is waking up with my left hand numb. Much of it goes away immediately except for from the pinky all the way down to the wrist which never goes away. My neck hurt when it started about a week ago so I thought it was a pinched nerve but now my neck is better but my hand is not. Dad has fibromyalsia so I'm a bit scared that this is permanent but was HOPING it was yet another withdrawal symptom that would go away. I am a musician so this is not good. Any answers would be much appreciated. As always, thank you.

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Altostrata

If you're sleeping on you hand and then, during the day, leaning on it (while using the computer for example), you might get some numbness.

 

Try stretching and massaging your hand, wrist, and arm, and be mindful of any habits you might have that are reducing circulation to that hand.

 

How do I know this? I've had similar symptoms myself.

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basildev

Hi LostaDecade,

 

I'm sorry you're experiencing such distressing symptoms.

 

I had a similar experience except my issue was with a constantly twitching thumb. Being a panic-merchant, I did all kinds of research, took all kinds of supplements but it wouldn't go away.

 

Eventually I saw a doctor who said that in 95% of cases it's benign, there's no known cause and it goes away by itself. So I stopped worrying about it and within a few weeks it was gone. In my case, there was no neck pain or anything else to indicate I had a pinched nerve. But obviously that's what it was in the end.

 

I'm sure you've Googled everywhere but here's a link anyway:

 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003206.htm

 

I think the fact that you previously had neck pain is a good sign - it suggests that the problem could in fact be pinched nerve. Just because the neck isn't still hurting doesn't mean the nerve has healed yet.

 

I hope it gets better soon.

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alexjuice

Lost,

 

What is your medication history?

 

Numbness/tingling/'asleep feeling' in extremeties, especially on the left side is very common wth benzos. My left hand lost a lot of fine sensitivity after a rapid bentox detox. This particular benzo symptom has lasted me a long time.

 

Alex

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Jerome

If the area of numbness is the entire suface of the pinkie [including the pinkie side of the ring finger, but not the other side], and the numbness is consistantly located there, something could be disturbing your ulnar nerve. It is responsible for skin sensation in that area. I believe pressure at the elbow, as Altostrata suggests, is a common cause.

 

Aweigh

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Marmite

I have experienced this in two areas of my body.

 

1) In my hands. In my case I think it is due to problems with circulation originating from my heart. I wake up with numb hands, but when I move around it goes away, so probably not the same as yours.

 

2) In my left side (hip and lower back). This area troubled me a great deal for several years, and I was worried there was nerve damage in this area. I couldn't get the nerves / muscles to activate when turning over in bed. It was worse if I was inactive.

 

Hope this is vaguely helpful.

x

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Altostrata

I had various symptoms in my hands, wrists, arms, and back. Hunching over a computer on top of withdrawal-related hypersensitivity was the culprit.

 

I found chiropractic treatments and acupuncture to be very helpful.

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LostaDecade

Thanks so much, all! As with the horrid might sweats, brain zaps etc., etc., hoping it will go away. I, to, believe it could be a pinched ulnar nerve. Time will tell!

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Francis

A few months into withdrawal, I started getting shooting pains down my arms and numb finger tips.

Im not sure if it was a coincidence, but it seemed that taking magnesium helped with it. (I feel like magnesium was somewhat magic for me, as it took away a lot of distressing symptoms... my hands and neck were also clenching painfully out of the blue.)

 

Some of these physical symptoms are quite scary- as if the general awful emotions/insomnia/what-have-you aren't enough to deal with!

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LostaDecade

Yes! Scary, indeed, but so nice to have my brain back. My left hand is better but every night I wake up and now both my pinky sides are numb. I know it had in part to do with a habit of sleeping with my hands over my head though I never had a problem with it before I went if the meds. Magnesium - have you read about people putting a bar of hotel soap at the foot of their bed to get rod of leg cramps? Sounds silly but mom did it and her legs no longer cramp! Whatever works! :-)

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Janie

I know most of us have suffered or still are having anxiety, insomnia, depression, brain fog and such.  My symptoms seem to be shifting.  Fortunately my anxiety and depression have lessened greatly, but my physical symptoms have morphed and are worse in some ways.

 

My previous uncomfortable tension in gut and heart area has become a stronger nerve pain in abdomen, and legs.   It does not seem to be muscular, but nerve related.  I've had sparkly electrical nerve pulses shooting down my legs.  It seems similar to a type of seizure. The abdominal pain is significant.  It will last for hours or come and go over a period of days, then disappear altogether for days.  I can experience this without much or any emotional anxiety.

 

Does anyone have these strong nerve symptoms?   Have your symptoms morphed and changed over time?

 

I fear I have some secondary ailment causing this, or that my brain was damaged beyond recovery.  I have an appointment with a neurologist, but since doctors don't recognize our syndrome, I fear this doctor will just tag some disease on me or want me to 'try' Neurontin or something which could damage my brain further.    Could all this just be a stage of recovery?  Thanks for any comments.

 

 

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cymbaltawithdrawal5600

This is a hard one, Janie. I think all of us experience weird symptoms and do not know what causes them. It is probably good that you go see the doc and get it checked out anyway. Maybe someone else will chime in....

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mattinsmom

I agree with CW, people's experiences are so similar and yet so personally unique. For me, personally, physical symptoms tend to be aches -  headache/stomachache/muscle ache. I have not experiences any of the jolts to my legs that you describe.

 

One thing to remember, just because a doctor suggests a medication doesn't mean you have to take it. 

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Janie

Thanks for your input. If no one else has this, I will proceed with getting checked out.  I would like to hear what others experience as physical symptoms.

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mattinsmom

Janie

Have you gone to the symptoms forum and used the search box on that page? My guess is that is where you'll find more stories. I don't know how to add a link yet. Sorry.

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Hexal

I also experience the electrical pulses in my legs and feet and have for months, often for long periods of time. Very annoying and unsettling, though not painful per se, like when I get headaches. These pulses are faintly visible to me when I sit in a certain way, as I can see my foot make small "jumps". Or if I'm standing still and hair falls in front of my eyes, I can see by the movement of the hair that my head is making these small, rapid movements as well. Distressing, to say the least.

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Janie

i'm sorry Hexal you are feeling all that.  Does sound annoying and I can fully relate to how disturbing it is.   I think it will just take lots time for our bodies to heal and re-balance and all these nasty sensations are how the brain and body heal.  These symptoms can be the same to many other conditions or diseases, so you just wonder if ALL of it is the withdrawal syndrome, or some of it is something else you should get checked out. It would be dangerous to just assume every pain and problem is withdrawal and let something go unchecked.  With our exaggerated anxiety, you can't help but get freaked out and wonder what to do. At least that is what I've been going through.

 

Well I went to a neurologist who seemed to acknowledge withdrawal syndrome but did not comment either way about protracted withdrawal. Did a small series of super easy tests (touch nose, knee and arm taps and foot strokes) which i passed. Was told that if I have had pains and tingles for over a year but can still pass the tests after all that time of symptoms, then there is nothing serious happening. I was relieved, but should have asked, been more specific in my concern that aside from anxiety symptoms of the past year, new ones seem more severe and could be a secondary ailment.  Doc also confirmed that the off and on again symptoms is the way brains heal.

 

Since I have not had those bad new pains lately, I'm hopeful it was just a stage, a morph of withdrawal symptoms and I will continue to improve overall.    If they come back and persist, I could always go back again and ask for more tests.

 

In fact I have been doing very well, but with new stresses in my job I feel it will create a roadblock to recovery.  It does seem my brain has rebuilt receptors enough (or whatever) that my anxiety is greatly reduced and physical symptoms a much lower grade. I am so happy and grateful.  I am still extremely fragile and have trouble coping with stress and worry, and staying upbeat enough to function as a normal person.  But the overall suffering is greatly reduced. If only I could stay away from bad stressors, but that is impossible with my job and family health situations.

 

I will check the symptom search as you suggest mattinsmom. Thanks!

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MissMellie

I am almost currently into my 26th month of a cold turkey Lexapro withdrawal and am having a bad wave of pins and needles and numbness. Just seeking some reassurance on others that have struggled with this for so long...At present I am getting numbness on the left side of my face on and off  - I can have weeks without it and then it comes back again. I also get a similiar feeling on my left forarm but it also feels tingly. I also get a big patch of pins and needles on my left shoulder blade, this also at times feels numb. This has all come on since lex withdrawal, I have had a brain MRI to rule out MS, as well as blood tests to check for vitamin deficiency and a neck xray to rule out any problems - all have come back negative. Would love to hear from anyone with similar issues.

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Furiated

I used to have this too but on my fingers.

Read my threads, maybe you can get an idea on how to treat yourself. :) Everyone is different so you know better what to do.

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trouper

i've been dealing with this lately too. i was thinking it was withdrawal but now it seems to be getting worse and appears to be affected by my posture and how i sleep so i'm in the process of looking for a doc to rule things out. i had a numbing of the face happen the other day which reminded me of when i would get numbing from migraines, so withdrawals or a migraine, its definitely neurological. i hope its wd and will go away... :)

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Petunia

I am almost currently into my 26th month of a cold turkey Lexapro withdrawal and am having a bad wave of pins and needles and numbness. Just seeking some reassurance on others that have struggled with this for so long...At present I am getting numbness on the left side of my face on and off  - I can have weeks without it and then it comes back again. I also get a similiar feeling on my left forarm but it also feels tingly. I also get a big patch of pins and needles on my left shoulder blade, this also at times feels numb. This has all come on since lex withdrawal, I have had a brain MRI to rule out MS, as well as blood tests to check for vitamin deficiency and a neck xray to rule out any problems - all have come back negative. Would love to hear from anyone with similar issues.

 

 

I've had numbness, pins and needles/pain in my right heel for about 2 months.  It started suddenly for no reason.  Was quite bad for a while and the pain would occur when I walked or held my foot in various positions.  Its slowly getting better, there is only slight pain now and the numbness has decreased.  I found that light stretching and massage of the area helped at times.

 

These symptoms are common in withdrawal and if tests have ruled out other causes, then there is nothing to worry about, they will pass.

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MissMellie

Thankyou everyone for your replies. Pokeshaw I believe I have already put in an Introduction about myself but have now also added a signature. Trouper I have also found that it is affected by posture. Have you had any luck finding a dr? Petu I have been thinking about trying accupuncture or an osteopath to try and relieve the sensations, but I struggle to explain my situation - I have told dr's before and I just get the puzzled/disblief look. Its so hard to keep telling myself that this is still withdrawal, my anxiety levels at the moment are really high. When I get the sensations I start to panic and I think it exacberates them.

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dekiru

I'm experiencing pins and needles as well, it comes in waves. I have to be very careful not to let myself worry and tell myself it's yet another symptom of withdrawal.

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Altostrata

I'm right-handed and I got painful tingling early on in withdrawal in my right arm and shoulder (as well as other places) from spending too time using the mouse and typing on the computer.

 

Acupuncture and chiro helped, but stretching and getting exercise that wasn't sitting at the computer helped more.

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LexAnger

For me, sharp pins and needling pains have been my major suffers from both lex and withdrawal of it. Often times I feel I am close to have a panic attack or heart attack when the pain is so severe. The pain is always on head, neck, shoulder and can get to upper back. Paied with all the above is the intolerable jaw pain.

 

Sometimes I feel a very uncomfortable sensation of numbness and pressure on head, face, nose etc instead of pain.

 

I have been on those ever since tapered down to 2 mg 7/13 they stayed with me 24/7 since. Interesting thing is my thinking is not impacted by pain but numbness can affect my thinking ability.

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spectio

Hi, missmellie, what were the results of your vitamin b 12 tests? I know pins and needles sensations are mentioned under low levels. If you have anxiety/ depression issues along with the p& n and your b 12 levels are under 300 you may have a deficiency. I'd love to know your b 12 levels. Mine are under 300 and I have some other odd symptoms, too!

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LexAnger

Hmm, why do you think it's associated with VB level, spectio? My B level is too high, 1205 for normal range of 220-960 and I have the worst needling and pin everyday dorm the time I take lex and last for many hours. Im very curious to know the source of the relationship between The two. Thanks!

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MissMellie

I have had my B12 levels checked and they were fine. I even went to a chiropractor who insisted that I was B12 deficient and told me to buy a vitamin B12 spray, I did this and it made my symptoms worse. Still unsure as to what is causing this or if it is still withdrawal.

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LexAnger

Missmellie, I'm glad you vb is normal. As my doc said high vb can cause tingling/ numb sensation which I was wondering if that is what caused my pin and needling. So it seems still th WD as three of us all have it with low vb, normal vb and high vb. I though it only associated with lex, but now it seems other Ssri can have it too.

 

I also found yago, breathing helps the most, while alcupuncture/light massage definitely help too. If your doc is Chinese, I am happy to help with an explanation. My Chinese doc can stop the needling pain quickly with light massage, although it comes back every time immediately after I take the dose.

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Petunia

I've had numbness, pins and needles/pain in my right heel for about 2 months.  It started suddenly for no reason.  Was quite bad for a while and the pain would occur when I walked or held my foot in various positions.  Its slowly getting better, there is only slight pain now and the numbness has decreased.

 

This went away after another month.  But strangely, one day last week, I took a step and suddenly got a sharp pain in the same area and for a few hours this symptom was back.  But this time it only lasted a couple of hours, its gone again now.

 

A slight numbness of the skin in this area has remained, so perhaps there has been some permanent damage, but the pain went away.

 

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