numbness and tingling in left leg and foot

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hi

i have had numbness in my left leg below knee for a bout 4 weeks and in my foot for about 2 weeks, its the left side of my left leg and on foot is more of right part of left foot.

i had blood tests, all came back clear.

saw dr again and he said i need a nerve conduction test, but no idea how long this will take to get

the appt.

this is worrying and annoying as is affecting me at work now as my leg also aches a lot now.

any one have any ideas or have had the same symptoms? thanks

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    Gp's rarely test for b12 deficiency so it might be worth checking this.. Also read up about it as there is lots of info around
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      hi, thanks

      B12 was checked but fine..

      read lots of stuff..but still feel non wiser.

      hopefully nerve tests will help, but no idea how long the appt will be.

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    This does sound a bit like my own symptoms of the past 10 years - see my separate discussion. I've had numbness in both feet for 10 years and it crept up both legs earlier this year. All blood tests known to humankind have come back negative and nerve conduction tests only show a reduction in feeling, so have drawn a complete blank.

    I get pain in my legs at night especially and my feet/legs are especially sensitive to touch - over-reacting to touch with pain as if a light touch was extreme pressure.

    Does that sound similar?

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      Hi there,

      Similar..

      Alot of the time it feels like when youve had a needle at the dentist..

      If touch foot its like hot pins & needles. Strange feeling...

      Every few days it feels like whole foot has gone, only lasts a few minutes at a time.

      Started aching quite a bit over last few days.

      I cant imagine how youve coped for 10 years!

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      Just read your comments.    I am in the same boat -  tingling feet, lack of sensitivity, to the point I had to lean on a wall when out and about, until the feeling reappeared.   Gradually it began to affect the other foot.   A scan showed that one of my vertebra was leaning outwards and trapping the spinal column.    (I'd had chiropractic help for years because my back ached so much)   I eventually had to have a spinal operation or collapse in a heap if the lack of sensation hit both legs and feet at once.    Unfortunately the op was not totally successful.    It reduced the tingling in my feet a bit, but over the months it became worse .    Legs ached, feet tingled in bed, to the point where I wear a sock on one foot so I have no sensation of the other.    I learned very late in life that I had inherited a faulty gene from my grand-father - known as Charcott Marie Tooth (CMT) syndrome  from the 3 men who discovered in the late 19th century - or hereditary muscular sensory neuropathy.  I had no idea I was affected until the op triggered all the symptoms of the neuropathy.      The saddest thing of all is that I've passed it to my son.    He walked on his toes and I took him repeatedly to the GP, who said there's nothing wrong.   We  eventually had an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon.   He prescribed night-splints and exercises.     There was no mention of CMT, which has manifest itself in my son in his twenties.

      My experience is that very few GPs have heard of CMT.  I had to tell my GP and ask him to inform my son's doctor.   I wrote to the Neuroolgical specialist on the board of the NHS to ask if brief mention of this syndrome could be incorporated into GP training.   No reply !    Not only would it help diagnosis, but could potentially save a great deal of money from  Health Trust bugests.    

      I hope a little of this is helpful to you and others.   The sad thing is that nothing can be done for the symptoms of CMT.  I was one of the lucky ones who weren't affected until my sixties.  

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    I think maybe yours is a bit more acute than mine and perhaps a bit more intermittent.  During the day my feet and legs just feel like they're stuffed with cotton wool or, on bad days, like blocks of wood.  the pain is mainly at night if feet touch each other or if I cross my legs.  So there's probably less variation with my condition & most of the time I forget it.  But it still feels very strange!
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    Hi

    i have the same problem. any sucess with your treatment?

    thank you

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      No, no success  at all.  Numbness continues, with my feet often having no feeling at all, just like blocks of wood or full of cotton wool.  Can't tell if my slippers are on or off.  No treatment was ever prescribed because no one had any idea what caused it.
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    You Need To Ask Your Doctor To Arrange M.R.I. And an Nerve Conduction Tests If You Are Having Difficulty They Should Be Testing You ..
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    I had nerve conduction tests, twice, both times showed some loss of sensation but not enough for them to get worried.  Didn't have MRI but had every blood test under the sun and nothing showed up
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      So what you need to do? what makes them to say the sensation is not enough to get worried.. do you have to do a surgery to fix it?
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    No, there's no treatment - I just have to live with it.  It's disconcerting when you can't feel your feet much, but you get used to it.  If they can't find a cause,they can't treat it.
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      I just looked at this conversation for the first time and will post about my similar symptoms later probably in a new converstaion. I had a very good and thorough 45 minute consulation with a neurologist this morning after a six month wait. But first two questions:

      How do you cope with the lack of feeling when walking on different types of surfaces? I started with numbness  that I could cope with but in the past three weeks it has worsened by becoming a lack of feeling that leaves me unbalanced at times and I had a bad fall last week.

      Has hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease been sugested? I think that at 80 any hereditary diseases would have caught up with me long ago.

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      Sorry you are having problems.    I was fine untul an op on my spine didn't go to plan, left me with lack of balance.   That was six yer ago, and I have gradually becomer weaker in my legs and lack feeling. amd nerves banging away in my feel and lower legs at night..    Lo and behold I am carrying CMT, which my gradfather had.   No symptoms until  I was in my late 60s.  I undertand there is nothing that can be done for us.   I use a stick all the time now, and walk with the aid of walking poles in the village - which are useless in the town, but they do keep me more stable.    Battle on - and hope you can come to the same concuklson as me - at least I'm not 20 years old!

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