Strange vibration sensations - what's causing it??

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I've found several forums where there have been posts from people experiencing this disconcerting feeling of an internal quivering or vibration but none of them are current, so I wanted to see if anyone else out there is having the same experience and can share an insight into what might be causing it.

I started to get this feeling of internal vibration when I was mainly lying in bed and then occasionally if I shifted position it might last for 30 seconds or so before disappearing. That was about 8 months ago. Now I feel it every night and during the day as well quite often. The other day after a short walk of a few hundred yards followed by a period of standing still it felt like the ground was vibrating  because it was in my feet. It seems to move around to different areas of the body - sometimes I feel it in my legs, an arm, torso - it's quite random but often felt when I've shifted position in bed. At first I thought it was circulatory but now I think it's probably neurological. I thought I was having palpitations but an ECG showed nothing abnormal. I've also had a full spine & brain MRI as I've been having other strange symptoms of occasional numbness and sensations of burning and cold areas of my arms/hands and legs/feet and a sore tongue which comes and goes and often feels like I've just cleaned my teeth with menthol toothpaste when I haven't. I thought I had all the signs of MS, but it hasn't been diagnosed. I've also had a number of blood tests for immune issues, evoked potentials and nerve conductivity tests. Nothing! The MRI does show a lot of wear to my cervical vertebrae and two anterior spondylolisthesis - one cervical, one lumbar, so I wonder if my spinal issues could be the cause. My neurologist was doubtful. He also couldn't explain the vibration sensation except to say that it can be caused by a migraine, which I certainly haven't had. 

I just don't know where to go with this now.  My GP isn't interested and puts everything down to stress which I AM under it's true to say, but I don't think she's right. I've had to pay for all my neuro investigations as a result because she won't refer me or do any more blood tests etc.  I'm trying homeopathy, osteopathy and acupuncture as I want to find something that will relieve these weird symptoms and prefer to avoid drugs if I can.

I'm 58, eat reasonably heathily, no alcohol, only 1 cup of coffee a day and my weight is normal. I broke my wrist badly at the end of August last year which is when my problems all seemed to start. i

I also wonder if the metal plate that was used to fix the fracture could be causing some kind of strange reaction.

If anyone else is having these symptoms please let me know if you've been able to identify the cause and how to deal with it.


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    Your post is interesting. Many random times, I experience a momentary all-over "flash" sensation that feels like a mixture of an electric shock and pins and needles, that last about a couple of seconds. It is very uncomfortable. It happens the first moment I awaken in the mornings and often as I'm falling asleep at night. I'm 56, and continue to struggle with significant blood pressure issues (highs and lows) for many years. I do not know what is causing the sudden flash sensation. Could it be the constant exposure to wifi and being near so many electronics, all the time? I do not know and strongly doubt manufactures will ever disclose such. Any thoughts?

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      Hi there I see ur post is older but wonder how the vibrations are?  U might also consider MCS or MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY.   It can happen to anyone.  Whether uve had an exposure to a toxic chemical or not. 

      For me , before I could notice a pattern and figure out what was wrong with me I'd get these weird symptoms. 

      Sometimes my thighs would feel weak and shaky. So weak then when I go to stand, my legs would collapse. Sometimes my face or inside of my mouth would burn.  

      Or I'd feel like I'd taken a drug. Which I hadn't.  Sometimes sleepy. Sometimes dizzy and spacey. REALLY SPACY.   Other times I'd just feel sick.  Unlike any kind of sick I'd ever had   

      I truly felt as though I'd been poisoned.   

      I finally started noticing patterns. 

      Sometimes I'd smell things. But it's not the smell, it was the chemicals used. Like in perfumes. Or cleaning products.   We ran a biz out of our home in AZ.   

      People would park in front of the house and leave their cars running.   The exhaust from the cars would make me sick.     One time I'd gone to bed feeling fine. Woke up with my whole body vibrating.  Turned out it was my husbands work clothes. They had paint thinner and automotive oil in them. I got them out side of the room in a bag and it went away. glade plug ins r so toxic to me.   

      All laundry soap and fabric softners make me sick and dizzy, when being next to someone that used them. 

      It took me 2-3 yrs to get diagnosed and another 3 yrs to actually believe it true! Lol.  

      With MCS it only takes vapors of vapors or vapors to make me react.  

      With MCS that's what so hard, is it only take a wife of something to make me feel dizzy.  I feel sick and stoned. Lol. It's not fun. 

      My friends tried to comply with my needs of NO LOTIONS OR PERFUMES, when we go somewhere together in a car. 

      But lotions and oils don't come out of clothing ever enough for me to be around them.  It becomes a very isolating illness.  My husband passed away and everyone came to pay condolences.  I hugged my son knowing he doesn't wear colognes. 

      About 5 mins after hugging him. I got this metal taste in my mouth. 

      I already new from experience that pesticides or stuff like OFF and other bug sprays make me Really SICK.   I tried not to show it. 

      But sat and thought, what is my son wearing that affected me so much. 

      I looked at his jacket and remembers it was his hunting jacket. I asked him if it was.  He said yes.  

      I then asked if used DEET or other bug repellent while wearing it. 

      He thought for a quick second and said yes.      

      All it takes is for someone to sit on my couch with fabric softener on and it will affect me for days. 

      It just takes such a small amount to affect someone with MCS.  It's really impossible to believe. 

      Look for patterns.    Now I rarely hug anyone. It's not worth it to me. I try not to shake hands.  

      I hope that's not what u have. But u should consider it. 

      Also EMF. Electro magnetic fields.  

      Tho I don't have that, it to is real. 

      I've only felt it one time. 

      I sat infront of a HUGE Apple computer screen at a friends house. 

      On her kitchen counter. All of a sudden I noticed this weird pulling sensation in my head and a vibration in my body.   I'm pretty sure that's what did it.  When I gotvup and walked away from it , it stopped.  So a little later I sat down again infront of the computer screen. It happened again.   It could have been some cleaner she used on the table, but if it was , I would have noticed it, no matter where I was in the room. Cleaning products laundry soaps and softners , perfumes,  pesticides and herbasides r just killer to people that have MCS.   

      I hope ur doing better and figured out what was affecting u. 

      Take care

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      Gosh, what a nightmare for you!  I don't know how your condition is diagnosed but I'm sure you had a long road to finding a cause for your symptoms. I suppose I could also have a sensitivity that has been activated by stress or lack of rest.i haven't noticed a pattern though. I did wonder if mould in my car that might be causing a reaction.  

      You don't say whether there's any treatment that would de-sensitise you and lessen your reactions. There's chemicals in just about everything so life can't be easy for you,

      Thank you for telling me your story and I wish you best of luck in avoiding these chemical irritants. 


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    hi sally, i may not have the answer but its worth looking into lymes disease ive had the feeling your discribing and numbness,pins and needles along with loads more weird sensations progressing over a 3 year period. i went to 4 nuerologist all said migrain but i then tested positive for lymes which is now chronic. nothing ever showed up on other blood test MRI and CAT scans or nerve conduction test. i thought i had alsorts- MS,autoimmune diseases,candidia overgrowth,toxic mold syndrome and my GPs had me believing it was stress -dont give up looking for the reason and change your doctor if they arnt willing to reffer or do further test -good luck
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      Thanks you for replying to my post Vicky. I've looked on other boards for my symptoms and Lymes has come up quite often in other peoples' comments. The thing is that as far as I'm aware I've never had a tick bite in my life! I saw an integrated medical Dr today and he drew a blank on it but is trying anti toxicity homeopathic treatments. It would be good to know what is actually happening in my body when I feel this. trembling/quivering - is it muscular, vascular or neurological? I would really like someone to stick some electrodes on me for a night and record what's happening. Did you arrange yourself to be tested for Lymes or through a GP? I'm in the UK and I my doctor is reluctant to do any testing. Are you in the US? I have all the same fears as you about what my symptoms are - MS, Parkinson's, autoimmune, thyroid and a whole host more. Are meds controlling or reducing your symptoms now you've been diagnosed? I do hope so. Best wished.

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      hi sally sorry for the delay in replying to you. im in the UK my GP finaly did the blood test for lymes but there were problems with that-the test can only be properly tested at 1 lab at porton down my GP should have printed off a form from public health england( it gives your GP boxes to include symptoms) and sent the blood to my local lab with this form to be forwarded but they just sent it to my local lab on a standard blood form they didnt write on "please test for co-infections" which was advised then my local lab tested it (incorrectly) then when contacted did send "stored blood" that got lost on route finaly more stored blood was sent and finaly tested 3 mths after 1st blood taken. ive since been told if you are taking antbiotics it affects the test. My basic test came back negative (this seems to be common) but possitive for co infections. Ive not had any luck since as my GP doesnt want to concentrate on lymes! im still fighting this and wont give up. it fits every symptom of lymes, everything else has been ruled out and obviously have had a possitve result and no treatment. if your GP agrees with testing you im happy to offer advice. PS I cant remember being bitten by a tick but was a regular walker in woods and meadows and stayed on farms were i was bitten by " insects"

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      Thanks Vicky. I know my GP will pooh pooh the Lymes route but will mention it to my Neuro. I tried to find a way to get a private test done through a Consultant who used to have a clinic where I live but he's no longer doing it so I think it's going to be hard to sort that. I was given the Porton Down contact details but I'm sure they won't do anything unless it's through a GP. Tricky one as it is difficult to diagnose by all accounts. 

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      hi sally, yes porton down will only test bloods from a GP or possibly your consultant. if you tell your GP you had a tick on you and ask for a lymes test ( make sure its on the public health england blood form and your GP writes to inc. co infection testing ) your GP cant refuse this test. if you look at public health englands website you will find the form for GPs there is also a GP helpline. i realy would push this as youve seen a tick
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      goodness im searching the web up and down trying to pinpoint yet another random strange symptom and try to determine is its related to my chronic lyme (ive had it for at least 20yrs since about age 12 and only diagnosed 6 yrs ago in 2014).

      everything seems to be point to lyme. its strange though because ive never had this symptom before and im also doing fairly well right now (compared to 3 yrs ago which was my all tome low).

      same internal vibration sensations that can even be felt by touch to my arms, legs or back (my boyfriend can feel it when putting hand on me). they are so intense sometimes that i feel like im laying on a vibrating machine and feels as if its from the outside in rather the inside out. we have ruled out the chance of there being something laying around that could be causing this, but nothing!

      this stuff just never ends.... just more symptoms and more symptoms even new ones after being in "remission" at least as far into remission as one can get...

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      as im sure someone already told you... only about half of the people who are diagnosed with lyme actually remember the tick bite itself. i know these posts are old but if you havent already... there are some great lyme disease groups on facebook! with lyme sometimes other victims of his disease are the most knowledgable unless you see an LLMD (lyme literate medical doctor).

      good luck & truly hope its not lyme but also not knowing also isnt fun and sometimes just an answer helps mentally but pray it isnt lyme. get well and hope you saw a dr asap and was able to get the western blot test done!!!

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      i had inner tremor for years but my only tick bite was two years prior to when my tremor started and I had an emergency room doctor remove it. I was never diagnosed with Lyme or had Lyme symptons. Sally mentions a metal plate, I had a metal pin in my foot when my symptoms also started.

      But I have a friend going through the inner tremor now and she has had neither tick bite or metal plate. I wonder if hormones can cause it during imbalances or menopause.

      My tremor eased on its own around 4 years later. The only thing I did was try to eat healthier.

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    Hi Sally

    I completely understand how you are feeling. I've been having all

    sorts of sensations all over my body. It all started May 2014 with

    a strange sensation in my left leg like there was something

    tight around it.This progress to all limbs and I'm not able to walk


    All the things you're experiencing and more and after seeing two

    Neuro consultants,two movement consultants,and many many test I

    had a nerve conduction test done by a technician but was called

    back to have another done by a consultant.Within a hour he

    diagnosed me with

    Severe small fibre sensory polyneuropathy diffuse and autonomic

    neuropathy. Once he explained what this was it all made sense and I

    knew I was going mad.

    This test should have been done in April 2015 but Neuro didn't

    do it. If it had been done it wouldn't be so severe.

    Please insist that the nerve conduction test is done again but by

    a consultant.



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      Hi Mandy, thank you for sharing your experiences. I'm sorry to hear about the delayed diagnosis and what you're having to go through. I'm seeing my neuro tomorrow so I'll mention this condition and see what he says. I hope you've had appropriate treatment since diagnosis and things are beginning to improve for you. Presumably these are conditions you have to live with and just keep under control with meds? Best wishes to you.

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      Thank you for your kind words. I was only diagnosed two weeks

      ago the report will be sent to my movement consultant.

      At this moment I'm not sure of the treatment but I would presume

      it would be to find out which Autoimmune disorder it is and treat

      that and stop further damage being caused.

      I've had to battle and push for every appointment/test so please as

      tomorrow. My damage is severe in many parts of my body,

      but if they had. done the nerve test over a year ago it would of

      not been so severe

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    Hi Sally! I have had almost exactly what you are describing (no menthol on the tongue)! I too have been told it was a migraine aura, and it was left at that. I was just diagnosed with PoTS, and now I am going back to the doctor this Friday to talk about testing for underlying issues (MS has been brought up multiple times for me). I wouldn't put MS out just yet (I'm pretty sure it can be in your spine as well as your brain, but I could be wrong). And similarly, all of my issues started after a physical trauma as well... It just takes so long for that particular diagnosis, and finding the right doctor to find it and TREAT it is a real pain.

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      Hi there, that's interesting what you've said about a migraine aura as that's what my neurologist said to me again today at my follow-up. It's even more interesting that you've been diagnosed with POTS. I have been experiencing palpitations for a while and a recent ECG showed as abnormal so I'm now waiting for further tests. It may be that these heart rhythm issues are connected to the strange vibrating sensations.  My neuro put me through checks for Parkinson's and said that I don't have any of the signs he would look for. I've had a full spinal MRI and on the cervical scan there was a 'subtle change' on one side of the spinal cord of an unknown nature, but my neuro wasn't really concerned about it. How long have you been experiencing your symptoms? Have you got any meds for your POTS? If so do they help Lessed the vibration sensations? The neuro said I could take beta blockers or Gabapentin if it was bothering me but I prefer not to take meds unless they're essential.  I agree that it's a nightmare to get help/diagnosed when these symptoms are common to many different conditions.  Hope you can get some answers soon - do keep me posted. 

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      I have had a lot of things happening and going on. I had a hemorrhage back in October, which may or not be related to PoTS, as that seems to be the starting point. It left me with chronic migraine headaches that I absolutely must be medicated for. I take Topamax for and another medicine too. In April, things started to really progress, and the palpitations, fainting spells, vibrating sensations and such really started. On Friday, my EKG came back with an ST Depressjon, but this was only released after I left (one of those additional review findings). I've read that this is from lack of oxygen, and my doctor has explained that my tachycardia is not allowing enough oxygenated blood to flow whenever my heart beats too fast. A thought to keep in mind since you have palpitations as well. Since this doctor is my electrophysiologist, we decided to let my dysautonomia doctors take care of the extra testing for MS and such. I am currently on florinef and it seems to be helping a little for some of the symptoms of pots, But I really haven't experienced the tingling as much since they put me on verapamil. It's originally for my migraines and took the place of my nortriptyline, and it works well. Maybe it is something worth talking to your neuro about.

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      Very interesting to hear your findings. I have no idea what a ST depression is but there may be some similarities as I've been found to have mild to moderate sleep apnoea - not enough to have a CPAP but I wonder if possibly lack of oxygenated blood from that or palpitations cause the vibration sensation. My neuro has signed me off and put my vibes down to migraine aura in the absence of other neuro tests coming up with anything definite. He said if it was bothering me I could try taking Gabapentin or beta blockers but I prefer to avoid meds unless essential. I'm now waiting for a 24 hour ECG and an echocardiogram to find out more. 

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      Hi - I have had a diffuse small fibre polyneuopathy diagnosed by a neurologist about 19 months ago, despite nerve conduction tests proving normal. My brain showed some white matter at the same time but I've recently learned this hasn't progressed meaning that it indicates age appropriate small vessel disease. The only test that showed up something important but non specific was the lumbar puncture which was paired with serum in my blood - taken at the same time. This showed paired olligligloclonal bands - indicating that a systemic process was occurring.

      I have had a rheumatic disease, RA, for five years so they all blamed this but have been unable to acknowledge it formally as the culprit because I no longer have swelling or pain in my joints - just the vibrations, pins abs needles everywhere with loss of balance/ vertigo and muscle weakness. Then all my body thermostat started to break down and I now swing about from icy extremities to cold. All part of this idiopathic small fibre neuropathy they shrugged - can only offer me sticking plaster drugs not address a cause

      Finally I insisted on seeing a new rheumatologist when I moved to a new part of Scotland for the second time this year. The new chap took more blood and my immunology came back very positive at last so I had a lip biopsy which showed up equally positive for Sjogrens Syndrome. I see the neurologist again on Wednesday so will see if she's less dismissive this time but I'm

      told there are probably no treatments I'll ne offered. I think mine is becoming mononeuritis multiplex now as I feel I have several unrelated areas of nerve entrapment from inflamed tissue and tendons. Mine is bilateral.

      Hope this helps somewhat - if only to say hang in there and find answers as mine has done some permemant damage now. Neurotalk is an excellent forum too for peripheral neuropathy.

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      Hi..I've been ill since May 2014.. initial started with strange

      sensation in left leg from knee downwards,weakness down left

      side of my body,slurred speech and tight feeling in left side of my

      face and head. 1st diagnosed as Hemeplegic Migraine,then stuck

      in the migraine.

      Sensations of this tight heavy feeling spread to all limbs, I couln't

      walk normally or at a normal. I started to have other symptoms

      balance affect,bowel problems,sleep problems,jerking movements,

      Internal vibrations (which drive you mad), can't regulate body

      temperature,pains which can be stabbing,burning,pricking,racing

      heart beat,digestive problems,breathing problems and so much


      I have had extensive tests, 2 Neuro consultants,movement

      specialists, NCS done by technian then by the consultant in

      Neurophysiology 3 weeks ago.

      He told me I had severe diffuse small fibre sensory polyneuro

      pathy and autonomic neuropathy. Finally it explained all the feeling

      I've had that only you can feel and suffer with, and that your not going

      mad. He also told me it was Neuro and Autoimmune.

      I had RA as a child . This has had a big impact on my life,I lost

      my job 18myths ago having worked 34 years,I'm a single mum too

      It's not just a physical illness,its mental and emotional.

      For yourself and anyone else who reads this , I completely

      understand what you're experiencing.

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      Another interesting reply - thank you so much for sharing. I hope your medics can help with treatment to at least alleviate your symptoms. 

      I was in fact diagnosed with seronegative RA by an American specialist doctor who was linked with an IVF clinic I was using at the time about 15 years ago. I thought it might be a ruse to get me to use his expensive and unauthodox therapy to conceive so I went to my GP here in the UK to query these test findings as I didn't have symptoms. Tests my own GP requested showed negative so I've never been too sure whether I have or haven't got RA. My neuro recently tested for it but the result was again negative, but it sounds like you have very similar symptoms to me. I wonder if I should see a rheumatologist who would have a different angle than the neurologist and run other tests. My GP is very dismissive so in the end I went to a different GP and said I wanted to see a neuro privately so I've had to pay out for all my investigations and it's cost me a fortune, but peace of mind was more important.

      I notice that I can actually feel my chest vibrations if I put my hand in the middle of it so it appears to be muscle fasiculation and not something caused by my brain as the neuro seemed to think. My heartbeat is normal while this happens so it's not not fibrillation. I keep waking up with numbness in some of my fingers in one or other hand but that goes off as soon as I change position of my arm.  I feel sure that it's all somehow related. 

      I've also considered Sjogrens and other AI disorders myself and have read that they frequently both occur together. The one thing I haven't had is a lumbar puncture - I dread the idea as already have back problems and read some horror stories! My neuro deemed it not essential and did non-invasive evoked potentials and a brain & spinal MRI instead. There was this subtle change in one area of the spinal cord on one side but he didn't seem overly concerned by this and said it may have been like that for some time.

      He's said he can't find any underlying serious cause to my symptoms and has dismissed me, but you too have had negative tests just the same. The trouble is it's a case of waiting to see if symptoms worsen or new ones appear, by which time as you've experienced, there can be permanent damage. My palpitations are at least being investigated by my GP - but that's much more obvious.

      It's these tricky symptoms that cover a multitude of different neurological or auto immune conditions that GPs seem to pass off as being of no concern far too often because of the extensive testing required and inevitable cost to their practice. It's very frustrating.

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      my inner tremor wasn't with other symptoms as I was 36 at the time. Now 54 and some of the symptoms you all are describing are symptoms I am having now in Perimenopause but did not have at 36 with the inner tremor.

      Now I have had ocular migraines, no pain but my eyesight was temporarily distorted, and my EKG showed as abnormal recently while in Peri but it was completely normal at age 36 when I had inner tremor.

      my inner tremor was 18 years ago and so far no MS or Parkinsons diagnoses or symptoms.

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