Neuropathy making a comeback
Hello all – I’m new to the group. I’m a 43 year old female in good health. About 2 years ago my feet started burning and I saw a neurologist who sent me for an MRI. When that came back okay, she tested me for a bunch of conditions and found nothing. After her physical exam, which was also fine, she concluded that my body probably had an overreaction to a common virus and my nerves were damaged as a result. She figured it would fade but I saw her again six months later and it had crept up to my shins which were tingly. She said that i might be stuck with it. I asked her so many questions about what I could do to fix it but she had nothing for me.
A year later it had taken over my life. I felt like the tingling sensations were all I thought about. I was so anxious all the time. I was lucky enough not to experience pain from it but I felt this constant dread. So my GP referred me to a new neurologist who was so nice and caring. He sent me for another MRI, came back fine, he did blood tests for a ton of things, all came back fine. He said that I should just exercise, eat healthy, and live my life.
A few months after I saw him the sensations started fading and for almost a year they were so subtle I hardly thought about it. But as of two weeks ago, it’s come back and I’m so terribly disappointed and worried. This time there’s an achiness to it that wasn’t there before. I saw my GP and she’s sending me back to the neurologist and also sent me for B12, folate, D, thyroid testing.
I’m really afraid and worry about what’s in store for me. I have two little kids and a husband and I’m so fearful. I exercise regularly and feel strong, it’s so disconcerting to have these weird sensations rear their head again.
I didn’t expect this to make a comeback. Is it common for it to come and go like this? Is it okay to continue exercising in the meantime or am I making it worse? Is there anything else I should be doing? Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you.