Seeking help, information, support...
I am going to apologize now for how long this is going to be. Back in late Winter, early Spring 2016, I developed a pins and needles feeling in my feet. I also felt like I was wearing a sock on my left foot that was not there. The pins and needle feeling would come and go. It caused me more anxiety than anything. I saw a neurologist in May 2016 and it was discovered I had a Vitamin D deficiency. I was given a script for Vit D, take a supplement every day, and that fixed the problem.
We now jump ahead to January 2018. I had at at least two occasions where my left foot kinda felt numb. One time I was outside and it was VERY cold. I soaked the foot in warm water and fixed the problem. This happened again while I was INSIDE the house. Again, I put my left foot in some warm water and it was back to normal. I didn't give it much thought.
I was taking a shower about six weeks ago and fell out of the tub. Now, I don't remember if I hit the side of the tub and THEN fell on the floor of I fell right on the floor. In any case, I landed on my rear end outside the tub. I did NOT hit my head. The fall was kinda hard. I had no back or leg pain right after the fall or since then. The only thing I had worth noting was a pins and needle feeling in one of my left fingers for a few minutes a day or two after the fall.
We now move to three weeks after the fall. I have been having these intermittent burning sensation/electrical shocks in my feet. The pain level is about a "1." It has NOT affected balance, walking, or strength. However, it has done a number on me mentally. I am so freaked out by this. The anxiety has been so bad that I've lost about 20 pounds from not eating. I haven't slept well. The sensations are not constant and, thankfully so far, do not occur at night.
I have done a TON of research online about diabetes and neuropathy. My PCP ran a basic metabolic panel for my yearly physical last month. Glucose came back at 99 (the extreme high end of normal). I also had an A1c done and it came back at 5.4.
Vitamin D and B12 came back normal. TSH was normal. CBD Diff all came back normal except for ABS Mono. The high range of normal is .86. Mine came back at .9. The doc was not concerned.
Last week, I go to see a neurologist. It's the same guy I saw back in 2016. He put me through a basic neuro test. The one thing that I should note is that there was a test where he poked my fingers with a pin. I could REALLY feel how sharp it was. However, as he went down my legs, I could feel the pin, but it felt blunt, for the most part, below the knees on both legs.
I want to take a moment right now to say that my feet can feel the differences in surface texture (e.g. carpet vs. wood floor) and can sense temperature differences just fine. If I am walking outside and step on, say, a pine cone, I can feel it through my shoe.
Last week, the neuro ordered these tests:
ANA by IFA Screen (Negative)
Folate Serum (Normal)
Vit B6 (Normal)
Sed Rate (Normal)
Consequently, he has now ordered his 2nd tier of tests:
Complete Metabolic Panel
ANTI ENA ID
ANTI SSA BLD
ANTI SSB BLD
HEP REMOTE PANEL
HEAVY METALS SCREEn
I have not yet taken those blood tests. I had a new development today where my right arm felt 'warm.' That is the only way I can describe it. I had this same sensation in the right for part of a day about two or three weeks ago. I also have some pain in my middle back a little below my neck.
I don't think that either my PCP or Neuro believe that the fall in the tub is in any way related to what's going on.
From last Saturday through Wednesday of this week I didn't have the burning pain/electrical sensations at all. I was back to my normal self with no anxiety. Then, yesterday, they come back. Again, it's a "1" on the pain scale, if that. It's been off and on the last few hours and now I don't know what to think. Now, the anxiety/worry is back and it's driving me crazy.
Guess what I'm looking for is some feedback or, perhaps, just support, or thoughts on this whole situation. Thanks.