What is Paresthesia and Is There a Connection to Fibromyalgia?

New Life OutlookNew Life Outlook Moderator
edited July 2014 in Symptoms
imageWhat is Paresthesia and Is There a Connection to Fibromyalgia? - New Life Outlook | Fibromyalgia

Paresthesia is a condition that results in a burning sensation, tingling, prickling, or even numbness and often occurs in the extremities of the body.

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  • Every time I cross my legs my legs and feet get tingly then go numb. My fingers tips get tingly and numb also, but mainly when the temperature is a little cool it if I hold my arms up for a short period of time. I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but never did understand why I get all of the tingling and numbness. Could this be paresthesia? It would make so much sense
  • SuncereSuncere Member
    edited June 2014
    I have this feeling throughout my upper back muscles (the rhomboids). It seems to be equal on both sides.It can happen from doing laundry or housework to simply holding open a book. This burning and tingling is not always relieved with pain meds or muscle relaxants. I do experience some relief from laying on a heated massaging pad. I also have several stretches using my own body weight as leverage to open up my spinal column and ease the muscles up and outwards. This offers relief only some of the time or partially. I also experience this less often in my legs (especially climbing stairs) and my arms.Would this qualify as Parathesia? I always wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing as I know that tight fitting clothing can cause these "symptoms" as well. I even stopped wearing jeans as the stiff waistband often aggravated my low back pain (I have a chronically unstable SI joint).
  • cafeconlechecafeconleche Member
    edited September 2015
    This is an excellent and informative article. I had no idea! I have this burning and tingling below the wrists and along the underside of both forearms. It is painful and I treat it with Tylenol but only Vicodin gets rid of it. It was one symptom I reported to my primary doctor. This occurred more frequently in the past but less now. I am not sure what triggers it. I also get the tingling numbness in my hands and fingers when I am walking or hiking and more so when it is cold. I always have burning and pain on the inside of both knees. Fibromyalgia manifests in my legs. Gracias for this forum.
  • When my Fibro started 30 years ago now, numbness and tingling were my constant companions. I actually woke up one morning completely numb--head to toe--this was the start of it! I still get twinges and numbness on just the tip of my nose or a small square on my back near my shoulder blade...it's weird!
  • Itchiness, pain in extremities and numbness , too. My doctor recommended wearing sneakers when in the house, so I bought a pair for just that. It has made a huge difference , and if I forget to put them on, I can hardly walk, the pain is so intense . Once, I put my inside sneakers on, I breathe a sigh of relief.
  • I've always had the numbness and tingling in my extremities, but in the last couple of months, especially when standing for a little while I get a terrible burning and slight itching in my upper back and had no idea what this was. But it is very painful. I'll have to talk to my doctor about it.
  • @New Life Outlook I wake up in the night and try to move my upper legs. I will get the most agonizing stabbing pain in the side of my legs. It feels like I am having a knife stabbed into me. If I move even a half an inch, the stabbing starts again. At the same time the top and sides of my thigh will have painful stabbing pains and a sort of numbness. It's agony. My doctor started me on gabapentin but it wasn't helping. Eventually he put me on Lyrica which helps take the sharpness of the pain away. I have 99% of the symptoms mentioned.
  • @New Life Outlook
    I'm pretty sure that this is what has added to my pain. I have it constantly, burning, numbness, tingling, shooting pains mostly in hands. I even get them under my fingernails. I also have diabetes, diagnosed 3 years ago. My A1c is ok, 6.9. down from 7.4, but it's common for my blood sugar to be over 200 at night. Right now I'm between pres for my pain pills so I have to rely on Just Tylenol until Drs. appt on Mon. to get the paper pres. Nothing really makes me feel normal or good. We went on a little trip for our 53rd anniversary and it wiped me out all week. So hard to explain to anyone. I'm 71 and have no energy tho there's things I want to do.
    Feeling sorry for myself.....M.A.
  • GagaGaga Member
    I have tried everything. Lyrica,Cymbalta, all anti depressants some give me seizures and others cause even more swelling! I'm im pain 24/7. I was doing very well with a anti anxciety medication but my doctor quit and I lost my medication. I can't find another doctor easily because I have no insurance. Fibro and RA has ruined my life. I was with a company for over 25 years in a high management position and I lost it all. I was unable to perform my job tasks so I had to quit. Now where so many people abuse medications or get them and sell them instead of taking them it has ruined it for the people that really need them. I need help and cannot find it anywhere. It's a miserable life and I wonder what will hurt each day. Please help! I've tried everything and I do mean everything! Acupuncture, physical therapy all of that nothing helps!!!
  • AlyssaWinegardenAlyssaWinegarden New Life Outlook
    @Gaga I'll share your post on our Facebook page - hopefully our community members can help!

  • ChrisEChrisE Member
    Gaga - Are you not on Disability? Let me know, I may be able to advise.
  • Thank you for this super timely article! I have had fibromyalgia for years along with some other issues and the last few days my feet have hurt and itched so bad! This explains it.
  • I have numbness in my feet and hands and tingling.
    And I can feel my toes or fingers.
    It shots up my legs and arms.
    Loss of energy, and can't even walk 45mins home
  • I was extremely independent working single mum my downhill started when I hurt my lower back at work in September 2013 was back at work on light duties then in January 2014 a 4wd with a big kickass bull bar ran into the rear of my little lancer agitating my lower back but also gave me bulging disc in my neck multiple tears & an abundance of strained muscles, I was sore but tried going back to work only to last 3 shifts before I got up 1 day & could barely move this has gone on for yrs now when I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia bipolar type 2 & was told fried nerves to which apparently to the specialist there is no cure I just have to learn to live with it, I’ve been on the same drugs since 2015 except I’m now also taking a little purple pill for the bipolar, dr says bipolar developmented because of my pain, Fibro with the assistance of the car accident nerves effects of Fibro, I’ve tried physio, hydro, acupuncture, dry needling, massage therapy, tens therapy, chiropractic, counseling all to no avail, the hardest thing for me to accept is my body letting me down the pain is 24/7 I no longer enjoy going for drives I most certainly don’t like socialising any more I’ve lost most of my friends I have panic attacks I miss the old independent me does anyone else feel like a part of them has died?

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