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Unread 01-11-2007, 02:48 AM   #1
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I can't really call it numb because I can still feel my foot and it is fully functional but it's tingly and, well it feels like it's numb but with feeling. Am I making any sense. You can sure tell this nurse has lost a lot of her knowledge. My pain in my leg is almost gone but the numbness in my other leg isn't.

I took my Mom to the doctor yesterday. Their checkout system really needs to be revamped. It takes a lot of standing to make all the appointments. Then you have to go to Wendy's for lunch, stand in line there, and then take her home. She lives in a retirement home so there are a lot of ramps to accommodate the power scooters. So my foot was pretty beat when I got home. There also is a band around the fourth toe on the right foot. If it were just the pain in my left leg, I would cancel my appointment since the pain is almost gone. But I think I'll keep it due to the other leg. But I don't know what term to use about the leg.
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Hi Dodie,

I like this site best for describing our symptoms (as well as for researching other issues related to MS):

http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/mssymptoms.html

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It is a sensation of numbness...without actually being numb.
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I think I found the best description on lady express site. Parasethesia-partial numbness. Being a former RN of about 30 years, I still like to use the correct medical terminology!
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Doydie:

It's like trying to describe neuropathy - itchy, burning, numb, tingly and painful all at once.

The McGill pain chart was quite helpful since it covers sensory, affective and evaluative.

Having your ducks in a row when it comes to being a patient isn't always as easy as it seems when you are a health care professional.

Hope the paresthesia/partial numbness gets better soon.

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My numbness is: I cannot feel vibration with my eyes closed when my neurologist tests me for numbness.
I have it on my right side, in patches, from hip to the end of my toes. I have it on my left side from my knee down. Again, in patches.
Mine never goes away and it is caused by a peripheral neuropathy, although treated, cannot be reversed.
I have tingling in my right side from the top of my head down to the numb patches. But, only on my right side, not on my left.
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I can't really call it numb because I can still feel my foot and it is fully functional but it's tingly and, well it feels like it's numb but with feeling. Am I making any sense. You can sure tell this nurse has lost a lot of her knowledge. My pain in my leg is almost gone but the numbness in my other leg isn't.

I took my Mom to the doctor yesterday. Their checkout system really needs to be revamped. It takes a lot of standing to make all the appointments. Then you have to go to Wendy's for lunch, stand in line there, and then take her home. She lives in a retirement home so there are a lot of ramps to accommodate the power scooters. So my foot was pretty beat when I got home. There also is a band around the fourth toe on the right foot. If it were just the pain in my left leg, I would cancel my appointment since the pain is almost gone. But I think I'll keep it due to the other leg. But I don't know what term to use about the leg.

When I've had numbness in my hands, it's kind of like wearing a rubber glove...or several rubber gloves. Tight ones.

Numbness in my feet or legs is kind of like wearing very tight stockings, or maybe sometimes like wearing a wetsuit. I can feel the sensations of something touching me, but just cant quite feel everything.

Sometimes it feels like I'm wearing boots that are too small for me, that have sheepskin lining in them. Not exactly a disturbing sensation, but it gets annoying at times.
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I just call it "half-numb"!

I don't think neurologists or other doctors expect (or even want) patients to come in using "proper" terminology. They want you to DESCRIBE your symptoms the way they feel to you. There is no "right" or "correct" way to describe them. You serve yourself best if you don't try to shoehorn your symptoms into terminology you've learned, but rather to describe them in everyday terms.

Take care, doydie!

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Yes, Numb with feeling is a good way to discribe mine, as well. Thanks.
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Originally posted some feelings that I thought were vague enough, but had defeated the purpose of a prior thread.

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