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Old 12-20-2019, 07:39 AM #511
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Did they? Attachment 10276

(yes they did, but you can change that look at the bottom of the page, left hand corner)

But yeah, what he said. Although I'm only just over 7.5 years sober at this point, it's the same message we have been giving over the years now: cleaning up our act works. Even if not everything will get back to 100%, it will become a side-issue.

Try to take control of the health anxiety, and convert the fear into action.
Great message. Love the "convert fear into action".
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I see a common thread forming here. I am also an IT guy (but now I work in housing) with a B. Sc. in programming and design. I still do IT work at my current job but it't mostly networking and trouble shooting
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Hey all thank you so much for your thoughtful replies.

Sorry for being a ghost, Iíve just been extremely anxious., but Iím back now!

I have a few questions that I hope you great people can answer:

As my initial symptoms that I thought was PN (which was my hands and legs "falling asleep" at night) disappeared when I was sober and hasnít returned. Does that mean I healed from it?

And in saying that, my new symptoms of tingling in my left handís pinkie and ring finger, along with tingling on the palmar side of my hand under this, along with elbow pain on the same arm (which I fractured as a child and had operated on as a teen), only started two weeks into sobriety.

(Health anxiety makes me very vigilant to how my bodyís feeling, so I would have know about it when I was drinking.)

So Iím wondering if since these symptoms appeared when I was two weeks sober, while the other symptoms I had disappeared in sobriety, that it may be unrelated and something to do with an ulnar nerve injury, or my health anxiety going mad?

As I can still do everything as normal. I just have these tingles and elbow pain.

I also want to get a clear diagnosis. As my doctor did some strength and reflex tests in her office which she said was normal, so she wants me to come back in six weeks if symptoms donít improve.

However, my brain canít handle the wait, so Iím going to return next week. So Iíd like to know what to ask for to get a diagnosis. A referral to a neurologist? Or certain tests? As my biggest mental problem is "not knowing" if Iím imaging PN or I have it.

Thanks again, and really hope to get your thoughts on the above. As my brain is killing me more than the symptoms.
Hey grifter, I am no expert at all, certainly not as knowledgeable as others on here, but I am going through something similar so thought I would share my experience.

I too am a hypochondriac, and it causes me much anxiety. Mine all started about 9 months ago, I noticed being a bit shaky, some back pain, and legs more sore than normal from minimal exercise. I didn't think much of it and kept going about my business (ie drinking fairly heavy - 3 or 4 times a week). Then about 4 months after a bender with a college buddy I started noticing being more shaky and tingling all over my body. The tingling only lasted like a day, but would come and go, started getting some fasciculations in my calves mostly, but randomly as well in other parts of my body. So I shut the booze down mostly, maybe a few glasses of wine with dinner here and there and decided to consult a neurologist.

I went in and he gave me a full neuro exam which is basically testing for all all of your senses, touch, pain, temperature. Then they do strength tests on all of your limbs as I think some more serious disorders begin with weakness in the limbs. Then you walk down the hallway normal, on your heels and toes, the doctor is looking at your gait, again to assess any other potential neurological issues. Since they found nothing wrong in the physical exam they sent me for an EMG test.

An EMG basically tests nerve function, and is really 2 parts, the EMG and an NCS. The NCS is a nerve conduction study where they put electrodes on your arms and legs and shock you a bit to test the speed the electricity is moving through your nerves. The EMG part is a bit more uncomfortable as they put accupuncture like needles in your muscles and have you flex and read the electricity in your muscles. Both tests are looking for any deterioration in nerve function which alocohol neuropathy generally causes, but is sometimes hard to detect.

In my case, he said based on my EMG, and because my symptoms were not textbook for neuropathy (ie pain/tingling in toes/feet, that moved to my legs and hands), he said just to monitor any progression and come back in 6 months to 1 year. We went back and forth a good bit about alcohol, etc and all he said was take it easy on the alcohol as it can cause long term damage and other issues, but he didn't think my current issues are alcohol related. Apparently there are tons of benign reasons for all of these symptoms, very frustrating.

Further, about a month ago I started getting a twitch in my right ring finger. Interestingly my legs feel much better, but hands and arms are worse. I emailed my doctor as I was nervous about more serious neuro disorders and he said not to worry that something like that, again, can be caused by many benign things, but if it would make me feel better to come back in for another physical exam. I might do that next month for piece of mind.

Another thing, I had shingles 3 months ago, and viruses like that can cause these neuropathic symptoms apparently.

Sorry for the long response, but hopefully it gives you some idea of the process. Unfortunately all of these things are super hard to diagnose, but if you find a good neurologist that you like and can talk to, they can be very helpful in helping you find the cause for your issues, or at least put your mind more at ease. I am still freaking out I have something way more serious (probably unnecessarily), but it is nice to have a dr that listens and responds to my paranoia.

Hope that helps.
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3075 days sober

Well, it was quite the year, 2019 that is. Bought and sold an 1880 house, promotion at work, got married, and traveled to 3 different Countries for pleasure!

We break ground on our new house (with a mountain view) in a couple weeks and I am starting up another "recovery" group here in Virginia.

Here is to 2020! <clinks glass of soda>

But, overall I feel great, I still have sporadic bouts with balance and I am still thinking about that whole running thing. My wife runs often and I think I may have to succumb to peer-pressure soon....yikes!
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Tell her one of the key things you learned about staying sober is completely resisting peer pressure!


Sounds like 2019 was a good one though, and HNY, may this year be at least as good.
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3075 days sober

Well, it was quite the year, 2019 that is. Bought and sold an 1880 house, promotion at work, got married, and traveled to 3 different Countries for pleasure!

We break ground on our new house (with a mountain view) in a couple weeks and I am starting up another "recovery" group here in Virginia.

Here is to 2020! <clinks glass of soda>

But, overall I feel great, I still have sporadic bouts with balance and I am still thinking about that whole running thing. My wife runs often and I think I may have to succumb to peer-pressure soon....yikes!
Congrats on an awesome year! Super inspiring.

I have been running a mile most mornings. It's become fairly natural to get it in, I dont experience much discomfort doing it. Just numbness down there, and I have to be careful with where my foot lands to avoid falls but I really enjoy it. It was 65 degrees here last Sunday, and I ended up getting 6 miles in. Granted it was super slow, I can't believe it actually happened. The longest I had done prior was 2 miles. For me what has been important is just doing what I feel comfortable and slowly adding little by little.
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