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Discoloration of hands, muscle weakness and digestion problem. Do I have peripheral neuropathy?

Dec 2012
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I think I may have peripheral neuropathy.... or something. Here are all my symptoms:
Heart and Lungs
-Constant discoloration of hands 85% of the time (either purple or red), always clammy
-feet are clammy, and usually red
-heart palpitations and shortness of breath while resting, when I'm active, I find I can highly exert myself physically, but when I stop I feel my heart, neck, and head palpitating as if I my head if going to shoot off, and my face gets really really red
Digestive system
-Feeling full early
-abnormal sounds in abdomen after I eat
-always have either light constipation or loose stool, never regular
-sometimes I get cramps while having a bowl movement
-trouble starting to urinate
-i feel i never empty my bladder while urinating or making a bowl movement
-urinate often (1-2 time every 2 hours)
-lower back pain, usually on left side

-constant muscle twitching everywhere
-muscle weakness in hands and feet ( not debilitating but definitely noticeable )
-dry skin, especially on face
-red, itchy bumps on face
-brain fog
-visual disturbances, kind of like a very faint, colorful static and faint visual impressions of things I look at which seem to stay in my memory making me see them in everything I look, i guess something like presyncope
-sometimes i get ringing in my ears
-chest pain
-headaches, or spasms or twitches in my head
-general fatigue

I've gone to the doctor many times for these things, had all the "regular" tests that a doctor would do at first, such as stress test, blood tests, an mri for my brain, etc. She says theres nothing else to do... or no one she can refer me too..... But i know there is something wrong with me. My mom has ibs and also complains of heart palpitations upon resting, which makes me believe this is some sort of genetic predisposition I have.

Thank you very much in advance, perhaps some advice as to what to do would be good.

Posted Mon, 25 Feb 2013 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 3 hours later

Thank you for posting on XXXXXXX

I will like to start by saying that i do not think you are having peripheral neuropathy as those are not the typical symptoms of a neuropathy.
From your description, I could group your problems into cardiovascular problems, digestive problems,kidney problems, dermatological,ENT and psychological problems. All could be related or can exist as separate entities or unrelated to each other.
I will like to start with the most probable cause of your problem which seems to me to be of psychological origin given the fact that your lab tests came out all clear (even though not a clear indicator). Severe anxiety or severe depression could mic mic the above mentioned symptoms. If that is the case, I will recommend consultation with a psychiatrist.
Also possible given your description that you have a cardiovascular condition which would need to be checked by a cardiologist. Heart failure is possible.
Kidney diseases or infection could also be responsible for your urinary symptoms. Urine analysis and culture should be done to exclude or include this.

In summary your problems could be psychological origin or systemic/organic origin.
What you should do from here is consult a psychiatrist or better still XXXXXXX an internist. Your problem might require only symptomatic treatment.

Hope this helps

Dr Nsah
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Follow-up: Discoloration of hands, muscle weakness and digestion problem. Do I have peripheral neuropathy? 58 minutes later
Yes, I believe these symptoms are definitely exacerbated by repressed emotions, I've been feeling extremely angry lately, and have always been anxious and depressed. Perhaps I have damaged some nerves because of having repressed emotions? Anyways, thank you for your answer.


Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 8 minutes later
Thanks for updating.
But just to add, it is not possible to cause nerve damage by emotional repression but that could explain your symptoms. Nerve damage could exist collaterally reason why it will be better to consult a neuropsychiatrist.

Best regards and wish you a good health
Dr Nsah
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Follow-up: Discoloration of hands, muscle weakness and digestion problem. Do I have peripheral neuropathy? 1 hour later
One more question I have is: What exactly do you mean by "systemic/organic origin"?

Answered by Dr. Nsah Bernard 6 hours later
Any diseases that is not psychological but has an underlying cause like infection of an organ or autoimmune diseases.

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