Neuropathy pain or shinles??

By Nana_anna Latest Reply 2012-05-16 16:05:11 -0500
Started 2012-05-14 12:46:55 -0500

Hi everyone, Last night I kept waking up to a strange sensation, when I would lie on my left side. In my left leg, just above the knee, thigh area. Its a sharpe needle type pain. I kept wiping the sheets down thinking there was something there I brought into bed from my feet or something. I kept doing that for hours it seems. So around 8 a.m. I finally got out of bed. I felt around the sheets again. There was nothing there. I felt where I had been lieing on my leg, and sure enough, I felt the same thing on my thigh. It a really sharp nerve pain. I am wondering if it's from neuropathy, or shingles? Don't shingles start at the waist though? The pain is still there to. Just wondering what your thoughts might be on this one??

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forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-05-15 10:34:44 -0500 Report

the neuropathy I have started in both arms 1 night,when I woke abruptly from serious pain in bicepts, as time went by it has moved into the forearms area as well as in the legs. When I walk for exercise ,I cant stand the pain from pressure on the shins. I do endure the pain without medication,meditation works a good bit of the time, I still try to stay somewhat active,when I do find the pain untolerable i relax for a few days and start over again.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2012-05-14 19:29:34 -0500 Report

Perhaps if you place a small pillow between your knees, or a folded or rolled up towel between your legs when you are on your side it might help. Sometimes the angle of our legs can pinch a nerve, usually the sciatic. The pain can continue long after we are up and moving around.

Nana_anna 2012-05-16 11:15:01 -0500 Report

I have sciatica in my right leg. Is very painful at times. This in my left leg above the knee, thigh area. I have tried pillows, but the stabbing is there no matter what I try.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-16 13:44:22 -0500 Report

Nana my sister has sciatica and is now going to a chiropractor. He sent her for an MRI and she has a herniated disc and two bulging disk in her back. The chiropractor is treating this with a compression machine. Sciatica can really be a pain in the butt once it really gets inflamed.

Nana_anna 2012-05-16 16:05:11 -0500 Report

It sure can. It's no fun to deal with. So far medication is helping. But eventually will go along those lines of seeing a chiropractor.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-14 18:22:54 -0500 Report

Shingles is a rash caused but the chicken pox virus. Neuropathy is the pain you are experiencing. Mine got much better and disappeared once my blood sugars was under control.

cindygal1 2012-05-14 13:24:45 -0500 Report

Neuropathy go to and ready more on it. You need to get in to see your doctor because they do have treatment for that. Shingles would be a bad rash that itchy all of the time. I would call and go see my doctor before it get worse. That way you will know what it is, and know how to handle it.

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