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I'm a 30 year old graduate student with similiar symptoms. One night after an eight hour long stint on the computer (not a regular occurence)-I started having shooting pain and tingling on my upper back--it got worse--within a few days the skin on my right arm started going numb--eventually I have alternating numbness and tingling in both of my legs--A couple of weeks later I strained my upper back and shoulder and the symptoms worsened, but I was having no problem functioning or teaching classes. I saw a neurologist and he said it was oversensitivity He didn't elaborate on this diagnosis and later told me that he thought I suffered from somatization (essentially he believed that I was subconsciously causing my own symptoms)--by the way he took no tests prescibed me Trazadone. I immediately started having strange side effects- pressure in my head, neck, and chest-he kept me on the medication anyway (I suspect the nurse didn't tell the Dr. about my sideffects). After stopping the medication I felt better for a short time (my original symptoms were never helped or made worse by this medication). The pressure in my head and chest returned and actually became worse after a visit to a chiropractor-- Now I have a tight numb feeling on my forehead, and intense pressure in the back of my head and neck, and strange tingling and itchy sensations in my head. It's always there-never quite goes away although sometimes it gets worse. It is affecting my short term memory and sometimes I also have a difficult time reading- I've had a MRI of my brain and nothing conclusive was found. I've seen two psychologists who have assured me this is not simply stress. They also did not think that it was a psychological problem. My general Dr and new neurologist have tested me for viritually every disease and condition and have found nothing-everything comes back normal. One of my doctors (the others disagree) has suggested that it might be beign intercranial hypertension--but at this point I am reluctant to have a lumbar puncture-I don't really need my head to feel worse. At this point my neurologist is at a loss to explain what is wrong with me. I'm having an MRI of my spine tommorrow-and while I hope they don't find anything-it is horrible to have such strange symptoms without a reason. I'm still working and taking care of my children- most of the time I try to ignore the symptoms and do my best to concentrate. Does anyone have any ideas?





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