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sTeaLth

Numb heel for a week now, starting to wonder

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I came back from a long trip for work last week and had a numb heel the day after I returned.  I had sat more than usual while flying and driving as well as in the office I was working.  I usually stand at home.  I also had some late night game sessions in the hotel room on a crappy chair and had severe lower back pain from that chair after sitting in it, slouched, for several hours on end.  I THINK I pinched my sciatic nerve and caused the issue from this trip.  The timing lines up.  I went to a Chiro physical therapist who agreed that is what it sounded like.  I have now tried a week of stretches they gave me and it MIGHT be slightly improving...?  I am not sure because it definitely remains.  

My big concern is now Diabetes of some kind.  I have been feeling kind of light headed and possibly due to the stress of all of this... I am starting to feel tingles in hands, feet, and on my affected leg.  I haven't been getting enough sleep or eating super great either, which could definitely be contributing.  I run a lot though so I wouldn't think that something like this would happen when I am regularly getting exercise.  I also feel like I have slimmed down in the belly region and haven’t changed eating habits much. I am running but that doesn’t usually make me change much physically.  No really big weight changes, just physically thinner it seems.

 I am not sure what to do.  I am trying not to panic or let my mind wonder into the unknown that I can't control and is probably fake anyway.

Any level headed thinking is welcome.  Thanks.

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Driving for long distances will do it to me, even if I would 18 to 24 miles a week.  The muscles and joints just get locked in that position over the duration.  It's like body jet lag or something.

I have back pains from sitting too long - partially attributed to an injury I got while shoveling snow years ago.  

It's probably all related to the back - if the doctor said it's okay, then it's okay.

We're getting older and that means we need to keep moving.

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Ya, it's the new stuff that always gets into my mind.  I have had tingles, twitches, or phantom feelings in my legs or feet for years and they no longer worry me.  I have never had full numbness ongoing like this.  It is only in the pad of my left heel, and the physical therapist said it sounds very much like my trip caused me to pinch a nerve somewhere.  I am not super concerned but as you know, the mind continues to wonder even if you aren't "anxious".

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I think this heel thing triggered some subtle anxiety issues. My arms and legs have felt tingly and heavy the last couple of days. I have felt clumsy and my tongue has seemed heavy. Making me lose confidence in not stumbling over words or dropping things. So of course I hyper focus on those things and they seem much worse. I’m sure it’s anxiety but my mind is trying to convince me that this along with the heel numbness is a brain tumor or ALS. I haven’t been in a place like this in a long time. It has been hard to eat much lately which of course adds to the weakness, fatigue, and other problems. This kind of caught me off guard. 🤨

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2 hours ago, sTeaLth said:

I think this heel thing triggered some subtle anxiety issues. My arms and legs have felt tingly and heavy the last couple of days. I have felt clumsy and my tongue has seemed heavy. Making me lose confidence in not stumbling over words or dropping things. So of course I hyper focus on those things and they seem much worse. I’m sure it’s anxiety but my mind is trying to convince me that this along with the heel numbness is a brain tumor or ALS. I haven’t been in a place like this in a long time. It has been hard to eat much lately which of course adds to the weakness, fatigue, and other problems. This kind of caught me off guard. 🤨

It's the anxiety - it drains energy.  Stay hydrated and do things to get the circulation going, and also relax!

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