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Hello everyone!

I'm new to ME/CFS, only diagnosed 2 months ago. I was suffering with fatigue for 3 years before I finally gave in and saw my GP.

All the normal blood tests etc before referring me to a specialist - 10 minutes later I was told I have it!! (I also suffer with endometriosis, IC,IBS, depression and anxiety!)

I've started an 8 week program with an OT, lots of talking and filling stuff in to help me learn to change the way I do things.

Anyway, that's a bit of background.

So I was just wondering if anyone suffers with pins and needles in their hands and feet?

I was just doing some gentle gardening and my whole left hand has gone numb. I don't use that hand much as I have major problems with my wrist (a failed operation in January!)

So I don't know if the pins and needles are a result of my wrist problems or my CFS, if anyone could shed some light on this that would be great!!

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Have you had your B12 levels checked? Pins and needles us a classic symptom of B12 deficiency.

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You may think you are sleeping well and you put in the hours but you still have a sleep disorder try persuading your GP to get you on a sleep test

Testing at a sleep centre

The main test carried out to analyse your sleep at a sleep centre is known as polysomnography.

During the night, several different parts of your body will be carefully monitored while you sleep.

Bands and small metallic discs called electrodes are placed on the surface of your skin and different parts of your body. Sensors are also placed on your legs and an oxygen sensor will be attached to your finger.

A number of different tests will be carried out during polysomnography, including:

electroencephalography (EEG) – this monitors brain waves

electromyography (EMG) – this monitors muscle tone

recordings of movements in your chest and abdomen

recordings of airflow through your mouth and nose

pulse oximetry – this measures your heart rate and blood oxygen levels

electrocardiography (ECG) – this monitors your heart

Sound recording and video equipment may also be used.

If OSA is diagnosed during the early part of the night, you may be given continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. CPAP involves using a mask that delivers constant compressed air to the airway and stops it closing, which prevents OSA.

Read about treating OSA for more information about CPAP.

Once the tests have been completed, staff at the sleep centre should have a good idea about whether or not you have OSA. If you do, they can determine how much it is interrupting your sleep and recommend appropriate treatment.

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I get terrible pins and needles in hands and feet and burning. Wakes me up at night.

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