Hi - this pins and needles is ongoing and worsening so that my whole body is tingling madly now. It's not as itchy any more though but it is really freaking me out! I keep forgetting to mention to my GP that I've been getting Reynauds symptoms - especially now the weather is turning up here -not that it's actually cold because it isn't but it is very windy and autumnal. I mentioned it to my rheumy though and he just nodded as if it was all part and parcel of this RA thing.
I looked up Reynauds earlier and found a bit about it where it describes pins and needles as one of the symptoms that go with restricted circulation. I am very new to this icy cold fingers business and can't see that it would cause such widespread pins and needles but am really clutching at straws a bit now because I'm scared of the neurological things.
My GP tested me for B12, MTX (liver and wbcs) and thyroid and said he'd get back to me if anything obvious came up and he hasn't so I'm assuming that he's eliminated all these from the picture now as they are all done on the day and he's pretty good at checking them usually.
I'm now off the Hydoxichloraquine (HCQ) for week to see if that might be causing the pins and needles but we both felt this unlikely as I've been taking it since early April and been fine on it.
I emailed the physio woman who stands in as rheumy nurse up here and had a reply back from her today saying that she forwarded it to my rheumy who says he thinks it's very unlikely that the HCQ would be cause pins and needles and he thinks my GP has taken all the obvious tests and he would be interested to be kept informed about the outcome of these tests. He suggests when I go back on the HCQ I go on half the dose at 200mg - not sure why but perhaps it's what they call a maintainance dose.
I'm also now getting a return of the hot flushes in my limbs that brought me here to begin with. I've been having them for ages - about 2 years - and have always felt they go with RA or menopause but am now wondering if they might be linked with something neurological instead or with the Reynauds or meno or is it all connected perhaps? Sorry to keep asking - I am trying not to get in a tizz about all this but failing abysmally! I will see my GP again on Monday morning for a review. Anyone else have Reynauds and have these kind of symptoms too?