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Pins and needles

does anyone else suffer with this , my husband is up most nights with pins and needles , in his legs and feet he says. We went to GP who could give nothing except pain killer for this , they make him sleepy and work for an hour then he wants to get up out of bed . I am getting very little sleep as I need to help him in and out of bed. He manages to get some sleep in the chair throughout the day. I can't find any mention of pins and needles involved with PSP. Can anybody throw any light on this subject . Many thanks.

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Could it be restless leg syndrome or side of effect of meds he is taking


GP who has never heard of PSP , says it's common with neuro problems , eg stroke victims, MS etc and so puts it down to the illness. No meds being taken as neurologist said the meds had no benefits at all for him , he had been taking a common drug for Parkinson sufferers. But thanks for taking time to reply.


Would be worth asking for a slow release Parkinsons med taken at night or even a lowdose Amitriptyline its what my husband takes


Treatments for Tingling Hands and Feet

Successful treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause of the tingling. As long as the peripheral nerve cells have not been killed, they have the ability to regenerate.

Although no treatments are available for inherited types of peripheral neuropathy, many of the acquired types can be improved with treatment. For example, good blood sugar control in diabetes can slow the progression of diabetic neuropathy; vitamin supplementation can correct peripheral neuropathy in people with vitamin deficiencies.

General lifestyle recommendations include maintaining an optimal weight, avoiding exposure to toxins, following a doctor-supervised exercise program, eating a balanced diet, and avoiding or limiting alcohol consumption. Recommendations also include quitting smoking, which constricts blood supply to blood vessels supplying nutrients to peripheral nerves.

In some cases, tingling and other symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may be reduced with prescriptions originally developed for treating seizures and depression.

Have a look back when it started, was a new prescription just started or increased in quantity, from our experience, side affects to medication is a big issue.

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