• 5 months ago

    Sudden Onset Paresthesia

    I'm a 75 year old male who has had a condition called Meralgia Paresthetica, symptoms of which come and go and has troubled me for the past ten to twenty years. It is manifested by numbness and cold/hot episodes effecting the outer skin of my right thigh usually when I stand in one spot for more than ten minutes. Two weeks ago I went to the doctor because the condition was worse than I ever experienced it before. I also had tingling in my hands and feet and mouth area. The doctor put me on vitamin B6, B complex and vitamin D supplements. I punched in the symptoms on WebMD and became aware of the possibility of MS. Is there any chance at my advanced age that MS could be the cause of these symptoms?


  • 5 months ago

    RE: Sudden Onset Paresthesia

    Thank you for your question. I'm sorry you've been dealing with such discomfort for 20 years. You're doing the right things to try and solve the mystery, and it sounds as if your doctor is as well.

    Paresthesia is a symptom shared by many medical conditions including vitamin deficiency, MS, and diabetes, among others. Multiple sclerosis is diagnosed mostly between ages 20 and 50. If you want to rule it out you'll need to see a neurologist, but frankly, I doubt most physicians would encourage you to go down that path.

    Ultimately, it's best to discuss your concerns with your doctor. I hope you'll update us when you find out more. Good luck. --Kim