|I'm a 34 yo male, and back in late 2003, early 2004, I started having these stinging sensations randomly all over my body, just as most of you have experienced. Nothing seemed connected ... I would feel them on ear lobes, face, scalp, toes, forearms, stomach, anywhere. Some months they would be real frequent, some I would barely notice. All I could find online kept leading me to MS. I was convinced it was early stages of MS. Everybody thought I was nuts, but I also had friends who's relatives started feeling these sensations and later were diagnosed with MS.
Then I saw an infomercial about home remedies. I checked the book at a bookstore and the first thing they listed as cause of MS symptoms was aspartame (Equal Articial Sweetener). I basically lived on that stuff. I sweetened everything with it, coffee, tea, oatmeal, etc. plus I would drink diet drinks contianing it. (I used 3 packets per cup of tea or coffee, and had at least 8-10 cups of decaf a day, plus all the food I ate that contained it.) I'm a carb watcher, so that's why I ingested a lot. Well, I figured I try and switch to another sweetener (I won't mention it so you don't think I'm trying to sell the stuff), and in 2 weeks it all stopped. I was elated. Then for 2 years I hadn't experienced this at all since making the switch.
All of the sudden earlier this week, it started again! And Exactly how I remember it. So now I'm dumbfounded. It looked like it clearly was the aspartame, and it could still have been that, but what are the chances that something else is causing the exact same feelings now? I admit, the more I worry about it and think about it, the more I experience these sensations, but I wasn't thinking about them when they first started this week.
So I'm at a loss once again. Anyone get any more resolution on this?
|Holy Jeebus I can't believe what I'm reading!!!
Just over a month ago my 6 year old boy started to get these red splotches around his face and neck. He said he was itching, and everywhere he scratched he got and angry red mark that would last for around 30 min. We thought he was having a reaction to Augmentin, but after having gotten it out of his system the redness was still happening off and on.
Two weeks after his first outbreak it started happening with me too!!! I am experiencing severe stinging sensations all over my body. Here and there, comes and goes. Exactly what has been described here. In addition to the red splotches that itch and sting we have red spotty itching rashes that come and go, and turn into swollen hives when scratched. We've both been given Zyrytec, and given a general "I have no idea, wait it out" type of feedback. The Zyrtec helps, but does not eradicate the symptoms completely. In addition to all this my son continues to run a low grade fever off and on, and we have both been very susceptible to colds etc. where we were both very healthy individuals before all this began. The doctors are pretty much WORTHLESS, and have said everything from it being induced by a virus that has to run it's course to our symptoms being unrelated. Mine are due to stress, and his to allergies..... even though they are identical. Stupid right? I have run the gammit of things we could be allergic to, and to no avail. Any virus should have been long gone by now. After countless hours googling, I think we may have found out that we have parasites!! I asked the dr. to run tests on us, and we are awaiting the results. When I was collecting specimen from my son for the tests I am 90% sure I saw parasites! OMG right?? I am horrified. Tomorrow AM we should have a definitive answer on that, and I am hoping it will end our nightmare... or at least put us on the right track toward recovery. If not then..... I don't know how much more I can take of this so you can only imagine what my 6 yr. old is going through. If anyone has any feedback, or advice PLEASE let me know.