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30 Jan 2004

Painful knees
Hi Doc

I previously wrote to u concerning a problem I have been having in my legs (see Cold Shivers dated 20/09/03), however, I now seem to be having the shivers problem in my entire body, my legs from the knee down and arms from the elbow down pains constantly, like a lame pain, and i still get the pins and kneedles. Please advise.
I have attached the previous question and answer for you.

Subject: cold shivers
Posted by: Clueless

For the past month or so, When I go to bed, after about 3 - 5 minutes, I then experience cold shivers in my legs and they start to tremble or shake. It feels like they shaking on the inside of the legs. It feels very weird, and I am unable to sleep some nights cause it's so bad. I also tend to get pins and needles in my legs lately.
What could be causing this, what can I do? Could I be lacking something. Cause I do take a multi vitamin - centrum

Many thanks

Date: 22/9/2003

Posted by: CyberDoc
Clueless, it sounds like you might be suffering from restless leg syndrome. the problem with restless leg syndrome is that a cause is seldom found. Treating it isn’t always easy and the treatment isn’t always successful, but the good news is that it sometimes goes away by itself. Treatment options include muscle relaxants, nerve stabilisers and even malaria medicine (quinine). Quinine has been shown to work in some cases in dosages of 300mg per day, but it can have serious effects on the heart and can therefore not always be used. At the moment Sinemet 25/100®, 1 tablet at night is the drug of choice. The best thing to do would to contact your GP so that he can confirm the diagnosis and then take it from there. Good luck.
Date: 24/9/2003

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01 Jan 0001

Clueless, the fact that t has spread to your whole body seems to suggest that it is due to a systemic problem like an electrolyte imbalance or a neurological problem. The best would be to see your doctor or a specialist physician and have him do blood tests, etc. and find out what the problem is. Good luck.
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