Recently I noticed that, after sitting with my legs crossed, my right (lower) leg and foot had gone numb. The numbness happens to me a lot and I’ve never thought anything of it, but this time I wasn’t able to move my foot at all. After a while the feeling came back and i gradually could move my ankle and then toes again. The function that took longest to come back (and I’m only talking within half an hour) was being able to extend my toes. I’ve never noticed this inability to move before, and since it happened the first time (about a week ago) it has happened pretty much any time I sit with my legs crossed for more than a few minutes. Since the incident, I’ve noticed that the right leg feels a bit tight and heavy when I walk, aches a bit going up stairs, and if I sit with both legs outstretched I cannot extend my right ankle to the same degree as my left.
This all sounds a bit melodramatic at the moment, but the reason i’m wondering whether it could be MS is that there are other symptoms, mainly related to heat. For as long as i remember get hot and bothered very easily…doesn’t matter the temperature outside, if I walk anywhere I’m always sweating and have to strip off when I get to where i’m going. I always thought it was normal. Maybe it is. My hands and feet will sometimes get inexplicably hot. My feet are the worst- and actually the bane of my life. They’ll become burning hot sometimes. The heat then casues them to be incredibly itchy, to the extent that I break the skin scratching them. I guessed it was athlete’s foot. I’m happiest in flip-flops, anything else is so uncomfortable. I also tend to look horribly sunburnt when i get out of the shower as my skin reacts to the heat- especially my legs and backs of my arms. Finally, I get very lethargic in the heat. I’m pretty much guaranteed to fall asleep if I sit in the sun for any length of time, and the lethargy usually stays with me for the day even when i’m out of the heat. Again, I thought this was normal, and perhaps it is.
Basically, I’m just wondering whether it sounds like MS, or am I getting way ahead of myself? I will go and see my GP if the leg thing continues. The other symptoms I have always put down to bad circulation.