Hello all. I am about 8 weeks postpartum with my second child. for the past 4 weeks I have experienced a sunburn like sensation without skin changes over various parts of my body. It started in the back of my left neck and arm, then spread to the other arm, and eventually most of my back, thighs, feet, and most recently ankles. It is rarely present in all of these areas at once and varies in intensity. Nothing seems to affect it - temperature, activity, positioning, etc. It does seem worse at night and interferes with my sleep. I have also experienced occasional tingling in my head and feet.
I am no longer nursing but have not had my period and can still express some milk from my breasts (ie, hormones still in flux).
I visited my PCP who stated she thought I had a 50% chance of having MS. (extensive labs wnl) I have now seen a neurologist who said I have a perfect neuro exam and had a MRI brain w and w/o contrast as well as a MRI cspine on a 3T machine, both of which were normal. So, probably not MS, though I am still worried about this. The cspine also showed mild degenerative changes; not enough to explain these symptoms.
The best answer I have from the docs is "hormonal issues". I can find very little about this on the internet and absolutely nothing in the medical literature. So, this explanation is not satisfying and a bit scary.
Has anyone experienced anything like this? Did it go away? After how long? I am anxious to know what this all means for me and my family.