Tingling/Pulsating Sensations in Left Leg

Question: Dear Luise: I have been having a tingling, pulsating sensation that seams to happen with every heartbeat. This sensation runs up and down my left thigh front. It seams to also feel numb at times. I don’t think the numbness is my imagination and I know the pulsating tingle definitely isn’t. Is this anything I should be concerned with? I may also mention that I have had a recurring irritated nerve at my left shoulder blade which causes nerve pain down my left arm. In the past I have had deep tissue massages that relieve this for as much as six months at a time. I hope you will have the time to answer my concern. I am presently traveling with my work and it is very hard to just go to the doctor. Sincerely, J.

Answer: Dear J.: I think I would give my doctor back at home a call. Tell him what you told me and ask him what you asked me. Trying to find another doctor when you’re away from home on a busy schedule can be a bummer, I know. So…see what your own doc says.

It’s always hard to know when to make a big deal of something and when to try to tough it out…but I always feel that to ere on the side of caution is a good idea.

It sounds like you may be connecting it with the nerve damage in your left shoulder and arm. If so, many hotels offer massage. That may be an interim thing to do. You also might get some relief from a topical ointment like Myoflex.

What you don’t want to do is to find out after the fact that it’s something serious that needed immediate attention. Blessings, Luise

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