We will call this the case of the mysterious tingling leg, part 1.
Almost a year went by without any further symptoms apart from just feeling not quite as agile as I used to be. Then one day, I started to notice a tingling sensation in my leg. It wasn’t painful. It was a similar feeling as to how your leg may feel if you have sat on a toilet seat too long. The sensation was in the front lower part of my left thigh, a little above the knee. It only showed up occasionally. If I ran, it tingled. If I walked very quickly to cross the street before the light changed, it tingled. The strongest sensation occurred each morning when I would climb out of bed. In each case, the tingling would cease as soon as I stopped the movement.
The tingling was so slight and intermittent that I didn’t concern myself with it until a month later when I had a conversation with a friend. My friend had recently had a heart attack and was sharing his story with me. He had all of the classic symptoms such as a tingling numbness in his arm and the feeling of an elephant sitting on his chest. It got me thinking about my leg. Was it possible that a tingling leg could be the same warning sign as a tingling arm? Time to see a doctor.
My doctor ran me through a battery of tests including an EKG. Everything looked great. My heart was fine. The doctor suggested that I schedule a nerve induction test to make sure that there wasn’t a problem there, which I did for six weeks later.
I went back home, very relieved, expecting whatever had caused the tingling leg to go away on it’s own.