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My girlfriend has a hollow feeling in her legs and arms any

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My girlfriend has a hollow feeling in her legs and arms any ideas what would cause this??
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Sophie :: Medicine & Neurology replied 6 years ago.

Hello,

Is she able to describe this feeling with any additional words, other than hollow? (ex. tingling, numb, weak, etc.)

Did it all start at the same time or did the legs felt different first?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
she did say she felt weak and hollow. I believe her legs and arms started feeling this way at the same time.
Expert:  Dr. Sophie :: Medicine & Neurology replied 6 years ago.

Has it happened before?

How long has it been going on?

Is this weakness constant or does it come and go?

Any speech, swallowing or visual problems?

Any shortness of breath?

Does she have any medical problems?


Customer: replied 6 years ago.
yes it has happend before
Its been going on and off for 2-3 years
the weakness comes and goes
no speech or swallowing problems
no sob
she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in november of '08
Expert:  Dr. Sophie :: Medicine & Neurology replied 6 years ago.


Hi again,

Fluctuating or episodic weakness can be due to several conditions but most notably myasthenia gravis and periodic paralysis, which are neurologic disorders.
Sometimes intermittent electrolyte disturbance may cause similar symptoms.
I suggest she asks her primary care doctor to check her thyroid function, electrolytes including potassium and magnesium, and to refer her to a neurologist.

I hope this helps.