Possible Causes Of Tingling Sensations In The Body, Should You Be Worried?


1. Hand

We are all familiar with the phenomena colloquially termed pins and needles, caused by maintaining a certain limb position for too long. The medical term for pins and needles is Peripheral Neuropathy. If the tingling sensations are accompanied by pain or itchiness then whilst the root of the issue is still likely to be related to the central nervous system, there may be other, possibly more serious causes. In considering possible causes a person must think about their own medical history and whether there could be other underlying reasons. I call this a personal checklist and people should ask themselves;

• Do they or could they have a systemic disease?

• Could they be vitamin deficient?

• Are they drinking too much alcohol and not maintaining a proper diet?

• Have they been exposed to toxic substances. chemicals, solvents?

• Could they be being affected by prescription medicines?

• Could they be suffering from an inherited disorder like or an auto-immune disease?

If not the tingling is likely to be the end result of a nerve problem that began in the spine. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a common source of irritation caused by palsy in the radical and ulna nerves with consequent stress impacting the median nerve situated in the wrist.

2. Arms

Underlying causes of tingling in the arms are likely related to those causing the same feelings in the hands; one should also consider the personal checklist for other causes. 10% to 20% of diabetes sufferers experience Peripheral Neuropathy. The failure to properly control the amount of sugar in the blood can cause nerve damage and often tingling sensations that begin in the feet and work, gradually over a period of time through the rest of the body. These could be the first signs of diabetes, or symptomatic of bad management of diabetes. There could of course be other causes. Tennis elbow is a common complaint caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow joint. If tingling sensations in the left arm become very pronounced and the person is sweating and feeling sick then there is a strong likelihood that they are experiencing the onset of a heart attack and medical attention should be sought immediately. Always, with any symptom, if there is any doubt at all it is better to seek help sooner rather than later. The more detail a person can give the physician about their tingling sensations the better, for example, does the sensation move around or is it static? Does it come and go or is it there all the time? What happens if the person raises their arms or moves their neck?

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