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A 51-year-old female asked:

Sudden pins and needles down both arms and burning feeling in back. lasted several seconds. thought i was having a heart attack. no health issues other than tingling in feet & legs - waiting for mri of brain. what could this be? it was frightening?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
Episode: Upper back discomfort with radiation of symptoms down the arms can be a cardiac problem but symptoms lasting only seconds make your episode unlikely to be of cardiac origin. Recurrent tingling in feet an legs may be due to a demyelinating disorder like multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuropathy(B12 deficiency, diabetes, alcohol excess) or to deficiencies of calcium or magnesium.?neurologist seen.
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Last updated Jan 16, 2021

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