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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more


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I am experiencing numbness or tingling (side: one side only) (time frame: sudden) on my left shoulder for about 6+ months?

I am experiencing numbness or tingling (side: one side only) (time frame: sudden) on my left shoulder for about 6+ months?

Varies: Numbness suggests a neurological cause of which there are a number of possibilities including a pinched nerve in the neck. I would not hesitate to be seen for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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My 44 year old sister having numbness/tingling on one side of body. Only in arm, hand, leg, foot & 1/2 of her face and head. None in trunk. Help?!?!

My 44 year old sister having numbness/tingling on one side of body. Only in arm, hand, leg, foot & 1/2 of her face and head. None in trunk. Help?!?!

Neurologist: Sounds like an immediate trip to the neurologist. A central nervous system or spinal issue can cause numbness on only one side of the body. This can be dangerous so I would seek immediate help. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with pannic attacks, permanent pinky finger paresthesia, woke up at 2am with whole left side of body numb and tingling. Should I do ct?

I am diagnosed with pannic attacks, permanent pinky finger paresthesia, woke up at 2am with whole left side of body numb and tingling. Should I do ct?

Let Dr decide: Best clarify with your doctor numbness on one side is a concern but an examination would clarify if you need a ct. The finger numbness alone is likely a nerve compression at your elbow or wrist. Your dr can eval this to see if any studies are needed. ...Read more

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Are numbness and paresthesias constant in MS or can they be intermittent?

Are numbness and paresthesias constant in MS or can they be intermittent?

MS paresthesias: Multiple sclerosis parasthesias are abnormal sensations due to nerve damage by demyelination lesions. Lesion means sensation. It is always there in mild, moderate or severe forms. The severity depends on the relapse, remission and use of analgesics. The patient may feel severe at relapse and not so much in between. But it is there. The numbness or tingling is the first sign. ...Read more

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Do you always have numbness and paresthesias with MS or can they exist separately?

Do you always have numbness and paresthesias with MS or can they exist separately?

Nonspecific: Yes, MS can cause numbness and paresthesias, but peripheral nerve problems can coexist and carpal tunnel syndrome and B-12 neuropathies can be common co-morbidities. ...Read more

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Symptoms are numbness around the nose and mouth and chest pains. Found that it could be linked to depression and paresthesia. Thoughts?

Symptoms are numbness around the nose and mouth and chest pains. Found that it could be linked to depression and paresthesia. Thoughts?

Dr. B is 100%: anxiety and depression generally are not immediately life threatening problems. Your heart is. You need to get your heart evaluated ASAP, you may not have a second chance. ...Read more

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What exactly can be causing my paresthesia (tingling fingers and feet)?

What exactly can be causing my paresthesia (tingling fingers and feet)?

Diabetes or alcohol: The most common cause of tingling fingers and feet are diabetes mellitus and excessive alcohol use. ...Read more

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I have a tingling feeling (paresthesia) all over my body for 12 hours now. It's so bothersome I can't sleep. What is this?

I have a tingling feeling (paresthesia) all over my body for 12 hours now. It's so bothersome I can't sleep. What is this?

Number of things: However, at your age, may be related to either stress, hormones, or medications. You should get checked out just to be safe. Often, when we feel that tingle all over our body, like when you hear a great song, it is due to a release of neurotransmitters. However, without a physical exam and thorough history, it would be difficult to say what is causing sustained feeling. ...Read more

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Tingling and numbness in my scalp on one side, what could this mean?

Tingling and numbness in my scalp on one side, what could this mean?

See a doctor: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a doctor so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Tingling and numbness in one arm and side of the face. Is it from sleeping wrong position?

Tingling and numbness in one arm and side of the face. Is it from sleeping wrong position?

Possibly: That could certainly do it - it's called compression neuropathy. Your weight can cause temporary dysfunction in the peripheral sensory nerves on the side on which you are lying. If that's the case, it should resolve within several minutes of moving around. Heavily sedated people (like from alcohol, drugs, or medicines) who don't move in their sleep can have longer lasting symptoms. ...Read more

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I am experiencing obesity, appetite changes (quality: reduced appetite), numbness or tingling (time frame: gradual onset) (side: one side only). ...

I am experiencing obesity, appetite changes (quality: reduced appetite), numbness or tingling (time frame: gradual onset) (side: one side only). ...

Symptoms: You mention indicate the need for you to visit your doctor. Yo MAY have a combination of things going on, e.g., pinched nerves, hormone imbalance, lifestyle needing adjustment. Your doc will help you. Peace and good health ...Read more

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I heard numbness/tingling sensation in ones hands/feet is a common side affect with chemo, is this true?

I heard numbness/tingling sensation in ones hands/feet is a common side affect with chemo, is this true?

Yes: This side effect is called peripheral neuropathy, and it's common. Many types of chemotherapy are toxic to nerves, and the more doses you receive the more the nerves are affected. Taxol and taxotere (docetaxel) are particular culprits. Symptoms of neuropathy usually lessen with time once you're off the chemo... But it can take a year or two. ...Read more

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What causes numbness/tingling/pain in arms/hands? Worse in am. Can last all day. Sometimes one sometimes both. Can't lift rt arm to side wo sev pain.

What causes numbness/tingling/pain in arms/hands? Worse in am. Can last all day. Sometimes one sometimes both. Can't lift rt arm to side wo sev pain.

Nerve problems: You could possess peripheral nerve compression, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, but might have more proximal issue at elbow, shoulder or neck. You describe issues on lifting right arm, which raises question of pathology within shoulder area. See your doctor, a few tests should confirm location and etiology. Most of the above possibilities are easy to address. ...Read more

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What can cause face tingling and numbness patches, tingling in the head all over not just one side, numbness on head sometimess it makes me panic and have anxiety symptoms. This has been going on for 2 months. MRI good shows sinus cyst.

What can cause face tingling and numbness patches, tingling in the head all over not just one side, numbness on head sometimess it makes me panic and have anxiety symptoms. This has been going on for 2 months. MRI good shows sinus cyst.

Face tingle: Glad your MRI is clear but please get a second opinion from another doctor such as a neurologist just to be thorough. Also, consult w/a clinical psychologist to learn ways to manage anxiety. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am experiencing back injury, difficult stools, leaking urine, loss of sex drive, numbness or tingling (time frame: gradual) (side: one side only), ?

I am experiencing back injury, difficult stools, leaking urine, loss of sex drive, numbness or tingling (time frame: gradual) (side: one side only), ?

Get medical help now: You should go to an ER or urgent care ASAP. You may have suffered a spinal cord injury or an injury to the autonomic nerves to your pelvic organs. You need to be evaluated and treated before the injury gets worse. ...Read more

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Ihadwisdom tooth extraction at feb25, 2014. Still ihave toung numb. At dat time I met doctr dis condtn called paresthesia. How long my toung will numb?

Numb tongue: Unfortunately, while it may resolve, this could be permanent. The nerve to the tongue is very close to the site of the operation to remove a wisdom tooth and is sensitive to injury. The injection to numb you for the surgery is a rare cause of it, although the operation to remove the tooth is a more likely reason. You should see an oral surgeon who repairs nerves for options and information. ...Read more

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Numbness, tingleling and swelling on one side of the body. What could be the cause?

Numbness, tingleling and swelling on one side of the body. What could be the cause?

Many causes: Most severe possibilities are stroke, ms. Best to have your primary care doctor examine you. ...Read more

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Tingiling all over scalp, numbness on one side?

Tingiling all over scalp, numbness on one side?

Tingling Scalp: A tingling sensation, or paresthesia, in the head can be caused by a number of different conditions. This symptom may also be described by some as numbness or burning. Describing your symptoms as accurately as possible to your physician helps in finding the correct diagnosis. Several possible causes are attributable to nerve damage, though diabetes can cause paresthesia. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Would sciatica cause tingling and no feeling in one leg very suddenly? Also have a large swelling on the base of my back either side of my spine.

Would sciatica cause tingling and no feeling in one leg very suddenly? Also have a large swelling on the base of my back either side of my spine.

Absolutely: This certainly could be sciatica so you should get it checked out straightaway as you have an excellent health care system that lets you get treated easily. A pinched nerve which provides muscles w/the info to move can cause tingling & numbness as you describe. The swelling should also be evaluated by a spine specialist. Imaging, Meds & PT are likely to be used to help you feel better. Keep us posted. ...Read more

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Does a brain tumor cause symptoms (tingling/numb) on one side only or can it affect both sides equally? Was told only one because of brain hemispheres

Does a brain tumor cause symptoms (tingling/numb) on one side only or can it affect both sides equally? Was told only one because of brain hemispheres

Whether brain lesion: ..affect both sides of the body or just one side depends on its size and location. In the cerebral hemispheres a small lesion may cause sensation changes on the opposite side of the body. In contrast, lesions in the brain stem or spinal cord may be very profound and affect both sides of the body leading to complete sensory loss or paralysis. Tingling is more likely due to peripheral nerve problem. ...Read more

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I was having an episode today where I was dizzy and lightheaded all day. With this the one side of my face was numb and tingling, was this a ministroke?

I was having an episode today where I was dizzy and lightheaded all day. With this the one side of my face was numb and tingling, was this a ministroke?

Could be: Sensory symptoms you describe are common symptoms of strokes (mini or not). But such symptoms can also be due to transient cerebral ischemia and migraine variant. Lightheadedness does not add to diagnostic information. "dizziness" is a non-descript term of absolutely no diagnostic utility. See a neurologist soon about your symptoms. The risk of "mini-stroke" is major! ...Read more

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Numb tingling sensation that starts around front right side of head and goes towards back of head. Also needle like pain at one spot then sore 2 touch?

Numb tingling sensation that starts around front right side of head and goes towards back of head. Also needle like pain at one spot then sore 2 touch?

Needs to be evaluate: It is difficult to tell you what is causing your symptoms of tingling sensation, needle like pain and sore to touch. We need detailed history as to exact location of pain and how long you have had and if you have tried any therapy so far. Any associated symptoms in eyes and any relation to your periods and how often this happens. You need physical exam and may need other tests if indicated. See MD ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more