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What causes tingling in your arms or legs? A skin issue or a nerves issue?

What causes tingling in your arms or legs? A skin issue or a nerves issue?

Paresthesia: Chronic paresthesia may result from poor circulation, nerve irritation, neuropathy, or many other conditions and causes. There is no known long-term physical effect from paresthesia (although its underlying conditions may have various effects). See your local doctor for help with this condition. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Can tingling of feet, hands, sore back be a neurology problem like damaged nerves? Or an underlaying disease?

Can tingling of feet, hands, sore back be a neurology problem like damaged nerves? Or an underlaying disease?

Yes: tingling of hands and feet means that there is irritation of the peripheral nerves, we call this a neuropathy. Most neuropathies that are acquired are due to an immune attack on ther peripheral nerves. Conditons like lupus, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis make one more prone to neuropathy.and are treatable. ...Read more

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Can an ulcer cause a weird numbness in the arms and legs?

Can an ulcer cause a weird numbness in the arms and legs?

Not likely: If it is stomach ulcers you are referring to, this would be a very unusual complaint. I suppose if you had a severely bleeding ulcer or were profoundly anemic it could cause such symptoms but this would be atypical. ...Read more

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Can a venous pathology or a venous clot cause a leg to feel colder or is temperature of the legs only related to issues in the arteries?

Can a venous pathology or a venous clot cause a leg to feel colder or is temperature of the legs only related to issues in the arteries?

Not usually: Usually arterial compromise causes cold extremity where as deep vein thrombosis associated with thrombophlebitis causes warmth to extremity. Venous thrombosis typically manifest pain,swelling,warmth, and redness. ...Read more

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Experiencing whole body numbness for a second time. Can this be caused by a pinched nerve or stress?

Experiencing whole body numbness for a second time. Can this be caused by a pinched nerve or stress?

Whole body numb: Pinched nerves causes symptoms in specific areas, e.g., arms or legs, not the entire body. Something else is going on. Please see your doc who will help you figure that out. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a pinched nerve in my neck or back could cause tingling in all my extremities? Other causes?

Is it possible that a pinched nerve in my neck or back could cause tingling in all my extremities? Other causes?

No: A pinched nerve in your neck could cause "tingling" in your arms, and the nerves in your back control your legs. It's possible you could have both at same time although very unlikely. There are several other causes. See your physician for full workup. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck or head cause you to be off balance and have daily body tremors? How would a pinch nerve be diagnosed?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck or head cause you to be off balance and have daily body tremors? How would a pinch nerve be diagnosed?

Yes: Some of the nerves in the neck connect with your balance system (c2), and this nerve is sometimes blocked to treat vertigo. Mri may be helpful, or it may not. Tremors are another issue and most likely unrelated. ...Read more

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Can something like wearing a hat all the time cause a neuralgia in the forehead or irritation that would cause a numb sensation?

Can something like wearing a hat all the time cause a neuralgia in the forehead or irritation that would cause a numb sensation?

Low likelihood: While theoretically it is possible that very tight hat over forehead may compress sensory nerves of forehead and cause numbness but in reality it will be extremely rare. ...Read more

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Is foot numbness and lower leg weakness a nerve problem or a muscle problem?

Nerves: Typically numbness points to nerves. Numbness associated with weakness is concerning for spine disease (pinched nerves). You should consult a physician for evaluation sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Is it the central or peripheral nervous system problem if you get back pain with sensations going down a leg?

Is it the central or peripheral nervous system problem if you get back pain with sensations going down a leg?

Describing sciatica: Peripheral nerve compression.As the nerves leave the spinal column the "disc", a tough, fibrous, shock absorber that is between the vertebral bones can extrude and press on the nerve in a few places.This is usually "self-limited" meaning it goes away over time with stretching, nsaid's like ibuprofen, and traction(gravity boots).Usually no images(x-ray, ct, mri) needed unless weakness, bladder, bowel, chang. ...Read more

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Can a trapped nerve in neck cause an itchy arm aswell as numbness and is there any treatment?

Yes.: Nerve impingement can cause numbness or parasthesia which can be felt as an itching. Yes, there are treatment options but you need to see an orthopedic physician. ...Read more

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Crossing legs for a while causing numbness, is it due to ischemia to the nerve? Or to the vascular structures that cause numbness?

Crossing legs for a while causing numbness, is it due to ischemia to the nerve? Or to the vascular structures that cause numbness?

Peroneal : The peroneal nerve gets compressed at the lateral fibular area, and in part the small vessels, vasa nervorum get compressed, with some mild localized and reversible ischemia, but also transient axonal transport cut-off with less distal nutrient delivery. But the nerves cause the numbness, not the blood vessels. ...Read more

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Can heart pain that goes to the arms and causes numbing in arms and hands be a problem?

Can heart pain that goes to the arms and causes numbing in arms and hands be a problem?

Certainly: Radiating or referring pain, particularly to the left arm, hand or jaw are classic symptoms of angina and can indicate a heart attack. Women, in particular, often describe back pain when experiencing a heart attack. Please see your doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing these symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes a pinched nerve in your neck?

What causes a  pinched nerve in your neck?

Bone or cartilage: Most commonly, a pinched nerve in the spine is caused by a nerve being compressed by arthritic calcifications from the joint, or from cartilage that lines a joint, or from a slipped disc. Symptoms should be checked by your doctor as severe cases can lead to permanent damage to the nerve and muscles supplied by that nerve. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause facil and scalp tingles and numbness to the touch as with the feet and legs ?Will the emg test figure this out?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause facil and scalp tingles  and numbness to the touch as with the feet and legs ?Will the emg test figure this out?

Numbness: An upper cervical nerve problem can cause posterior scalp numbness. Facial numbness is due to either a cranial nerve or brain. Tingling and numbness in face, scalp, and legs without arms involved is unusual but can be caused by what is call a peripheral neuropathy. An electrodiagnostic test involving nerve conduction and EMG may be quite helpful in determining what and how nerves are effected. ...Read more

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How can I know if the pain or sensation in my upper right thigh is caused by a pinched nerve or arthritis?

Good question: Probably not arthritis at your age but you need your hip and leg examined. May need a MRI of the lumbar spine. And hip. It can often be very confusing since there is a lot of overlap of hip and spine symptoms. ...Read more

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Could a nerve block in your neck cause peripheral neuropathy in a 31yr old woman?

Could a nerve block in your neck cause peripheral neuropathy in a 31yr old woman?

Nerve block neuropat: It is possible that a neck nerve block could cause neuropathy. However, don't assume this to be the case. Please get this properly evaluated, examined and worked- up by a neurologist. ...Read more

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What causes a feeling of vibrating all over? Is it a skin sensation problem; a skin nerves problem?

What causes a feeling of vibrating all over? Is it a skin sensation problem; a skin nerves problem?

Vibrations in skin: The symptoms of vibrating sensation could suggest nerve pathology. If the area of vibration is localized and does not change, it suggests the sensory nerves supplying that area are getting affected by either compression or some other pathology. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can CRPS cause temperature changes in both legs from the thighs to my feet or would be something else? Could anxiety cause this?

Can CRPS cause temperature changes in both legs from the thighs to my feet or would be something else? Could anxiety cause this?

Yes: Yes, temp changes can happen with CRPS. Anxiety can make a number of medical issues worse, and could be causing CRPS to act up. There are meds to help both of these if needed, and physical therapy is a big part of treating CRPS, which can be a difficult diagnosis to treat. Good luck. ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a blood test reveal problems associated with numbness or a loss of feeling in legs?

It'd be possible that a blood test reveal problems associated with numbness or a loss of feeling in legs?

Maybe, but: First, find out if symptoms are due to lumbar stenosis, or a peripheral neuropathy. Then classify the peripheral nerve problem into categories, by measuring function with an emg. Groups of blood or urine tests done based on these findings will often reveal full answers which could lead to successful treatments. ...Read more

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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