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This last week I started having tingling sensations in my hands and occasionally my feet. It was infrequent a few days ago and is now increasing in frequency. It is not an all-over buzzing, like when your leg goes to sleep. It is quick, stinging sensations like being touched by a pin. It feels almost like when you are outside in the freezing cold making snowballs with your bare hands, and then you go inside and put them above the wood stove - and as the blood returns, it stings. It is almost itchy but there is no rash, my hands look the same as always.

It is mostly in my hands. It is in the fingers, mostly the tips and in the fatty pad of the palm. They tingle when I am on the computer at work, when I am driving, when I am laying in bed. 2 days ago it was happening infrequently, like every few hours, but yesterday it was multiple times an hour.

OK, so I should probably see someone about this. Am I allowed to just call up a neurologist, or do you have to get a referral first? Also, has anyone had anything like this before?
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I’m not a doctor; I would get this checked out if you are concerned. In the meantime, it sounds like it could be due to bad circulation, I suggest eating cayenne peppers or buying some cayenne pepper powder from the store and see if it helps.
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OK, so I should probably see someone about this. Am I allowed to just call up a neurologist, or do you have to get a referral first? Also, has anyone had anything like this before?
Well that all depends on your insurance. SOme insurances require a visit to you rprimary care physician and then they give you a referral to a neurologist. Other plans are fine with you taking care of business on your own. It almost sounds like some kind of neuropathy to me. Good luck to you!
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Wow, I have had this exact same thing happen to me this week (it started Friday). The same sensations, same locations, keeps coming and going every few hours, etc. Have you by any chance been extra itchy as well? Curious to see what others say about this.

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Wow, I have had this exact same thing happen to me this week (it started Friday). The same sensations, same locations, keeps coming and going every few hours, etc. Have you by any chance been extra itchy as well? Curious to see what others say about this.
A little extra itchy. Mostly it seems my skin is more sensitive. If I squeeze my hands at all they respond by prickling.
That is so weird, that you would get the same thing around the same time. Kinda creepy.

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Well that all depends on your insurance. SOme insurances require a visit to you rprimary care physician and then they give you a referral to a neurologist. Other plans are fine with you taking care of business on your own. It almost sounds like some kind of neuropathy to me. Good luck to you!
I checked with a coworker and he said you can go directly to a neurologist, but the copay will be more than if you got a referral. So I guess a referral is what i need to get.
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This may sound weird, but try a chiropractor. Okay, so check with a regular doctor first, but also try a chiropractor. This happens to me when my back is out of whack. I actually asked my regular doctor about it b/c I was slightly freaked, and she said it was normal for that to happen what with the back issues I was dealing with. I know I'll feel like my one toe is going numb, but when I touch it or rub it against something, I can feel it. It's not going completely numb, just feels funky. Getting a good adjustment really helps it. My bil had his whole arm going numb, even I was freaked out, but apparently a few adjustments later, and it was back to normal.
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defn try the chiro as if you have any pinching up in your neck area that will defn cause that pins and needles feeling.

But go to a general physician as it could also be anything from low blood pressure (cardiologist area) for women that heart reflex is very off it will always keep blood in the adbomen not the hands feet head hence why if you move quick stand up sit down many of us will get that feeling.

A neurologist is also helpful as there are many conditions from sleep disorders that could cause that feeling from restless leg type (not sure if that extends to hands) I have narcolepsy and I do get that feeling.

Also I have kidney problems and when my kidneys back up so I retain water I can also get that feeling although it usually comes with a chubby hands feeling. Its really bad when I am pregnant with all the extra body water/blood volume.

there are also medications that can cause that feeling I think paxil or something does it I had a friend who said when she went off it she got that feeling..

I checked wrong diagonosis.com great resource
they said shingles could also cuase that feeling
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/s/shingles/symptoms.htm

but in general for tingling:
http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/tingling.htm
Pinched nerve
Anxiety / Panic attack
Diseases affecting the nerves like diabetis
Circulatory disorders
Multiple sclerosis
Lead poisoning
Alcohol
Tobacco
Certain deficiencies - anemia

they have a list of 87 drugs that cause the tingles from antihistimes etc.

I say go to your gp and get a full blood work up first as it could be something simple like anemia, a neuro will put you through a slew of tests if the answer is easy or better to rule out things like anemia so if you do have to see a specialist it will speed up the process

8 might be enough
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Thanks Shiloh and peekyboo! My neck has seemed "out" lately, and i have been intending to see a chiropractor.
Shiloh, thanks for the info on other possible causes. I will make an appt to see a GP and get checked out.
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if your neck has been 'out' I'd bet money on that one,
mommy posture takes a beating from hauling kids, stuff, pregnancy, breastfeeding, sleeping funny, sleeping with kids ON TOP of you add in diaper bags, slings...
also the telephone can really mess up your neck as usually as mamas we hold it against our shoulders my sister got a head set as she was finding the phone killing her neck.

ask your chiro for tips on how to pick up children, stuff etc properly

8 might be enough
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About a month ago, the outside of my right foot was numb for a whole week. I mentioned it to my chiro, he adjusted my foot & voila! no more numb foot, just like that! I'd start at the chiro if I were you, it's the cheapest, least invasive option & I bet you've got a pinched nerve or nerves somewhere. Those subluxations can cause so many strange symptoms.

I get the tinglies & have also been insanely itchy, mostly on my shoulders/upper arms & mostly at night - and yes, I'm way stressed. I also wear Ds in my MT like 7 hours a day.

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It faded off this weekend, becoming very infrequent, but I went to the chiro Monday and one of my neck vertebrae was way out of place. I had an adjustment and I am going back Friday to check how things are doing.
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hands and feet going numb/tingling pain is a sign of B12 deficiency.
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I don't think it would be b12 deficiency. My diet is not low in meat and cheese. :
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I don't think it would be b12 deficiency. My diet is not low in meat and cheese.
It is a myth that you have to not eat alot of meat in order to be B12 deficient. There are many other cuases of it. I eat alot of meat and I am B12 deficient. It does not hurt to check it out. IF it comes back fine, then that's something ruled out. IF it comes back low then you can start treatment. B12 deficiency is a lifelong problem that can cause major health issues including death if not treated.
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Is it a lifelong thing or can it be sudden onset? I would think that would've come up in my bloodwork when I had DS1.
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