Tingling in arms and hands? Anyone have any experience?

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Posted 2/19/2013 by Tuva42 in NSBR Board


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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:14:23 PM
Going to see my doc in a few days but curious as to others experiences.

For the last 3 or 4 days I've had tingling in my hands and arms. Not pins and needles like they've fallen asleep, but just a little bit of tingling.

According to Dr. Google this could be from diabetes (but its not, recent blood work says my blood sugar is fine), thyroid issues, or oh joy, menopause (I'm 52).

I realize it could be a pinched nerve, but I don't think so. I've never had problems with this in the past and its both arms equally. I'm sure this could also be the sign of some horrible, life changing or life threatening thing, but I refuse to acknowledge that at this point.

Have you ever had this problem? Found a solution for it? Was it thyroid or menopause related?



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Posted: 2/19/2013 9:30:52 PM
I've had it in my arms/hands and also my legs/feet. Took a long time to figure out what it was but finally a neurologist figured out I was B12 deficient. She gave me a series of shots over a few months to get my levels back up and I now take it orally.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 11:28:03 PM
Any medication changes recently? I know that tingling is one side effect of topamax for example.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 1:40:22 AM
Are you under stress? Change your gum chewing habits? Sleep on your stomach? These can put tension in your jaw which in turn can cause tension/tingling in your arms/hands. The first thing I notice when my dentist put me in a nighttime grinding guard, was that my shoulder/arm quit hurting/tingling.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 6:30:53 AM
How much caffeine do you consume daily? I had similar symptoms a few years ago. After an extensive workup by a neurologist, she could find nothing wrong with me. However I was working night shift and consuming large amounts of caffeine to stay awake. When I cut down the caffeine to one drink per day, the symptoms went away. Now I can tell when I've had too much caffeine, I get tingles in my extremities.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 7:04:50 AM
Hmmm...hadn't thought about a vitamin deficiency. I had recent blood work (2 weeks before the tingling started)and I was found to have low vitamin D. She put me on a mega dose once a week. I thought it might be that but turns out no one has ever reported tingling as a side effect of vitamin D. No other med changes.

I do drink caffeine but I'm drinking the same amount I've drunk for years.

I have increased my water intact significantly, increased my exercise quite a bit and begun rigorously sticking to my WW diet. But none of this to an extreme level.

I don't think I'm grinding my jaw at night. I've done that before and the first symptom is jaw pain for me.

Thanks, all. This gives me more to think about.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 7:10:26 AM
Bad pillow... slept with a twisted neck and was right side arm and hand numb for about a week. Drove me nuts! (Especially index finger and thumb, and also the elbow)


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Posted: 2/20/2013 7:24:47 AM
I actually doubt it's anything serious; try not to worry.

It seems the older I get, the more of these types of things happen to me.

One cause of these symptoms for me is severe anxiety, even when I'm not necessarily mentally aware of the anxiety, my body is.

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Posted: 2/20/2013 7:32:37 AM
Other thoughts:

Bulging disc in neck
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Spinal stenosis
Degenerative disc disease

See your doc


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Posted: 2/20/2013 7:36:52 AM
Like pheestand, a bad pillow caused these symptoms and also a deep pain in my arm. I was pretty relieved when a doctor friend diagnosed me within thirty seconds 'cause I was worried it was a heart issue

I changed pillows and the symptoms lessened the very first night.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 7:40:48 AM
Have you been sick recently?

When my arms and hands tingle like that it means my potassium is critically low. I went to the dr about it and he blew it off but because of my IBS history and nearly dying from a stupid stomach virus he drew blood. An hour later I got my butt chewed by the dr for letting my potassium get so low. I had an asshat for a dr but I do have to keep tabs on keeping hydrated and my electrolytes balanced on a regular basis.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 8:16:29 AM
I had that. My doctor checked my thyroid. Sure enough, I needed to be on thyroid meds. The tingling stopped.

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Posted: 2/26/2013 8:53:35 AM
PAF78 - You were RIGHT!!! My doctor ran a series of blood tests and it turns out I have extremely low B12. Starting a series of shots tomorrow. Thanks for the advice everybody.



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Posted: 2/26/2013 11:13:41 AM
Same symptoms here and mine was thyroid. Dr claimed that this wasn't the cause but the day I started synthroid it stopped. I know my levels need adjusting when it starts again.


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Posted: 2/26/2013 11:51:17 AM
I see I am too late...but I was coming in to say B12. I am hypothyroid and people that are hypo tend to have low B12 or Vit D as well. Mega doses of sublingual B12 helped me tremendously.

My mother in law had severe tingles too ,which she thought was due to her Raynaud's. I suggested she try the B12 as whatever your body does not need will be excredted from your body. She confirmed this with her pharmacist and tried taking it and was impressed with how it helped her tingles in her feet and hands. She was also diagnosed as hypo since then too.
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