Don’t Ignore Tingling and Numbness in Hands and Feet

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If you’ve ever experienced tingling and numbness in your hands and feet, you know it feels a lot worse than it sounds. There are many reasons you could be having these sensations. It’s important to identify the potential causes. This is especially true if you’re a chronic pain sufferer with an injury or autoimmune disease.

Not all tingling indicates a serious health problem. You may get nerve pain or experience a lack in nerve function that feels like pins and needles. It may subside when you start moving that limb. That’s likely due to restricted blood flow. It feels awkward and uncomfortable, but it’s only temporary.

tingling and numbness in hands and feet

You may have had your foot fall asleep before. That happens when we unknowingly sit or sleep in an odd position. It also resolves as soon as pressure is removed from the blood vessels, allowing blood to flow normally to the extremities.

If you experience unexplainable and frequent tingling and numbness in hands and feet, here’s our guide for determining next steps. Also, we’ll let you know when and why it’s time to worry.

Identifying the sensations

Tingling in hands or tingling in your feet can feel like constant pinpricks. It’s like a low humming of electricity or a constant vibration that’s impossible to ignore. Some may describe it as a zapping sensation that can shift from bearable to painful. It can be very aggravating and easily disrupt your normal day-to-day activities. We instinctively shake our extremities – wiggle and move our toes or fingers – in hopes if increasing circulation. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work.

Numbness is a more complex feeling. It can be far more concerning as well. If you begin to not feel your hands or feet or feel as though you can’t control them, that’s numbness. At the height of my numbness, I could touch my foot and my calf and not feel my own hand on my own skin.

If you experience numbness for more than a day or two, don’t ignore it. Talk to your healthcare team. At a minimum, you may have suffered nerve damage. Your body could be on the brink of a much more serious problem like:

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  1. I get a lot of tingling, sometimes painful (feels sort of like they are on fire at times). Elevating rarely helps. I also at times get tingling in my left hand. It usually is worse as the day goes on, but ave had times that I wake up with excruciating pain in my feet. It is sometimes that same tingling as when your foot wakes up but without the numbness. As I said before it can feel internally “hot”, but not to touch. I do have different amounts of swelling in my feet and calves from water retention. Though even when not visible swollen I still get this tingling pain so I don’t know if there is a correlation. I do have some days where I have no pain or tingling at all but can not determine what is different.

  2. Good Day,

    I have been getting tingling sensation in my left foot and left leg on and off now for a month. I was hit by a car two years ago and broke a few ribs and broke my right side toes. so i have been getting theses sensation for a month now, could that play apart? I do drink a lot of black coffee daily, and i take a multivitamin A-Z one a day and since i been taking them i have started to get the sensations.

    • Simone,

      First of all, I’m sorry you are going through what you are going through. I personally had a condition called drop foot with a tingling sensation going down my leg from the knee down on my right leg. I went to a neuro-chiropractor and it turned out I had a pinched nerve in my L-5. I didn’t do the recommended surgery but did do a lot of exercise to strengthen my back and it did eventually go away. My suggestion to you is find a neuro chiropractor and see what they say.

      Keep fighting the good fight!
      Gary

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