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Arms, legs and nose tingling when flying. What is this?

Recently while flying in a small airplane we experienced very bumpy weather, while I am not scared to fly I get motion sickness very easy. My husband is the pilot and I trust him with my life, I have no fear of flying. This time both legs, arms and around my nose and mouth started tingling as if they had been asleep . Also my hands drew together and I was unable to use them. I fly often and have never experienced this tingling feeling. If I was the pilot I would have crashed, it rendered me unable to do anything. Have you ever heard if this? Thank you Renae
Asked On : Wed, 15 Aug 2012
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The symptoms that you are describing can be caused by rapid breathing (hyperventilation) with or without low blood calcium. Is it possible that you were breathing heavy (like sometimes one does when nauseated) before this things started at that particular time. heavy breathing reduces carbon dioxide levels in blood and irritate nerves to cause this symptoms. These are transient and are relieved sometime after the heavy breathing is stopped. It is also a good idea to get you calcium levels checked.
Good luck.
Answered: Thu, 16 Aug 2012
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