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Tingling and numbness in body, breathing gets rapid. Done accupuncture, orthomanual therapy and ostheopathy. What is the reason?

What can cause tingling attacks in half of my body (especially around ribs)? Since 7 years (I am now 24) I have been experiencing attacks of tingling/numbness/electricity sensations in one side of my body. It started in my half belly when I was running or drinking alcohol (already after 1 sip). But after a couple of years the attacks were in half of my body (starting in lower ribs, spreading out to my leg and arm , and a few tingles in my chin). The attacks last half a minute and then fade, but a very tight feeling in my chest remains for about an hour (and attacks can repeat). Since a few months it s been getting a lot worse: I feel tingles around my left lower ribs non-stop, and with every too fast movement I get an attack, even slow walking is tricky. When I feel an attack coming I can stand very still and then it sometimes fades again. Things that trigger an attack: starting a too sudden movement (increasing pace, standing up, stretching , jumping, especially after having sat still for a bit), being cold, drinking alcohol (already after 1 sip), shaking (when I m sitting on someone s back and he starts to run), stress, breathing very fast, when I m lying in bed for a little bit and roll over, and sometimes even spontaneous. Cycling goes fine (!! even intensive mountainbiking) but when I slowly walk from my bike to the door I can get an attack. Sometimes when I m very careful and come into movement very slowly (and stand still when I feel it coming), I can eventually walk quickly. But when I sit for a little bit and stand up again it s back. When I keep walking or moving after an attack, the attacks go to my right side as well, exactly the same feeling. Left and right then alternate quickly after another, always just one half at the time. It only becomes worse, never less. The frequency can be a lower over a period, but the attacks are only becoming intenser (never lighter, and ever since my leg and arm were in the attack they never left), as if something is being damaged. I ve been tested on MS, Lyme and other spinal problems (all negative), but everything seemed fine. I never had any accidents or major diseases. Although breathing quickly can trigger it, it s not the only cause (I ve been tested for hyperventilation and been to a fysiotherapist, but it s concluded that something more is going on). My ribs were found a bit more horizontal than normal, but they don t think this can cause the problems. Besides different doctors I tried accupuncture, orthomanual therapy and ostheopathy, all without any luck. I first accepted to live with it, but as it s only getting so much worse and restricting, I am becoming concerned. I hope you can give me any ideas what this can be!
Asked On : Wed, 9 Jan 2013
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Sexologist 's  Response
Does it come any time while you are sleeping? the description given very well fits in to panic attack which is a medical disease and may be associated with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. You need to consult a Psychiatrist for detailed evaluation. There can be non psychiatric causes also like mitral valve prolapse, hyperthyroidism, cardiac arrythmia,seizure disorder etcetra. It needs appropriate investigations and management

Good Luck
Answered: Tue, 30 Jul 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Polash Sannigrahi's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be attributed to:
1. Neuropathy
2. Dietary deficiency of certain nutrients like Iron, Vit B6, Vit B12, Folic acid, etc. which help in blood formation and nerve conduction.
3.Systemic causes like diabetes or hypertension
4. Hypocalcemia- decrease in calcium levels in the body
5. Metabolic & Hormonal causes

Though symptomatic relief can be obtained by administration of nervigenic agents like Vit B6, Vit B12, etc., the underlying cause needs to be treated.

So, kindly consult a Neurologist & get a proper clinical examination done, including nerve conduction studies.
Investigations like complete blood count, estimation of blood pressure & blood sugar levels will be helpful to rule out any pathological cause for the symptoms.

There is no need to worry, you will be fine.
Take care
Answered: Tue, 30 Jul 2013
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