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Tingling sensation from head to toe, cramps. Diagnosed with gallbladder infection, low potassium, sodium levels. Treatment?

This past Tuesday I was driving to the clinic thinking I had a kidney infection. While driving I got this tingling sensation from head to toe and shortly there after got horrible cramping of my arm, hands, and feet. Then slowly lost my speech. I thought I was having a stroke. I went to ER where they said my potassium and magnesium levels were dangerously low. I also was told I had a bladder, kidney, and gallbladder infection and a small kidney stone. It's been four days and I don't feel much better. Im still getting occasional tingling in my face and feel very sluggish. Is this normal?
Asked On : Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello dear,

The kidney helps in maintaining the acid-base balance in the body.
And any pathology to it in the form of infection or stone can result in imbalance resulting in increased sensitivity of nerve endings at the Neuromuscular junctions.

So, the tingling sensation in the face can be attributed to increased sensitivity of the nerves which supply those muscle groups.

Other causes can be:
1. Electrolyte imbalance- as reported in the ER
2. Hypocalcemia- calcium is essential for nerve conduction & decreased level of calcium can cause such symptoms.
3. Dietary deficiency of nutrients like Vit B6, Vit B12 & Folic acid, etc,
4. Stress & hyperventilation
5. Peripheral neuropathy due to metabolic reasons

Symptomatic relief can be obtained by intake of multi vitamins & mineral supplements.
However, if symptoms still persist, kindly consult your Physician for a proper clinical examination.
Investigations like complete blood count & nerve conduction studies will be helpful.

There is no need to will be fine.
Wishing you a good health.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Tue, 25 Jun 2013
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