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I have tingling fingertips that started two months ago and

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Dr. Michelle Gibson James

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Posted on Wed, 6 Feb 2019 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: I have tingling fingertips that started two months ago and my mouth and tounge is extremely dry.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
different possible causes

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

The nerves are responsible for producing sensation in the different areas of our body.

Abnormal function of the nerves is called neuropathy and it can be temporary or permanent. Abnormal function of the nerves (neuropathy) is commonly responsible for altered or irregular sensations such as tingling.

There are different possible causes of neuropathy, in some the cause is not found and as mentioned, it can also be temporary.
Causes include: (1)trauma to the nerves eg in the spine where they start (eg from arthritis) or along path
(2)diabetes
(3)stroke
(4)liver or kidney disease
(5)low vitamin b12 or folate
(6)thyroid disease
(7)MS
(8)abnormal b6 levels


There are nerves that influence saliva production and though it is possible that abnormal function of these nerves may cause dry mouth, it is most commonly due to other causes such as a: (1) side effect of medication ( up to 400 meds can cause dryness of the mouth/tongue),
(2)autoimmune diseases (rare cause),
(3)dehydration,
(4)diabetes

To find the causes of your symptoms, you would need to be assessed by your doctor by examination and bloods. Imaging of the back may be needed if you have symptoms eg back pain.

There are meds that may be able to help reduce your symptoms and in some cases, the cause can be specifically treated

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions



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