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What causes numbness with pins and needle sensation on feet and hand?

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Posted on Mon, 7 Jul 2014
Question: Hi,
I am a male, 41 yrs old, have a bad back (bulged discs in the lumbar region) am currently having some scans by specialist as MRI was inconclusive. I sometimes get shooting pains down my leg from the back pain. Now I don't have a shooting pain, I have a numbness/pins & needles feeling in my left foot, & pins and needles in my left hand. This is the first time this has happened, doesn't feel like the usual sciatic pain. What could this be?
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (25 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Want to know little detail about your illness.

Detailed Answer:
Hello sir,
I have read your case. I want to know little detail about your illness before I advise you.
1. Since when you are having this problem?
2. Are you having diabetes or any other medical illness?
3. Have you done any blood test like serum B 12 estimation?
Please send me answers of these questions. Also If possible MRI. I will try my best to help you. Thanks.
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Follow up: Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (30 minutes later)
1. Had the numbness for a couple days, progressively getting worse.
2. No diabetes
3. Had a general blood test 2 months ago checking most things - all was ok
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Sharma (11 hours later)
Brief Answer:
I would suggest you to get B 12 estimation

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
After reading your answers, I came to conclusion that you might be having a polyneuropathy. I would suggest you to get serum B 12 estimation. This is common cause of neuropathy.
Also I forget to ask if you take alcohol . As it can also cause such symptoms.
Send me report of serum B 12.
Let me know if you want to ask any other questions. Thanks.

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What causes numbness with pins and needle sensation on feet and hand?

Brief Answer: Want to know little detail about your illness. Detailed Answer: Hello sir, I have read your case. I want to know little detail about your illness before I advise you. 1. Since when you are having this problem? 2. Are you having diabetes or any other medical illness? 3. Have you done any blood test like serum B 12 estimation? Please send me answers of these questions. Also If possible MRI. I will try my best to help you. Thanks.