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What causes persistent tingling sensation in different parts of the body?

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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: As of late being awakened at night with intense tingling in most parts of my body. Many years back a slight tingling started in my groin and gradually spread to the rest of my body. Back,arms,hands,legs,feet etc . Last year the tingling has intensified and wakes me up at night. I take 2 acetaminophen and go back to sleep. Any blood work(fasting) I have ad in the last 3/4 years do not indicate diebetes . I have never mentioned ti to a doctor as I never deemed it bothersome until now.
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (53 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Peripheral neuropathy should be considered.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your question and understand your concerns.

Symptoms you describe are most likely related to peripheral nerves dysfunction or irritation, also known as peripheral neuropathy.

There are other conditions besides diabetes that may be associated with peripheral neuropathy and these include thyroid gland dysfunction, kidneys and liver diseases, alcohol use, low vitamin B12 levels, certain toxins or drugs side effects, viral infections, anemia, autoimmune diseases etc.

As you can see, the list of conditions that may cause peripheral neuropathy symptoms is long, some of these conditions could be excluded since blood tests were okay (anemia, diabetes, kidneys and liver diseases ), but special tests about vitamins B group levels, thyroid gland function, autoantibodies are needed to properly diagnose your condition.

There is need also for electromyography and nerve conduction studies for this purpose.

I think you should consult a Neurologist and discuss about your concerns.

Treatment depends on the cause found after above mentioned examinations.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Let me know if I can assist you further.

Greetings.
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What causes persistent tingling sensation in different parts of the body?

Brief Answer: Peripheral neuropathy should be considered. Detailed Answer: Hello and thanks for using HCM. I have read your question and understand your concerns. Symptoms you describe are most likely related to peripheral nerves dysfunction or irritation, also known as peripheral neuropathy. There are other conditions besides diabetes that may be associated with peripheral neuropathy and these include thyroid gland dysfunction, kidneys and liver diseases, alcohol use, low vitamin B12 levels, certain toxins or drugs side effects, viral infections, anemia, autoimmune diseases etc. As you can see, the list of conditions that may cause peripheral neuropathy symptoms is long, some of these conditions could be excluded since blood tests were okay (anemia, diabetes, kidneys and liver diseases ), but special tests about vitamins B group levels, thyroid gland function, autoantibodies are needed to properly diagnose your condition. There is need also for electromyography and nerve conduction studies for this purpose. I think you should consult a Neurologist and discuss about your concerns. Treatment depends on the cause found after above mentioned examinations. Hope you found the answer helpful. Let me know if I can assist you further. Greetings.