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What causes sudden chill in leg?

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Posted on Wed, 3 Sep 2014
Question: My leg suddenly feels chilled, in a second it feels normal again. What can be the cause of this?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
may be due to nervous or blood vessel system

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

May be related to the nerves or blood vessels. This can only be determined by physical examination to check out whether the pulses in the leg are normal and also an assessment of the nerves in the leg.

IN terms of the nerves:
It is possible that it is related to peripheral neuropathy. The nerves are responsible for sensations in the body.

The central nerves refer to the brain and spinal cord.

The peripheral nerves are those not in the brain and spinal cord. This means the nerves in the limbs, trunk etc

Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage in the peripheral nerves due to changes in the structure or function of the nerves.
It presents with abnormal sensations such as the cold sensation.
Others may have numbness, tingling, heaviness, burning, sticking, stinging. It can vary.

It can be due to : (1)vitamin b12 or folate deficiency
(2)diabetes
(3)trauma
(4)toxin exposure
(5)liver or kidney disease
(6)stroke, MS
(7)infections
(8)inherited
(9)idiopathic- cause not known

In terms of blood vessels

Any issues with the circulation, any disruption or blockage in circulation can result in abnormal sensations as well.

The treatment would depend on the cause.

History of your symptoms, examination of your limbs and possible investigations would determine the cause.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James (13 hours later)
What type Doctor should I make an appointment with?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
your GP initially

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Your general practitioner would be able to assess initially . He or she would be able to examine you and conduct the appropriate tests.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes sudden chill in leg?

Brief Answer: may be due to nervous or blood vessel system Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic May be related to the nerves or blood vessels. This can only be determined by physical examination to check out whether the pulses in the leg are normal and also an assessment of the nerves in the leg. IN terms of the nerves: It is possible that it is related to peripheral neuropathy. The nerves are responsible for sensations in the body. The central nerves refer to the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nerves are those not in the brain and spinal cord. This means the nerves in the limbs, trunk etc Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage in the peripheral nerves due to changes in the structure or function of the nerves. It presents with abnormal sensations such as the cold sensation. Others may have numbness, tingling, heaviness, burning, sticking, stinging. It can vary. It can be due to : (1)vitamin b12 or folate deficiency (2)diabetes (3)trauma (4)toxin exposure (5)liver or kidney disease (6)stroke, MS (7)infections (8)inherited (9)idiopathic- cause not known In terms of blood vessels Any issues with the circulation, any disruption or blockage in circulation can result in abnormal sensations as well. The treatment would depend on the cause. History of your symptoms, examination of your limbs and possible investigations would determine the cause. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions