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What Causes Tingling Sensation All Over The Body?

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Posted on Sat, 15 Oct 2016
Question: I will occasionally feel a bit of a chill coming on, followed by bout 5-8 seconds of a tingling kind of rush over my whole body. I can still see, speak, function, and recover normally, but for those 5-8 seconds it is disconcerting and it feels like something significant is happening although no one else can see it. It doesn't seem to affect me in any way other than making me wonder what's happening. I had these a few times as a child, have not had them for my whole life since then, but over the past 6 months I probably have these 2-3 times a week. Any ideas?
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Answered by Dr. Dariush Saghafi (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Need Neurological Examination and workup

Detailed Answer:
Good morning and thank you for your question. Your history is concerning for a possible seizure or epileptic type of problem. Whether it is classifiable best as a partial vs. generalized form may remain to be seen. However, if these are episodes you had as a child which were either never diagnosed or if diagnosed, never treated then, this would be the time to have this problem looked at in terms of what is causing this to happen.

I recommend you seek out a neurologist to explain the symptoms and undergo a full examination complete with bloodwork, imaging study of the head (MRI with seizure protocol using gadolinium contrast and thin slice images through an area called the mesial temporal lobe), and an EEG (electroencephalogram) which will measure the electrical activity of your brain.

You should also start a log or diary and track each time these events occur so you can take this to your doctor. Depending upon the frequency of these episodes they may choose to do their studies and measurements in the hospital or they may choose to analyze things and work you up as an outpatient. My guess is that you will need at least 2 EEG's since the first study is often negative and needs to be followed up in many cases by a more prolonged time frame of recording or to have the patient even stress themselves by depriving them of sleep to see if something can be triggered in the brain to record.

If I've adequately answered your questions could you do me a huge favor by CLOSING THE QUERY and being sure to include some fine words of feedback along with a 5 STAR rating if you feel my answers/suggestions have helped? Again, many thanks for posing your questions and please let me know how things turn out.

Do not forget to contact me in the future at: www.bit.ly/drdariushsaghafi for additional questions, comments, or concerns having to do with this topic or others.

This query has utilized a total of 15 minutes of professional time in research, review, and synthesis for the purpose of formulating a return statement.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Causes Tingling Sensation All Over The Body?

Brief Answer: Need Neurological Examination and workup Detailed Answer: Good morning and thank you for your question. Your history is concerning for a possible seizure or epileptic type of problem. Whether it is classifiable best as a partial vs. generalized form may remain to be seen. However, if these are episodes you had as a child which were either never diagnosed or if diagnosed, never treated then, this would be the time to have this problem looked at in terms of what is causing this to happen. I recommend you seek out a neurologist to explain the symptoms and undergo a full examination complete with bloodwork, imaging study of the head (MRI with seizure protocol using gadolinium contrast and thin slice images through an area called the mesial temporal lobe), and an EEG (electroencephalogram) which will measure the electrical activity of your brain. You should also start a log or diary and track each time these events occur so you can take this to your doctor. Depending upon the frequency of these episodes they may choose to do their studies and measurements in the hospital or they may choose to analyze things and work you up as an outpatient. My guess is that you will need at least 2 EEG's since the first study is often negative and needs to be followed up in many cases by a more prolonged time frame of recording or to have the patient even stress themselves by depriving them of sleep to see if something can be triggered in the brain to record. If I've adequately answered your questions could you do me a huge favor by CLOSING THE QUERY and being sure to include some fine words of feedback along with a 5 STAR rating if you feel my answers/suggestions have helped? Again, many thanks for posing your questions and please let me know how things turn out. Do not forget to contact me in the future at: www.bit.ly/drdariushsaghafi for additional questions, comments, or concerns having to do with this topic or others. This query has utilized a total of 15 minutes of professional time in research, review, and synthesis for the purpose of formulating a return statement.