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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest treatment for tingling sensation in the right arm

I have tingling in my right arm , moves up and down the arm - feels like pin pricks. comes and goes. No pain, no soreness, no reason. feels like a bug walking on my right arm and like I am having goose bumps. Nothing visible. I am 66 years old, fair skinned see doc for annual physical and dermatologist for regular treatment of sun damage - nothing major but had squamous cells removed a few years ago. Mostly go in for freezing with the can. Had a recent double dose flu shot for old people - been suspecting that was cause but not sure.
Mon, 11 Feb 2019
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be attributed to para-spinal spasm and entrapment of nerve fibers at the upper spinal region.

Other causes can be:
1. Fluctuation in blood pressure or blood sugar levels.
2. Inadequate hydration status & electrolyte imbalance of the body
3. Dietary deficiencies of certain nutrients like Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Folic acid, etc. which help in blood formation & nerve conduction.

Symptomatic relief can be obtained by intake of nervigenic agents (like Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic acid) as well as multivitamin & multimineral supplements including iron, calcium & Vitamin D needs to be added in his diet.
Physiotherapy & postural exercise will also be helpful.

If symptoms still persist, kindly consult a Neurologist & get a complete Neurological examination done.
Certain investigations like complete blood count, serum electrolyte estimation, fresh estimation of blood pressure & nerve conduction studies will be helpful to rule out any pathological cause for the symptoms.
X ray & MRI of spine can also be carried out to detect any nerve entrapment.

Wishing you a Good Health.
Take care.

Dr Polash Sannigrahi
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