Numbness and Tingling in Both Arms and Legs


This article describes disorders causing numbness and tingling in BOTH arms (hands) AND legs (feet). Typical symptoms are mentioned beside each disorder.

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Peripheral neuropathies (Gk. peripheria = outer surface; neuropathy = nerve disease) are disorders affecting nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. Sensitive, motor and autonomic fibres of the spinal nerves and vagal nerve, can be affected and cause:

  • Numbness, tingling, burning, pain or weakness in limbs
  • Problems with coordination, muscle weakness, partial paralysis, falling from leg buckling or tripping over toes, problem with fine finger movements
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Heat intolerance
  • Dizziness at standing up
  • Early satiety, diarrhea, constipation, unintentional weight loss
  • Problems with urination
  • Male impotence

Causes of Numbness Due to Peripheral Neuropathies

Below is a list of causes of peripheral neuropathies with arm or leg numbness or tingling as common symptoms:

  1. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (in diabetes I or II): “stocking-glove” (feet-hands) pattern of numbness
  2. Alcoholic neuropaty: long term excessive alcohol drinking, burning feet, wide-based gait
  3. Rheumatoid arthritis: symmetrically swollen and warm joints in hands and/or feet, morning stiffness, numbness
  4. Vitamin B-12 and folate deficiency: weakness due to anemia, paleness, sore mouth and tongue, loss of appetite, numb feet and hands
  5. Uremia (from kidney failure): weakness, uremic frost, itchy skin (all over), edema (puffy face in the morning), numbness in limbs, urine-like odor to the breath
  6. Lyme disease (disseminated form): severe fatigue and headache, behavioral changes, numbness in the limbs, problems with the eyes, heart or joints
  7. Hepatitis C: history of a drug abuse, numbness in limbs, and often NO jaundice or other liver-related symptoms
  8. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is an inflammation of peripheral nerves due to abnormal immune response; numbness or tingling usually starts in toes or fingers; arms and legs weakness, and fatigue are common
  9. Leprosy , at the date, appears in India, Nepal, Myanmar, Brasil and certain African countries. Symptoms include rounded pigmentations on the limbs, numbness in hands (fingers) or feet (toes), limbs deformities
  10. Amyloidosis: enlarged tongue, right upper abdominal fullness, numbness in hands/feet
  11. Friedreich’s ataxia: clumsiness, staggering or lurching gait, trembling when standing still, impaired speech, arm/legs numbness
  12. Colorado tick fever, transmitted by a tic bite, occurring in Colorado/US: fever, sensitivity to light, headache, severe muscle aches, difficulty walking and breathing, limb numbness
  13. POEMS syndrome includes polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy, and skin changes. The cause is uncertain; unusual skin sensation and weakness can appear in the limbs on both sides


  1. Multiple sclerosis can cause numbness and tingling in various parts of the body, but rarely in a symmetrical pattern.
  2. Stroke can cause sudden numbness on one side of the body, for example in the left arm and leg.


Causes of impaired circulation resulting in arm/leg numbness or tingling:

  1. Peripheral vascular disease is narrowing of arteries due to their calcification (arteriosclerosis). Affected legs (or arms) can be pale, with blue/red discoloration, cold, painful, tingling or numb. Buerger’s disease usually develops in heavy male smokers (20-40 years of age) and cause pain, numbness and tingling in the feet and/or hands triggered by exercise and relieved by rest; ulcers on fingers/toes may appear.
  2. Frostnip, chilblains and frostbite: pale, bluish, numb skin on fingers, toes, nose and ears due to prolonged exposure to low temperatures
  3. Polyarteritis nodosa is a type of vasculitis, affecting medium-sized arteries: painful skin changes on the legs, partial limb paralysis, numbness in arms/legs, fever, weight loss
  4. Chronic necrotizing vasculitis is a rare vasculitis affecting arterial walls and causing fever, red spots on limbs, numbness and tingling in the toes, fingers, feet and hands


Disorders of the spinal cord or spine (vertebra), causing numbness and tingling in arms and/or legs:

  1. Spinal cord injury. Injuries of the cervical spine result in symmetrical arm and leg paralysis and numbness. Injuries at the thoracic level affect trunk and legs, and lumbar and sacral injuries affect hips and legs. In most spinal cord injuries, urine and fecal incontinence appear.
  2. Spinal tumors are rare, symptoms depend on their location and include back pain, arm or leg pain, weakness, numbness, partial paralysis, clumsiness, muscle spasms, bowel or bladder problems, or spinal deformity. Symptoms can develop gradually or suddenly.
  3. Syringomyelia refers to a cyst (syrinx) in the spinal cord. Symptoms include pain, numbness, stiffness in the back, upper trunk, arms and legs.
  4. Spinal arachnoid cysts are cysts around the spinal cord, which contain cerebrospinal fluid. Symptoms: back and leg pain and tingling or numbness in the legs or arms that worsen with time.


Toxins causing tingling in both hands (arms) and feet (legs):

  1. Fish or shellfish poisoning
    • Ciguatera poisoning. Certain big tropical fish, like tuna or barracuda, accumulate ciguatoxin from reef algae and can, usually few minutes to 30 hours after ingestion, cause tingling or itching in and around the lips, both arms and legs, or elsewhere on the body, reversal of hot/cold sensations, nausea, diarrhea, excessive sweating, headache, and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from few days to several months.
    • Paralytic shellfish poisoning. Shellfish like mussels, cockles, clams, scallops, oysters, crabs and lobsters can, usually 15 minutes to 10 hours after eating, cause numbness or tingling of the face, arms, and legs, followed by headache, dizziness, nausea, and muscular incoordination or floating sensation. In severe poisoning, muscle paralysis and death may occur in 2 to 25 hours.
    • Neurotoxic shellfish poisoningis caused by a toxin accumulated in oysters, clams and mussels. Within 1 to 3 hours after eating, numbness, tingling in the mouth, arms and legs, incoordination, and gastrointestinal upset and reversal of hot/cold sensations can appear; spontaneous recovery usually occurs within 2-3 days.
  2. Arsenic poisoning symptoms: discoloration of the skin, numbness in hands and feet; partial paralysis; blindness


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  • Mavin

    I suddenly developed numbness on my toes and frequent muscle cramp mostly at night and gradually my legs became weak. I cant walk. I even started having a kind of sour in between toes. I also started noticing weakness on my fingers.
    What could be the possible cause and treatment Please help

    • Jan Modric


      there’s no time to guess possible causes here. Please see a doctor as soon as possible.

  • jaime

    I found this site and was looking at my hands my fingernails become bluish in color looks like oxygen is needed or I read in the topic there’s posibilities of stroke is that right? I really scared. a little numb but still can use my hands.

    • Jan Modric


      Bluish fingernails could be a part of “cyanosis” due to lack of oxygen in the blood occuring in certain heart and lung disorders. This is serious enough to get a diagnosis from a doctor. In stroke there could be tingling or numbness, but not bluish fingernails.

  • jaime

    I have some tingling and numbness in my left hand that occur at night last Wednesday and Thursday but now just one finger of my left hand is bluish. I did went to my doctor and given me a blood test and urine test, didn’t get yet the result maybe Monday or Tuesday. Thus this a sign of stroke coming to me? I hope not.

    • Jan Modric


      only one finger being bluish may be from a blood clot or inflammation of the local vessel. Even if blood results come out negative, I recommend you to insist to get a clear diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

  • jaime

    Yap thanks for answering my query, I hope the result is negative. But I am always dizzy every time I walk but when I ‘m sitting around doing only computer there’s no dizzy occur. kinda looks drunk when walking. It’s kinda strange and when I heard loud noise my head squeeze also.

    • Jan Modric


      dizzines and ringing in the ears may occur in low blood pressure or hypoglycemia, for example. It is always good if you present all symptoms you have at once. Here’s a personal medical history questionnaire that may help.

  • Lisa

    Lisa 4 days ago I woke up with numbness on my entire left side. And now my right leg is numb what could be the problem.

    • Jan Modric


      your entire left side of the body was numb? If so, this is likely from the brain or spinal cord disorder and a neurologist could say more.

  • Bhavin

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Some time when i am sleeping during the night, and unintentionally sometimes i am using my arm instead of a pillow, i sleep like that for many hours and suddenly i wake up and fell that my hand has become numb, i cant control it movement. It becomes fine within 10-15 minutes, and there are no other problem that i get during that its just the had. It must be due to the pressure for long time of my head to the hand nerves or something. Please let me know what do they call this in medical language. Please if possible write me on my Email address. And if there are any medicines for it or its just to try to avoid sleeping on the arm.Kind Regards,

    • Jan Modric


      if your hand gets numb only after you sleep on it, then this is probably the cause. This can happen in otherwise cmpletely healthy people and is due to pressure on the nerves, as you’ve mentioned.

  • mike

    I developed numbness in my hands 2 weeks ago, just partially, and within a week it had spread throughout my body. My neurologist ordered tests for B12 deficiencies, and some artery tests–I smoked for 16 years and stopped a week ago as a result of being freaked out by this condition. The numbness is partial throughout my body, and came on quickly (in medical terms). The neurologist ordered a brain MRI as well, but seemed to imply that MS was not a probable cause because of the symmetrical and consistent pattern of numbness, along with the rapidity of the onset and lack of other symptoms. I feel it from head to toe. I am also co-mingling my symptoms with cigarette withdrawals (is there such a thing as a bad time to quit smoking?!). The neurologist also seemed to rule out back injury/pinched nerve, despite the fact that I have had sciatic problems for years and injured myself by falling in the tub a few months ago (I hit the very top of my spine and still feel pain). The comprehensive blood work won’t provide results for 2 weeks. I feel the speed of the onset and the consistency throughout my body implies something like a B12 deficiency, or the like. I feel no joint pain, have no discoloration, and am fully functional (though not as confident with my movements as I’d like to be).
    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Jan Modric


      important info is – are your face and trunk also affected? Smoking-related artery changes do not likely appear and spread so quickly and symmetrically. A sudden drop of vitamin B12, other B vitamins, folate, potassium or glucose could cause this, but other symptoms, like muscle weakness or cramps would be likely present. It could be a side effect of certain medicines…I’m not aware of any bad time to quit smoking, and numbness appearing before you quit, does not seem to be related with smoking.

      In some rare “post-infectious syndromes”, like Guillain-Barre syndrome (and others – a neurologist can tell), neurological symptoms apper on the end of arms or legs and spread over the body, and then go away in the opposite direction, the whole course lasting for several weeks. This can occur days or weeks after an infection, like food poisoning or some respiratory infection.

      Symptoms from pinched nerves in the lumbar and cervical spine do not likely spread this way.

  • Diana

    I have numbness in my legs, especially on the outward sides of my knees. If I try to put pressure on it (kneeling for example) it’s very painful. The numbness is also down my shins and then again on the outside of my feet, but less so. My hands are numb on the outside and up the thumb and the little finger but less than the feet.
    Blood results came back normal in regard to folates, B12, diabetes and thyroid problems.
    It started as pain in my hand and knees when I was 6 months pregnant. Doctor and midwives said that the cause is pregnancy related hormonal chances. I’ve sadly had a stillbirth 2 months later, at 35 weeks, the postmortem found no reasons. They excluded infections and lupus as possible causes. I would be very grateful for advice. I am especially worried that whatever caused the death of my unborn baby and the numbness/pain are connected, and that it might reoccur if I get pregnant again.

    • Jan Modric


      during pregnancy, your body retain more fluid and this can cause some swelling in the wrist(s) and lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s a common occurence in pregnancy; some women are more prone to get it than others. Overuse of the hands or eventual underlying disorder, like rheumatoid arthritis can aggravate the condition. A gynecologist could maybe say for how long after pregnancy the wrist swelling (not necessary visible) may persist.

      Numbness in described areas in legs can be due to a spinal disorder, like a bulging disc or spinal arthritis, resulting in a pinched nerve in the L5/S1 segment. This may occur because of increased weight during pregnancy and hence increased pressure on the lumbar spine.

      An MRI of the lumbar spine can detect a spinal disorder. Rheumatoid factor and other antibodies in the blood can reveal rheumatoid arthritis.

  • mike

    Diane, just an update; the brain scan came back clean. The blood work is still being looked at, I should have answers by end of this week. I am starting to feel pain on my spine both at the top and bottom, and recently remembered that the day before this started I moved a bunch of very heavy patio stones, probably 75+ pounds each. I do feel some weakness in my extremities, and yes, my face and chest do feel the same sensation. I have been taking a sublingual b12, but have been told that if you’re not absorbing properly you need shots. I do feel “deficient”, it’s the best way to describe my symptoms. I do feel somewhat week in my legs and arms, but have been trying to walk every night so figured my legs were tiring from exercise.

    I feel like b12 deficiency is the best explanation for a relatively sudden, almost perfectly symmetrical event such as this. This is one of the tests I am awaiting, I hope to find out soon. I don’t take any medication, so don’t think it’d be a side effect from that.
    I know numbness can result from a bulging or herniated disc. I guess it’s also possible that I herniated 2 discs, top and bottom, while lifting these heavy stones. I do feel pain in both spots and these are apparently the two most common herniation points.

    • Jan Modric


      lifting heavy stones and having sciatica in the past surely is the reason to think sciatica has reoccured. The same way, a bulging disc in the cervical spine could result in pinched nerve(s) that innervate the arms. But it is less likely either of these would cause numbness in the trunk and especially face. So, even if they are pinched nerves, there is obviously something else. No point to discusss about B12 before you get tests results. B12 deficiency alone would not likely cause pain in the spine…In severe B12 deficiency shots are given to restore normal levels in a shorter time than with pills.

  • myke2311

    Had a hole in heart they closed it almost a yr ago. Had a TIA prior to them finding the hole which they thought was the reason for it. Since then I wake up on my back and my left arm is tingly. Sometimes its both arms. Now my legs up to my calves feel weak when I first wake up. A little tingly as well. Specially the right. Ill run and toes get tingly. When I sit my right arm and pinky get tingly. What is going on?

    • Jan Modric


      symptoms in the limbs triggered by moving or changing body position can be from pinched spinal nerves in the neck and lower back. I’ can’t say if the symptoms are related to your surgery, so I recommend you to visit a neurologist who can give you an exact diagnosis.

  • mike

    It appears that my problem is in my neck; I have multiple impingements on my spinal column, two discs compressing the nerves, and “bilateral compression” of the nerves. I am set to see a neurosurgeon on the advice of both my neurologist and my orthopedic. I am thrilled that this is a physical problem and not one of the other issues being explored.
    As an aside, I want to add that I talked about full body numbness and facial numbness. In hindsight, since my proper diagnosis, much of that has gone away. I feel it in my hands, worse at night, and a “heaviness” in my legs. My toes tingle at times, and are numb in the morning. My point is, I believe the additional sensation was psychosomatic. I believe it’s critical to control ones anxiety, if possible, because it seems my mind ran wild, which manifested “real” symptoms.

    I am guessing surgery is forthcoming, and quickly. Thank you for your assistance, it’s very nice of you to listen to people’s problems!

  • jilly

    Hello,I’ve had dizziness blackouts and fainting spells for over 20 years now but only suffer these when its hot. Recently I was hot,nauseous and dizzy. I sat down and suddenly my legs feet arms hands and face were numb
    So numb that I couldn’t walk grasp with hands or speak. It has been a week since this happened and numbness has not gone completely away. Dr says I have anxiety even though I told him I worry about nothing. My potassium level was low but Dr said it was dine and again claims anxiety. Does that mean when I was child I had anxiety too? I don’t think so. There is something that is causing this but Dr doesn’t seem concerned. I can only be outside in heat for 10-15 min before I start going numb.I’m almost always lightheaded now.I have pain in back,neck is stiff, and headaches accompany dizziness and numbness. My ears also don’t feel right,like constant pressure and hearing is difficult at times but Dr says they are fine. Any ideas on where I should start would be appreciated.

    • Jan Modric


      low potassium can cause numbness, but it seems there could be other causes present, for example, lowered levels of other minerals, like calcium or magnesium, low glucose, or low blood pressure. You could also have an infection. I strongly recommend you to get checked by a doctor who will take you seriously. The doctor (primary doctor or neurologist) might order blood tests for above mentioned disorders and decide if you need any imaging investigation of the neck and head.

  • Dana

    I suffer from MS and i have numbness in both my legs and they are very week. what should i do..

    • Jan Modric


      a neurologist can tell what can be done.

  • Stacy

    I’d like to hear your answer on Mavin’s question as my mother has the same condition and doctors are helpless in finding the treatment.

  • keith

    For about 3 weeks I have been having a soreness in my right upper arm area,(Bicep)and it appears to have some swelling with it. At the same time I am having tingling sensations in my right thumb and index finger. Please give your opinion on this issue. Thank You, Keith

    • Jan Modric


      a disorder (inflammation, injury?) in the biceps can press upon the median nerve that brings about sensitivity of the thumb and index finger. A neurologist can make a diagnosis.

  • maof3nmd

    I’ve been experiencing tingling in both legs for a few months now. My legs also feel weak and stiff. Painful calfs as well. I had a nerve coduction test done on my legs and lower back, and that was normal. My blood work came back ok. I am otherwise a very healthly woman. I was wondering what else would cause these symtoms. I have not being able to work out regularly since these symtoms started.

    • Jan Modric


      numb, painful and stiff, but not swollen (?) legs with normal blood tests speak for a a disorder in the lumbar spine (bulging or herniated disc, spinal arthritis…), pressing upon the sciatic nerves on both sides. A neurologist can say if a CT or MRI of the lower spine is necessary.

  • Help4Son

    My son has recently been seen in the emergency room twice for pain associated with a swollen testicle and numbing of the penis. After a visit to the emergency and a urologist visit he was told that he has vericose veins in the testes which is causing the swelling and the pain. He has since began feeling grfadual numbness of the penis, hands, arms and legs. I have made another appointment with his urologist who seems to insist that his numbness isn’t associated with the enlarged veins in his testes. He is extremely uncomfortable, unable to stand for a long period of time, experiences the onset of his numbness when lying flat. He is also very emotionally stained and need guidance regarding next steps. I have given him tylenol to rest. Should we contact a Vein Specialist? What do you believing is occuring?

    • Jan Modric


      the cause of testis swelling should be exactly determined by appropriate investigation performed by a urologist. Enlarged veins (varicocele), collection of flood (hydrocele), inflammation of epididimis (epididimitis) or testis (orchitis), testicular torsion are some of possible causes. It is a urologist who should find a cause. Consider his situation as an emergency, not only because of pain, but because of possible complications. Maybe a small operation would be needed; anyway, he should be treated as soon as possible. Also be sure he is eating enough and drinking enough water.

  • son26

    Hi I have had tingling numbness and pain in my legs
    I aslo get it in both arms. I suffer from miagraines also.
    I have had a brain scan done which showed biliteral optic
    Atrophy but everything else on the brain scan was normal
    My neurologist said not doing no other tests as she thinks it is stress
    I don’t feel stressed. I am tired a lot and get confused a lot to
    Any ideas

    • Jan Modric


      you don’t say how has a neurologist explained optic atrophy – one possible cause is multiple sclerosis. If you think your symptoms are not stress related, you can ask some other neurologist for a second opinion. Deficiency of some minerals and vitamins (iron, potassium, magnesium…vitamin B6, B12, folate…) can also cause some symptoms you’ve mentioned.

  • Cami Jo

    Several weeks ago, I fell asleep using my left arm as a pillow. When I woke up, my arm was completely numb, and it took around fifteen minutes for me to get feeling back. Ever since then, my left arm goes numb several times a day for no obvious reason. In the past week or so, it seems like the numbness has spread to my right arm and both my legs. Is it normal for all of your limbs to go numb for no obvious reason (e.g. I’m riding my bike or sitting on the couch with my cat on my lap.) multiple times a day? Am I just noticing it more because one incident kind of freaked me out?

    • Jan Modric

      Cami Jo,

      low blood pressure, dehydration, low blood glucose, potassium or vitamin B deficiency may all cause generalized numbness/tingling. I wouldn’t call this normal, even if caused from stress. One possible cause is also multiple sclerosis (symptoms are more likely asymmetric). Spinal arthritis could also cause symptoms in all limbs.

      If you decide to go to the doctor, you can check this personal medical history questionnaire to see if you can recall any other symptoms, like dizziness, pains, problems with eyes…

  • austarvero

    i was surprise for waht i observe in my part of my body, which is left side of my body is gett loss weight with serious pain. and how do i do to cure it.

    • Jan Modric


      a doctor should examine you and tell what could be the cause and what treament would be appropriate.

  • Robert

    hi, i been getting numbness in either arm and legs when i rest or sleep, i have seen my GP about this and he thinks it might be because of an illregular heart beat, i also get dizzy and have some chest pain. i have also done a heart stress test wish came back all good. is there anything i worry about the numbness until my next test which involves a heart monitoring device for illregular heart.


    • Jan Modric


      numbness and dizziness in rest could be from low blood pressure or irregular heart beat, which could be related to a heart disorder. Deficiency of some minerals could also cause numbness – blood tests would reveal them. All this can be checked during comming testing.

  • I had twins 3 months ago, the pregnancy was easy and caused me little discomfort. I carried them 39 and a half weeks and they EACH weighed nearly 7 pounds. To date, I have lost 56 pounds of my total 70 pound pregnancy weight but still have swelling of my joints in both my hands and feet. Since the delivery I have experienced severe weakness in my arms, from my elbows down, and my legs, from my knees down. This worsens at night, there are nights when I cannot hold light objects and cannot hold my weight to walk or stand. During the day I experience varying degrees of tingling, warmth, and numbness but am functional – I workout daily plus carry my twins and my 19 month old without complications. I am not overly tired and have plenty of energy, though have been a bit irritable. I have seen doctors, both western and eastern – no help thus far. Any ideas?

    • Jan Modric


      if there is any visible joint swelling, a rheumatologist or orthopedist may give you an exact diagnosis. Weakness and other symptoms in arms and legs may be related to this swelling or may arise from a spinal arthritis resulting in pinched nerves. You can expect some blood tests and imaging investigation, like CT or MRI.

  • annie

    Hello, im a 16 yr old girl and have been experiencing dizziness and blackouts for nearly 2 yrs now but only remmebered about them recently because i have been getting them more frequently (every week) and my toes ahve started tingling. My nails are blue and so are my lips. Recently my left brain has started aching and i have been getting headaches more frequently.
    I’ve been to scared to tell anyone and wanted to make sure before i jump to any conclusions, the blueness in my nails and lips might be from deficency of oxygen in my blood but im not sure of the other symptoms please help me.

    • Jan Modric


      yes, oxygen deficiency is one possible cause for blue nails/lips – this may happen in certain lung diseases, but there are other causes, like certain heart or vessels disorders or neurological disorders. Other symptoms would be paleness, weakness, short breath during walking upstairs, occasional rapid heart beat, numbness/tingling in various body parts…but please do not try to self-diagnose you from any online source. You appear severely ill to me, so please speak with your parents about going to the doctor as soon as possible – probably your personal doctor first, who can examine you and decide which specialist to visit.

  • Wynne

    I have been experiencing numbness in my hands while sleeping for about a year now. For the first few months, my thumb and pointer finger of both hands would go numb. This was during a period where I was doing strenuous physical labor and operating power tools, so I assumed that the cause had to do with nerve pinching in my wrist. I wore wrist braces while sleeping and the condition improved.

    Now, however, the outside three fingers (pinky, wring, middle) of both hands, but especially my left, are most often affected, sometimes waking me up several times each night. I have found that the symptoms don’t seem to depend much on the position of my elbow joint, but I find it helps somewhat if I sleep on my back, and when I feel the numbness, I have noticed that if I try to relax my neck and shoulders it goes away more quickly.

    A couple nights ago, however, I awoke to find my left hand and wrist completely paralyzed. I couldn’t move any of my fingers or bend at the wrist. I picked it up with my other hand and shook it, tried to relax all of my muscles, and as sensation and motor ability returned, I felt painful pins and needles all down my arm and in my hand and fingers. My hand remained stiff and achy for the rest of the night.

    I also occasionally experience mild numbness in my big toes while sleeping.

    Numbness at night I can deal with; paralysis is a little scarier. In poking around on the internet, I have not been able to find any one condition that accounts for all of these symptoms. I don’t want to go to the doctor because I currently don’t have health insurance, and fear insurance would be expensive in the future if I am diagnosed with a chronic condition. Please let me know what might be causing these symptoms, and if there are any changes in my daily life (posture, sleeping positions, dietary changes) I can make that might help alleviate them.


    • Jan Modric


      symptoms affecting the entire arm(s), and relief after relaxing neck and shoulders speak for a disorder in the cervical spine, like a pinched nerve(s) due to a bulging disc(s). Avoiding prolonged sitting, bending the neck, heavy work with arms, carrying heavy things in arms, and finding appropriate sleeping position could help.

  • quanitary


    My name is Mike. Recently the left side of my face, left pinky and ring fingers on both hands, and the outer two toes of my left foot went through some partial numbness and tingling. Later, muscle spasms began. The spasms occur mostly in my legs. They aren’t painful. I have had unexplained eye pain that last for a couple of seconds. Sometimes limbs get cold for no apparent reason. My Primary Physician is referring me to a neurologist next week. Could this be Lyme? I was bitten by a tick but it wasn’t attached no more than 3 hours. I’m afraid it might be MS. This isn’t fun.


    • Jan Modric


      a neurologist can make appropriate investigations. Both causes you’ve mentioned are possible.

  • sarah

    I’m writing for a friend who is freaking out about her symptoms that make her feel like her very identity is changing.

    About a month ago my friend had the muscles in her left face go slack, as she says it her skin and face fell and her jaw popped and dropped.

    They said it wasn’t a stroke, gave her Prednizone at the ER which made her swell up. and then she suddenly lost about 5 pounds in about a week (is this typical with catabolic steroids?) She is very small very fit and naturally slender (with low to athletic bodyfat 10-13%) weighing under between 90 and 95 normally so this is a significant amount of weight to loose all at once.

    Since then she has been complaining of sudden aging signs, more wrinkles, abnormalities in the symmetry of the muscles of her face, veins popping out. and what she calls holes in her face where she will wake up and have a collapsed or sunken area in the middle of her forehead or at the temples. I haven’t witnessed this. she pulls her skin away from her arm now and says it never was that loose before. She feels she has lost elasticity but springs back immediately. she feels she has lost muscle tone all over her body and her face especially.

    I thought it was the prednizone and I think she is focusing in on very small detail that others would not notice. I think she just looks tired and stressed and a little pale form the fear of aging so quickly and her skin may be thinner from loosing weight quickly. bt her friend visited her who hadn’t seen her in some months and said she has definitely looking like she has aged significantly.but she is now eating like crazy to gain back the weight. but she still has the numbness that comes and goes in the face and is also starting to get numbness in the hands and legs followed by minor weakness. This numbness and tingling is especially associated with physical stressors but i think is exaggerated with emotional stress.

    valum for a few weeks helped but the dr only gave her a short script then tried to put her on depression meds… muscle relaxers made her skin sag more ibuprophen made her claim to have her skin shrink away again and become loose. Now she is on neurontin which seems to help somewhat.

    Her biggest concerns are apparently quick aging which makes her feel like she doesn’t look like herself and makes her fear it won’t go back and makes her feel like her very identy is changing (which is giving her crying fits) and numbness which is just plain scary.

    They are treating her for tmj with an appliance spacer that clips to the molars and seems to be realigning her jaw.(for 2 years previously she had had pain in the ear and clicking in the jaw)…but the numbness and partial paralysis was new and scared her enough to go to the ER.

    Prior to the incident she weight trained with heavy weights several times a week. she was VERY strong and fit. Now most lifting hurts the jaw so she does only light lifting. She tried doing a leg workout the other day and found numbness and tingling in her legs and hands and weakness after the physical stress. she has repeated this activity twice with similar results.

    She also complains of heaviness in her eyes and the feeling of a sack of potatoes sitting on her head. I’ve tried to massage her neck and shoulders and face which seems to help alleviate the heavy feeling in the head and some stress.

    I’m encouraging her to try meditation and relaxing activities because stress seems to increase it…so she also went into the hot tub several times and now there is a raised redness on her stomach (I don’t know if this is from exposure to hot tub chemicals or some indication of disease. (I asked her if she was pregnant and she says no)

    MRI came back with neurologist saying that it looks fine no problems with her brain. she went to a second neurologist who told her no new information. The family doctor said nothing showed up in blood that would indicate infection but it could have been a virus but gave no other explanation or test.

    Can tmj contribute to numbness and tingling in the arms and legs via connective tissue or whatever?
    Could this all be stress?
    Do any diseases cause rapid aging or is it the result of trigeminal nerve impingement threading through the tempromandibular joint?

    I feel for her since she has been to several doctors and noone has told her much of anything.

    The Dr at work told me it sounded like MS and my dentist said it sounded like gullian barr… but Wouldn’t one of the 2 neurologists notice or look if there were lesions indicating MS in her MRI?

    what other viruses do this?

    what else could this be?

    anything helps

    • Jan Modric


      wrinkles, weight loss, sunken areas, weakness…can speak for dehydration. Dehydration can be caused by insufficient drinking or excessive water loss (diarrhea, diuretics or certain other medications, hot environment, heavy exercise). Prednisone causes water retention and swelling, so this is not a likely cause of dehydration. Dehydration may occur quickly after prednisone withdrawal, though.

      MS is confirmed by finding demyelinated areas in the brain or neck spinal cord. If both brain AND cervical MRI are negative, MS is not very likely. In doubtful cases, a lumbar punction and cerebrospinal fluid analysis may be done.

      Symptoms in Guillain-Barre syndrome usually start in legs or arms and “travel” toward the center of the body and head, and then slowly disappear in the opposite direction. A common trigger is some sort of infection, including food poisoning. Diagnosis is made by typical course of symptoms.

      Borrelia (Lyme disease) can cause various neurological symptoms. Blood test and test of cerebrospinal fluid exist, among others.

      First, she should eat and drink to get enough calories and water. Next, a doctor should judge if he still needs prednisone or not. She should avoid other medications without doctor awareness. Food, drinks and medications can cause a lot of symptoms if not taken properly. If possible, she should try to maintain her usual life and avoid unnecessary stress.

      TMJ by itself do not cause symptoms in arms and legs. But there could be some disorder in her neck spine (bulging/herniated disc, arthritis..) that could cause at least symptoms (pain, numbness) in arms. Numbness can be caused by some “trivial” conditions, like dehydration, hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, vitamin B12 or iron deficiency, which can be all checked and treated easily.

      I want to emphasize, she should maintain appropriate diet and avoid eventual harmful medications to see, if symptoms are caused by them. Then a doctor may judge which investigations she might need.

  • Helen27

    I am hoping someone can help! On Sunday I woke up feeling a little groggy, so after a while I went to have a shower to ‘wake me up’. When I was almost done, I suddenly came over very dizzy and started seeing stars – my vision was very bad. My husband helped me out of the shower and to lie down in bed, then I started to get a very loud rushing noise in my ears for a few minutes, then after that I had terribly painful pins and needles in my arms and legs for a few minutes – I couldn’t move them it was so bad. After 20 minutes or so the symptoms stopped, but for about 2 hours afterwards I still felt ‘groggy’ like a hangover (had not had any alcohol for weeks before so it wasn’t that!). I am very healthy but occasionally have felt a little dizzy sometimes – once the room span for a few seconds – I put it down to having low blood pressure as sometimes when I get up too quickly I see stars and almost fall over, but I know that is normal with low blood pressure (which I’ve had for years and I understand is very healthy). I feel silly going to the Dr as I’m perfectly fine now. Any suggestions as to what it could have been and should I go to the Dr? Thank in advance.

    • Jan Modric


      I recommend you to check this personal medical history questionnaire, write down all your symptoms, and history of your blood pressure, and go to the doctor soon. It sounds you have episodes of low blood pressure, but I don’t know what is the cause. What happens to you may be dangerous – you can fall and injure yourself, for example.

  • Helen27

    PS After the pins I needles I could smell a strange smell and had congestion in my nose – I kept having to blow my nose.

    PPS I’m 35 with three children and am very healthy, just very occasional migraines with aura.

  • BritannyB

    Hello, I am hoping to get some help on research as I do not know where to begin looking. For several months now I have had numbness and tingling in both arms and occasionally my legs and feet. I get pain in my upper arms and am quite shaky I am often very tired and have no appitite what so ever. what could possibly be causing this?

    • Jan Modric


      possible causes include hypoglycemia (which could be worse after meals – dumping syndrome), anemia due to iron or vitamin B12 deficiency. This questionnaire may help you recall eventual additional symptoms and thus help your doctor to give you a diagnosis. Some blood tests might be required.

  • Brazen

    I was recently admitted in the hospital 8 days/ ICU for 5 of the days for severe dehydration which caused a lot of vomiting and diarrhea. The result was loss of potassium and my CK levels were 6,000 and it should’ve been 200 – 300. I was released after the hospital felt I was ok. 4 days after being released my right arm is burning, numb, and tingling. There is a lump on top of my arm that is hard with bruising around it. Could this be a blood clot. My bicep is very sore as well. Please advise.

    • Jan Modric


      it can be a bruise or an under-skin infection, for example. I strongly recommend you to visit a doctor as soon as possible.

  • lauren

    for a month and a half i have had weakness, numbness, and a lot of pain on my left arm and left leg..on occasion it attacks my left side of my face.
    i went to ER. they did catscan and ekg…everything ok..
    i also suffer from rheumatoid arthritis for 10 yrs.
    i went to see my doctor– he did MRI on brain and MRI on neck and spine.. everything came back ok…he sent me to see neurologist which did the same MRI tests again..same thing–everything ok.. took every type of blood work including lyme and everything ok..
    in the meantime-my doctor put me on Klonopin, Xanax, Soma, Vimovo, and Percocet on daily basis.
    i had seen about 4 doctors and they are all saying i am suffering from a psychosomatic disorder.. which i am not surprised at all.. i suffered from a form of trauma when i was younger…
    i am in so much pain and agony…the pain is hard to explain- i am considering having my doctor admit me in as a inpatient in a hospital so they can monitor my condition and possibly put me on the right i believe these meds aren’t the right concoction for my condition..

    • Jan Modric


      a month and half ago – how did the symptoms start: suddenly or slowly? Can you identify any trigger or reliever of the symptoms? Is the pain aggravated by sitting, lying down, walking? Is your entire arm and leg affected? One sided pain affecting the entire half of the body can arise from the spine or brain, or rarely from a summary of localized disorders. I’m not sure how likely would psychosomatic pain affect only one side of the body. Visiting a hospital and discussing about all the meds is a good idea.

  • AlanB

    About 3 months ago I woke up with pain on the top of both shoulders, tingling in both arms, burning feeling in both arms, and a loss of motion in both arms. Today I still have the symptoms in my left arm with limited mobility and strength. What might be the cause and recommended treatment?

    • Jan Modric


      a spinal disorder (bulging/herniated disc, spinal arthritis) or something pressing on the nerves where they pass near clavicle (thoracic outlet syndrome) seem to be most likely causes to me. It is an orthopedist who can decide which investigations might be needed to find the cause. Treatment depends on the cause.

  • hapeedaisy

    Hi, have scrolld through everyones’s comments but cant find an answer I’m looking for.
    I have had a tingly sensation in my legs for a few years now…but it ONLY occurs when I am outside in the heat. I drink approx 1-2ltrs water per day and am generaly healthy..bloodwork and scans etc have come back fine..

    • Jan Modric


      is the tingling the only symptom, or does any rash or redness or swelling appear when your legs are exposed to heat? From when do you have this problem? Do you have any allergies or chronic diseases? How old are you?

  • krissy7114

    hi about i year ago i woke up out of no where and both my arms were numb and tingly.dr told me was anxity and gave me depression med which did not i went to a neuroglist and they did test and was find had a mri that was fine, had xray all down my back found little arthrits in cervical section,had mri on cevercal was fine,had magnisum,calcium,potassium,b12,lyme disease,hiv,syphillis and was all find.had thyroid and blood sugar checked and all was fine.did go to pain dr and she found thoracic outlet symdrome.but now my numbness,tingling is in my legs and and hurting pain right by my left shoulder blade.its like a shooting pain down my arms,back,neck and legs. it gets worse at night when i lay down and first thing in the moring when i wake up.some nights i cant even lay down and i move positions and does not 30 years old have 2 kids and go to not smoke, drink and i eat healthy.i have tried vitamins.i do have lots of stress and overwelmentwhats wrong with me? or are the doctors not doing the right tests or can they mistake and miss something by the tests?thank u

    • Jan Modric


      spinal arthritis, even if mild, can cause tingling and shooting pains in the arms and legs. Symptoms being aggravated by lying down further support this possibility. Please note that what can appear as “mild” on X-rays and MRIs can result in prominent symptoms. Thoracic outlet problem (if confirmed by some imaging investigation) can be additional problem, possibly related to arthritis. I strongly recommend you to speak with a neurologist or orthopedist, or maybe a physiotherapist, who can show you certain exercises that may help.

  • LL

    i have nonstop numbness in both hands and feet that’s moved up forearms and knees.. i have a sore neck, shoulders, and legs… tinging in my toes and the tips of my right hand fingers and up the left side of my belly and partially to my ear/face. my hands feel just like when you hold your wrists and cut your circulation off. it feels tight and swollen but they look fine. i can still feel and move around but it’s very uncomfy. numbness and soreness is happening on both sides of the body.

    since february it was just my right hand knuckles and tingly feet at night *so i ignored it of course.. then all of a sudden all the above happened quickly within two weeks! i just got blood taken yesterday and i come back monday to see results. he looked at me like it was no biggy.. WHAT can i do to push him to refer me to a neurologist? he said i have to do the simple basic tests before anything but i’m getting worse and worse quick. i can’t find anything on my symptoms anywhere. i’m scared it could be ms but does it seem possible? will this numbness EVER go away?!

    i’ve been vegetarian for about ten years. stopped eating fish about two years ago. i eat a lot of soy, tofu, mock meat, almonds, veggies, salads, fruits, yogurt… i’m not vegan. i’m 27, no weight change. i look normal. i’ve never had any serious health problems before. i don’t get sick often. i’m pretty active but never broken a bone. i’ve had a couple crashes but nothing too serious. i get adjusted by chiropractors every now n then. what’s going on with me!? : ( help..

    • Jan Modric


      I can’t exclude multiple sclerosis, but in MS, pain and swelling are not typical, and knuckles are not likely affected. My first thought was rheumatoid arthritis (initially, wrists and knuckles and other small joints are symmetrically affected, followed by larger joints, like knees and elbows; joint stiffness is worse in the morning and lessens with moving), or arthritis from some other cause, like infection with Borrelia (Lyme disease) or urinary infection resulting in Reiter’s syndrome (burning urination, itchy eyes, arthritic pain). It is a rheumatologist or orthopedist who can make a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. I’m not sure if this was included in “basic tests” your doctor has ordered. Another or additional cause could be arthritis or bulging/herniated discs in your cervical and lumbar spine, pressing on the spinal nerves that innervate arms and legs…If your symptoms are getting worse quickly, this is enough of reason to push your doctor to refer you to a specialist.

  • genamarie73

    a few weeks ago i went into the er because I was having the frequent need to urinate, headaches, and nausea. They took a urine sample and tested me for a UTI- and then sent in tests for other causes- everything came back negative. Eventually that went away- even though occasionally, i will feel the sensation that I need to urinate after I have already gone, but it goes away quickly. Now I am having issues with my arms and legs- when I am laying down, or sitting, when I move my arms and legs (or when I stand up), I get a sharp pain move through them, and then it dissapates. When I am up and moving around, I don’t feel any pain. It seems to be getting worse…and yesterday I started getting a pain in my neck, and off and on in my lower back. My upper arms are hurting worse- they feel a little weak, and if I raise them up too high or I get severe pain. I don’t know if one has to do with the other, but I have had all these weird symptoms happen to me at around the same time. I don’t have insurance, so it is difficult for me to get medical help, but if it is serious enough, I guess I will have no choice!

    • Jan Modric


      frequent urination, pains in legs, arms, neck and back when sitting or lying down, but not when standing or walking can speak for a disorder in your spine, affecting spinal nerves that innervate the legs and arms. I recommend you to visit a neurologist as soon as possible.

  • genamarie73

    oh, and I a 36 yr old female

  • genamarie73

    almost forgot to mention that over the summer I had alot of off and on nausea.. and everytime I tried to eat, I would get nauseous. I lost 30 lbs in just a few months time. Went to ER because I was getting weak. They ran many tests and everything came back normal. I followed up with a dr and she said could be ulcer, but I couldn’t afford to get tested further. Eventually i was able to eat again. I still have occasional nausea… AGAIN, I am not sure if one has to do with the other.. it’s so frustrating to have all these ailments and nobody can tell me whats wrong!!!!

  • genamarie73

    Thank you!

  • Lauren

    today is dec 7th. i have had the same pain and numbness on m left side of my body from sept. 15th. they have me seeing a psychiatrist and insist this is post traumatic stress disorder. (maybe?)as i said earlier i have had some trauma when i was younger. Dr. has me on klonopin and neurontin.
    the pain got a bit better but not gone. I’m sure Dr. will be increasing neurontin on next visit…
    this happened out of the blue…just sitting here watching tv and my body went into paralyzed state when first happened. i am in more pain in morning and night time –during the day it is tolerable.
    i need to get back to work …. i hope this goes away soon.. i can’t even drive my car with the meds i’m on… it is very annoying and painful …more than anything

    • Jan Modric


      – Is it a constant pain or you get a complete relief between painful attacks?
      – Is pain/paralysis strictly limited to the left side of the body?
      – Did neurological examination performed by a neurologist confirmed any paralysis?
      – Was multiple sclerosis excluded?

  • genamarie73

    UPDATE: I went to the doc finally! Because of my limited income and lack of insurance she wants to start out small and go from there. She gave me pain pills and muscle relaxers to see if it is just muscle spasms. I go back in 2 wks and if it is not better, then she will do blood work and then xrays if needed.. to look for Lupus, arthritis, or a spinal disorder. The pain is not just in my arms and legs now, i can also feel a tinge of pain in the outer walls of my abdomen and slightly in the side of my ribs. She didn’t say much about the bladder symptoms I was having, so that is still unexplained. She also didn’t say much about the severe nausea I had over the summer when I lost 30 lbs because I couldn’t eat. I’m hoping and praying this is just muscle spasms.. but if it turns out to be Lupus, or a spinsl disorder- that might explain the bladder and nausea issues..otherwise, it will always be a mystery and hopefully never returns! Thanks for your help Jan!

    • Jan Modric


      the pains in your neck and limbs could be from a spinal disorder, but nausea could be from some other cause. Would you say your abdomen is distended or you have excessive gas or loose stools or do you hear abnormally loud abdominal sounds?

  • genamarie73

    My stomach is not distended.. I have had “some” gas and loose stools, and I have had a little constipation. This morning there seemed to be a little of what looked like mucus in my stool.. right before I went to the bathroom, I did have a loud stomach noise.. I even asked my fiance if he heard that, lol- he said yes!

    • Jan Modric


      regarding your obvious gastrointestinal symptoms (mucus in the stool, nausea, loss of appetite…) and low-grade fever, one possible cause could be intestinal parasites. Diagnosis can be confirmed by a stool test for parasites; treatment is with prescribed antiparasitic medications.

  • genamarie73

    wow- yuck! lol. ok, that! I will talk to my doctor about it. Thanks again!

  • amit_din100

    I am 30 years old guy and got a sudden severe tingling lower back pain with tingling sensation in my legs in on 17 Aug 2010.The tingling went worse with pain in the perineum area. I got blood tests done in August 2010 which were normal. I had Full Spine MRI and Pelvis MRI normal in September 2010. I took Physiotherapy sessions but no relief.The tingling sensation spread to my hands, wrists, trunk and little bit on my face and scalp. I had another Blood test done in November 2010. Dr found B12 deficiency at 143 and folic acid deficiency as well. Endoscopy was normal as well and gluten problem was not found. I had 5 B12 shots this week and take folic acid tablet 5 mg per day. I feel less pain to touch on my knees. but no relief with my tingling sensation. I don’t have numbness. My Dr says that it will take several weeks to get rid of tingling sensation. I am usually confused. It is making me crazy. Should I trust my GP and not see the neurologist for a while. I am getting married next month.

    Can it be anything serious after so many tests?

    Should I give some more time to my Dr?

    If I go to the neurologist, what can I be offered?


    • Jan Modric


      when you say tingling started suddenly – do you mean within seconds, hours, without feeling any tingling before? Unless you were taking some drugs, neither vitamin B12 and folate deficiency, nor the resulting tingling would likely start suddenly. What is your diet in general? Were you doing some physical work when the tingling started? Check this and write down all relevant details.

      A neurologist can check your existing MRIs, perform a detailed neurological examination and, if necessary, orders an MRI of the brain.

    • babette muriel

      I am Babette i am 46 i am about 155lbs and i have been having problems with numbness and tingling in my feet and hands when i hold a phone more then 2 min my hand goes numb and feels like it goes to sleep my legs do this when i am laying down or have worked all day they feel like they went to sleep and when the seem to come back they feel like someone is sticking needles in my legs or hand or feet when i get up from laying down my feet are asleep and i have to walk a little to feel them and i do get dizzy at times my doctor said it sounds like fibormyalga help please

      • Hi Babette. It doesn’t sound like fibromyalgia but we can’t say for certain. This may be a condition like cubital tunnel syndrome where the nerve gets compressed when the elbow is bent (you would have to bend your elbow to hold a phone to your ear). It could also be an issue with circulation in your arm. Naturally once you extend your arm again and the compression is relieved there will be symptoms like tingling. This needs to be assessed by a doctor and possibly have further tests.

  • brayden!?

    For a bit longer than 2 months now I’ve had numbness and tingling starting below my knees to toes. I’ve really have not had any pain associated with this, but it is rather annoying. I work long hours in a factory, so I’ve changed my boots and insoles but no change. a few weeks before this started my doctor prescribed me adderall, I noticed a decrease in my appetite so I’m taking lower doses and started taking daily vitamins to compensate for less food.(this was around the same time the symptoms came up). I’m smoker age 25 and I feel quite fit (athletic build). could my adderall or vitamins be causing this? if it was a nerve issue back or otherwise wouldn’t a certain amount of pain be involved. thanks for reading this I anxiously await your response.


    • Jan Modric


      numbness and tingling are known side effects of adderall – they should be mentioned in the information leaflet in your medication package. On the other hand, both symptoms could happen in a disorder of the lumbar spine (like bulging disc), which could be aggravated by prolonged standing – pain would not be necessary present. You can speak with your doctor about changing the drug or adjusting its dose.

  • Tim

    Hi, mine may not be as serious as the others mentioned here, but I’m starting to worry.

    I had a total knee replacement about 10 weeks ago. It’s been an interesting journey. Initially I thought I was dealing with withdrawal symptoms from Percocet, but it’s been 3 weeks now. I wake up most nights with a tingling in my feet and fingertips and just a general feeling all over my body of muscle fatigue (is the best I can describe it). Sometimes I can go back to bed and sleep it off, sometimes I’ll lay awake for a good while just wishing it would go away. Needless to say my sleep is affected. Two other factors that may be of interest, I have sleep Apnea and sleep with a Bi-pap and we live at 7,500ft elevation.

    Any ideas? My general physician doesn’t seem to be able to find anything wrong he says I look healthy accept for being a bit overweight (I haven’t done blood tests yet).

    • Jan Modric


      have you ever had such tingling or fatigue symptoms before the knee surgery? Do you experience tingling and fatigue during the day? Have you had elevated body temperature at any time after the surgery? Any other symptoms, like dizziness? Have you changed the diet considerably lately?

  • genamarie73

    It’s been almost week since the doctor put me on tramadol and muscle relaxers. They do nothing for the pain. I wake up several times a night because of the pain and my moaning everytime I move. Does this indicate that it is not muscle spasms that the dr suspected? My bladder is acting up again- the constant urge to urinate, even after I have went already. I have noticed the past couple of days that my arms are falling asleep easily when I am sleeping..and it hurts. They also feel weak and painful at times whether I am laying down or standing up. I go back to see the Dr next Tues to let her know if I am feeling any better.

    • Jan Modric


      it would be possible that a bowel disorder, like celiac or Crohn’s disease or intestinal parasites or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) would impair absorption of certain vitamins and minerals (iron, vitamin B, folate…) that could result in muscle weakness and numbness. I want to say that nausea, poor appetite, loose stools and mucus in the stool speak for a gastrointestinal disorder. You can speak with a doctor about a blood test for vitamins and minerals and a stool test for parasites.

  • Jennifer

    Hello My name is Jennifer. About a year ago I started noticing numbness in my hands when I would hold my phone or do things with my hands. The numbness wasn’t that bad. I had pain in my neck and my legs would also go to sleep easy as well when i sat or cross my legs. A friend said I should see a chiropractor so I went i had 40 visits. I was going 2 times a weak spent 1500. I did help with the pain i had in my neck but it didn’t do nothing for the hands. I went and saw a Dr.she has done x-rays and blood work. Everything has turned out good. The latest test she has ran was a arthritis panel it came back good as well. I am going to see a hand specialist monday. I am a side sleeper I do wake up in the middle in pain. I have sense tried to train my self to sleep on my back. I don’t wake up as much but I still have pain when I do wake up. I did wake up one morning and had to go to the ER I couldn’t use my hands at all they where locked up.Of course they couldn’t do much for me but gave me shot’s of pain killers. A bill for 2000. I was then able to use my hands again. Over the last year my hands have just got worse. I cant do much of anything any more. When I get blood draw it hurts that never use to bother me. When the doctors put the blood pressure cup on my arm that hurts as well. I am just tired of all this pain, tingling and needles in my hands. What advise do you have for?

    • Jan Modric


      numbness during holding a phone speaks for an affected ulnar nerve at the point where it passes the elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome), but I can’t say from which exact reason. But additional pain in the neck ad numbness in the legs to me speak for a disorder in the cervical and lumbar spine (arthritis, bulging discs..) pressing upon the spinal nerves that innervate your arms and legs. Plain X-ray does not reliably exclude spinal disorders; a CT or MRI is usually needed to get a correct diagnosis.

      Honestly, with having symptoms in hands, neck and legs, I’m not sure how much a “hand specialist” will be able to help you. They are neurologist, orthopedist and rheumatologist that can deal with these symptoms you have. If your symptoms go away completely between “attacks”, a rheumatic disorder is less likely. This personal medical history questionnaire may hep you to recall more details, symptoms triggers and relievers… For example, doctor will want to know, if you get symptoms only in hands (or also in other parts of the arm), and so on.

  • genamarie73


    I have Lupus!

  • Jennifer

    Dr. I went and saw the hand specialist today he said to him it doesn’t sound like carpool tunnel but he said it may be. He said I need to wear a brace at night. Told him that doesn’t work just feels like circulation is being cut off from my hands. I don’t have the pain in my neck or legs anymore.Just the arm and fingers.He said i need to take ibuprofen 800 3 times a day. i told him i have already been doing that. Doesn’t make no difference. So he said I should try a shot of cortisone .So I did. He said it will take 24 to 48 hours to work if it is gonna work.So thats where I am now… What you think now?

    • Jan Modric


      I have a medical faculty, but I do not work as a doctor. If your symptoms will continue, I recommend you to try to find a cause with the help of a neurologist or orthopedist. A doctor can get really a lot of information if you reveal important details, like are your whole hands affected, is it bending of the elbow or repeated use of the wrist that is the main symptoms trigger, and so on. You can use the questionnaire (link in my previous) to recall all symptoms and circumstances, write them down ad speak with a doctor. I can’t exclude carpal tunnel syndrome; it sounded more like a cubital tunnel syndrome to me, but this could be maybe only a part of a broader disorder (spinal, muscular..). However, regarding the fact, your symptoms are obviously affected by certain movements, it does not sound like multiple sclerosis or brain tumor to me.

  • Matt

    Hi there,
    I have had some problems for approximately 15 months. Over one weekend I developed an extremely heavy sensation in my legs and arms. Muscle twitches in biceps, calves and thighs, as well as numbness on the ulnar side of both arms, left foot and big toes. The other major symtpom would be dizziness. Since I became unwell my symptoms have gradually reduced with rest. Whenever I try to do an strenuous activity that involves those muscle groups it can take weeks to months for the heaviness, aching and dizziness to abate. Even walking too fast can cause a flare-up. I have had blood tests done (clean, although I’m not sure what they tested for,) and the last doctor I saw (12 months ago) suggested PFVS. I was not ill before developing this problem but had high levels of stress and was running 5-10 miles a day. Also I think there may only perceived, rather than actual weakness. After this period of time I really wonder whether I will be able to do any physical activity again. I am 30 and Male. Is there anything that could cause these symptoms? MS, Lupus, spinal? Thanks for your time.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Matt

      Yes, there are several conditions that could cause this from neurodegenerative conditions like MS to other causes of neuopathy even toxicity related to heavy metal poisoning. Many of these conditions appear with these type of symptoms initially which may not always be characteristic of that disease. This should be suspected especially if there is a family history, or known exposure to these conditions. However, this may be getting ahead of the situation unnecessarily. It is advisable that you see a neurologist who can assess you properly and verify whether there is a physiological cause behind these symptoms, or possibly a less serious but equally distressing condition like nerve root compression and so on. Your age is a major factor here so the less serious / chronic causes should first be considered and conclusively excluded. Without knowing what tests were done, etc it is difficult to comment further than this. PFVS is a possibility and your doctor may have suggested this based on some information he/she has about your medical history. Speak to your doctor about a referral to a neurologist as a starting point to diagnose and manage this conditio.

  • kasboo

    i have numbness and tingling in both arms and hands, sometimes i feel tingling in my shoulder also. this has been causing many sleepless nights because everytime i lay down it starts.i went to my doc and got a muscle relaxor but it doesnt seem to help, what should i do next?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Kasboo

      You may have a disorder emanating from the cervical spine like cervical spondylosis, etc. You should see an orthopedic specialist and have an MRI to verify that there is no other underlying disorders like a bulging disc and so on. Depending on the cause, some physical therapy may be able to help. Treatment depends on the diagnosis.

  • Sabbi

    Hi there, I have had worrisome symptoms since the birth of my son almost 3 years ago. I have a multitude of symptoms and no one seems to be able to figure them out. The most annoying would have to be numbness and tingling in both hands and feet, painful joints in both hands and feet, extreme pain in shoulders, headaches, diziness, backache, muscle twitching, stiffness upon waking, aften numbness in arms and legs upon waking. I have been tested for lupus,RA,MS (MRI of the brain only), my ANA has come back positive than negative than positive and so on. But no one can figure it out. Any ideas of anything that could cause these symptoms that responds to prednisone? Prednisone is my friend as both times I have been on it all my symptoms have magicly disappeared hence ruling out fibro. I would really like somebodies input as I am at a loss.

    Thank you


    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Sabbi

      Pregnancy can serve as a trigger for many conditions, particularly autoimmune diseases. This is often seen in women who develop conditions like post partum thyroiditis (thyroid inflammation after pregnancy) and rheumatoid arthritis. Your ANA would therefore come up positive because it is condition possibly of autoimmune origin. This is where your body’s immune system attacks various tissues of the body and in your case, it may be targeted more towards the joint lining and so on. Prednisone is a corticosteroid and suppresses immune activity and reduces inflammation thereby counteracting the action and effects of your autoimmune condition. It is the main medication used in autoimmune diseases. At this point you should see a rheumatologist who will be better suited to assess and manage your condition.

  • sudhakar

    I have tingling,numbness,insect crawling sensation,electric shock like sensation(15-oct-2010) five days after recovery from dengue fever (10-oct-2010).Initialy the symptoms were very mild for 2 months.first these symptoms started in right abdomen and radiated to chest,arm pits then i have gone through ct scan of abdomen& endoscopy,they are normal.After this all these sensations radiated to all body parts. now i have electric shock like sensation & numbness especially in fingers of hands and in feet.these symptoms are waxing & waning daily and iam getting good sleep and I have gone through MRI of brain,EMG,nerve conduction test & results came as normal only my vitamin d was low 15.I have been to two neurologists. one neuro saying nerves got irritated due to viral infection & prescribed,trigabantin tablets containing alpha lipoic acid ,b12, gaba pentin & also duloxetine.another neuro said it is somatoform disorder & he is saying i have no nutritional deficiency since i got negative for nerve conduction test,EMG & prescribed pregabalin,a dietary supplement rujunex plex,duloxetene and he is saying no relation between neuropathies & vitamin d deficiency.My general physician(who has given treatment for dengue fever) said it is mild peripheral neuropathy & my nerves are weak and advised me to do some exercises in morning for enhancing the sufficient blood flow & oxygen to all parts.upto now i have mild to moderate symptoms.
    my concerns are
    1)my symptoms are due to vitamin d deficiency?
    2)Is it somatoform disorder,because i have lot of sress and worry about my health
    3)These symptoms get worsen in near future?
    4)i heard that peripheral neuropathy starts from extremities like feet&hand fingers in most of the cases,but mine was started from abdomen
    5)whether these neuropathies cause irreverisible damages?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Sudhakar

      I don’t think we are in a position to answer many of your questions and you should have directed this at your doctors. Despite your descriptive report, there is a chance that you are missing crucial information and often there is a tendency for readers to be subjective about the reports. To answer some of the questions though :
      1. Yes, vitamin D deficiency can cause some of these symptoms.
      2. No way of knowing whether this is a somatoform disorder for sure and this diagnosis is used when all other possible causes to explain your symptoms have been excluded. Given that you admit to being stressed and worried, it may be time to see a psychiatrist and see if mood-stabilizing drugs will actually ease these symptoms.
      3. It may get worse, may improve or even resolved. Nobody can say for sure.
      4. The symptoms you initially experienced on the abdomen could have been due to some other cause that subsequently resolved, so yes, it is reasonable to label this a peripheral neuropathy if the it is only occurring on the feet and hands at this point.
      5. Some neuropathies may cause irreversible damage – remember the nerves cannot “grow” back and depending on the underlying cause, healing may not be possible.

  • Seth

    To start off I only have intermittent issues however lately more and more arises at smaller increments.

    First rpetitive thing was numbness in the left hand. I waived that cause I cut a nerve in my thumb a long time ago and it does that. it however is more frequent and involves more fingers. Yesterday and today it involved both hands.

    I also was tingling in my legs for today’s occassion. I contributed that early on to that same sensation I get when chewing for the first time in a long time.

    today I was rested as I laid in bed all night getting aboout 2hr sleep for 6 of stillness (also reoccuring) could be stresses of end-of-the-term. Had coffee (not a usual) prescribed adderall, and a chew.

    felt the effects of short hard breaths, tingling in extremeties, dull pain in left chest and dizziness. Walking around campus I think helped as it lasted maybe an hr (just thought a bad combo).

    It’s been 4 hours now with the same symptoms but a bit extensified as breathing is a bit more painful and light-head-edness controls my concentration on a project I need to get done stat! I have been sitting still during that time period drafting.

    I know this was long but its been going on for a while and now that its getting to be back-to-back days i’m a little worried, especially for my track season.

    thanks for for any help, hopefully reassuring 🙂

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Seth

      We cannot answer this with any degree of accuracy as you have not mentioned much about your age, general health status, medical history, use of drugs or results of tests. You need to see a doctor and have this assessed properly. Take note that many of your symptoms are associated with stress, which is common for a student. If you are not receiving any satisfaction from the doctor you are seeing then it may be time to see a specialist physician like a neurologist. While it does not appear to be a serious ailment, given the benign nature, nevertheless medical attention is always advisable.

  • pam

    i pulled very heavy cables last november. my work is usually repetitive in nature, but last november totally did me in. i caught about 120lbs of cables thrown down to me from bleachers, and felt my right arm totally give out. i thought i was out of shape? i went to doctor as the usual shoulder/ arm/ pain i had with my repetitive job, became so sever into the hand and neck i could not stand it. they did carpal tunnel surgery in my hand on feb/2011. i still have terrible pain in my neck and arm/shoulder. the pain is so severe, i cannot sleep and cannot lift my arm over my head. my other shoulder is sore now, as i tend to over use the good arm. please help me. someone mentioned i could have some type of “crush x2” injury? thoughts appreciated. pam

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Pam

      You really should seek the advice of the orthopedic surgeon who dealt with your case. Firstly it is still quite soon after your last procedure to be considering other options. Secondly, regular follow ups with your surgeon will allow him to assess any improvement, or lack thereof, and consider other options.

  • ahmad

    how many time needed to relive numbness which caused by stroke

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Ahmad

      Patients can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to recover. Sometimes it is sooner. There is also a good possibility that there may never be recovery depending on the extent of the infarct.

  • wendy

    I’d be interested in hearing follow up for sudhaker’s situation. Since last summer I have had symetrical numbness in hands and feet as well as tongue that waxes and wanes. When symptoms are at their worst I also have a little cognitive impairment and slurred speech. I’ve gone through a battery of tests (MRI, nerve conduction, celiac tests, thyroid, heavy metals, and more) and the only thing that has come up abnormal is deficiencies in B12 and D. B12 deficiency can cause these symptoms. But I have undergone injections and months of high dosage oral B12 and I haven’t noticed any correlation between B12 consumption and symptom relief. The only thing I’ve noticed that seems to have a definite effect is alcohol consumption. If I drink even a small amount I will usually have symptoms within 24 hours. Recently I went a week without drinking anything and was without symptoms. I had one drink and within an hour had numbness in all three locations. I suspect I’m chronically dehydrated and this may also contribute to the problem. Sudhaker’s post caught my eye, in part, because of the numbness starting in the abdomen. When all this began I had skin sensitivity on one side of my trunk (it felt like a sunburn). I thought perhaps I was about to get shingles but this didn’t happen. It may be only a coincidence, but possibly was some sort of infection.

  • wendy

    @Seth: I agree with another post that this could be stress.

    If you haven’t already done so, be sure to have your B12 levels checked. If you google B12 deficiency, you’ll recognize some symptoms. Be aware that lab standards for B12 are out of date, so you might get a test result back of 200 that is flagged as “normal” (though in some people that level can cause neurological symptoms). If your doctor is up-to-date, they’ll likely want to supplement if your levels are 400 or below. In other countries, acceptable levels are even higher.

    Another thing–regarding the chest pain, be sure to rule out heartburn (especially if it happens when you lie down). I know that sounds silly, but if you’re not used to heartburn it can be pretty scary. Next time you get the chest pain, you might try a couple of Tums and see if you get any relief. (A note here: chronic use of antacids or proton pump inhibitors will interfere with B12 absorption.)

  • Michele

    Can stopping B 12 injections for 2 1/2 months cause muscle weakness in arms, legs? I started the injections again but after one injection I had burning sensations in the extremities and then later in the face and chest. Can a fast drop cause these symptoms? How can I build my levels up safely? It seems like I go every other day with the burning. One day fine, the next day burning? What is going on?

  • linda

    I have numbness and tingling in my feet and legs. It started on my left side. Toes first, then foot, then tightening in my calf and numbness and tingling for 2 days and then my right foot just the toes started tingling went to the foot and calve. Now I have numbness and tingling in both feet. Tightness and tingling in my calves. My bottom area is also numb when I wipe which sound awful. If I am on my feet for an extended period of time they swell. No one will listen to my symptoms to come close to a diagnoses. What is wrong with me. I get seem relief playing down and I am able to sleep at night. Sometimes sitting makes it worse but seems. Standing and cooking for a couple of hours does me in.

  • Chris

    I’ve been quite concerned lately, due to the fact that I’ve been having a lot of numbness in my arms and legs. I’ve noticed that my vision has worsened as well. I’ve been to the doctor and they’ve said my blood pressure ans glucose levels are a little low. Been through cat scans and haven’t found anything else that was wrong with me. Is there anything I can do or take to prevent further numbness and weakness in everyday activities?

  • Arletta Sloan

    I have numbness in my arms, legs, hands, feet, sometimes on my face and scalp, or, upper back and the back of my neck. This used to happen only when I had definite severe constipation due to inflamed bowels, usually from having dairy. I am trying to find information on why inflamed bowels /constipation would cause this and what to do about it. Can you help?

    • Hi Arletta. This is unusual but could be associated with irritable bowel syndrome and even hypothyroidism. The latter usually does not cause such acute episodes of constipation with neuralgia, but both symptoms (constipation and neuralgia) may be present in this condition. You should consider seeing a gastroenterologist and neurologist who may be able to advise you on possible conditions, which may be rare and within their field of specialty.

  • Lisa

    I am a otherwise healthy 25 year old female. Lately I have been experiencing tingling and numbness in my legs and arms. It has periods where it is worse or better. It started in only my left outer thigh but spread to arms and other leg in about a week. This has been happening for about a month now. I saw a neurologist today and she is
    convinced it is simply meralgia paresthetica, which the referring doctor ruled
    out as I have atrophy in the leg that was effected by the numbness and tingling.
    Not only that but now it is in my arms and other leg which the information for this
    condition says it doesn’t coincide with, that it would specifically be in the
    leg only. The neurologist ordered an MRI for my back and a ultra sound. To me
    given that I have tingling and numbness in other areas and other symptoms such
    as loss of coordination, disorientation, almost a drunk feeling without
    drinking at all, and horrible headaches it seems like a back MRI is a waste.
    What do you think? Thank you so much for your help.

    • Hi Lisa. An early diagnosis of meralgia paresthetica is logical given the isolation of the symptoms to the lateral aspect of the thigh. But as you can read from our article on meralgia paresthetica ( most of your more recent symptoms do not fit. So you are quite correct that there must be more to this condition.

      The concern here is how extensive these neurological symptoms seem to be, affecting sensation, leading to muscle wasting and impeding normal coordination and balance. Neurological diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) do come to mind but it is difficult to say for sure. Starting with a spine MRI is a good beginning point and then depending on the findings, or lack thereof, other investigations can then be conducted.

      We can understand how you would see this as a waste of time. In fact at face value, it does seem to be like a waste of time because the symptoms are obviously more extensive than just spinal nerve root compression and so on. However, a back MRI can reveal several pathologies that you may not think of on the surface. Furthermore it is unwise to start testing elsewhere when the basics have not been covered. So go ahead with your neurologist’s advice. He/she does know best. Don’t be too hasty. If you are still unhappy then seek a second opinion.

      • Lisa

        Thank you so much for your reply and your candid explination of why it makes sene to start there. I told her that my symptoms have moved from just the one leg to both legs and both arms, and she literally says no they haven’t. So to me it just seemed like she was running with her own agenda for some reason.

        • Hi Lisa. Do not hesitate to get a second opinion from another doctor if necessary. You are correct in your view of the matter although we cannot say for sure as your doctor knows what she assessed in your case. Nevertheless a second opinion would not hurt.

  • Daisy

    You know there are possibly a few things numbness, tingling and a mirage of others symptoms could be caused from but two things in particular come to mind; #1. Would be thyroid disease and then #2. would be a type of poisoning such as chemical, lead, etc.. I would clearly do some advanced searching and I would not be to eager to abruptly dismiss anything.

    • Hi Daisy. Thank you for your input. Yes, you are correct that symptoms like numbness and tingling can be associated with thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism. Peripheral neuropathy is a complication of untreated hypothyroidism and it is in this nerve condition where such symptoms may arise. It may also be seen in poisoning such as arsenic, lead and other metals.These possibilities should also be a consideration when there is no clearly identifiable neurological or circulatory cause in particular.

  • ashley beeks

    I am a 23 year old female. I have pain in my arms and legs that feels like im getting poked with needles. My leg or arm will “fall asleep” sometimes once to twice a day and sometimes 4-5 times a day and It hurts really bad. I have to drag myself out of bed and am tired alot. I do smoke approx. 15 cigs a day. 5’1″. I started feeling like this for the last two years but its been happening more frequently. It is starting to get worse and worse. My vision is blurry and at times I get so dizzy i have to sit down. My body twitches at times. I’ve been having chest pain as well like a deep pain in my heart area like my heart is undergoing the same as my limbs.

    • Hi Ashley. Cardiovascular conditions like coronary artery disease (which can eventually lead to a heart attack) or a stroke are uncommon in your age group, even if you are a smoker (this is not to say that you shouldn’t stop ASAP). However, the symptoms do very much present as angina pectoris or even a TIA. There are several other conditions that could present with these symptoms and it may be difficult to say for sure. Severe iron deficiency anemia, abnormalities with the heart rhythm (arrhythmias) and neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS) may also have many of these symptoms. The only way to say for sure is for you to be assessed by a doctor. Please consult with a medical professional as soon as possible.

  • david vines

    I’ve had numbness in my feet and my left foot and it seems to come up my leg at the back and my left arm and hands and numbness in my face and back of my head I don’t know what is causing it but begin to worry me if anybody knows anything about numbness and what could possibly be causing this I’m up for any suggestion on how to cure it or what it might be because I can’t really afford to go to the doctor and not be able to work

    • Hi David. The fact that you are experiencing numbness on one side of your body from head to toe is a very serious sign. It could be an indication that you may have a stroke soon or probably even had a very mild stroke. This is one scenario but it is obviously the most serious. You need to rush to an ER where they will have to see you. If it is related to a disruption in the blood supply to the brain then you cannot be sure when a stroke will strike. It could be days, weeks or even months. Hopefully this is not the underlying cause but the only way to know is to have it assessed medically.

  • david vines

    I am 35 years old 210 pounds I have Hepatitis C and rheumatoid arthritis and bulging disc in my back but lately I’ve had numbness in left foot which has become numb up the back of my left leg my left hand lips forehead and back of head at top of neck I don’t know what is causing the numbness but I I’m losing my use of my toes and my left hand has no grip strength what could be causing this and should I go to any certain type of specialist could this be serious or just nerve damage related numbness and loss of strength my general health has been good besides old back injury from work and hepatitis C I’ve had no problems until lately with the numbness also frequent migraine headaches has started what should I do

  • kevin

    ive been experiencing pain in my arm muscles like ive been lifting weights and the soreness doesnt go away i have pain in my left arm alot in the morning when i wake most time my left arm is so sore i cant lift it now im losing feeling in my arms when i bend them sometimes and have had loss of fealing in my right leg im 48 non smoker active work everyday whats going on with me

    • Hi Kevin. It is possible that you could be straining your arm muscles without even realizing it. This is more likely to be the cause if you have started a new activity that you are not usually accustomed to. It may not always be something as obvious as lifting weights. However, there could be other reasons such as fibromyalgia. The concern here, given your age, is that this pain which is more left-sided could be due to a heart problem. The only way of knowing is to consult with a doctor and have further tests.

  • Namcha Maibam

    5 years back, I had a fall my whole body bearing on my right outstretched hand, I checked with a doctor and was told that no bone broken however I started getting nerve pain and muscle pain from neck to fingers (right side) ..medication didnot help and I later stopped taking it and avoided lifting and heavy objects and such which was reducing the nerve pain but not completely gone till now. One month back I was squatting for long time and my right feet was entirely numb, after getting up, it was fine except for my big toe. It was numb, tingling and paining. The doctor advised maybe nerve compression somewhere and recommended Vitamin B tablet. The pain and numbness has reduced slightly but now I find tingling in both my hands and legs which is increasing. My right calf and lower leg feels tight and pains sometimes. I do not have a back pain however my right buttock is slight painful. What could be the reason for this?

    • Hi Namcha. It is possible that your current symptoms are unrelated to your accident 5 years ago and may be due to several conditions, not just one. It would be advisable that you see a neurologist and an orthopedist for further investigations. Yes, it is possible that this buttock pain that you are currently experience is related to nerve compression which could account for the leg/foot numbness, tingling and pain. However, as mentioned at the outset it is also possible that there are several conditions which could be responsible for all of these symptoms.

  • Lisa Sterritt

    hi i have had for over a month, the inability to hold my urine, emergency running for bowel movements and now my left thumb is numb. Lastly, my skin itches like crazy. I am 50 years old

  • Nicole McClaskey Kielma

    Hoping this works. Im a 37yr female, and 5 days ago woke with this numbness. Full body. Its like someone wrapped me in a layer of gauge, and if you touch me, i can feel it, but i dont feel it like i should. the top layer is just not working. Day 2 i was severly dizzy, had a hard time with measuring the distance of things, Day 3-floating feeling, and increase of first symptoms. day 5 woke with a panicked feeeling. i could breath but its not automatic. I have no feeling of when i need to go to the bathroom, or hungry or tired, no pain at all. I am not on any prescribed drugs, no truama, not on any drugs or alchohol. Help pls

  • Carlann Nashwinter

    Left side, from head to toe, feelings of achy, tingling sensations…
    It began at short intervals on the neck…scalp sore to the touch, at times with pain…a general check up, revealed nothing…on to a neurologist?? Worried about…..
    Brain cancer

  • Gerry Murphy

    I have been feeling numbness all over my body for 3 months now..this started after I had burning pain all over my back and this burning back pain began when I took ibubrofen while I was not feeling fever .. I took the ibubrofen for more than one week before I started having this burning back pain.. Since July till now the numbness is getting too much, my stomach muscle is getting weak.. My left should back is paining me so much with sever headache and burning at my right side of my back.. I am really confused … Please I need your advise .. I have gone to hospital taking painkillers but no avail

  • George

    After have green light surgery for my prostate over a year a go, I keep having blood in my urine anytime I drink coffee or tea almost before the day is over immediately at that moment the first stream of urine when it cams out, after that it is normal. My Dr. could not figure it out. Help 911

    • Hi George. It’ difficult to say with any certainty what can be considered normal or abnormal for a specific case based on the information provided on an online platform. Generally speaking this is not normal and needs to be medically investigated. Hopefully you are seeing a urologist frequently and this is one of the symptoms that need to be reported. It may or may not be related to your prostate. It could even be a bladder problem. Your urologist will investigate and advise your accordingly.

  • Hi Amanda. Hopefully you sought medical attention at the time. While many of the symptoms you describe could occur for various reasons (some of which are not life threatening, such as anxiety), it is always advisable to go to the ER in such instances. Needless to say your BP was very high and the additional symptoms like numbness and blurred vision could be signs of a stroke, or possibly a heart attack. You are not overweight and at 32 you may not fall within a high risk group. Nevertheless a stroke or heart attack is possible at your age. Even if all the symptoms cleared without medical intervention, it is still highly advisable that you report this episode to your doctor.