Numbness and tingling sensations can happen in any part of your body. In most people, these are common in hands and feet as well as arms and legs. There can be various reasons why someone may feel tingling sensation. You may experience it if you sit cross legged for long time or if you sleep on your arm. This is common and not a matter of concern. However, if you feel dizzy or have muscle spasms along with tingling or you have some kind of rash, it may be a matter of concern and needs medical intervention.
HOW IS TINGLING DIAGNOSED?
A physical observation of the hands or legs can help in diagnosing the issue. There are also a series of blood tests, MRI, NCV and EMG available to check the signs of the same.
HOW IS TINGLING TREATED?
Successful treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause of the tingling. As long as the peripheral nerve cells have not been killed, they have the ability to regenerate. Although no treatments are available for inherited types of peripheral neuropathy, many of the acquired types can be improved with treatment. For example, good blood sugar control in diabetes can slow the progression of diabetic neuropathy, vitamin supplementation can correct peripheral neuropathy in people with vitamin deficiencies.
DID YOU KNOW?
General lifestyle recommendations include maintaining an optimal weight, avoiding exposure to toxins, following a medically-supervised exercise programme, eating a balanced diet and avoiding or limiting alcohol consumption. Recommendations also include stopping smoking, which constricts blood supply to blood vessels supplying nutrients to peripheral nerves.