Strange Skin Sensations

What Causes Strange Skin Sensations?

Strange skin sensations can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose strange skin sensations, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "strange skin sensations" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Neuritis/Neuropathy
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
heart racing/palpitations
improving leg/arm numbness
severe muscle weakness
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
sudden shortness of breath
frequent unexplained fevers
reduced mental clarity
severe emotional instability
having trouble concentrating
numb/burning/tingling extremities
being easily irritated
increased sensitivity to touch
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of strange skin sensations:
Cause Probability Status
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 96% Confirm
Neuritis/Neuropathy 29% Unlikely
Epstein-Barr Virus 2% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate unusual skin sensations, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you have any other skin sensations that can only be described as "strange"?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Occasionally - a few times each year
→ Regularly - a few times per month
→ Frequently or (almost) always
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no odd skin sensations, occasional odd skin sensations, regular odd skin sensations or frequent odd skin sensations, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

Symptoms include odd sensations in the nerves or skin.