What Causes Tingling Extremities?
Tingling extremities can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'life-threatening'. 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 tingling extremities, 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 "tingling extremities" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Diabetes II
- Lyme Disease
- Metal Toxicity
- Selenium Need
- Vitamin B12 Need
- Magnesium Need
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:
2hr postprandial glucose > 250mg%
exposure to old building materials
regular odd skin sensations
moving white lines across nails
loss of sense of touch
continuing slight limb numbness
moderate unexplained weight loss
metallic taste in mouth
... and more than 110 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of tingling extremities:
|Vitamin B12 Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you have any numbness, burning, or tingling of the extremities (toes or fingers)?
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, a little on one hand or foot only
→ Yes, severe on one hand or foot only
→ Yes, a little on two or more hands/feet
→ Yes, severe on two or more hands/feet
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate numb/burning/tingling extremities, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
|Symptoms generally begin in the patient's feet, hands or face, spread to the legs or arms, and increase in intensity as they move towards the center of the body. They generally appear on both left and right sides of the body. However, GBS is unpredictable, and cases have been reported in which this "glove and stocking" pattern is not followed. Instead, motor symptoms or disruptions in the autonomous system may be observed. GBS may also affect an arm or a leg alone, without spreading to the rest of the body.|Neuritis/Neuropathy
|For some individuals burning may become so bad that they feel like the area is on fire, exacerbated by certain movements and activities.|Vitamin B12 Requirement
|If vitamin B12 deficiency becomes pronounced, the nervous system can be affected, causing progressive peripheral neuropathy (tingling of the fingers and toes), muscle weakness, staggering, tenderness in the calves, confusion.|