Tingling is an abnormal sensation that can occur anywhere in the body. It is most often felt in the fingers, hands, feet, arms or legs. It can be defined as a prickling, stinging sensation. It is more often called “pins and needles” or of a limb “falling asleep”. It is also referred to as paresthesias by the medical profession.Most often tingling is temporary and the result of pressure on the nerves such as when you sleep on your arm or cross your legs for too long. It is soon relieved by removing the pressure that caused it.
In some cases, however, tingling can be severe, and can be chronic. It can also be accompanied by other symptoms such as pain, numbness, and muscle weakness. In these cases, tingling is a sign of nerve damage, or neuropathy. Tingling can become burning and pain.
Neuropathy can be the result of injuring a nerve due to trauma, pressure on one the nerves of the spine such as a slipped or herniated disk, repetitive stress injuries, bacterial or viral infections, chemical toxicity, vitamin deficiencies caused by medications or poor diet. Diabetes is the most common cause and effects 60% of diabetics. The high blood sugar causes the nerve damage. There are many causes. For a list go to Causes of Neuropathy.
Finding the cause of neuropathy will enable you to eliminate the reason for the damage, and stop more damage from happening. This can be getting a spinal adjustment from a chiropractor to take the compression off of a nerve (as carpal tunnel syndrome or spinal misalignment). If you have diabetes, you can get control of your blood sugar. Finding out what deficiencies you have and correct them. For each cause, there is something that can be done to stop further damage.
What to do about the nerve damage that is already there?
Sometimes if the damage is not too bad, giving the body time to heal will eliminate the symptoms, but all too often, the body is missing the nutrients in the quantities it needs to make the necessary repairs.
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