What are the causes of tingling extremities?

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What are the causes of tingling extremities?
Tingling can feel like pins and needles in your skin. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt)

There are many conditions that can cause tingling of extremities like the hands and feet. It is best to consider the symptom of tingling with your other symptoms to come to a conclusion on exactly what is ailing you.

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Nerve Injury

A pinched or compressed nerve can cause tingling when any nerve in your body is forced with excessive pressure. A herniated disk, sciatica, carpel tunnel syndrome, bone spurs and joint swelling are examples.

What are the causes of tingling extremities?
Carpel tunnel can effect one or both hands and arms. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of outcast 104)

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder causes terror and comes without warning. The National Mental Health Center cites these as some symptoms to watch for: "pounding heart, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, shaking or trembling, choking, sweating, feelings of unreality, and numbness or tingling." (See References 1)

What are the causes of tingling extremities?
Do what you can to relax when you feel panicked. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Dennis Wong)

Lack of Blood

When normal blood flow through vessels in the body is obstructed, tingling in the extremities can occur. Some causes are Raynaud's syndrome, atherosclerosis, buerger's disease and frostbite.

What are the causes of tingling extremities?
Simply sitting for too long can cause tingling. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Eve)

Medications

According to Medline Plus, "Medications that cause numbness or tingling may need to be switched or adjusted." (See References 2)

What are the causes of tingling extremities?
Drugs you are taking could be the cause. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Shutr)

Medical Conditions

Underlying medical conditions may exhibit tingling of extremities as symptoms. These include anaemia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, arthritis and stroke.

What are the causes of tingling extremities?
Speak with your doctor about your symptoms. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Logan Ingalls)

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