Tingling and numbness, sometimes called sensory loss, are symptoms and not conditions in and of themselves. This feeling is mostly felt after waking up or after being in the same position for some time.
There are many possible causes:
- Injury to a nerve for example, a neck injury may cause you to feel numbness anywhere along your arm or hand, while a low back injury can cause numbness or tingling down the back of your leg.
- Pressure on the spinal nerves, such as from a herniated disk.
- Pressure on peripheral nerves from enlarged blood vessels, tumors, scar tissue, or infection.
- Lack of blood supply to an area for example, cholesterol (plaque) build up from atherosclerosis in the legs can cause pain, numbness, and tingling while walking.
- Other medical conditions such as:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Brain Tumors
- Use of certain medications
- Toxic nerve damage due to lead, alcohol or tobacco
- Radiation therapy
This list only includes common causes and is not complete. Your first step is to contact your primary care doctor and let them help you determine if you need to come to our office to have a nerve test done. They can refer you to us and Dr. Mir can conduct several different tests to determine what is causing your condition and to rule out any other possible causes.