What Are the Common Causes of Numbness and Tingling?

If you have numbness and tingling in your hands, legs, or feet, you’re probably looking for a solution. The sensation is uncomfortable, to say the least, and can limit what you can do. There are several causes that can bring about numbness and tingling.
Back problems

If you have issues that cause lower back pain, there’s a chance that the nerves leading to your legs and feet could be impacted. For example, if the discs between your vertebrae are herniated, they could put pressure on your nerves and cause tingling or numbness.

Your sciatic nerve runs from the base of your spine down your legs. Compression of the sciatic nerve is one of the most common causes of numbness and tingling in the legs and feet.

Several other spinal conditions can cause numbness and tingling, as well, so if you have a history of back pain, that’s potentially the source of the numbness and tingling you’re feeling. Dr. Lee is experienced in treating numerous conditions that cause back pain.

Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves in your arms, legs, hands, and feet. The majority of people with peripheral neuropathy have diabetes, because chronically high blood glucose levels can cause damage to your nerves.

If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing pain, tingling, or numbness in your extremities, you may have peripheral neuropathy. There’s no cure for this condition, but there are techniques that can help you manage the pain and ways to prevent further damage to your nerves.

Vitamin deficiency

Certain vitamin deficiencies, especially B vitamins, can cause your hands and feet to feel cold, numb, or tingly. Making adjustments to your diet to improve your nutrition, or taking supplements may be the most appropriate treatment.

During your initial visit, Dr. Lee discusses your medical history and may ask questions about your overall health, including your diet. If a vitamin deficiency is the issue, she’ll help you develop a plan to address it.

Autoimmune disorders

There are several autoimmune disorders that are associated with tingling in your hands or feet. For example, lupus and fibromyalgia may cause you to feel a tingling sensation in your extremities.

Most autoimmune disorders have other symptoms, as well. Understanding the underlying cause of your numbness and tingling is an important step in treating it, so you should expect Dr. Lee to thoroughly discuss your medical history, any additional symptoms you have, and to provide a complete physical exam.

Treatment options

Dr. Lee is an expert in pain management. She has developed a treatment called automated intramuscular stimulation, or A-IMS, which has helped thousands of people overcome chronic pain, numbness, and tingling without medications.

This revolutionary treatment is appropriate for a number of conditions that affect your nerves. Because it isn’t widely available, many of Dr. Lee’s patients find relief, sometimes after years of unsuccessful treatments.

If you’re experiencing numbness or tingling in your hands and feet or fingers and toes, book an appointment at Bergen Pain & Rehab by phone or online today. Dr. Lee is happy to provide a consultation and suggest a treatment plan designed specifically for you.

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