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Tingling, or pins and needles, in feet and hands. What the heck does this mean? Many people comment on getting sensations in the feet and hands. These are called neuropathies. They can affect you quite commonly. I mean, neuropathy is not an uncommon thing. You’ll find if you’re lying on your hand, lying in bed, you might get some sensations in your foot. This is a type of neuropathy. But the one I think that we’re really talking about, the most common one, is probably diabetic neuropathy, which I think about 30 to 40% of all cases of people going to a doctor complaining of tingling hands and feet turns out to be diabetes.
It’s a symptom, but there are so many conditions that can cause this. I mean, it could be spinal problems. It could be what we call subluxations of the spine, in the neck, in the thoracic spine, in the lumbar spine, and these can cause problems with your peripheral nerves, of course. You can have vitamin deficiencies, especially things like Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12. These Bs, in particular, are very important for proper nerve function. They could be magnesium problems. It could be sodium or potassium problems. So blood tests will need to be done. Physical exams will need to be done. You’ll need to be checked out carefully.
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It could be even a remote possibility it’s multiple sclerosis in some of the beginning phases, especially if you live in the temperate zones of the world, not so much the tropics. It could be Guillian-Barre Syndrome. It could be a viral condition affecting you. I mean, there are so many conditions that can cause tingling and numbness. So this definitely needs medical attention, especially if it’s been going on for several weeks. You need to be checked out. It could be a medication you’re on. There’s no one easy answer for what the tingling, pins and needles are. A friend of mine, for example, just recently had his hands operated on. He’s an electrician and he had carpal tunnel syndrome. I kept telling him, “Look, let’s give you some Vitamin B6, three, 400 milligrams for a few weeks. That will help reduce the fluid, which is entrapping that carpal tunnel.”
He didn’t want to have a bar of it, he just wanted the operation, get it over and done with. Some people are like that, but I’ve worked with many people with carpal tunnel when I practiced rurally out in the country for Wallangarra Meatworks, and I saw many people who suffered from this particular condition, carpal tunnel, and it definitely response well to high dose Vitamin B6. Yeah, if you’ve got tingling, or pins and needles, you need to get checked out, and the cause has to be established. And then a treatment can come into place.