Tingling and numbness in my arms and legs

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Submitted by Dr T on August 3, 2011 – 6:13am


I initially had tingling and numbness in both my feet. Also my legs froze up after walking a block. It has been about year since then and all of a sudden the tingling has moved to my hands and fore arms. I can’t make a fist with my right hand and I can barely make a fist with my left. Their is a weird feeling (tingling?) that has moved up my left foot to the top of my thigh especially when I do any sort of physical activity. Could this be PAD? Also what should I do?

I don’t know whether this is Peripheral artery disease (PAD), but you should see your doctor! I hope you will understand how difficult it is to advice someone with insufficient information and w/o an examination. There are of course other reasons (such as neurological) for your symptoms, but I cannot advice on them w/o a lot more information.

One of the things that came to mind is MS, that may have the following signs & symptoms:

Cerebrum & Cerebellum Balance problems, speech problems, coordination, tremors
Motor nerve
Muscle weakness, spasticity paralysis, vision problems, bladder, bowel problems
Sensory nerve tract Altered sensation, numbness, prickling, burning sensation

The diagnosis evolves from a  careful medical exam with assessment of the symptoms and other findings. Other illnesses need to be ruled out before a diagnosis of MS can be made. However, any evaluation should also include a a cardiac cause; PAD is caused by the same process as Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).

You may also want to calculate your risk for heart disease:

Hope this helps,
Dr T

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