Tingling on the legs is a discomfort, a feeling like pricking needles on the skin, as if she had fallen asleep.
The tingling sensation can be felt on the limbs such as hands and feet. This symptom occurs when sensitive nerves have problems. The brain receives false information.
The leg or foot “has fallen asleep” and sometimes minutes can pass to get back to normal.
The affected person no longer feels pressure, heat, cold and other sensitive information.
If the discomfort is caused by a back problem, it can become chronic and affect a person’s quality of life.
For example, simple activities such as walking or driving can become difficult due to numbness in the foot.
Symptoms range from simple tingling to a complete loss of sensitivity.
The tingling sensation may be temporary or chronic.
If the sensation is intermittent (not permanent), it is called temporary.
That means it’s not serious. Transient tingling occurs when there is strong pressure on a nerve. This situation often occurs when you remain in the same position for a long time.
Paresthesia can be caused by dehydration, panic attacks, or whiplash.
With hyperventilation or after ischemia, tingling could occur.
Finally, paresthesia can also be caused by circulatory disorders of the blood.
Continued tingling on the left leg
If there is a constant tingling, it is a chronic paresthesia. The following are some causes that can lead to chronic discomfort:
Problems of blood circulation can disrupt the blood supply to the legs.
This can lead to tingling and pain in the legs. Circulation-related tingling occurs mainly in the elderly or in those who suffer from angina pectoris, atherosclerosis and other similar diseases.
In this case, tingling may occur at the front, back or side of the leg.
Infections and skin diseases.
Skin conditions such as frostbite and burns cause pain and tingling.
Some infections, such as HIV or Lyme disease, can cause paresthesia.
Hereditary diseases The following three hereditary diseases
cause tingling in the legs:
- Denny-Brown syndrome
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth’s disease
If there are too few amounts of vitamins and mineral salts in the blood, this can lead to tingling.
In most cases, this is caused by a lack of vitamin B12, potassium, calcium or sodium.
In this case, the natural remedy against it is a healthy diet and perhaps vitamin and mineral salt supplements.
Sciatica causes back pain and pain along the course of the sciatic nerve (buttocks, back thigh and lower leg to the ankle and foot and finally to the big toe).
If a disc hernia presses on the sciatic nerve, it can cause tingling and severe pain in the lower extremity, usually on the buttocks, on the back of the leg, on the back of the knee, on the outside of the calf and under the sole of the foot.
For the first two days, the patient must observe bed rest, because the pain is unbearable, but then gradually improves.
If the herniated disc is in the cervical spine, this can lead to tingling in the legs and arms, but this occurs very rarely.
Lumbar canal stenosis
Lumbar canal stenosis occurs when the spinal nerve roots are narrowed.
In most cases, this happens in the facet joints (posterior vertebral arch joints) of the spine.
Most cases of spinal stenosis occur in the elderly. The facet joints enlarge due to osteoarthritis and degeneration.
The patient feels pain when standing, walking and running, and less when sitting or lying down.
Spondylolisthesis A spondylolisthesis
occurs when a vertebra slides forward over the underlying vertebra.
This impairs the stability and flexibility of a part of the spine.
Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
If fat particles accumulate in the arteries, this reduces blood flow in the legs. This causes pain, tingling and cold legs and feet. These symptoms are similar to the pain you feel on your back after trauma.
Systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.
These two autoimmune diseases have tingling as their main symptom.
About 1 million people experience tingling in the legs due to lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Muscle spasms. Sometimes a simple muscular spasm can cause a “phantom pain”. Man feels a kind of tingling sensation in the leg. The cramps are caused by medicines, too much exercise, or lack of minerals and vitamins.
Trauma to the leg
Tingling of the legs can be caused by the following injuries:
- Pulled muscle
- Muscle stretching
- Fatigue fracture
- Nerve problems
- Other similar traumas
The tingling sensation is felt while walking or when moving the leg.
With a fracture, the leg can be plastered for a month. If the plaster cast is very tight, it can squeeze nerves and blood vessels. The result is a tingling sensation in the leg and foot.
Restless legs syndrome (Willis-Ekbom disease), this is a common condition that affects the nervous system.
It manifests itself in the urge to move the legs constantly and continuously. Restless leg syndrome causes an uncomfortable sensation in the feet, calves and thighs. Often you feel a tingling sensation in the evening or during the night.
Restless legs syndrome causes various symptoms:
- Nocturnal tingling sensation
- Itching on the legs
- The feeling of blisters inside the legs
- Calf or leg cramps
Other conditions and circumstances that can cause numbness and tingling include the following:
- Insect bites or stings of other animals (is one of the most common causes in children)
- Herpes zoster (varicella virus)
- Raynaud’s syndrome (a condition that causes spasm in the blood vessels and reduces blood flow)
- Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)
- Hypothyroidism (decreased thyroid activity)
- Thyroiditis Hashimoto
- Epileptic seizures
- Deep vein thrombosis (may also occur in young women when taking birth control pills)
- Varicose veins
- Numbness and tingling are common symptoms of stress, anxiety, fear and panic. In this case, patients often suffer from nausea, dizziness and tachycardia.
The numbness can be caused by pressure on nerves or by other diseases:
- Back nerve injury.
- Trauma to the neck.
- Diabetogenic neuropathy (the nerve is damaged by high blood sugar levels).
- Carpal tunnel syndrome affects hands or wrists, but a similar disorder may occur in the lower leg. It is called tarsal tunnel syndrome.
- The syndrome of the sciatic popliteus external nerve refers to complaints caused by pressure of the peronaeus below the knee.
Symptoms include: pain, tingling and loss of strength and sensitivity on the outside of the leg.
- Heavy metal poisoning (lead).
- Multiple sclerosis (degenerative brain and spinal cord disease).
- Peripheral neuropathy (disorders of peripheral nerves).
- Spinal cord injury.
- Spinal cord tumors.
- Stroke (is a cause of sudden tingling).
- Transverse myelitis (neurological disease of the spinal cord).
- Vitamin B12 deficiency (as in pernicious anemia).
- Meralgia paraesthetica (disease of the lateral cutaneous femoral nerve that causes burning and tingling on the outside of the thigh).
Symptoms that occur along with tingling on the legs
Numbness on the legs can occur along with these symptoms:
2. Feeling burning 3
. Frequent urination (in the case of multiple sclerosis) 4. Itching
5. Low back pain (in case of hernia or herniated disc)
6. Muscle spasms
8. Hypersensitivity to touch
Peripheral neuropathies are complaints that affect the nerves and nervous system. The impaired functions relate to sensitivity, motor function and vegetative areas.
The following are causes of peripheral neuropathies that cause tingling in the legs and arms (right and left):
1. Diabetogenic peripheral neuropathy
2. Alcohol-induced neuropathy
3. Rheumatoid arthritis
4. Vitamin B12 deficiency
5. Uremia (for renal insufficiency)
6. Lyme disease
7. Hepatitis C
8. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP; Inflammation of peripheral nerves caused by a deviating immune reaction)
9. Leprosy 10. Amyloidosis
11. Friedreich’s ataxia
12. Folic acid deficiency
13. POEMS polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy and skin lesions
Diseases of the brain and spinal cord
1. Multiple sclerosis
Causes of blood circulation problems are the following:
1. Peripheral arterial occlusive disease
2. Cold and frostbite
3. Polyarteritis nodosa
4. Chronic necrotizing vasculitis
Complaints of the spinal cord or spine that cause numbness and tingling in the arms and legs:
1. Spinal cord injuries 2. Spinal cord tumors 3. Syringomyelia
4. Spinal cord
toxins can cause tingling in both arms and legs.
Toxins may be found in 1. in fish and mussels
In rare cases, numbness in the leg may show up with other symptoms stemming from a serious illness. Here a doctor must be consulted quickly.
If a person shows any of the following symptoms, they may be in mortal danger:
- Confusion or loss of consciousness even for a short time
- Shortness of breath
- Gait uncertainty
- Back injury
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Vision loss
- Speech disorders
- Weakness (loss of strength)
How long does it take? Prognosis of tingling
The prognosis depends on the cause. If the leg shows a slight tingling sensation after being held in an uncomfortable position for a long time, it is enough to take a few steps and change positions more often.
If the tingling sensation is caused by a more serious illness, the prognosis depends on how long the healing takes. For example, with a serious herniated disc, surgical intervention can be performed. The tremor heals after surgery.
- Pain in the right or left leg
- Pain in the right or left shoulder blade
- Sudden or spontaneous bruises on the leg