[Pain Relief Institute] My hands are feet are tingling! Paresthesia.
Relief Institute] My hands are feet are tingling! Paresthesia.
Hello again from the Pain Relief Institute at Godoil Spine Hospital!
Your extremities (hands and feet) are the first body parts to become cold in the
frigid and windy winter season. This is because your hands and feet are farthest
from your heart, the organ responsible for blood circulation. Sometimes,
you may feel a tingling sensation in your extremities when you step inside after
being active outside. However, such sensations should never be taken lightly
except in such instances. Symptoms of paresthesia are more frequent in winter,
so you may think that they're caused by temperature changes.
This simply isn't always the case.
Let's learn a bit more about paresthesia today.
Name: paresthesia (numbness)
Characteristics: There are no precursor or objective symptoms for paresthesia,
and many subjective diagnoses are made (e.g. patient self-diagnosing poor circulation),
so it's often difficult to match symptoms with objective treatment.
Symptoms: Subjectively-judged symptoms such as tingling, lack of sensation in the limbs,
and cold extremities.
Associated with: Benign senile peripheral neuropathy, peripheral polyneuropathies,
arteriosclerosis, diabetes, etc.
Paresthesia is considered to be non-critical if symptoms only appear without any pre-existing
diseases or conditions in a patient. However, if the patient is suffering from diabetes or other
such diseases, the paresthesia can be considered a complex disease and may require a visit to
the hospital for a proper diagnosis.
1. My hands/feet shake or I feel tingling when I lift a heavy object.
2. My hands shake or I feel tingling when I lift a light object.
3. Touch sensitivity has diminished in my hands.
4. I sometimes feel a sudden weak yet unpleasant pain in my hands.
5. I feel like I’m touching someone else when I touch my own hand.
6. My hands and feet are cold even during the warm seasons.
7. My hands and feet are cold even when indoors, and tingling sensations last for a long time.
If you've regularly experienced five or more of the above seven symptoms,
you may be suffering from paresthesia.
※ Self-diagnosis is not a replacement for professional consultation.
We recommend that you see a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis.
Symptoms of paresthesia without pre-existing diseases or related conditions
may be due to stress-induced psychological factors. You may have seen exaggerated
recreations of such cases in TV shows or movies. For instance, a suspect who committed
a crime may have shaky hands while being interrogated. This is an extreme example
in which the peripheral nerves are stimulated via stress, because the suspect is suffering
from anxiety worried that he or she may get caught for the crime committed.
Of course, TV shows and movies exaggerate the shaking for dramatic effect,
and the actor may exhibit visibly trembling hands or even drop a cup that he or she was holding.
Nonetheless, severe anxiety and stress can manifest themselves in the form of paresthesia and shaking.
The worldwide bestseller The Secret introduced the concept of molding one's identity
through imagination and visualization. This type of mental exercise may assist you
in living a more disciplined and active life, thereby reducing the anxiety and stress
that occur when thinking about your current or even future situation.
A) Reserve a portion of your day, whether in the morning or in the evening, for regular meditation.
B) Try to imagine that the bright sunlight that hits the top of your head clears your mind and that
it shines brightly outward into your world.
C) Imagine yourself in a state of happiness after achieving a desired goal or vision.
D) Do not forget your dreams and goals you set for yourself while continuing to focus during meditation.
The majority of the information that we remember consists of objective facts and
subjective feelings. You've probably heard the idiom "Once bitten, twice shy"
which is apt in this situation. Rather than simply telling yourself to forget negative
memories and events, it's more effective to combine positive feelings with negative
facts to relieve negative emotions.
A) Get into a comfortable posture, and then shrug your shoulders to relax your body.
B) Recall a stressful, negative memory and the emotions you felt at the time.
C) Take a deep breath, gently close your eyes, and then smile as you exhale.
D) It may be difficult to force a smile, but focusing and repeating this exercise will soon
ease your mind and make you feel comfortable.
There's real truth in the phrase "Sleep is the best medicine." While sleeping, humans
replenish the energy used or depleted while being active, and the brainwaves and released
hormones during sleep state work to balance your mind and body.
Therefore, the surrounding environment is critical to maintaining proper, healthy sleep.
A) Refrain from eating high-protein and fatty foods two hours before going to bed.
B) Soak your feet in warm water before going to bed.
C) Drink a warm (not hot) cup of your favorite tea.
D) Lower the curtains to block out ambient light when taking a nap during the day.
Special Tests for a Professional Diagnosis
1. Pain Manipulation
This treatment relieves pain simply by using hands to massage, stretch, and tense
muscles as well as improve blood and lymphatic circulation. Pain manipulation can
correct the muscles and soft tissues to improve lymphatic and blood circulation,
and the relaxed muscles and nerves reduce the excessive pressure exerted on the spine
and joints. The method is effective in treating spine, joint, ligament, and nerve pain.
In addition, patients can receive training in muscle energy technique (MET) exercises to
increase the therapeutic effect when practiced regularly.
The simple fact is that being serious about the gravity of your symptoms and receiving
professional care are very important in maintaining your health!
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