Ask the Nurse

I am experiencing numbness in my feet and tingling occasionally in my hands. My glucose is between 80 and 90. I used to be hyphypoglycemic and I wonder if I should have that checked?

Numbness and tingling in your hands and feet can be caused by many reasons, including:

  • Diabetes (in which blood sugar is high, not low)
  • Nerve damage
  • Inflammation or entrapment (such as carpal tunnel)
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Infections
  • Toxins like alcohol
  • Even medication side effects

Because the reasons are so broad, it is important to follow up with your doctor who can gain a better history of your symptoms, perform an exam, obtain some blood work and other tests if indicated, and then prescribe treatment and/or referral to a neurologist.

All My Best,
Nurse Mary

April 29, 2015 at 1:13pm