“Tingling and Numbness” in the Extremities…. Are you getting your nutrients?
Deficiency Symptoms: Dermatitis on hands, feet, face and neck, Diarrhea, and Dementia. Other symptoms may include depression, excitation, seizures, insomnia, dizziness, muscle rigidity, tremor, loss of hearing, tingling fingers, muscle tenderness, glove/stocking numbness, and a compulsion to immerse ones hands and feet in cold water. Sensory changes progress from the extremities to the knees, thighs and hips, after which weakness in the legs develops.
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)
Food Sources: Beans, poultry, fish, liver, pork, veal, fortified cereals, nuts, leafy greens, papayas, oranges and cantaloupe.
Deficiency Symptoms: Numbness and tingling in all of the toes which moves up the feet and legs, occasionally appearing in the fingers and hands, at which point pain and/or burning develops in these areas. Other symptoms may include loss of power in the legs, tonic-clonic seizures, mucosal symptoms, fatigue, decreased level of consciousness, anorexia, vomiting, and anemia.
Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
Food Sources: Fish, shellfish, liver, poultry, eggs, milk and milk products.
Deficiency: Pernicious Anemia, Achlorhydria
Deficiency Symptoms: Symmetrical glove/stocking sensory abnormalities, tingling of the toes, numbness, coldness, pins and needles sensation, feelings of swelling or constriction, weakness and spasticity. Other symptoms may include muscle wasting, wasting of the visual (optic) nerve, sphincter dysfunction, mental disturbances, mild dementia, disorientation, depression, psychosis and persecutory delusions, weakness, light-headedness, vertigo, tinnitus, palpitations, angina, heart failure, cardiomegaly, paleness, rapid heart beat, as well as liver and spleen enlargement. If left untreated, symptoms may include a beefy, red and sore tongue, anorexia, dysfunctional walk, spasticity, contractures
Alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Food Sources: Nuts (peanuts, hazelnuts), seeds (sunflower), avocado, vegetable oils (sunflower, wheat, germ, safflower, corn and soybean), wheat germ, spinach, and broccoli.
Deficiency Symptoms: Decreased reflexes, decreased positional awareness (proprioception), decreased vibration, pain and temperature senses, muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, heart dysfunction, night blindness and dementia.
Food Sources: Dark green leafy vegetables, avocado, spinach, liver, years, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, fruits and fruit juices, nuts, beans, peas, dairy products, poultry, eggs, seafood, and grains.
Deficiency Symptoms: Nearly identical symptoms as that of Vitamin B12 deficiency, however, dementia tends to be more prominent.
Food Sources: Meat, poultry, fish, milk, eggs, nuts, beans and seeds.
Deficiency Symptoms: Tingling in the tongue, fingers and toes, and may progress to severe weakness, decreased reflexed, sensory loss, and dysfunctional nerves of the head. Other symptoms may include dementia, muscle dysfunction and incoordination.
Food Sources: Turnip greens, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, asparagus, summer squash, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
Deficiency: Common after bariatric (weight-loss) surgery.
Deficiency Symptoms: Disease of the spinal cord, weak and stiff legs when walking, sensory loss in the extremities and dysfunctional optic (visual) nerve.
Food Sources: Legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains and green leafy vegetables such as spinach.
Deficiency Symptoms: Fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, numbness, tingling, muscle cramps, seizures, or abnormal rhythms of the heart.
Food Sources: Bananas, potatoes, plums, orange juice, and other vegetables..
Deficiency Symptoms: Muscle cramping and weakness, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, muscle paralysis and irregular heart rhythms.
Excess Symptoms: Decreased pain and temperature sensation in a stocking/glove distribution, pain and weakness, in the feet and possibly the hands. Possible difficulty with climbing stairs and walking. Other symptoms may include urinary or fecal incontinence (loss of control), gastrointestinal dysfunction and abnormal sweating.
If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms, schedule a chiropractic and medical check-up as soon as possible to have an assessment for appropriate management of the particular condition.