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New onset tingling/“numbness,” spreading through lower body

Sorry this is so long but I gotta get all the details out! I’m a 26 year old relatively healthy (aside from being overweight and maybe some IBS) female.. I woke up 5 days ago with a tingly/“numb” sensation to the sole of my right foot, as well as my pinky and ring fingers of both my hands. I attributed it initially to sleeping in a funky position, as I’ve woken up with the same sensation in those same fingers, but it would usually resolve within 20 min or so of getting up. It was very strange as this new sensation in both sets of fingers and my foot lasted all day. The next morning, that same sensation appeared in both lower legs, and it was more intense in both sets of fingers. The next day, this sensation had spread to my thighs, into my pelvic region, and into my torso. By the end of the day, the sensation had spread around to my back, also. I went to the ER (per the advice nurse’s recommendation), where they did a CT of my head, labs to check electrolytes (and I’m not sure what else), a UA (probably to confirm I wasn’t pregnant or on any drugs, lol), and an EKG, all of which were within normal limits.

I’m at my wit’s end, as these sensations are only getting more intense from my waist down (and my fingers, which now involves all my fingers except my thumbs). I actually now have diminished sensation, in addition to the tingling feeling, in those areas. I have even been having trouble with manual dexterity of my fingers with regards to writing and even operating a syringe (I’m a nursing student). I haven’t had any incontinence or profound weakness; I feel very strange when I walk, almost like that weak feeling you have when your blood sugar is low, but I’m not sure I’d call it actual weakness as strength testing is normal. Does anyone have ANY suspicion as to what it might be? I have an appointment with a doctor in a couple days, but I can’t even anticipate what they might do for me.
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This sounds like a neurological issue.  An impinged nerve, perhaps? Diabetic neuropathy can cause tingling in fingers and feet.  Here is a whole article on things that can cause what you describe. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321423.php#possible-causes-of-tingling  My suggestion is to have a full physical.  When is your doctors appointment?
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I saw a general NP earlier this week, and she asked me about family history of any neuro problems (which I don’t have, to my knowledge)). I’ve never had a problem with my blood sugar or diabetes. She suspected it’s just an impinged nerve somewhere, and she prescribed me a 3-day course of prednisone to see if it would help. I finished the course today but I haven’t really noticed a difference. I don’t think the NP wanted to get too involved since I have an appt to get established with a new PCP in 3 weeks. x(
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Sounds like it could be peripheral neuropathy, which can have many different causes. You can read more here: https://www.healthline.com/health/peripheral-neuropathy

Circulatory issues could also cause similar symptoms.

I'd ask for your specific lab results, if you can get them. As a patient, I like knowing what was tested for and where my results fell within the "normal" range. Sometimes, a few things will be slightly abnormal and you'll be cleared from a major crisis, but they can still be flags that something is off. You can then do some research into those results, if applicable.

Another idea is to explore going to a chiropractor since you're waiting to have another office visit. They're often relatively inexpensive, familiar with nerve entrapment and related conditions, and an adjustment could help depending on the cause of the symptoms. Some also offer functional medicine or evaluations for vitamin deficiencies, etc. which can cause odd symptoms.
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