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since two days ago, i have had tingling and numbing nerve sensation with moderate pain on both of my hands/fingers. there seems to be slight swelling observed. and since last night, the nerve pain extended from the elbows of both arms to the hands/finders, plus the pain also extended to both of my legs from the knee to all the toes. yesterday evening, i tried over the counter arthritis cream with aloe with very little relieve and the pain persist on. may you tell me what's going on?

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Category: Pediatric Neurologist
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Your symptoms are suggestive of peripheral neuropathy, where the nerves of hands and feet are affected. Since this is acute onset and rapidly progressing, this needs to be investigated. A nerve conduction studies of all four limbs, done after consulting a neurologist would help. Most importantly, we need to exclude a diagnosis of Guillain Barre syndrome, where nerves of all four limbs are affected with pain, tingling and weakness.

Other causes to be excluded are diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency and collagen vascular disease. These can be done with appropriate blood investigations.

For symptom relief, you can take pregabalin or gabapentin capsules.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries.

Best wishes,
Dr. Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist

Dr. Sudhir Kumar
Category: Pediatric Neurologist
Senior Residency, Fellowship: DM, Neurology, CMC, Vellore, 2001
Junior Residency: MD, Internal Medicine, CMC, Vellore, 1998
Medical School: MBBS, Christian Medical College, Vellore, 1995
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