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Hi there! I'm a 22 yr old (normally healthy) female. Yesterday, about an hour after I woke up, I noticed my fingertips on both hands were tingling and numb. Within an hour, both hands were tingling and numb, with some parts of my left arm. I was terrified, but I had to go to work (waitressing) and didn't want to be a hypochondriac. By the end of my shift at the end of the night, the tingling in my hands had subsided a bit, but stuff still didn't feel quite right. I also noticed by right foot having some of the sensations as well.

I do have a history of chronic back pain (nothing really diagnosed, just broken down facet joints from years of dancing, and constant pain in my L3 and SI joints). I haven't had an injury lately (although I did slip and fall 3 nights ago, but I only have some bruising on my knees, and I didn't feel any particular unusual pain afterwards or during the fall). However, my back and neck do feel overall more ache-y and pained, though it could easily be stress-related due to finals week in college, hunched over studying a lot, etc. OR it could be something else...

This morning, I woke up and so far, there's only slight numbness in my hands and arms, although I do notice my right foot more prominently tingling. I went to the bathroom and within about 7 seconds of sitting down, my right foot started tingling as if I had been sitting there for an hour. I have no shooting pain down my legs or any weird headaches or blurred vision, etc, but I am extremely worried about what this could mean. I'm always extremely cautious about my back, and the fact that it's slightly hurting more, coupled with extremity numbness does not make me feel great about my current state!

I understand that going to the doctor is easiest, but after 3 years of going to doctors for my back pain--that still goes undiagnosed--I'm a bit hesitant.

Thank you!

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Dear Barbara,
This Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618,Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says...
For your foot numbness.....
Although most inconsistent numbness is suspect to irritation around the spine(tight muscles & or arthritic changes) your symptoms warrant a closer look. Try to see a board certified internist who can rule out most other diagnoses and get a good diagnosis for your back pain. For now-try to find the most comfortable sleep positions and do gentle stretches of your lower back and neck. Perhaps it might be as simple as your sleep position and lack of sleep. If these symptoms become worse-seek a second opinion sooner.

Hope This Helps!
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All questions related to orthopedics of the Lower Extremities-with a specialization in Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Surgery-Adults & Children Sports Medicine questions of the lower extremities-including runner's injuries. Second Opinion specialist in Foot and Ankle problems including fractures and revision surgery. All questions relating to foot and ankle problems in Children, Sports medicine of the foot and ankle Runner's and walking problems

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Board Certified in Surgery & Orthopedics of the Foot & Ankle. PRIVATE PRACTICES: Ankle N Foot Center.com, 2220 W Belmont Ave., Chgo., IL 60618 since 1979 Ankle & Foot Center of Elmhurst, 401 N.York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1989. Physicians Suites, Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il, 60624, since1980. HOSPITAL & SURGICAL AFFILIATIONS: Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il.- Podiatry staff since 1979 Glen Oaks Medical Center, 701 Winthrop, Glen Dale Hts, IL – Podiatry staff since 1997. Elmhurst Medsurge, 401 N. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1999 Resurrection Health Care Surgery Center, 3101 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago, IL, since 1999 Chicago Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital, 4501 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL, since 2008 Organizations

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Member American & Illinois Podiatric Medical Association Member of the National & Midwest Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery. Member of American College of Sports Medicine. Member of American Medical Athletic Association. Member of Chicago Metropolitan Ski Council.

Publications
Prolotherapy in the Treatment of Foot Problems Clinical Correspondence, June 2002. Vol 92- no. 6 Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Paper on Treatment of Delta-Phalanx of the Foot – submitted for publication to Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery & for Fellowship of ACPPS., September, 1998 Sports Medicine Consultant for the book-Triathlon 101 Essentials for Multisport Success by John Mora – 1999 ISBN 0-88011-811-3 Windy City Sports – October 1996 Marathon Issue “Keeping Your Feet Happy” American Running & Fitness Association, Clinic Advisor & Lifetime Member – Editorial Staff since 1990.

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Fellow-American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedists, since 1991. Fellow-Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, since 1980. Fellow- American Institute of Foot Medicine , since 1987. Fellow-American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics, since 1998. Certified in Laser Surgery- by Wenske Laser Center, Ravenswood Hospital, 1991. Certified in Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy – by Doctor’s Hospital, 1991. Certified Preceptorship Director-Scholl College of Podiatry 1993-2006 Board Certified in Foot & Ankle Surgery-A.B.M.S.P., since 1987. Recertified 8/08 till 3/31/2012 Board Certified in Podiatric Foot & Ankle Orthopedics-A.B.P.O.P.P.M., 1991. Recertified 10/2003 till 12/2013 Board Certified in Pain Management-A.A.P.M., since 1990.-retired Clinical Instructor – Department of Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University 10/2007 until present

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