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i have no feelings in my hands - and often in my feet, it happens often, but i notice it more after i have been drinking alcohol!

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replied March 23rd, 2010
Muscular and Nerve Disorders Answer A10794

The symptoms you provided (no feelings in hands and often in feet, happens more often when drinking alcohol) might be related to paresthesia.

Paresthesia is a condition in which there is altered sensation in the area the affected nerve is responsible for. The person might experience: tingling sensation, burning sensation, numbness or even no sensation at all for a brief period. It might be caused by hyperventilation or panic attacks.

In chronic cases, it might be caused by peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerosis or nerve damage. Nerve damage might become symptomatic over time if the nerve is under constant pressure over time. Certain medical conditions like diabetes, hypothyroidism or hypoparathyroidism might affect nerves, too. On the other hand, the cause might be very easy to treat (for example, vitamin B1 or vitamin B12 deficiency).

As you can see, there might be many possible causes for your condition.
You might want to visit your family doctor for a detailed physical examination and hormonal laboratory tests. You might be referred to a neurologist for additional tests.

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