Numbness Tingling symptom
Numbness Tingling (Sensory loss; Paresthesias; Numbness and
Tingling; Loss of sensation):
You feel as though a part of your skin or body feels numb to
the touch or tingles. It may also feel like it has been frozen
with anesthesia. This numb patch may be small or encompass many
parts of the body such as an arm, hand, finger, face, mouth,
lips, tongue, leg, foot, or toe, or all of them.
While numbness and tingling can occur anywhere on the body,
it’s most common on the hands, feet, arms, and legs.
Numbness and tingling can also be accompanied by pins and needles
and burning skin sensations.
The affected area(s) may remain constant, or they may change
and randomly appear anywhere and anytime. Repeated visual inspections
show no skin abnormalities.
Numbness and tingling can be caused by a number of factors including:
- Remaining in the same position (seated or standing) for a
- Injury or pressure on a nerve (for example, a back injury
can cause numbness in the legs or feet, and a neck injury can
cause numbness in the arms and hands).
- Pressure on the spinal nerves (for example, due to a herniated
- Lack of blood supply to an area (for example, restricted
blood flow–we often refer to it as “falling asleep,” or
for medical reason such as, plaque buildup from atherosclerosis–this
can cause pain, numbness, and tingling)
- Side effects from certain medications
- A lack of vitamin B12 or other vitamins
- From radiation therapy
- Toxic action on the nerves, such as from alcohol, tobacco,
- Abnormal levels of calcium, potassium, or sodium in the body
Numbness and tingling can also be caused by other medical conditions,
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
- Underactive thyroid
Numbness and tingling are common symptoms
of anxiety, panic, and stress
Chapter 9 in the member's area of our website is our Anxiety Symptoms chapter. We list all of the symptoms commonly associated with anxiety disorder in this chapter, including numbness and tingling.
Each symptom listed in Chapter 9 in the member's area contains a complete description of what the symptom feels like and how others describe it, we explain why anxiety causes each symptom, we provide natural and practical ways you can eliminate each symptom, and how common each symptom is (the percentage of people who experience it).
For detailed information about this symptom, join our Recovery Support area and go to Chapter 9 and read about the symptom numbness and tingling.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated November 2014.