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Numbness and Tingling

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 long time
  • 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 disk)
  • 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, or lead
  • Abnormal levels of calcium, potassium, or sodium in the body

Numbness and tingling can also be caused by other medical conditions, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Underactive thyroid

Numbness and tingling are very common symptoms of stress, anxiety, fear, and panic.

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 complete information about this symptom, become a member, go to Chapter 9 in the member's area, and read about the symptom, numbness and tingling.

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