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:

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

Numbness and tingling are common symptoms of anxiety, panic, and stress

When this numbness tingling symptom is caused by apprehensive behavior and the accompanying stress response changes, calming yourself down will bring an end to the stress response and its changes. As your body recovers from the active stress response, this feeling should subside and you should return to your normal self. Keep in mind that it can take up to 20 minutes or more for the body to recover from a major stress response. But this is normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

When this numbness tingling symptom is caused by persistent stress, it may take a lot more time for the body to recover and to the point where this symptom is eliminated.

Nevertheless, when the body has fully recovered, this numbness tingling symptom will completely subside. Therefore, the numbness tingling symptoms needn’t be a cause for concern.

You can speed up the recovery process by reducing your stress, practicing relaxed breathing, increasing your rest and relaxation, and not worrying about this feeling. Sure, the numbness tingling symptom can be unsettling and even bothersome. But again, when your body has recovered from the stress response and/or sustained stress, this symptom will completely disappear.

For a more indepth explanation, see our tingling, tingly, pins and needles anxiety symptom.

For a more detailed explanation about anxiety symptoms including this numbness tingling symptom, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.

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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated April 2015.

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