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Numbness / Tingling

Last Updated on November 15, 2021

Overview

Numbness and tingling are unusual prickling sensations that can occur in any part of your body. Individuals notice these sensations in their hands, arms, legs, and feet. The medical term for numbness and tingling is paraesthesia.

Numerous things can cause numbness and tingling, as well as sitting with your legs crossed for a long time or falling asleep on your arms.

If numbness and tingling continue and there is no actual reason for the sensations, it could be a symptom of a disease or injury like multiple sclerosis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment will rely upon your diagnosis.

Symptoms

Symptoms generally disappear soon after the nerve pressure is decreased or relieved.

These sensations usually occur after standing or sitting for a long time in a specific position or even wearing tight apparel for a long-time frame. This pressure squeezes nerves and veins, lessening sensation.

Numbness and tingling are types of temporary paraesthesia.

Causes

There are numerous potential causes of numbness and tingling, including:

  • Standing or sitting in a particular position for a long time.
  • Nerve injury (neck injury makes you feel numbness anywhere in your hand or arm, while a low back physical issue can cause tingling or numbness in your leg).
  • Tension on the nerves of the spine, as an example from a herniated disk.
  • Tension on peripheral nerves from enlarged extended veins, scar tissue, tumors, or internal infections.
  • Shingles and herpes zoster contamination.
  • Different diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, leprosy, or syphilis.
  • Solidifying of veins, frostbite, or vessel irritation.
  • Uncommon levels of potassium, calcium, or sodium in your body.
  • Insufficiency with B vitamins like B1, B6, B12, including folic acid.
  • Utilization of certain medications.
  • Utilization of illicit drugs.
  • Nerve injury because of lead, tobacco, or liquor.
  • Utilization of chemotherapy drugs.
  • Radiation theraphy.
  • Animal bites.
  • Bug, parasite, and insect bites.
  • Congenital conditions that influence and affect nerves.

Numbness and tingling can also be a reason for other medical ailments, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Thyroid
  • Squeezed veins, usually in the hand and feet.

Treatment

Treatment for numbness and tingling relies upon its actual cause.

Additional Information

Prevention

The most ideal approach to prevent numbness and tingling depends on the reason.

Certain lifestyle habits may help prevent and reduce numbness and tingling associated with Multiple Sclerosis, for example:

  • Consuming a low-fat and high-fiber diet
  • Taking enough vitamins-D and biotin (A B nutrients).
  • Doing regular exercise
  • Learning strategies to cope with the heat and cold conditions.
  • Scheduling regular sleep.
  • Keeping liquor and smoking away.
  • Handle stress in healthy ways.

Counteraction techniques for conditions other than Multiple Sclerosis that can cause numbness and tingling include:

  • Limiting sodium intake.
  • Maintaining body mass index (BMI).
  • Moderate high-impact aerobic activity weekly.
  • Stop smoking and liquor consumption.
  • Routine handwashing with cleanser.
  • Avoid sharing objects with individuals possibly exposed to infective conditions.
  • Keep radiation away from exposure.
  • Restricting monotonous hand and wrist movements.
  • Consuming a rich diet with an intake of vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium.
  • Availing psychotherapy.
  • Managing stress.

 

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