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why does my body feel numb all over

Numbness is a symptom in which a person loses feeling in a particular part of their body. Sensations may be focused on one body part, or you may feel tingly all over, as if youБre being pricked with many small needles. Numbness in the arms or legs. What does numbness of limbs mean? Numbness is a symptom in which a person loses feeling in a particular part of their body. Sensations may be focused on one body part, or you may feel tingly all over, as if youБre being pricked with many small needles. Numbness in the arms or legs is a common symptom associated with several different conditions that range from neurological damage to sensory-related conditions. In some instances, numbness may even indicate a medical emergency, such as a stroke. In order to determine the exact cause of a personБs, doctors often utilize a comprehensive neurological workup. What does numbness of limbs feel like? Numbness of limbs can cause various feelings in different parts of the arms and legs or throughout the limbs. Numbness of limbs can include:
unusual sensations, including Numbness can have many different characteristics, including what makes the sensation worse, how the numbness starts and progresses, and where exactly the feeling of numbness is located. What causes numbness of limbs? Numbness is most commonly associated with some type of nerve damage, irritation, or compression. When numbness occurs without other symptoms, it doesnБt typically represent a medical emergency. However, numbness can be a symptom of a serious condition if it occurs alongside symptoms such as: In such cases, a may be the cause. This is a medical emergency that requires prompt medical attention to prevent loss of significant brain tissue. pounding This may indicate the presence of a, which also requires urgent medical attention.

Numerous medical conditions have numbness of limbs as a possible symptom. These include, but arenБt limited to: bone compression because of, such as and Women in their can also commonly experience tingling and numbness in the limbs due to body swelling that puts pressure on nerves. When should I seek medical help for numbness of limbs? Seek immediate emergency medical treatment if you experience the following symptoms related to, or in addition to, numbness: numbness after a recent or affect only a portion of a limb, such as the or worsen with repetitive motions, such as heavy computer use How is numbness of limbs diagnosed? Because limb numbness can be due to many factors, doctors often use a comprehensive workup to determine its cause. This includes: A doctor will ask about previous health conditions as well as when the numbness started. Examples of questions a doctor may ask are БHow long have your limbs felt numb? Б and БHave you recently experienced any injuries or falls? Б A doctor will examine you and test for neurological function. This includes testing your reflexes, muscle strength, and sensory functions. A doctor may test to see if you can feel various sensations, such as a pinprick or light touch on both sides of the body. Of special interest is where and to what extent someone is experiencing numbness of limbs. For example, numbness on both sides of the body can indicate a brain lesion. Numbness in only a part of a limb can indicate peripheral nerve damage.

Further imaging and blood tests may be needed to make a diagnosis. These include or to better visualize the brain to check for or tumor. Blood tests a doctor may order include: How is numbness of limbs treated? Treatments for numbness of limbs depend upon the cause identified by your doctor. If the numbness is in a personБs feet and affects their, wearing socks and shoes that fit well, even when at home, can help prevent further injury and damage to the feet. People with numbness in their feet may also require. This physical therapy rehab method will help them practice walking with numbness. Those who experience numbness in the fingers and hands should also take precautions to prevent. This includes avoiding fires, hot water, and other sources of heat. Numbness can affect your ability to sense hot items. You feel as though a part of your skin or body feels numb to the touch. It may also feel like it has been frozen with anesthesia. This numbness feeling can feel as though you have frozen that part of the skin from exposure to frigid temperatures. This numbness feeling can also feel as if your skin has no feeling or sensation at all. This numbness 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 can occur anywhere on the body, it s most common on the hands, feet, arms, and legs. Numbness can also be accompanied by tingling, pins and needles, and burning skin sensations. This numbness feeling can persistently affect one area only, can shift and affect another area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many areas over and over again.

This numbness feeling can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel a numbness feeling once in a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time. This numbness feeling may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself. This numbness feeling can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur Бout of the blueБ and for no apparent reason. This numbness feeling can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where itБs strong one moment and eases off the next. This numbness feeling can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment. All of the above combinations and variations are common. What causes the numbness anxiety symptom? Anxiety causes the body to produce the stress response (also known as the fight or flight response). The stress response changes how the body functions and adversely affects the nervous system, which is responsible for sending and receiving nerve impulse information from the nerve endings and sensory organs in the body to the brain, and back again. When stress responses occur infrequently, the body can recover relatively quickly from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes the stress response brings about. When stress responses occur too frequently and/or dramatically, however, the body has a more difficult time recovering, which can result in the body remaining in a semi hyperstimulated state, since stress hormones are stimulants.

A nervous system that becomes stress-response hyperstimulated can act erratically and more involuntarily than normal. This erratic and more involuntary behavior can cause a wide variety of odd and unusual sensory and nerve related sensations and symptoms, such as numbness anywhere on the body. We provide a more complete explanation in the Recovery Support area of our website. How to get rid of the numbness anxiety symptom? Because this symptom is just a symptom of elevated stress and how it affects the body, nervous system, and sensory organs, it needn't be a cause for concern. This numbness feeling will subside when you reduce your stress and give your body ample time to recover. As your body's stress returns to a more normal level, symptoms of stress subside, including the numbness anxiety symptom. Therefore, anxiety caused numbness needn't be a cause for concern. Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area of our website is our anxiety symptoms chapter. It contains detailed information about all anxiety symptoms, including what they are, why they occur, what you can do to eliminate them, and how many people experience them (the percentage of people who experience each anxiety symptom). Our anxiety symptoms chapter includes a more detailed description and explanation about the numbness anxiety symptom. Return to our page. Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated April 21, 2018. anxietycentre. com: Information, support, and therapy for problematic anxiety and its sensations and symptoms, including anxiety symptom numbness.

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