Numbness and tingling are abnormal sensations that can occur anywhere in your body, but they are often felt in your fingers, hands, feet, arms, or legs. If numbness and tingling persist and there’s no obvious cause for the sensations, it could be a symptom of a disease or injury, such as multiple sclerosis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Many things can cause numbness and tingling, including some medications. Things that we do every day can sometimes cause numbness, including sitting or standing in one position for a long time, sitting with your legs crossed, or falling asleep on the arm. These are all examples of blood flow being cut off to an area for a period of time.
HOW IS NUMBNESS DIAGNOSED?
The general physician will check your complete medical history and evaluate all your symptoms. If the symptoms are too severe, the doctor may prescribe blood tests and electrolyte level testing to identify the underlying condition.
HOW IS NUMBNESS TREATED?
Treatment depends on the cause. In most cases, there is no treatment needed as the numbness may go away on its own.
DID YOU KNOW?
Rarely is numbness caused by problems in your brain or spinal cord. Numbness alone is only rarely associated with potentially life-threatening disorders, such as strokes or tumors.