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Body Numbness and Tingling: What is Causing It?

April 24, 2017 in Nerve Pain

What Does Numbness Feel Like?

Shouldn't numbness feel like nothing? Often numb feelings are accompanied by other sensations. Numbness is described as a loss of sensation often combined with pins-and-needles, and in some cases burning or tingling. Numbness can be experienced along a particular nerve or in several nerves at a time. The kind of numbness you experience can indicate the source of your discomfort. Do any of these symptoms match your pain? Download the Free Sciatica Pain Management Plan for more.

Identify Your Body Numbness and Tingling.

You feel:

You feel numbness that radiates in the back of the thigh and calf and occasionally as far as the foot. The numbness tingles, burns, and prickles to create discomfort.

This could be: Sciatica

Nerve pain that accommodates sciatica affects the nerves that run down the back of the legs. The nerve roots radiate from the lower spine and can be extremely sensitive.

A masseur massaging a patient's calf.

You feel:

You have gradually lost feeling in your lower extremities like your feet and calves. You occasionally experience tingling in your feet but find that even when poked with an object like a pencil, you can't feel sensation in your heels. You have been previously diagnosed with diabetes for a number of years.

This could be: Diabetic neuropathy

People with diabetes can develop nerve damage over time throughout the body. In some people there are no symptoms associated with this damage. Others can experience numbness and loss of sensation in their hands, arms, feet, and legs.

A masseuse massaging a patient's foot.

You feel:

You feel a stabbing, burning, and severe pain. The pain is sudden and sharp in a localized area and a specific nerve.

This could be: Neuralgia

People with neuralgia have damaged a specific nerve and interfered with its function. The pain can result because of aging, existing diseases, or an infections like shingles. Neuralgia associated with aging is often felt in the face or neck. Nerve pain from shingles is often felt on one side of the torso.

A woman rubbing sore temples.

You feel:

You experience numbness primarily in your hands. The pain travels through your thumb and first three fingers. The numbness is identifiable as a tingling sensation.

This could be: Carpal tunnel syndrome

This is a syndrome caused by the compression of the median nerve as it passes through the hand. It can occur in both hands and is often caused by excessive pressure to the wrist and nerve.

A man holding his sore wrist.

You feel:

You have a difficult time lifting your foot. You find yourself dragging your foot as you walk. The skin on the top of your foot and toes feel as though they have lost sensation.

This could be: Foot Drop

Foot drop is caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the front part of the foot. Foot drop can be the result of nerve damage, muscle disorders, or even brain or spinal cord disorders.

A pair of feet in the water.

You feel:

In a localized area you feel sharp pain that radiates outward. The muscles around the area feel weak and you have a frequent feeling that the area has "fallen asleep".

This could be: A Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve occurs when there is too much pressure applied to a specific nerve and the tissues that surround it. An example of this is carpel tunnel syndrome but a pinched nerve can occur in a variety of places.

A man holding his sore back.

You feel:

You experience a heavy feeling in your feet. The numbness is dull, tingling, and accompanied with the "pins and needles" sensation.

This could be: Paresthia

You have probably experienced this after sitting in an awkward position for too long. Paresthia is the normal reaction of the body when not enough blood has circulated to your feet. Walking around or rubbing your feet can promote circulation.

A running stretching her legs.


Preparing for your Doctor's Appointment.

When going to the doctor to diagnose your numbness make sure to record and report the following:

  • Path of pain as it radiates (Where does your pain travel?)
  • Position of the body (Which position prompts painful symptoms?)
  • Sensation (Do you feel tingling, burning, or shooting pain?)
  • Frequency (Is your pain occasional, frequent, or constant?)

Ease Body Numbness and Tingling with Better Circulation.

The nerves are the wires that run through the body and carry messages between your body parts and your brain. When nerves are compressed, the communication is disrupted and you begin to feel body numbness and tingling. Use a circulation promoting device such as DR-HO'S Circulation Promoter to encourage better blood flow and less discomfort caused by body numbness and tingling.

DR-HO'S Circulation Promoter.


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  4. WebMD. Tingling in Hands and Feet. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/brain/tingling-in-hands-and-feet#1
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