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Body Numbness and Tingling: What is Causing It?

April 24, 2017 in Nerve Pain

What Does Numbness Feel Like?

Numbness can often feel like "nothing." But in most cases, numb feelings are accompanied by 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. When experiencing feelings of numbness, it's important to determine the cause. Read on to find out what your body numbness and tingling could be.

Identify Your Body Numbness and Tingling


If you're feeling numbness that radiates in the back of the thigh and calf and occasionally as far as the foot, you could be suffering from sciatica. Sciatica sufferers deal with pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve in the lower back and is extremely painful. The pain creates discomfort and is often described at a numbness that tingles, burns, and prickles.

back pain

Diabetic Neuropathy

People with diabetes can develop nerve damage over time throughout the body. While some people may experience no symptoms from this, others can experience high levels of numbness, and a loss of sensation in their hands, arms, feet and legs. Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication associated with diabetes in which the nerve fibres throughout the body cannot properly transmit signals to the rest of the body. That's because high blood pressure can injure nerve fibres resulting in poor circulation symptoms like:

  • Numbness or tingling in the feet and legs
  • Cold or hot feet
  • Sensitive feet
  • Burning, stabbing or shooting pains in the feet

poor foot circulation


Neuralgia is nerve pain that stems from ageing, existing diseases, or an infection like the shingles. The pain is described as a severe feeling a stabbing, burning or sudden and sharp pain in a localized area or a specific nerve.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is 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 on the wrist and nerve. This syndrome is associated with feeling numbness primarily in the hands. But the pain can sometimes travel through your thumb and the first three fingers causing feelings of a tingling sensation.

carpal tunnel

Foot Drop

When you experience weakness or paralysis of the muscles in a part of the foot it could be foot drop. This ailment can be the result of nerve damage, muscle disorders, or even brain or spinal cord disorders. Foot drop makes it difficult to lift your foot that 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.

foot drop

Pinched Nerve

When there is too much pressure on a specific nerve in the body, it can actually pinch the nerve and tissues surrounding it. Normally, a pinched nerve is a sharp pain that radiates outward in a localized area on the body. It usually causes symptoms of numbness and tingling as the area surrounding the nerve is "asleep."


"Pins and needles" is the burning or prickling feeling when a body part falls "asleep." This sensation is called paresthesia and occurs after sitting in the same position for a long period of time. You're more likely to feel this sensation when not enough blood travels to certain areas of the body.

Preparing for your Doctor's Appointment

Remember, when coming up with a treatment plan for your numbness always contact your doctor first. Here are a few points to remember when describing your pain and numbness:

  • 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?)

Use DR-HO'S Circulation Promoter to Promote Circulation

Whether you suffer from sciatica, diabetes, or a pinched nerve. DR-HO'S Circulation Promoter can help you find numbness relief and improve circulation issues throughout the body. This device provides circulation from the bottom up to help promote blood flow and circulation that will help prevent symptoms associated with poor circulation like numbness and tingling.

This product is a drug-free, non-invasive device that can be used from the comfort of your own home. Its ultimate goal is to help bring you one step closer to a pain-free day. 

Other key features of the Circulation Promoter include: 

  • Adaptable for Full Body Treatment
  • Automatic Timer
  • 12 Different Massage Techniques
  • Super Conductive Foot Platform


DR-HO'S Circulation Promoter.

More Information on Circulation


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  2. Medicine Plus. Numbness and tingling. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003206.htm
  3. Stoppler, Melissa. Hand and Finger Numbness. Medicine Net. Retrieved from http://www.medicinenet.com/numbness_fingers/symptoms.htm
  4. WebMD. Tingling in Hands and Feet. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/brain/tingling-in-hands-and-feet#1
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