Is Numbness & Tingling A Serious Condition?
Understanding what’s causing numbness and tingling sensation in your body is very important. The feeling can happen on any part of your body, including the joints and hands. When the numbness and tingling start at one part, it risks spreading to other areas. Ensure that you consult your doctor before the problem elevates.
In most cases, numbness and tingling sensations are not very serious. Individuals suffering from peripheral neuropathy often have these sensations. The majority of the time, these can be more intense.
Whether you should be worried about numbness and tingling depends on the overall intensity of the sensations. Additionally, you have to consider where the condition happens. Use the following guide to gauge when to schedule a visit to the doctor regarding your numbness and tingling:
- If it starts gradually and persists
- If it starts spreading to other parts of the body
- It keeps recurring
- Affects sensitive areas of your body
- Appears linked to certain activities or tasks
Immediately contact emergency numbers when the condition starts suddenly and is followed by paralysis, weakness, dizziness, difficulty talking, confusion, and severe headache.
Which parts of the body are affected by numbness and tingling?
Numbness can happen on almost any part of your body. You may notice the sensations mainly in the following areas:
The medical world refers to the sensations as paresthesia. Different factors can lead to it happening, including crossing the legs while seated and sleeping on your arm.
Your numbness and tingling sensations may persist without obvious reasons. They could emanate from multiple sclerosis or an injury.
Causes of numbness and tingling
Numbness sensations often come from your daily life. For instance:
- Sleeping on your arms
- Crossing the legs while sitting
- Sitting or standing in a position for a long time
Generally, these activities exert pressure on the nerves. You can relieve the feeling by moving around.
In other cases, you may have numbness and tingling happening jointly. Trigger factors for such instances include:
- Radiation therapy
- Animal or insect bite
- Mercury and toxics in seafood
- Reduced levels of potassium, vitamin B12, sodium, and potassium
- Animal or insect bite
- Injury to the nerves
You may also suffer from numbness and tingling when you have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, stroke, migraine, and seizure disorders. Getting medications that help with these illnesses may alleviate the numbness and tingling sensations.
Diagnosis for numbness and tingling
The process of diagnosing numbness and tingling entails a look into your medical history. Ensure that you provide detailed information. In addition, reveal all the symptoms that you experience even if you feel they may not have anything to do with the condition. In particular, let the doctor know about a recent infection, injury, or vaccination.
The doctor may also want to know information such as recent prescriptions or over-the-counter medications.
With these details, you can then undertake a physical examination. Besides, one or more of the following could be done:
- Toxicology screening
- Thyroid function tests
- Complete blood count
- Vitamin level tests
- Nerve conduction studies
- Electrolyte level tests
Furthermore, imaging tests in the area will help your physician arrive at a diagnosis. The imaging tests done are CT scan, X-ray, MRI, angiogram on the arteries, or ultrasound.
When you experience numbness/tingling, it’s best to make an appointment with Chronic Conditions Center.