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Numbness

Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

A variety of reasons can cause frequent numbness in the arms and legs. Typically, the characteristic burning sensation appears in people who lead a sedentary lifestyle. The constant pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in the legs causes the appearance of “ants”, which disappear when you change position. However, numbness in the limbs can also be one of the symptoms of the disease. When numbness in your limbs is accompanied by mobility problems, a feast of confusion, difficulty speaking, and a severe headache, seek medical attention immediately. These symptoms may indicate a stroke or subarachnoid bleeding. 

The human body is connected by a network of nerves and blood vessels that the body uses to communicate. Muscle tension, injuries, spinal injuries, stress, and pressure on peripheral nerves are several factors that can disrupt communication, causing symptoms such as numb and tingling arms and legs. These ailments can overwhelm everyday functioning and performing basic activities. They are a natural alarm that our body has been disturbed, and it is worth consulting a specialist. 

Although everyone complains of numbness in the arms and legs, constant, frequent, or highly severe numbness is not normal. Find out what may be causing the numbness of your arms, legs, and fingers. Why do the limbs go numb more often? Find out what can be done to reduce the numbness.

Numbness of the extremities: neurological diseases

Some neurological diseases, even those as severe as stroke, brain tumor, and intracranial hemorrhage, conditions that require immediate medical attention, are responsible for numbness in the limbs.

Nocturnal hand numbness can also be associated with brain conditions. A common cause of hand numbness in the morning is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Changes of a neurological nature can also be a significant cause of numbness in the arms and legs. It is mainly about:

  • multiple sclerosis,
  • epilepsy,
  • paresthesia,
  • neurosis,
  • neuropathy (drug, alcoholic, diabetic) – damage,
  • nerves cause numbness in the arms and legs.

Experiencing numb legs and an impaired sensation may also indicate Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). It is an acquired autoimmune disease of the peripheral nerves. The most common causes of its appearance are viral (EBV, influenza virus, CMV) or bacterial infections.

The symptom may also be accompanied by pain and swelling in the joints, leading to the suspicion of rheumatoid arthritis.

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a disease that is manifested, among others, by numbness of the limbs, headaches, convulsions, and skin lesions.

An alarming symptom is burning in the right arm, right leg, and corner of the mouth on one side of the body. It is one of the usual harbingers of a stroke.

If your limb numbness is accompanied by a strange taste or drooling feeling and seeing sparks or lights, this condition may indicate you are having an epilepsy attack.

Limb numbness: other causes

Limb numbness: other causes

There is probably no person who does not complain of numbness in an arm or leg from time to time. Numbness may be a symptom of a very minor or severe condition. Usually, numbness occurs when a limb has been in one position for too long, which is common during sleep. What else could there be?

  1. Deficiency of vitamins and minerals

However, you should not immediately link limb numbness with serious diseases. It should be remembered that in such situations, this symptom does not occur on its own.

In most cases, limb burning sensation is related to an unhealthy lifestyle and poor diet. A tingling sensation in your extremities may be due to a lack of magnesium, B vitamins, or calcium. It is then accompanied by other symptoms, such as muscle tremors and painful cramps.

  1. A sedentary lifestyle

Lack of exercise is a shared domain of people who work at a desk daily. A sedentary or standing lifestyle is not conducive to assuming the correct position. On the contrary, we often stand and sit in the wrong place, which strains the spine. If this is combined with a lack of physical activity in your spare time, your limb may numb over time. The solution is an active lifestyle and learning to sit correctly at the desk, take frequent breaks, and stretch.

  1. Diseases of the spine

Limb numbness is a common symptom of back problems, especially when it recurs frequently. It may be caused by degenerative changes in the spine, postural defects, and inadequate posture during sleep and work. Frequent numbness of the hands usually indicates problems in the cervical section, and numbness of the legs indicates issues in the lumbar or sacral spine.

  1. Numbness of limbs and circulatory system

The feeling of burning in the arms and legs is in some cases associated with a restricted blood supply to the extremities. In such a situation, this symptom indicates problems with the circulatory system.

Urgent consultation with a doctor is required for numbness of the left hand, accompanied by pain in the chest. These are the first symptoms of a heart attack, and you must not underestimate them.

  1. Other diseases

Endocrine diseases can cause frequent numbness. However, two numb fingers may be a symptom of elbow degeneration or diabetes and may also result from drug therapy, especially oncological treatment. Hand numbness sometimes accompanies a migraine.

Numbness and tingling are common in people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Numbness can also be a signal of intoxication in the body.

How to Treat Hand Numbness?

Hand numbness medications don’t work universally. There isn’t one medicine that can help with the tingling sensation or if your hands are numb. Appropriate treatment can only begin once the underlying cause of the numbness in the extremities has been established. It should be remembered that the numbness of the right hand or numbness of the arms and legs at night are usually only indirect symptoms of another, often more severe, disease. A completely different treatment is required for ALS, neurological changes, or degeneration of the limbs. Rehabilitation, thanks to well-chosen and adequately carried out activities, can reduce or even eliminate the feeling of burning and tingling. Thanks to the balance of muscle tone, improvement of blood supply, root drainage, tissue mobilization, and muscle stabilization, it is possible.

When to call for help? When the numbness is so severe that a person loses control of their sphincters, has difficulty moving, weakness in parts of the body, feelings of confusion and speech difficulties, and an extremely severe headache. These types of symptoms indicate a stroke or brain tumor. If the numbness is accompanied by pain behind the sternum, this could signal a heart attack.

The arms or legs numb with finger tingling in many cases results from being in a sitting position for too long. Unfortunately, there are times when numbness in an arm or leg is a signal of a severe medical condition developing in the body. The numbness of the arms and legs is related to, among others, carpal tunnel syndrome and even bone cancer.

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Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
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15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
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23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
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16:10 10 Feb 22
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16:02 10 Dec 21
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21:42 03 Nov 21
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17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
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16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
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03:05 29 Jan 21
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Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
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03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
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01:32 09 Jan 21
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00:40 09 Jan 21
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Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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