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Numbness: Introduction

Further information about Numbness is below, or review more specific information about these types of Numbness: arm numbness, hand numbness, finger numbness, leg numbness, foot numbness, toe numbness, numb thigh, facial numbness or other types.

Numbness usually arises from damage or disease of nerves. Numbness is often associated with or preceded by abnormal pain-like sensations often described as pins-and-needles, prickling or burning sensations; these are called paresthesias. Numbness is loss of sensation whereas paralysis usually involves both the loss of the ability to move the area and loss of sensations. The term "numbness" is also sometimes used to refer to emotional numbness or detachment. Any numbness or abnormal sensation symptoms need prompt professional medical advice....more »

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Causes of Numbness:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Numbness. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Common Causes of Numbness

Home Diagnostic Testing and Numbness

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Causes of Types of Numbness:

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Numbness: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Numbness, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Numbness Treatments

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Stories from Users for Numbness

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Message Boards for Numbness

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Diagnostic tests for Numbness:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Numbness. Some of these are listed below :

  • General appearance - abnormal posture, muscle wasting, abnormal limb movements.
  • Mental state examination - including appearance, behavior, rate and continuity of speech, mood, affect, thought content, evidence of any hallucinations or abnormal beliefs, orientation to time, place and person, attention and concentration, short-term memory, insight and judgement. May help detect and evaluate anxiety and panic states which may cause rapid breathing (hyperventilation) and consequent numbness around the lips, lightheadedness and tingling in the extremities.
  • Physical examination
    • Examine for physical signs of low calcium including Chvostek's sign (gentle tapping over the facial nerve causes twitching of the facial muscles) and Trousseau's sign (inflation of the blood pressure cuff above diastolic blood pressure for 3 minutes causes muscular contraction of the fingers and wrist)
  • more tests...»

Numbness: Animations

Medications or substances causing Numbness:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Numbness as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Numbness: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Numbness may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Numbness

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Numbness. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Numbness: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Numbness

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Numbness: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Numbness: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Numbness listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Numbness as a symptom include:

Definitions of Numbness:

Subjective cutaneous sensations (e.g., cold, warmth, tingling, pressure, etc.) that are experienced spontaneously in the absence of stimulation.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Partial or total lack of sensation in a part of the body; a symptom of nerve damage or dysfunction
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Organs affected by Numbness:

The list of organs typically affected by Numbness may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Numbness

The list below shows some of the causes of Numbness mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Numbness?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Numbness. Of the 497 causes of Numbness that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 5 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 13 causes are "common" diseases
  • 8 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 1 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 11 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 480 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Numbness:

The following list of conditions have 'Numbness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Numbness:

The following list of medical conditions have Numbness or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.





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Causes of Numbness Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Numbness based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Numbness?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Numbness, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Numbness:

    Paresthesia, Pins and needles, Tingling skin, Paresthesiae, Altered sensation of skin, Disturbed sensation, Formication, Hypoaesthesia of skin
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Numbness:

    Subtypes of Numbness:

    Arm numbness (71 causes), Hand numbness (39 causes), Finger numbness (32 causes), Leg numbness (73 causes), Foot numbness (45 causes), Toe numbness (21 causes), Numb thigh (5 causes), Facial numbness (25 causes), Ankle numbness (14 causes), Back numbness (9 causes), Buttock numbness (8 causes), Calf numbness (15 causes), Chest numbness (8 causes), Chin numbness (10 causes), Ear numbness (8 causes), Elbow numbness (13 causes), eye numbness (8 causes), eyelid numbness (8 causes), groin numbness (10 causes), gum numbness (11 causes), heel numbness (12 causes), neck numbness (11 causes), scalp numbness (12 causes), sole numbness (22 causes), upper arm numbness (13 causes), Numbness in Both Feet (54 causes), Numbness in one foot (47 causes), Analgesia (7 causes), Hemipariesis (8 causes), Loss of pain sensation (16 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Numbness:

    Pain (6458 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Numbness:

    Hypersensitive (50 causes), Paresthesias (453 causes), Paralysis (325 causes), Tingling (951 causes), Itchiness (1068 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Burning sensation (446 causes), Weakness (3752 causes), Muscle weakness (4300 causes), Loss of sensation, Arm numbness (71 causes), Hand numbness (39 causes), Finger numbness (32 causes), Leg numbness (73 causes), Foot numbness (45 causes), Toe numbness (21 causes), Numb thigh (5 causes), facial numbness (25 causes)

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