A 27-year-old female asked:
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can anxiety really cause a dead numb arm? and happen out of the blue. went to hospital and had blood tests, ecg,chest xray,lung and heart ultrasound and all clear. blood pressure fine also. doctor says severe anxiety

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
33 years experience Child Psychiatry
You bet: Your brain can do almost anything.Trauma is tricky because something happened that really activated the amygdala and it becomes activated, -really out of control. This might have been preverbal so not encoded in words, so visual, olafactory, tactile, and we ,might not even be aware why things activate us. The brain opts to avoid , not remember , not see things all the time.. See a good couselor
Answered on Aug 24, 2020
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Anxiety: Numbness can occur with panic attacks. However, if you have an arm that is both numb and paralysed which has been worked up with no medical cause, then this might be an issue in which your body is expressing your internal conflicts. It isn't uncommon in this type of situation to be unaware of what your internal struggle is. Ok, this would only be diagnosed if medical causes were ruled out.
Answered on Jun 7, 2020

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