A member asked:

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. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

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 Jun 7, 2020



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