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What could be the cause of sudden numbness and or tingling in limbs?

What could be the cause of sudden numbness and or tingling in limbs?

Limb numbness: It will help if you specify whether this is only in 1 limb, only upper or lower limbs, or all limbs. If the numbness/tingling is sudden and in all 4 limbs, then the most likely cause is either hyperventilation or simple anxiety, which may however be severe. Symptoms in 1 limb could be a stroke, nerve injury, or vascular problem. In the upper or lower limbs this could be a spinal nerve problem. ...Read more

Sudden Numbness (Definition)

Sudden sporadic and reversible numbness could be very benign such as hitting one's "funny bone" at the elbow, but if not provoked, numbness in one or two limbs might be a transient ischemic attack due to decreased blood flow in the brain. Important to sort out problem with brain and spinal cord ...Read more


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What causes only numbness (no tingling at all, just feeling then all of a sudden numbness), in both legs, right arm, right side of face and neck?

What causes only numbness (no tingling at all, just feeling then all of a sudden numbness), in both legs, right arm, right side of face and neck?

Numbness: In young patients, demyelinating disorders is always a consideration. Other autoimmune disorders, or vitamin deficiencies may need to be excluded. Check with your physician for proper history and physical examination. This is the best way for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Consider consultation with a neurologist. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I had a sudden numbness and tingling in my left arm and leg any suggestions on what could be wrong with me?

I had a sudden numbness and tingling in my left arm and leg any suggestions on what could be wrong with me?

Left sided numbness: These are symptoms of great concern. There are several possibilites one of which could be a warning of an impending stroke. You should call your doctor asap to report this and get seen for an examination to determine the cause. Do not delay this. If you suddenly worsen call 911. Alert your family that you are having trouble and do not be alone until you get medical help. ...Read more

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I think I am having a panic attack/ after affect 3 hours or so. I had sudden numbness in left arm/tingling. Can talk fine, can raise arms. No weakness?

I think I am having a panic attack/ after affect 3 hours or so. I had sudden numbness in left arm/tingling. Can talk fine, can raise arms. No weakness?

Acute Anxiety: I feel empathy for your condition. Having sudden numbness in left arm/tingling is causing panic feeling in you.

Panic attack is period of intense fear with at least 4 of the following symptoms:
Palpitation, sensation of shortness of breath, feeling of choking, chest pain, feeling dizzy or faint, numbness or tingling, seating, fear of going crazy, fear of dying

Go to ER, and see a Psychiatrist ...Read more

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If I have a pinched nerve in my lower back can that cause numbness and tingling in all 4 limbs and would it be worse in the morning?

If I have a pinched nerve in my lower back can that cause numbness and tingling in all 4 limbs and would it be worse in the morning?

Unusual: Lower back nerves generally do not relate to upper extremities.
Arthritis frequently is worse in the morning.
Sounds like a good neurological exam for numbness, weakness, neuropathies etc. Is in order. ...Read more

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Can a cervical spine reverse curvature cause pain/numbness/tingling in my left limbs?

Can a cervical spine reverse curvature cause pain/numbness/tingling in my left limbs?

Cervical spine.: Normal cervical spine has a forward curvature (lordosis). Reversal of cervical lordosis usually means cervical muscle spasm. It may lead to pain with the muscle spasm. The other symptoms described are the result of the underlying problem which also causes the reversal of curvature such as cervical spondylosis or slipped discs. ...Read more

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What causes left side facial and extremity numbness/tingling during and after exercise? Tingling turns to pain. Pins and needles feeling after a few

What causes left side facial and extremity numbness/tingling during and after exercise? Tingling turns to pain. Pins and needles feeling after a few

Doesn't fit...: Symptoms seem to be related to nerve impingement. Facial nerves are different than neck nerves, though, which are the nerve supply to the arm. If the symptoms are more on the neck below the jaw, and not the face, i'd suggest the possibility of a cervical herniated or bulging disc. Suggest you see primary care doc or ed doc to get a good test for areas involved to figure out nerve distribution. ...Read more

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A male of 50 years is having cramping in lower limbs with tingling and numbness for many years, his symptoms have now progressed with bearable pain an?

A male of 50 years is having cramping in lower limbs with tingling and numbness for many years, his symptoms have now progressed with bearable pain an?

See a neurologist: The lesion could be in the spinal cord (most likely cervical or lumbar, less likely thoracic), in the lumbar roots, or in the peripheral nerves. Your description is insufficient. A complete history & neurologic exam by a neurologist are essential to localize the lesion & then diagnose the problem. In neurology it's ALWAYS "where" first, THEN "what." Never trust a "what" without a "where" first. ...Read more

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Recently I've had the following symptoms: numbness/tingling in limbs, headaches, achy knees, fatique. Any thoughts?

Recently I've had the following symptoms: numbness/tingling in limbs, headaches, achy knees, fatique. Any thoughts?

VIRAL INFECTION?: These non- specific symptoms can be viral infection, unless it persist for more than a week, you need a diagnostic work-up. ...Read more

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May I get a diagnosis on possable MS I asking for a doctor to suggest if my symtoms are related to ms, I have major numbness and tingling in my limbs and face, migrains top of my head to my spine, dizzyness, unbalanced, falling blurr vision, twi

May I get a diagnosis on possable MS I asking for a doctor to suggest if my symtoms are related to ms, I have major numbness and tingling in my limbs and face, migrains top of my head to my spine, dizzyness, unbalanced, falling blurr vision, twi

The: The primary symptoms of multiple sclerosis are caused by inflammation in the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). This inflammation usually causes damage to the outer, insulating part of nerve fibers called myelin, and can sometimes damage the fiber (or "axon") too. The symptoms of multiple sclerosis overlap with a number of other neurological, medical and psychiatric conditions. Multiple sclerosis can cause a number of symptoms, including vision loss, incoordination, weakness, and numbness, just to name a few. Usually these symptoms do not occur all at once, but affect different functions of different parts of the body at different times. ...Read more

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Going crazy. Having left-sided limb numbness, tingling lips, lightheadedness, chest pain, breathlessness. Doc says anxiety, but not so sure?

Going crazy. Having left-sided limb numbness, tingling lips, lightheadedness, chest pain, breathlessness. Doc says anxiety, but not so sure?

PANIC ATTACKS: THESE EVENTS ARE PROBABLY PANIC ATTACKS. YOU DESCRIBE THE PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS ABOVE. THEY CAN BE HELPED WITH PSYCHOTHERAPY AND MEDS. MEDS PROVIDE ENOUGH RELIEF FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY TO LOCATE THE CAUSES AND HELP YOU TO ALTER UNCONSCIOUS THOUGHTS CAUSING THE PANIC. TIME TO SEE A REALLY GOOD PSYCHIATRIST WHO DOES THERAPY AND MEDS. ...Read more

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What causes sudden numbness in an arm that lasts a few days?

What causes sudden numbness in an arm that lasts a few days?

Compression: One classic cause is compression of a nerve (eg sleeping on one arm) ; but the exact diagnosis in your case should be done in a dr s office, after discussing all the history and facts of this problem. ...Read more

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What would cause sudden numbness in my face, lips and right arm? And still am having it and it's been more than a week

What would cause sudden numbness in my face, lips and right arm? And still am having it and it's been more than a week

Not so sudden: If it is one event, then it's not so sudden but now subacute. Or if you are talking about recurrent episodes over several days, then most likely transient cerebral ischemic attacks may be occurring or perhaps sensory seizures. If those symptoms are constant, even if intensity is variable, then a small stroke is likely. This needs neurologic attention soon--like today! ...Read more

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What causes sudden numbness?

What causes sudden numbness?

Numbness: Numbness describes tingling or a loss o sensation. The usual culprits are a lack of blood supply or damage to nerves. Numbness can also result from local tissue injury from trauma, infection or inflammation. Without more specifics, this is difficult to answer and you should talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause: numb and tingling extremities + feeling like a lump in your throat + tingling in the head?

Anxiety: These symptoms are characteristic of an acute anxiety reaction or hyperventilation syndrome. The symptoms are caused by blowing off too much carbon dioxide and can be reversed by rebreathing the exhaled air from a paper bag which replenishes some of the carbon dioxide. If you're experiencing these reactions often, stress management therapy would be helpful. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor cause only sudden numbness in lower right lip last seconds several times a day I khnow its affect entire side of face rule out tumor?

Can a brain tumor cause only sudden numbness in lower right lip last seconds several times a day I khnow its affect entire side of face rule out tumor?

Yes, but uncommon.: See my other answer to this question for differential. If this is a brain problem, it would be located very far laterally in the sensory strip of the left side of the brain. Problem could be tumor, but also vascular. Pleasr see your doctor to start work up as this could be anything from a tooth infection to a brain tumor, and best to put mind at ease! ...Read more

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Is numbness and tingling (especially in the extremities) all that constitutes "neuropathy? " Is it possible to have neuropathy without pain?

Is numbness and tingling (especially in the extremities) all that constitutes "neuropathy? " Is it possible to have neuropathy without pain?

Possible: Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by numerous entities, and can affect varying fiber sizes depending upon underlying pathology, but numbness and tingling could be a manifestation of a problem within brain or spinal cord. Your doctor should easily be able to sort this out. ...Read more

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On and off tingling, numbness in the right extremities. PT effective. Now, same in right side of face & tongue, sharp lightening like pain. Related?

On and off tingling, numbness in the right extremities. PT effective. Now, same in right side of face & tongue, sharp lightening like pain. Related?

Tic Doulourex: Tic douloureux or trigeminal neuralgia is a severe, stabbing pain to one side of the face. It stems from one or more branches of the cranial nerve V that supplies sensation to the face, the trigeminal nerve. The pain usually lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes. It may be so intense that you wince involuntarily, hence the term tic. There is usually no pain or numbness between attacks. ...Read more

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I've read that MS used to be checked (at least partially) with the "hot tub test." I've noticed my symptoms (dizziness, balance issues, numbness/tingling extremities) actually seem BETTER when I'm in a hot bath/shower. Mean anything or coincidence?

I've read that MS used to be checked (at least partially) with the "hot tub test." I've noticed my symptoms (dizziness, balance issues, numbness/tingling extremities) actually seem BETTER when I'm in a hot bath/shower. Mean anything or coincidence?

RESPONSE: Yes, in the past, prior to imaging advances, "Hot Bath" test was utilized to exacerbate patient symptoms to confirm diagnosis, but no longer used as was often false positive, and MRI supplanted. Occasional MS patients seem to do better in warmer environments, and some even do worse in cold weather. Thus, your responses are not indicative of definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Tingling and numbness both upper and lower extremities. MRI of neck showed mild posterior bulging of disk between C5 and C6.

Wait for 6 weeks: Bulged disks may not need immediate attention like herniated discs. After age 35 all scans will show some degree of bulging of disks. Wait for 6 weeks or so. If no improvement see a neurosurgeon ...Read more

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How come when I wake up my limbs feel like there numb and tingling?

Nerve issues: Often this is a sign of nerve compression or inflammation at the wrist (carpal tunnel synd)
however, nerves can be compressed at the elbow, shoulder, and neck. This could also represent the beginning of a peripheral neuropathy, as might be with diabetes or nutritional deficiencies. See your doc to uncover causation. ...Read more

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Can being nervous and feeling anxious make the extremities feel numb and also have a weird tingling sensation?

Can being nervous and feeling anxious make the extremities feel numb and also have a weird tingling sensation?

Absolutely: Yes this is one of the cardinal signs of anxiety. Please seek help from a psychologist who will put you at ease and perhaps refer you to a competent psychiatrist for an anti-anxiety medication. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Hi, my niece 12 yrs had a sudden numbness and weakness on left part of body, is it lack of heamoglobin? Or somethng else

Hi, my niece 12 yrs had a sudden numbness and weakness on left part of body, is it lack of heamoglobin? Or somethng else

Thots: You might be describing an episode of hemiplegic migraine or another migraine variant, but I cannot exclude structural blood vessel dissection. This has little to do with hemoglobin unless she possesses sickle cell disease, which might explain the episode. Have her seen by pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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Iam 47 /female had a day of sudden numbness in left arm lasting <5min. 5 hrs later left sd of face. Also have PFO and history migraines (never like this) TIA or migraine? 2 m.D.'s debate dx. Do I close pfo

Iam 47 /female had a day of sudden numbness in left arm lasting <5min. 5 hrs later left sd of face. Also have PFO and history migraines (never like this) TIA or migraine? 2 m.D.'s debate dx. Do I close pfo

DIFFICULT CHOICE: If your pfo is closed, technically is not a major procedure, there is a potential of controlling migraine (not fully proven yet), and protection against future paradoxical embolism through the pfo. The timing of your event is far more consistent with a blood clot than a classical migraine event, but gather that no primary source was discovered. Would go to academic center and get opinion. ...Read more

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Sudden numbness in jaw followed by severe pain in teeth and jaw. What could this be?

Sudden numbness in jaw followed by severe pain in teeth and jaw. What could this be?

Abcess or infection: You need to see your dentist, you may need antibiotics and probably an extraction or root canal. ...Read more

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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more


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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more