Tingling and Numbness

Both tingling and numbness are rare feelings that are usually experienced in an individual’s fingers, hands, feet, and arms. Common symptoms of throbbing and immobility include pain sensations like needles and pins. It also includes a feeling of burning that can only occur for a short period.

Causes: The possible causes of feeling numbness and tingling are as follows:

    • Changes in the hormonal factors: Oestrogen acts on the main nervous system when the hormones change their positions during menstruation or pregnancy and menopause. Women usually experience tingling.
    • Absenteeism of workout: Being seated in the same position for a long time can result in tingling and numbness as the blood flow gets damaged.
  • The decency of vitamins: Unusual degrees of vitamins B12, potassium, calcium, and sodium can result in tingling and numbness.
    • Hypersensitivity: It occurs mainly with seafood and can result in tingling and numbness sensation.
  • Crushed nerve: Occasionally, a body position can cause a pinched nerve, leading to tingling and numbness.
  • Damage to the nerve: The damage to the nerves of the back of the neck can cause a sensation of tingling and numbness.
  • Loss of consciousness: The lack of blood circulation to the brain can cause a loss of consciousness, tingling, and numbness.

Besides this, some other illnesses can be a reason for tingling and numbness.

  • Diabetes: This is a long-lasting illness typically caused by a limited amount of insulin in the blood.
  • Migraine: This is a kind of head pain that can cause unusual brain working. The possible migraine symptoms are sleepiness, vomiting, and inability to bear intense light and loud sounds.
  • Multiple sclerosis: This is an illness that tends to damage the brain and the central nervous system of the human body.

Treatments: Following are the possible treatment for preventing tingling and numbness;

  • A balanced diet: A healthy diet and drinking water can prevent tingling and numbness. Vitamin intake can also help in fulfilling the vitamin requirements of the body.
  • Performing a regular workout: The regular workout would improve the blood flow and energy levels in the body, such as swimming, walking, and yoga.

When should one visit a doctor?

An individual must visit a physician if he feels tingling and numbness in the body. Likewise, if this sensation worsens and prevents an individual from performing day-to-day activities, then it is urgent to visit a consultant for proper guidance and immediate treatment. The physician may ask the patient about their health history and medical background.

Diagnosis: Following are the possible ways of diagnosing numbness and tingling;

The consultant would firstly advise for the physical test, and after the findings, the doctor may further recommend additional examinations like:

    • Blood examinations: These tests are performed based on blood samples taken from a vein in the arm.
  • Electrolyte Examination: This test includes the calculation of sodium, potassium, and chloride in the blood.
  • Vitamin testing: It calculates the amount of vitamin an individual has.
  • X-ray: This imaging exam is being conducted to get a detailed view of particular pain.
  • CT-scan: This examination is conducted to have an in-depth view of the tissues and the blood vessels.
  • MRI: Like a CT scan, the MRI uses radio waves to take an insight view of the body.
  • Ultrasound: Likewise, ultrasounds used high-frequency sound waves to capture the inside view of the body 

Weakness or asthenia

It occurs when the anatomy is going through exhaustion and causes immobility. Weakness can cause a deficiency of energy in the body. Most people encounter weakness in specific body parts such as the legs and the arm, and some might experience it in the entire body.

Possible causes of asthenia:

  • The flu, coughing, and sneezing can cause weakness and sometimes fever. 
  • Moreover, an absence of proper sleep and depression can cause weakness in the body.
  • Similarly, if the body is going through stress, feeling fear about anything can cause weakness. 
  • Sleep apnea can also be counted as a major reason for weakness. Sleep apnea includes a sleep illness where the patient cannot breathe properly and has a lot of breathing interruptions while sleeping. 
  • Other causes include being diseased with cancer, a stroke, and a heart attack. 
  • Some natural factors can also cause weakness, like aging and muscle illnesses.

Treatment for weakness:

The treatment can vary from person to person, and the causes of weakness;

  • If the person has just encountered a heart attack or a severe injury, the consultant will decide the treatment accordingly.
  •  Likewise, the doctor may prescribe iron supplements if an individual faces weakness due to iron deficiency. 
  • Similarly, insufficient fluid intake can also cause weakness which can only be treated with increased water intake. 

 

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