Causes of Tingling and Numbness – Paresthesia

What Does Tingling, Numbness and Paresthesia Mean?

Paresthesia (Greek para- = abnormal, esthesia = feeling) is abnormal sensation on the skin that has no apparent physical cause (1). Paresthesia includes numbness and tingling, and can be temporary or permanent.

Numbness is a decreased or lost sensation in the skin. Tingling is an unusual sensation in the skin. It is often described as feeling of pins and needles, tickling, pricking, creeping, skin crawling, ant crawling, and so on.

In certain disorders, like restless leg syndrome, tingling, numbness, burning, itchiness and pain may appear simultaneously.

Paresthesia can appear in any part of the body: in the trunk, limbs, fingers, toes, face or head.

Paresthesia and Dermatomes

Sensations are felt and interpreted by the brain. Sensibility of the trunk, limbs and the back of the head is mediated by the spinal nerves, arising from the spinal cord, and sensitivity of the face by Trigeminal nerve (5th cranial nerve), arising from the brainstem. The skin area innervated by a single nerve root of the spinal or Trigeminal nerve is called a dermatome (Latin derma = skin, tome = section), (Picture 1). From the distribution of abnormal skin sensations among dermatomes, a doctor can determine which nerves are affected.

Dermatomes of Human Skin

Picture 1. Dermatomes in a human

Symptoms of Paresthesia

Paresthesia appears without warning, is usually painless, and can be felt as tingling or numbness. Sensitivity of the affected skin part can be increased, but it is usually decreased. Other symptoms, like pain, muscular weakness, cramps, abnormal reflexes, warmth or cool feeling, paleness, redness, swelling or rash may be present, depending on the nature of an underlying disease.

Tingling is sometimes incorrectly described as itchiness. Itchiness provokes desire to scratch, while tingling does not. Burning  is also not the same as tingling, but rather a form of pain.

We often say our arm or leg has fallen asleep, when it becomes temporarily paralysed and numb.

How Does Paresthesia Occur?

Sensations from the skin are carried from the skin via peripheral sensory nerves through the spinal cord, or via Trigeminal nerve and brain stem to the brain. Disorder at any level of these neural pathways can cause paresthesia.

Causes of Transient Paresthesia

Transient paresthesia, lasting from few seconds to several minutes, often described as feeling of ‘pins and needles’, may be due to:

  • Obdormition – numbness caused by prolonged pressure on the nerve, like when you cross your legs and leg falls asleep. Such paresthesia disappears gradually as the pressure is relieved.
  • Whiplash
  • Hyperventilation syndrome
  • Panic attack
  • Dehydration
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes referred as “mini stroke”
  • Beta-alanine ingestion
  • Seizures
  • Raynaud phenomenon
  • Insufficient blood supply in atherosclerotic arteries in the legs (in Burger disease, paresthesia is accompanied with calf pain)

Causes of Chronic Paresthesia

Long lasting or recurring paresthesia can arise from:

  • Brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerve disorders: trauma, stroke, intra-cerebral hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, tumors, encephalitis, meningitis, herniated disc, cervical spondylosis, pressure on the nerve (carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica), repetitive motion or prolonged vibration, neuralgia
  • Circulatory (heart and vessels) disorders: angina pectoris, atherosclerosis, acute arterial occlusion, vasculitis, Raynaud disease, vertebrobasilar circulatory disorders
  • Metabolic and hormonal disorders: diabetes, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, hypoaldosteronism (Conn syndrome), menopause, abnormal blood levels of calcium, potassium or sodium, uremia, porphyria
  • Infections and post-infection syndromes: infection with Herpes simplex virus, Herpes zoster virus, arbovirus; canker sores, Lyme disease, AIDS (HIV), leprosy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, rabies, syphilis
  • Connective tissue and autoimmune diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren’s syndrome, pernicious anemia, diabetes
  • Blood disorders: thrombosis, polycythemia, thrombocytosis, leukemia
  • Bones and joints disorders: arthritis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nutrient deficiency: vitamin B1 deficiency (beriberi), vitamin B5 and B12 deficiency
  • Malignancies
  • Skin disorders: burns, frostbite, Ito syndrome, acrodynia, acroparesthesia
  • Migraine
  • Psychological disorders: anxiety, panic attack, psychiatric disease
  • Medications: anti-convulsant drugs, lomotil, SSRI withdrawal, amiodarone, colistimethate, digoxin, dimercaprol, mefloquine, riluzole , tetrodotoxin, thallium, topiramate, overdose of lidocain or vit B6
  • Alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs
  • Poisoning: heavy metals (arzenic, lead, mercury), long term exposure to nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, ciguatera poisoning, snake bites
  • Radiation exposure, chemotherapy
  • Hereditary diseases: Refsum syndrome, Fabry disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (a hereditary disorder that causes wasting of the leg muscles), porphyria, Denny-Brown’s syndrome (a hereditary disorder of the nerve root), ataxia-teleangiectasia
  • Immune deficiency

Diagnosis of the Cause of Paresthesia

1. Before appointment with your doctor, answer the following questions:

  • On which parts of your body do you feel tingling or numbness,  and is it limited to one side of the body (left or right)? How would you describe the felling: like numbness, loss of sensation, pricking, creeping, burning, itching, pins and needles…?
  • When did unusual sensation appear, is it permanent or transient? Does sensation change throughout the day?
  • What triggers the sensation: warmth, exercise, sitting, stress, food, medications…?
  • Other symptoms in the affected body part: pain, paleness, redness, swelling, warmth, coolness, cramps, loss of muscular power?
  • Any other general symptoms, like fever or headache?
  • Do you have any chronic disease, like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis? Were you injured or admitted to the hospital in the past from some reason? Which diagnose(s) you have or had so far?
  • Does your work require repetitive motion, are you affected by constant vibrations, or exposed to certain chemicals like nitrogen oxide or carbon monoxide?
  • Are you under stress, are you anxious?
  • What is your diet, do you drink alcohol or smoke, which medications or drugs are you taking?

2. Doctor will examine you, what includes detailed neurological examination.

3. Doctor may order the following tests:

  • MRI or CT of the head and/or spine
  • MRI, CT or X-ray of the chest, abdomen, bones or joints
  • Blood tests: CBC, sedimentation rate, electrolytes, vitamins, sugar, sedimentation rate (ESR), proteins, thyroid hormones, heavy metals, drugs, antibodies to certain microbes, etc.
  • Urine tests: glucose, proteins, etc.
  • Electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction tests
  • Lumbar puncture (only when central nervous system disorders, like multiple sclerosis or meningitis, are suspected)
  • Vascular ultrasound and a cold stimulation test to check for Raynaud’s phenomenon
  • Nerve biopsy (rarely)

Treatment of Paresthesia

Treatment of paresthesia depends on the cause. Paresthesia is usually treated by a neurologist.

Home Care

Numbness after prolonged sitting or uncomfortable body position usually goes away after restoring circulation by stretching or massaging the affected limb. If the underlying cause cannot be treated, aspirin or ibuprofen can be tried. In more difficult cases, low dose of antidepressant drugs, such as amitriptyline, are sometimes prescribed to alter body’s perception of pain. In severe cases, opiates, as codeine, can be prescribed (3).

In nutritional deficiency, supplements, like B complex vitamins, especially vitamin B 12, can be tried (3).

Alcohol should be avoided. Self-massage with aromatic oils or ointments containing capsaicin may give temporary relief. Wearing lose shoes, gloves and clothes may also be helpful (3).

Call Emergency if you:

  • Feel weak, walk difficulty, hardly move an arm, have problems with speech or vision
  • Can not control your bladder or bowel
  • Feel numbness after an injury
  • Have lost consciousness, even if only for a while

Call your Doctor if you:

  • Do not know what causes abnormal sensations
  • Find out that numbness worsen during walking (could be pinched sciatic nerve)
  • Have pain, cramps, dizziness
  • Are urinating more often (could be diabetes)
  • Developed a rash you can not explain

Prognosis of Paresthesia

There is no known long-term physical effect from paresthesia itself (2). A disorder causing paresthesia can lead to permanent nerve damage, so this is why you need to visit a doctor, when the cause is uncertain. Prognosis depends on the underlying cause.

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  4. Disorders of a Single Peripheral Nerve and Numbness  (
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  6. Diagnosis of Paresthesia  (
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  • wanda

    I’m 51 female and numbness and tingling all over my body and face and lower pain in my adominal area .

  • Hi Alex. Many of the symptoms you are describing are broadly termed as paresthesias which means an abnormal sensation. Tingling, prickling, formication (feeling of bugs crawling) and so on are paresthesias that occur with many nerve-related conditions. However, it could also be linked to momentary disruptions in the blood flow to the brain. Paresthesias are seen as symptoms in some many conditions that it’s difficult to say for sure. You should see your GP and then possibly get a referral to a neurologist.

  • Hi Wanda. The information you have provided is very scanty. It is difficult to provide any guidance beyond what is discussed in the article above or posted on user comments here. You should see your doctor especially since there are a number of conditions that are common in your age group which could cause these symptoms. Some of these conditions could even be life-threatening. Your doctor may need to refer you to a neurologist.

  • Hi JoPo. Intoxication could cause such symptoms, be it with alcohol, illicit drugs and certain prescription medication, but caffeine is unlikely to do so. You should have this checked up by a doctor because this could be the early signs of some degenerative neuromuscular diseases. It is difficult to say for sure what this could be but since these diseases can be very debilitating it is best that it is diagnosed as early as possible. In this way treatment can be commenced as soon as possible. Don’t be too concerned just yet. There may be harmless cause but it is advisable to have this checked up by a doctor.

  • caroline lewis

    Hi l have had tingling sensation and feels like mites are crawling over me.It keeps me wide awake at nite.It has started in my hair too horrible itchy sensation.I am not sure if this is a cat allergy.

  • Hi Caroline. It could be due to a cat allergy if you are in close contact with cats. The only way to say for sure is to have a blood test to confirm it is an allergic reaction and then follow up with a skin prick test to confirm the possible trigger of the allergy. It is important to have this assessed by a doctor. Itching is not always due to an allergy. It could be other skin diseases. The sensation of bugs crawling on your skin is also known as formication and apart from skin diseases, it is also seen with some nerve-related disorders. Your doctor will be able to advise you further.

  • Teresa Grant West

    My problem is hard to explain. When I sit back with head, neck and back leaning against couch or chair, and when lying down, my head, neck, shoulders and back get painful and numb at the same time. It’s very uncomfortable and I am on my 4 th day of very little sleep. I have not injured myself. The only thing I know is I was diagnosed by my internist a year ago that I have degenerative scoliosis. The only way I am comfortable is to sit not leaning back and standing. Strange. Any ideas?

  • caroline lewis

    Thankyou HealthHype the imformation you have given me about my condition has really helped.Thanks caroline lewis

  • KaiHarate

    (First, I apologize for long post but just wanted to give as much background as possible)

    Hi. Prior to this information I’m sharing, I almost reached the age of 50 (8 months ago) with literally no problems at all. I have been remarkably fortunate and lucky to never have any medical event in my life other then a sprained ankle poison ivy and things like that to happen to any normal person. I look very young still for my age. Then kind out of nowhere some stuff has hit me and it’s scary due to nerve stuff it seems.

    I have tingling numbness similar to what is discussed here as well as a few other strange sensations popping up. If a winter storm doesn’t ruin it, I will see a doctor on Monday. I’d liked to post here anyway due to quality feedback observed and mature crowd interacting (very refreshing not to read a crazy comment section! Lol

    I’ll share three events that happened in the last 11 months may or may not be contributing to recent things. (Please excuse grammar since I’m using voice recognition on iPad). It’s been quite a year usually I have no health stories or events.
    1) 11 months ago I woke up with severe vertigo like those astronaut training chairs. I have never in my life experienced anything like this – sudden and severe. It happened upon waking so possible started while sleeping. I had it for about 20 seconds even though it seemed to go on forever it was actually relatively short. I felt quite sick and nauseous but I did not throw up and in a couple hours I was pretty much back to feeling normal although that feeling of it persisted for days. I have never had another spinning episode but I have noticed upon lying down flat on my back and I turn my head up and to the right I can almost bring it on again. My cousin, uncle, and sister in law (is a registered nurse) told me they had the same thing but much worse and they had inner ear issue so maybe not related to my recent sensations happening 11 months after vertigo but I can’t dismiss it either.
    2) In June I was bitten by a yellow jacket right on my eyelid unfortunately I can’t recall which eye and I have no photos from that time to research. My eye puffed out considerably and there was a redness and darkness around eye although I quickly recovered from that and I had no issues with vision, pain, discomfort.
    3)Shortly after that I got a tick on my left inner thigh. I live in Connecticut about an hour from the town of Lyme which Lyme disease is named from. It is common around here to get ticks and it is very common for people in this area to have Lyme disease (and some may not realize it). I did not have the distinct red spot bite and I did take tick off within 32 hours at least but it did itch intensely for weeks. Unfortunately the place I sent the tick to have check lost the sample were not able to verify if it had Lyme disease. I did not get the flu like and sickness feeling most people with Lyme disease get right away, but it was quite an itch in that region and it is not far from where I am now feeling a pinch pain if I walk too much at a certain pace. When I research online the symptoms I have can be many things but it mostly seems to be very similar to what people with the late detected Lyme disease describe – but also what is discussed here – very strange things start happening though there is controversy in the medical community whether that is true or not concerning Lyme disease. The yellow-jacket bee sting I’ve never heard of anybody having delayed responses but it is interesting that most of the things that have started ( left eye and facial tingling numbness) are near sting area and numbness/is similar to after bee bite feeling. That is where the very initial things I noticed before the numbness seemed to be traveling randomly and down the body. From that eye.

    I have a doctors appointment scheduled for this Monday. It’s a new doctor because I have new healthcare. I haven’t been to a doctor in 5 years but in that time have been absolutely fine and not ignoring anything since nothing was there to ignore. But a snowstorm looks like it may threaten a chance to see the new doctor so I thought about posting here in case that appointment is delayed a week or two.

    I am dictating this into my iPad and will also print out to take to my doctor or if the option is available to email him prior to the visit I will send it also. Excuse typos due to dictation software.

    About five weeks ago I had a small feeling in my left eye and then left corner of my mouth. At first I thought it was just the first signs of wrinkles and aging as a just turned 50. But I found myself touching the left corner of my eye because it felt like was something in the eyelash. The left corner of my mouth had a feeling that it might troop down it was a slight feeling not dramatic – never actually drooped. After close examination of my eye I realize there was nothing in my eye and it was fine it was a sensation. That subsided along with a very slight feeling of the left corner of my mouth wanting to droop it never did. then perhaps a week later woke up with a feeling of numbness or tingling in my face in area of cheeks, chin, sort the region you would shave. it’s very similar to the feeling of your arm falling asleep but not as severe and I do have sensation such as pain or feeling so it’s not a numbness I guess. Then a few days later spreading to my right arm and then one time when I was sitting at the computer for awhile it got my lower back. But mostly it is my face with my right arm sometimes a part of that. Then I went for my usual walk which is about a half-mile circle in my neighborhood and at one point I thought my hair in inner back thigh was catching against my clothes for maybe a bug had gotten in there and bit. It’s winter and cold maybe that. But then I realized upon getting home no evidence of anything on skin. now if I walk a certain distance at a certain pace it feels like pinching me in my mid thigh area left leg. Things seem to be shifting never one place. Recently the pinch pain is gone, the numbness is not so bad, but interestingly enough the left corner of eye feeling is back but not as much as original.

    Weeks ago I used to get sudden hunger and if I ate that would help and during all these recent weeks I’m not 100% but I can do anything that I could do prior and my coordination, motor skills, speech, and everything like that is fine. Outside of that numbness, or tingling I should say, and the pinch feeling in my leg, I have no pain no discomfort nor have I done or had something happen that really is causing me great concern. I have not dropped things, knock things over, stammered over words, droopy face, movement issues. Have no balance issues that are alarming though due to vertigo episode 11 months ago I can at times have a very slight feeling of that but never scary or like I need to watch what I’m doing. I can do simple balance test like one leg standing and very good. Not sure if it’s related to turning 50, or drinking more liquid in winter, but my urination sometimes can be quick again after urinating. Perhaps not unloading it all then shortly after another visit is needed. But I’ve had no bathroom emergency or anything like that and can hold if out and about and waiting to get home. I’m in a committed relationship with a woman and our romantic life is healthy and fine especially considering my age I have no issues with that stuff. Erection is full and healthy when that aspect of relationship happens. Even during these weeks of issues coming up, the desire and ability comes on natural at least twice week. Overall I fee decent but my energy/power is rarely 100% though never such a low level to cause alarm bells to go off. and stay active keeping a good weight but I do not work out and perhaps should start given my age. I sleep quite well although there are nights recently because of these things happening I will stay up a bit thinking about and perhaps cut short sleep. It’s mental worry as mind can run away thinking the absolute worst due to these recent sensations. Without this worry, I sleep like a rock. My diet is good not perfect but far from bad. I’m a very light drinker (had a 20 year period of not touching any alcohol with no interest) I’ve never smoked and I have no bad habits. I did have a stressful 7 years but last 8 months actual were good ones and positive…until this kicked in.

    Sorry for long post. Just wanted to share full details. Thank you.

  • Hi Teresa. The change in posture may be contributing to compression of one or more nerve roots which can cause these symptoms. The exact cause of the pinched nerve and whether it is related to your scoliosis or not can only be explained by a doctor after running further diagnostic investigation like an MRI. By correcting the compression (if this is the cause) these symptoms should resolve. Speak to your doctor. Given your scoliosis you should be consulting with an orthopedic specialist on a regular basis.

  • Hi KaiHarate. Hopefully you have seen your doctor by now and had some direction as to what conditions need to be confirmed or excluded. You did include a lot of information and we will just focus on a few points. This is a free service and does not in any way constitute professional medical advice or a consultation. We are simply trying to assist readers in making sense of some of their ailments.

    We cannot say for sure if you have Lyme disease or not. You will need to undergo further tests. The one point that may be worth discussing is the incident you had 11 months ago. You say that you can bring on this vertigo by lying flat and tilting your head back and turning to one side. This is a worrying symptom because it may indicate that one of the arteries carrying blood to your brain may be a problem.

    You may also want to read up on the vertebral artery test or Wallenberg test. This may indicate that you could be at risk of a stroke. However, this is an online platform and we cannot say for sure. Your doctor would be in the best position to advise you further.

  • Allie

    In the past month my thumb has been periodically going numb. It happen more often when I am writing, exposing my hand to warm water, or trying to open bottles/containers. No obvious accident caused this, but I first noticed it when trying to get out of a car to quickly and gripping something. Prior to this, several years ago I was walking to work once and my ring finger on my left hand randomly went entirely numb, but that has not happened since. It is not unusual for my limbs to fall asleep if I sit the wrong way, but I am shocked about how easily my thumb is falling asleep. The nurse I visited suggested advil and ibuprofen for inflammation, but my real concern is the numbness. Should I see a specialist? Should I be worried about this condition worsening? Is there something else I can do? I’m generally a pretty healthy person, reasonable weight, workout 1-2 times a week, and I don’t eat much junk food. No smoking, and drinking only about once a week.

  • Hi Allie. Yes, you should see a specialist. It is possible that this is a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). If you do not get the proper treatment and stop repeating the exacerbating factor then the condition can get much worse. It is also possible that this is arising from some other nerve problem and could even be the early symptom of some chronic neurological disorder. There is no way of saying for sure but a specialist will assess it further and then reach a diagnosis.

  • Teresa Grant West

    Thank you!!!

  • Teresa Grant West

    Thank you! I’m impressed that I actually got an answer! Great website!!

  • You’re welcome Teresa.

  • Lauren

    I’m a 29 y/o female with parasthesia to my left posterior mid thoracic region (roughly a 10cm x 10cm square patch). I noticed it several years ago and my PCP told me not to be concerned. It never goes away completely but does seem to be exacerbated at times – possibly stress? During these times the area can be very pruritic, possibly worse at night. No visual skin changes. I have no history of back pain, injury, or scoliosis and I don’t take any medications on a daily basis. Just curious if you have heard of something similar. I don’t appear to have any additional symptoms associated with it. I have been thinking it is related to anxiety, but the fact that it never completely resolves seems inconsistent with anxiety. Interested in your thoughts. Thank you!

  • gerri

    Hi, I’ve been having a pins and needle feeling in both sides of my face and lower back. Usually lasts 3 or 4 days at a time in each location for the last month or so. Is it something I should be concerned with?

  • Hi Gerri. You don’t mention your age, medical history or other symptoms so we will have to give a broad answer. It is worth having this checked as this could be a prelude to a stroke especially if you are a middle aged adult or older. A complete stroke could lead to lasting symptoms and can even be deadly. So speak to a doctor as soon as possible.

  • Hi, Im an otherwise healthy 40-year old female, but several weeks now, I’ve been experiencing numbness in my armpits, and whenever I lay down, my leg muscles alternate between numbness and aching. It’s very frustrating, as it keeps waking me up throughout the night. I have a suspicion, but I’m no doctor. Help please? Thank you…

  • Hi Cori. The two concerns here are whether this is related to the nerves or the heart (and blood vessels). The fact that both your upper (armpits) and lower limbs are simultaneously affected and that it can alter with your change in position may be more likely an indication of the heart. However, if various levels of the vertebrae is affected you can very well get both upper and lower body symptoms. Difficult to say for sure but considering that you are approaching a high risk age it may be worthwhile to have a full cardiovascular checkup. First speak to your family doctor. Please note that we cannot diagnose on an online platform. As you say you have a suspicion and this is probably more accurate than what we could assess through your comment.

  • brandi

    I stopped 10Mg Lexapro cold turkey about 2 months ago abd about a month into stopping I started getting a calf cramp and a tingly hand hand and foot all on my left side. Us this related to Lexapro withdraw and will it go away.

  • Hi Brandi. It could be but there is no way of saying for sure. You should discuss this with your family doctor or the psychiatrist you were consulting with as he/she would be familiar with your case. It is possible that the cramps are totally unrelated to the medication you were using and may therefore be an entirely separate problem.

  • james

    hi i have been feeling numb in my head and neck a little in my mouth and in my arm on my left side

  • Hi James. There are many possible causes of numbness. A common cause is a pinched nerve which is also a possibility here. But the bigger concern at the moment is whether this may be related to some disruption to the blood flow to the brain. Such disruptions may culminate in a blockage and insufficient oxygen to the brain. Eventually it can lead to a condition such as a stroke. Please speak to your doctor as soon as possible. It may not be serious but rather be safe and sorry.

  • Steve

    Hi. I’m a 35 year old male and I’ve been having tingling/numbness on the right side of my head. I do have a history of having anxiety and as of late been feeling a bit more anxious. I do however have some neck pain as well although I doubt it’s the cause. Btw, it seems to occur when I smoke marijuana it as of late. I think it’s stress related but I’m not sure. Any ideas?

  • Kellyfergison

    I have slight pins and needles on my arms, legs and face on and off (some days are ok), and they get stronger when I lay down at night. It’s been like this for almost 5 months. It might be a pinched nerve that has something to do with a heavy backpack that I was often carrying on my shoulder earlier this year. Some days I don’t have pins and needles, but when I drink coffee, the pins and needles come back all of a sudden. It also comes back when I carry something heavy (i.e. a grocery bag) in my hands. There’s no pain, just the pins and needles and a numb spot on my back. Not sure if to spend lots of $$ on MRIs and CT scans if it’s just a pinched nerve that can heal with proper exercises/posture and avoiding lifting anything heavy.

  • michelle

    My husbnd hve numbness and tingling on his back down to his leg on left part worried about him .what shall we do

  • Hi Steve. A number of factors may be at play here. Paresthesias (the tingling and numbness) can be associated with both the anxiety and marijuana smoking. There are also other possible causes but given your history these factors need to first be confirmed or excluded as a possible cause. You should discuss it with your doctor. If necessary further investigations may be required.

  • Ajit de silva

    Hi dear doctor,
    Since recently & offently i feel a tingling on my right ear,cheek,neck & shoulder.
    Its only last for few seconds.could you please kindly advice a why is it. Thank you.

  • Hi Ajit. There are many possible causes and some are more likely in people with certain risk factors. This could be related to nerve compression (pinched nerve) or nerve irritation (neuritis). However, the more serious concern here is whether thsi could be a TIA (transient ischemic attack) which may precede a stroke. This can occur for weeks, months or even years before a stroke occurs. Another possibility is that this could be related to the heart. It is always advisable to exclude the more serious possibilities if your doctor deems it necessary although it could be due to something less serious, like muscle strain, clenching and so on. Speak to your doctor who can then examine you and advise you further.

  • Amanda Marie

    I have the cold feeling on my right side of back for weeks now an it tingles an feels light it’s tightening in a way an radiation feeling. Now I do know I have a disc pushing against my spinal cord, I have degenerating disc disease an I do know I have possible RA so hopefully it’s related to that. When you touch it it’s literally cold. The way these doctors are set up around here they will just tell me I’m losing my mind or paranoid. So I guess I might have to let this one slide

  • Lisa D Davis

    I have had a numbness to a constant sleep sensation in my left arm for 6 years, and here lately it is getting to wear it almost feels like arthritis in the very pit of my hand. I have Scoleosis, could that have anything to do with this?

  • Hi Lisa. Yes, scoliosis could be the cause if the nerve root to the arm is compressed. Arthritis is more likely to present with pain. Speak to the doctor who is overlooking your case about your arm symptoms. 6 years is a very long time and hopefully there is no permanent damage to the nerve. Rather get it checked up as soon as possible.

  • Melissa Marken

    I just had the whole left side of my body go numb. It started at my feet, traveled up to my arms and hand, then to my face. Only on the left side. My legs and arm were really weak followed by a headache. Before all this happened I had squiggly lines in my left eye. What just happened to me?

  • Maureen

    I am a 58 year old female, smoker and overweight. Recently I have been getting a tingling, almost electrifying sensation on my left side, left side of mouth, left arm and left leg, they last for about 30 – 45 seconds during this time my left arm becomes almost limp. Did some research online and starting taking vitamins and b12 supplement, seems better but still happening. Recently changed insurance and having a hard time getting in to see new doctor.

  • A.

    Hi, my dad is experiencing numbness in middle part of his back on the right side. From the picture above it’s like Th6 or Th7. He says it doesn’t hurt or anything it just feels numb. Is it something we should be worry about.

  • Hi A.
    Although it does not seem serious, it should definitely be assessed by a medical doctor. It is possible that this could be due to a problem with the nerve supplying this area. Difficult to say with any certainty but a doctor will assess it to determine if it is due to any serious problem. Sometimes numbness like this may not be a problem in itself but is only a symptoms of a serious condition.

  • Hi Dimple. It is highly advisable that you do follow up with the lumbar puncture or the underlying condition may never be diagnosed. You do not mention if this numbness arose after an injury, like a fall. You also do not mention if there is any muscle weakness on the affect side. While this could occur with certain neurological conditions, by now it would have progressed further for other symptoms to have developed. So it is quite perplexing from your reports and it is therefore advisable that you continue with the investigations that the doctor has recommended.