Numbness or Abnormal Sensation

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About the symptom

Numbness describes a loss of sensation or feeling in a part of the body.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Peripheral cyanosis

  • Back pain

  • Numbness of lower limbs

  • Different degrees of numbness on each side

  • Recent weight loss

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Difficulty urinating

  • double vision

  • Involuntary movements

  • Low back pain

Possible causes

  • Diabetes mellitus (DM)

    A disease where blood sugar levels are abnormally high, due to problems with insulin production or resistance. There are often no symptoms until the condition has worsened, hence regular screening is important.

  • Leg cramps

    Leg cramp is the episode of sudden pain in the muscles of the leg caused by an involuntary contracting (shortening) of the leg muscle. Most leg cramps occur in the calf muscles and, less commonly, in the feet and thighs.

  • Diabetic neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occurs in those with long-term diabetes. High blood sugar can damage nerves throughout the body, most commonly in the legs and feet.

  • Raynaud's disease
  • Low back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Spasticity
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Chronic pain

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

  • Is the numbness better or worse on one side of your body?

  • Do you feel the sensation on your skin has changed?

  • Do you feel off-balance, making it difficult for you to stand still?

  • Do you feel tingling without your skin being touched?

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