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NUMBNESS & TINGLING (NEUROPATHY)

There are many possible causes of numbness and tingling:
  • Sitting or standing in the same position for a long time
  • Injuring a nerve (a neck injury may cause you to feel numbness anywhere along your arm or hand, while a low back injury can cause numbness or tingling down the back of your leg)
  • Pressure on the nerves of the spine, such as from a herniated disk
  • Pressure on peripheral nerves from enlarged blood vessels, tumors, scar tissue, or infection
  • Shingles or herpes zoster infection
  • Lack of blood supply to an area, such as from atherosclerosis, frostbite, or vessel inflammation (vasculitis)
  • Abnormal levels of calcium, potassium, or sodium in your body
  • A lack or excess of vitamin B12, B6 or other vitamins
  • Use of certain medications
  • Nerve damage due to lead, alcohol, tobacco or chemotherapy drugs
  • Radiation therapy
  • Animal bites
  • Insect, tick, mite, and spider bites
  • Seafood toxins

Numbness and tingling can be caused by other medical conditions, including:
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (pressure on a nerve at the wrist)
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome(pressure on a nerve at the ankle)
  • Diabetes
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes called a "mini-stroke"
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Raynaud's phenomenon (narrowing of the blood vessels, usually in the hands and feet)