Symptom: Numbness


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Numbness: Loss of feeling or sensation
Introduction: Numbness usually arises from damage or disease of nerves. Numbness is often associated with or preceded by abnormal pain-like sensations often described as pins-and-needles, prickling or burning sensations; these are called paresthesias. Numbness is loss of sensation whereas paralysis usually involves both the loss of the ability to move the area and loss of sensations. The term "numbness" is also sometimes used to refer to emotional numbness or detachment. Any numbness or abnormal sensation symptoms need prompt professional medical advice.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Numbness:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Numbness (25 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Numbness (69 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing complication: Numbness (7 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Types of Numbness: arm numbness (25), hand numbness (16), finger numbness (8), leg numbness (22), foot numbness (9), toe numbness (4), numb thigh (2)
    Symptoms related to Numbness: hypersensitive (6), paresthesias (48), paralysis (65)
    Numbness type of: Pain (604), Nerve symptoms (207), Sensations (211)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Numbness: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Numbness as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Numbness: The following list of conditions have 'Numbness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Anencephaly ... inability to feel pain
  • Angina ... numbness in left arm
  • Arachnoiditis ... numbness
  • Arm fracture ... numb arm
  • Autism ... reduced sensitivity to pain

    B

  • Brachial Plexus Injury ... numbness in hand, numbness in arm
  • Brain cancer ... Numbness of arms or legs
  • Broken Collarbone ... numb shoulder
  • Broken elbow ... numb arm
  • Broken finger ... finger numbness
  • Broken foot ... numb foot
  • Broken hand ... hand numbness
  • Broken leg ... numb leg
  • Broken nose ... numb face
  • Broken shoulder blade ... numb shoulder, numb arm
  • Broken toe ... numb toe
  • Brown-Sequard Syndrome ... hemianesthesia
  • Buerger's disease ... leg numbness, foot numbness

    C

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ... hand numbness, numbness in fingers
  • Celiac Disease ... numbness (legs from nerve damage)
  • Central Pain Syndrome ... loss of touch
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy ... slowly progressive weakness and sensory dysfunction of the legs and arms, numbness in toes and fingers, numbness in toes and fingers
  • Concussion ... numbness

    D

  • Decompression sickness ... numbness
  • Diabetes ... hand numbness, foot numbness
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy ... numbness in hands, numbness in legs, numbness in toes, numbness in fingers, numbness in feet

    E

  • Erb's Palsy ... arm numbness

    F

  • Facial fracture ... numb face
  • Fractures ... numbness
  • Frostbite ... local numbness

    G

  • Ganglion cyst ... numb hand
  • Gangrene ... local numbness

    H

  • Hand neuropathy ... hand numbness, finger numbness
  • Hyperventilation ... numb feet, numb hands, numb hands

    I

  • Intercostal neuralgia ... numbness

    L

  • Lupus ... finger numbness
  • Lyme disease ... numbness

    M

  • Marfan syndrome ... leg numbness
  • Meralgia parenthetica ... numb thigh
  • Meralgia paresthetica ... numb thigh
  • Multiple Myeloma ... leg numbness
  • Multiple Sclerosis ... numbness

    N

  • Neurofibromatosis-2 ... facial numbness

    O

  • Olivopontocerebellar Atrophy ... hand numbness, feet numbness

    P

  • Panic attack ... numbness
  • Panic disorder ... numbness
  • Paralytic shellfish poisoning ... leg numbness, facial numbness, arm numbness
  • Peripheral neuropathy ... numbness
  • Peripheral vascular disease ... leg numbness, arm numbness
  • Pernicious anemia ... numb fingers
  • Pinched Nerve ... numbness
  • Polyneuritis ... hand numbness, limb numbness, limb numbness, foot numbness
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder ... emotionally numbness
  • Postpartum depression ... numbness

    R

  • Raynaud's phenomenon ... toe numbness, finger numbness
  • Repetitive Motion Disorders ... numbness
  • Repetitive Strain Injury ... numbness

    S

  • Shoulder dislocation ... shoulder numbness
  • Sjogren's Syndrome ... limb numbness
  • Spinal cord injury ... loss of sensation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor ... numbness
  • Spinal stenosis ... leg numbness
  • Stroke ... one-sided numbness
  • Subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord ... numb feet, numbness
  • Syphilis ... numbness

    T

  • Thromboembolism ... numbness
  • Transverse myelitis ... leg numbness
  • Type 2 diabetes ... hand numbness, foot numbness

    W

  • Wallenberg's Syndrome ... loss of pain sensitivity
    Conditions listing complications: Numbness: The following list of conditions have 'Numbness' or similar listed as a complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

    A

  • Autonomic neuropathy ... loss of pain sensitivity

    D

  • Diabetes ... hand neuropathy
  • Diabetic neuropathy ... loss of pain sensitivity
  • Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy ... lost sensation

    G

  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome ... permanent numbness

    T

  • Type 1 diabetes ... hand neuropathy
  • Type 2 diabetes ... hand neuropathy


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