Numbness in the Extremities

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There can be many reasons for the numbness or mild tingling you may be feeling in your extremities (hands, feet, or other parts of the limbs), ranging from the innocuous to the potentially life-threatening.

Not every symptom of numbness is severe or irreversible, for example certain animal bites or abnormal nutrition levels. However, the most serious forms of numbness can come about from damaged nerves such as peripheral neuropathy. Untreated conditions can also damage nerves over time and complicate into peripheral neuropathy as well.

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition whereby the nerves between your brain and the rest of your body are damaged due to injury or complications from a previous illness. This can cause erroneous signals to be passed to your brain, which are responsible for the numbness or tingling you feel. This is a serious condition that can get worse if left unmanaged.

Other serious causes of numbness can include diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even living a sedentary lifestyle where you sit or stand in the same position for extended periods of time. This has the effect of putting lots of pressure on your nerves, which also causes numbness and other abnormal sensations from occurring.

If you are experiencing numbness in your limbs that doesn’t seem to go away, it may be a sign of something more serious. Don’t delay in booking an appointment with us at Unity to learn more and to find out about your treatment options.