Numbness is an unpleasant sensation of tingling in certain areas of the body. It is also accompanied by a decrease in the sensitivity of the skin.
As a rule, numbness is a natural reaction of the body to a violation of blood supply to tissues or nerve compression.
Numbness, as a natural reaction of the body,Can occur as a result of the stay of the body for a long time in one position. For example, a dream in an uncomfortable position can lead to numbness of the leg, arm or face, etc.
In the winter, a long stay in the frost can provoke numbness of the limbs. However, this sensation quickly passes after warming the legs and hands.
If the numbness is not associated with the disease, then it will take place within a few minutes. You can speed up this process with an easy massage.
If numbness of certain parts of the body arises systematically and does not pass within a few minutes, then this is an occasion to consult a doctor.
You should also seek medical help if:
- numbness appeared shortly after receiving an injury-
- you can not move normally and talk-
- there was an involuntary emptying of the intestine or bladder-
- you have dizziness or severe weakness-
- You can not move a foot, a hand or fingers.
The main causes of numbness
Numbness of several parts of the body can be associated with a variety of diseases.
Transitory impairment of cerebral circulation. Symptoms of this ailment are considered to be numbness of the face and other parts of the body, loss of consciousness, dizziness. In most cases, transient impairment of cerebral circulation is observed in persons older than 60 years. Also, this disease can be affected by people with cardiovascular diseases, suffering from atherosclerosis or obesity.
Multiple sclerosis. This ailment is considered to be a chronic disease of the central nervous system. Multiple sclerosis is characterized by impaired vision, loss of sensitivity of individual parts of the body, development of numbness. The first symptoms of the disease appear, as a rule, at the age of 30-40 years.
A brain tumor. It can squeeze certain areas of brain tissue. There is a violation of their work and the appearance of numbness of the body.
Numbness of face and hands
Numbness of the skin of the face can be a clear signDiseases of blood vessels or nerves passing in this area. If this phenomenon extends to other parts of the body, this may indicate the presence of a disease of the central nervous system.
If the numbness of the face occurs only in one half of the face, accompanied by twitching of the individual muscles, severe pain, then, perhaps, these are signs of neuralgia of the trigeminal nerve.
A migraine attack is also often characterized by numbness of the face, the appearance of bright spots before the eyes, nausea and headache.
Numbness of one or both arms can become a symptom of the following diseases: pernicious anemia, brain tumor, transient cerebral circulation, multiple sclerosis, etc.
In any case, for an accurate diagnosisPlease contact a qualified technician. He, taking into account all the symptoms and your condition, will prescribe the necessary treatment and give valuable recommendations.