Numbness

Loss of sensation in any part of the body is called numbness. It is usually caused by damage, irritation, or compression of one or more nerves that supply the numb area. The conditions that cause numbness are neuralgia, radiculopathy, peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal cord injury, stroke, and fracture.

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What makes the leg numb?

Query: Hi doctor, At random times, throughout the day while sitting, standing and lying down my left leg will start to go numb. It will start right under the buttock in the hamstring area and slowly work its way down to last from 5 to 10 minutes. Then, it goes away upon movement. This has been happening fo...  Read Full »


Dr. Eriol Braholli

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Numbness in your leg while sitting, usually happens due to sciatic nerve compression. It can be compressed at different levels through its way, from the lumbar spine down to the feet due to disc herniation or muscle contracture. In your case, lumbar compression or ...  Read Full »

How does spina bifida progress?

Query: Hello doctor, I have spina bifida, which is a slow degenerative syndrome. In the long run, what kind of deterioration will take place?  Read Full »


Dr. Chirag Solanki

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Spina bifida may progress to involve both legs, where one may develop tingling, numbness, and weakness. One may also develop urinary retention and overflow incontinence. Many times if there is associated cranial abnormality like Chiari malformation, then sim...  Read Full »

Why does my penis feel numb?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old male. My height is 190 cm and weight is 85 kg. I do exercise with weights regularly. I have noticed that I have reduced feeling in the skin on my shaft. I cannot feel normal touch, but I can feel the pain if I pinch it with my nails. To best describe it; it feels li...  Read Full »


Dr. Raman Tanwar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is a localized numbness that we are bothered with. Disease starting from this region without any other associated symptoms is quite rare and without them we may not think of a systemic pathology right away. Have you tried nerve tonics? I suggest back strengthenin...  Read Full »

My 12-year-old daughter feels like she is going deaf, and has numbness in the ear with on-and-off pain. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My 12-year-old daughter feels like she is going deaf. She has numbness in the ear and on-and-off pain. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. Firstly, I would like to give you an overview of your daughter's condition. Since you mentioned that she has taken Claritin, I assume she has a history of allergic rhinitis. Other than causing paroxysmal sneezing, blo...  Read Full »

I have numbness from the shoulder to the palm. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-years-old female. My weight is 68 kg with the height 5'6". There was a sudden numbness in the right arm starting at the shoulder, traveling to the palm. The numbness began while sleeping and triggered again while trying to sleep again. I experience a strange heaviness while ...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Numbness may be due to compression of the nerve while keeping the hand under head in flexion. In this position ulnar nerve may compress at elbow or radial nerve in radial ridge or median nerve compression in carpal tunnel syndrome. Hypothyroidism, anemia or electroly...  Read Full »

Why is my thumb numb after cervical surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an MRI last year, which indicated a herniated disc and stenosis at C6-C7 left. So, I had cervical surgery ACDF. Still, l had pain for a couple of months and the MRI showed to my dismay that I still had stenosis with displacement of the C7 nerve root. Also, it showed that C5-C6 protr...  Read Full »


Dr. Ignacio Antanio Magana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sometimes it can take time for radiculopathy to improve even up to a year. If your neurological function is getting worse then a repeat MRI would be advisable. If the symptoms are the same and your neurological examination is not worse then you can wait before ...  Read Full »

My ringer finger has been numb for the past three months because of ulnar nerve damage. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I tripped and hit my underarm on the back of a chair. My ring finger has been numb for three months because of the damage to the ulnar nerve. What should I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from a direct injury to the ulnar nerve. Most injuries heal in three to five months and may need nerve-enhancing medicines to recover the damaged nerve faster. I suggest you go for nerve conduction tests to determine the current status of the damaged ...  Read Full »

I had tooth pain two days back and got my tooth removed, but the numbness is still there. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had tooth pain two days back and felt numbness around the chin region. So I visited a dentist and got my tooth removed, but the numbness is still there. Kindly help.   Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. It is a common postoperative complication wherein the extraction socket may turn numb temporarily due to an incorrect anesthetic technique or superficial nerve endings being impacted. So do not worry. I will prescribe...  Read Full »

Why do I have difficulty breathing and pain in my nostrils when I think about something?

Query: Hello doctor, If I am thinking about something (any incident or imagination), I feel like I am going through something that makes it difficult for me to breathe. My whole body is going numb, and feeling unusual pain inside my nose, head, or something. I do not know how to explain it. It even makes m...  Read Full »


Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Your complaints sound like panic episodes. Do you sleep enough? Do you know that an adult needs seven to eight hours of quality sleep at night? If you are not getting enough sleep, please try to make changes. Some...  Read Full »

I had tightness in upper left chest area and numbness in throat. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor, Last night I started experiencing some tightness in my upper left chest area, just below my armpit. This extended up my left side through my throat, cheek and up to the top of my head. This was persistent throughout the night. This morning I woke up and it was a little better but my face ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is most likely due to cervical pain, due to compression of nerves between spine. You should get X-ray cervical spine AP (anteroposterior or lateral view) and further may need MRI. You need to visit physiotherapist after X-ray and also an orthopedician. Till the...  Read Full »

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