Numbness in the hands or legs can be really bothersome, it exerts temporary pressure on the respected nerves and crooks a part of the body. For a while now, this condition has been known as Paresthesia. Once the pressure dissipates, everything becomes normal again. However, sometimes this problem can be a sign of other serious underlying problems.
Here at Bright Side, we’re looking into the causes of paresthesia to find out the other factors that can affect your nerves.
- A pins and needles sensation with some tingling
- "Falling asleep" of that particular area
- Hot and cold skin
- An itching or prickling type of sensation
Reasons behind the tingling sensation:
- Vitamin deficiency: This is one of the most common causes of tingling in the hands or legs. The deficiency of vitamins B, B1, B6, B12 or vitamin E can cause this issue. Apart from that, too much vitamin D and vitamin B6 can cause a tingling in the hands or legs.
- Infections: Infections like herpes, shingles, and HIV/AIDS can usually give you hot or cold skin and a sense of tingling from time to time.
- Injury: Nerves can be compressed in an accident or from doing the wrong exercise, like lifting weights that are too heavy. Apart from that, herniated discs and dislocated bones could be other causes.
- Alcohol: Alcohol isn't great for our health, as many of us already know. One of the many problems that alcohol can cause is nerve damage - a condition called alcoholic neuropathy.
- Medication and Toxins: Environmental toxins like lead, arsenic, and mercury in your system can affect the function of your nerves. Apart from that, certain medications like chemotherapy and some antibiotics/antivirals might affect your internal fauna.
- Systemic Diseases: Systemic diseases like liver damage, blood diseases, hormonal imbalances, and diabetes can cause paresthesia.
Animal and Insect Bites, including Lyme disease.
Other causes including stroke, type 2 diabetes, underactive thyroid, etc.
Who gets paresthesia?
Gender: Women are more likely to get paresthesia because they have narrower nerve canals.
Thyroid disease: This also increases the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Prolonged bed rest: Lying down with no actual muscle or bodywork can also increase the chances of getting paresthesia.
Obesity: The nerves will be compressed due to the extra body weight.
Overuse: People who have a stationary lifestyle or do work with little range of motion are more likely to get nerve damage or paresthesia.
Resting: The most well-known and effective treatment is resting the tissue that is currently under pressure. Let it rest for a bit to recover and after a while, it will be good as new.
Physical therapy: Strengthening the muscle surrounding the pinched nerve using some exercises and physical therapy can relieve the condition and prevent it from reoccurring by improving the range of motion and flexibility.
Medications: There are some possible medicines used to treat paresthesia, but a risk of complications is involved so we suggest you consult a doctor and only take the recommended dosage.
By keeping some little things in mind, you can avoid developing paresthesia and numbness in the body.
- Exercise daily to maintain good posture.
- Avoid injuries during strength training or in daily life while lifting weights or moving the body recklessly.
- Don't do the same range of motion every day. For example, if you're an office worker and are required to sit for hours on end, make sure to take frequent breaks for a few minutes and take a walk to move the muscles.
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