- Numbness - a harmless signal or a sign of the terrible?
- Raynaud's disease
Numbness - a type of sensory loss. This symptom occurs when nerve damage when on its way from skin receptors to the brain nerve impulse meets an obstacle. Also, numbness may be a sign of poor circulation, which develops due to the obstruction of the arteries.
Occlusive vascular disease
The most common diseases in this group are:
- Occlusive disease (disease Winiwarter - Burger)
- Arteriosclerosis obliterans
Due to the fact that narrows the lumen of the arteries, reducing the amount of blood that flows through it to the tissues. Cells trapped in these conditions, do not get enough oxygen and nutrients.
Occlusive disease - a chronic inflammatory disease that affects small and medium-sized arteries. The disease occurs more often in men under the age of forty years. Hypothermia, smoking, minor injuries cause severe spasm of blood vessels and contribute to the development of endarteritis.
Symptoms of the disease:
- Intermittent claudication. During the walk there are strong squeezing pain in the calf muscles. So they stopped, a person has to stop.
- In the later stages pain becomes constant.
- The feeling of pins and needles, numbness of lower extremities
- Cold, pale foot
- Dry skin and hair loss on the legs
- The deformation of the nail plate
Obliterating atherosclerosis - a disease in which the inner lining of arteries deposited fat and cholesterol inclusions. Later formed atherosclerotic plaques, which are deposited on the fibrin clot, platelets and calcium salts. Against this background, in plaques blood circulation, they begin to crumble. Atherosclerosis affects large and medium arteries is more common in people older than 40 years. The significant narrowing of the blood vessels and plaques crumbling particles can lead to gangrene.
Signs of atherosclerotic lesions of the lower limbs:
- Intermittent claudication, which is particularly enhanced when walking on stairs
- Numbness in the feet
- Increased sensitivity to cold feet
- Leriche syndrome that develops in lesions of atherosclerotic iliac arteries and abdominal aorta. At the same pain when walking not only occur in the legs, but also in the muscles of the hips and waist.
- Trophic disorders in the later stages of the disease. The skin takes on a stop purple-bluish hue, hair falls out in the legs, impaired growth of toenails.
Treatment of these diseases is aimed at restoring normal blood flow in the lower extremities. In the early stages, or with contraindications to surgery may conduct conservative therapy. When the severity of symptoms, surgical treatment.
This is the common name of nerve damage. A common variant of this disease - polyneuritis (polyneuropathy). It is manifested by numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the fingers and toes, feet, hands. Neuropathy - a frequent symptom of systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus
Diabetes - threatening and incurable disease
, rheumatoid arthritis
Arthritis - a variety of forms and complications
, multiple sclerosis.
In diabetes glucose
Glucose: The energy source
elevated blood that lead to metabolic disorders throughout the body. Against the background of these changes in damaged nerve fibers and blood vessels that supply blood to them, and developing neuropathy. In rheumatoid arthritis, the deformation of the joint are pressed nerve that causes tunneling of neuropathies.
Numbness in diseases of the spine
Osteochondrosis - one of the most common causes numbness in the extremities. It is a degenerative disease leads to deformation of the intervertebral disc, vertebral body, the appearance of marginal osteophytes (spikes). The latter can pinch or compress the nerve fibers, it leads to the appearance of pain or sensory disturbances. The most common pathological process affects the cervical and lumbar spine.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis:
- Constant aching back
- Numbness and aching limbs
- Increased pain when lifting heavy objects, sharp movements
- Headaches, dizziness, flashing "flies" before the eyes of osteochondrosis of the cervical spine
Intervertebral hernia - a complication of degenerative disc disease and one of the most complex diseases of the musculoskeletal system. A hernia is a protrusion of the intervertebral disc, which can compress the spinal cord and the adjacent nerve fibers. The disease is manifested by local pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the hands or feet.
Transient ischemic attack and stroke
Transient ischemic attack - a type of temporary ischemic attacks. Symptoms of this attack is not stored more than one day. If you see signs of longer observed, then such a state is defined as ischemic stroke. Symptoms of these lesions will depend on the affected area of the brain.
The most common symptoms of an ischemic stroke,
Ischemic stroke - symptoms: what should pay attention
- Sudden headache, which may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting
- Transient loss of consciousness
- The sudden numbness of the face, arm, leg, usually on one side of the body
- Suddenly appeared difficulty pronouncing words or disorders of perception of another's speech
- The sharp decline of one or both eyes
- Unsteadiness of gait, incoordination, dizziness
Stroke - a condition that requires immediate medical care.
If the numbness is permanent, accompanied by weakness, pain, loss of mobility and often repeated, make sure you need to consult a doctor. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can help prevent serious consequences of these diseases.