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I don't get pins and needles anymore, is this a health problem?

For the past few weeks, I've woken up in the middle of the night every night because my arms and/or legs have fallen asleep and gone numb. But I've noticed that as my limbs wake back up I don't feel any pins and needles like I did in the past. Is this something I should be concerned about?
posted by heart's ease on Nov 15, 2016 - 4 answers

Numb after depression - cause, name for it?

Can long-term depression cause numbness? Is there a word for this? [more inside]
posted by maiamaia on Nov 6, 2016 - 15 answers

Alternative to tingling and numbness from a Fitbit Charge?

I've been wearing a Fitbit Charge for a few weeks and loving the functionality and the motivation. What I don't love is that over time it's caused numbness and tingling in my hand. This seems to be a common occurrence for a minority of wearers. I contacted Fitbit who were great about organizing a return and refund. Now I want a fitness tracker that keeps me motivated but doesn't make my arm and hand go numb or tingly. Ideally, it shows the time, is waterproof, connects to an Android with a decent app. Anyone else had this issue and moved on to a tracker that works for them?
posted by merocet on Jul 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Could L5/S1 disc protrusion cause weakness in legs AND arms?

I've been having issues with weak and rubbery legs, numbness in my feet, hands and face, and my feet flushing very red when I stand. (Previous comment with more detail about my history. I've been taking Lexapro since then and the anxiety has improved.) My spinal MRI came back with the note, "Left L5-S1 disc protrusion possibly traversing left S1 nerve roots." My research suggests an L5-S1 problem could explain my rubbery legs and foot numbness, but could it explain the arm weakness and numbness in my face, hands and feet? [more inside]
posted by Ursula Hitler on Apr 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Between numbness and outpatient wait times, what should I not be doing?

Having lost feeling in half my leg and with no further comments from my GP, what should i be doing, or not, while waiting for test results? [more inside]
posted by Keysig on Mar 26, 2016 - 15 answers

Is this sciatica, or what?

Intermittent slight tingling / numbness on outside of calf and foot. NO pain. At all. Is this sciatica or what? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Nov 13, 2015 - 15 answers

Meralgia Paresthetica — Give me your experiences.

Earlier this year I was diagnosed with meralgia paresthetica in my left leg. I am currently having a flare-up. Please give me your experiences, tell me what causes your flare-ups, tell me what helps you. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Nov 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Why is my arm falling asleep at night and waking me up in pain?

I developed a really bad case of pregnancy induced carpal tunnel. It mostly went away after my son's birth, but my arms are still waking me up at night. See details for oddities. [more inside]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah on Oct 6, 2014 - 14 answers

Numbness in my hands - what can I expect at the doctor?

YANMD. I am experiencing my second episode of numbness in my fingers/hands. What kind of tests can I expect when I go to the doctor? [more inside]
posted by dangerbird on Jul 20, 2014 - 15 answers

Biking numbness

I get numbness in my right hand after biking 5 to 10 miles. Now what? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 8, 2014 - 23 answers

Cycling, Center of Gravity?

Three years ago, I inherited a solid Biachi road bike from my dad. I'm pretty into it now. I usually bike 50 - 100 miles on the weekends, but as that number has crept up, I've run into some some fit issues. Maybe you can help me out with some conceptual stuff. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Jun 11, 2014 - 20 answers

Numbness in hands after a few miles of biking.

Actually, just the left hand. I know a professional bike fitting is my best bet, but I wanted to get any other ideas first. [more inside]
posted by Right On Red on Aug 23, 2013 - 23 answers

I, robot...

How to be more sensitive to my feelings after depression? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jul 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Happy Happy Joy Joy (Where did you go?)

A year after a run-in with some crazymeds, my emotions still feel numbed out. The meds are out of my system; what gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me prevent a stress-related piano injury! (Shoulder pain/tingling)

YANMD, but: I have been practicing a bit of piano as of late. Maybe too much, as I started again out of the blue, and am working on a song that is relatively difficult for me. i noticed recently that my left shoulder is starting to tingle while playing. At first I thought it was just a one-day thing, but the problem is persisting and seems to be getting worse. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Feb 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Spiders all up on my face

How big a deal is this numbness following a (presumed) spider bite? [more inside]
posted by Nomiconic on May 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Ulnar nerve and numbness

Ulnar nerve issues: I'm constantly waking up in the middle of the night with my pinky and ring finger, along with that part of my right hand going numb or asleep. I've had enough. YANMD, but what can I do? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Feb 10, 2012 - 14 answers

This video of kittens leaves me sobbing.

Is a numb, detached state a possible component of PTSD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2012 - 10 answers

What condition was my condition in?

What medical problem did I experience I few years ago? It baffled the doctors at the time - can you diagnose it now? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Cardio and numbness should not mix

My feet tend to go numb when I'm doing cardio (elliptical, treadmill, spinning, stairclimber.) Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi on Jun 28, 2011 - 16 answers


My left pinky finger and the outer edge of my left hand are numb and a bit tingly, presumably due to ulnar nerve compression. Safe to wait a few days and see if it goes away, or urgent? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jan 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Knumb Knee

I have numbness after a nasty fall directly on my right knee. Saw a doc and had x-rays done (pelvis, knee, ankle). Nothing broken. Now my knee, plus half my thigh and half my calf are quite swollen and bruised. How long can I expect the numbness to last? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Dec 19, 2010 - 8 answers

What is happening? Numb feet and buttocks.

What is happening? I'm scared I'm going to wake up completely unable to walk. Should I wait for the call about the MRI or do I need to go to the emergency room? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2010 - 19 answers

Why are my nipples numb?

Is it normal for nipples to be numb? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 - 25 answers

I feel completely different mentally from 2 years ago. Help me reverse it (if possible). Kinda long...

I feel completely different mentally from 2 years ago. Help me reverse it (if possible). Kinda long... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 - 19 answers

Totally numb area feels itchy. I'm curious.

I had a breast reduction about four years ago and every once in awhile a numb part of my breast feels itchy. What's up with that? (possibly NSFW) [more inside]
posted by giraffe on Mar 3, 2010 - 15 answers

What might be behind my right arm and leg feeling numb?

YANMD (and I am going to see one): Numbness in right arm and leg? No shooting pains, and I can use them both, but there's a general feeling of limbs falling asleep. [more inside]
posted by cadge on Jan 5, 2010 - 13 answers

I already hated going to the dentist...

Tell me about your experiences with dental paresthesia, please... [more inside]
posted by Vervain on Mar 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Diagnose me! (Not really, but...)

Medical mystery! Useless, rubbery leg: can it be as simple as sciatica or am I in for some bad news? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl on Feb 2, 2009 - 8 answers

...and I feel fine

She gave me her Christmas present...a separation [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Dec 14, 2008 - 27 answers

Numb fingers during sleep?

During sleep, I experience hand or finger numbness. It involves the first three digits mostly (thumb, pointer and middle). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2008 - 19 answers

What is this tingling/numbness sensation on my side?

Why does my hip/left side of my lower back have a tingling/numbness to it? [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Sep 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Increasing but not particularly disturbing numbness after a wisdom tooth extraction

About 84 hours ago I had four wisdom teeth extracted. The bottom left, though, has been the most painful and swollen post-op. I've also noticed a strip along the left underside of my tongue was numb and, more significantly, that strip has since spread around the tip of my tongue. Should I be worried/what should I ask my doctor (whom you are not)? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Aug 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Is this numbness a problem?

I've recently developed a tingling sensation in my hands and elbow whenever I use my home computer. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Jun 27, 2008 - 18 answers

Numb big toes

The tips and the outer sides of both my friend's big toes are numb. It started about a week ago, maybe more. What could the cause be? [more inside]
posted by holympus on May 11, 2008 - 14 answers

Weird childhood hand weakness

When I was a kid, I used to have fairly significant weakness in both my hands when I woke up in the morning. Any ideas what that might have been? [more inside]
posted by peep on Aug 31, 2007 - 29 answers

I am wondering why my right arm randomly goes numb for no reason at all. I don't lift anything heavy or anything of that sort, so what could it possibly be?

I am wondering why my right arm randomly goes numb for no reason at all. I don't lift anything heavy or anything of that sort, so what could it possibly be? Some of my friends seem to think these are early signs of a possible stroke or a heart attack but I can't really buy that since I am 22 years old, fairly relaxed with a normal amount of a stress than any college student would have. I also take no medications, I live a fairly normal lifestyle.
posted by cheero on Aug 5, 2007 - 21 answers

Post wisdom teeth extraction problems

Seeking advice regarding Wisdom tooth extraction complications. [more inside]
posted by crack on May 24, 2007 - 4 answers

Help! I can't feel my foot!

Numb foot. I'm going to see the doctor about this next week, but wanted to get an idea of what people think this might be, and Google hasn't been so terribly helpful: I've been going all-but-completely numb in my left foot during the course of my four-to-six mile runs. It wears off when I get home, but sloooowwwwwly, and it's freaking me the fuck out. What's up? [more inside]
posted by adamgreenfield on Apr 26, 2007 - 15 answers

Numb toe

The tip of my left big toe* sometimes gets numb, down to the point about half-way down the nail, all around the toe. I can't see any cause for this. It's not injured or gangrenous. "What's up with that?" * someone else's left big toe
posted by Arcaz Ino on Jan 29, 2007 - 15 answers

Why is my ear suddenly numb?

Why did my ear suddenly go numb? Should I go to a doctor? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Nov 23, 2006 - 8 answers

What shoes will help my feet?

What can I do for numbness in the balls of my feet? Over the past year, as I approach 60, I have developed what I have self-diagnosed as a form of metatarsalgia - the balls of my feet get increasingly numb during the day - possibly due to thinning of the tissues in the feet. The more flexible and cushioned the shoe, the less the problem, and cushion inserts also help. Are there shoes and/or inserts that have helped others with this specific problem?
posted by Jackson on Sep 2, 2006 - 13 answers

sore buttocks while sitting

In virtually any chair, couch, car seat, etc., my buttocks gets sore, but only on the right side. This has been getting worse for 30 years (I am 60). My doctor was not helpful: "use a better pad". I had to give up my recumbent bike--can't easily stand or squirm to relieve the pain/numbness. Does anyone know what might be the cause and treatment of this?
posted by willingp on Nov 12, 2005 - 13 answers


A few months back I had dangerously too much to drink. Sometime after that, I realized that the little finger of one hand has less sensation than it should. It's not completely numb and moves normally, but the partial numbness is disconcerting. Could alcohol consumption have caused this? Is this a symptom I should see a doctor about?
posted by alumshubby on May 12, 2005 - 13 answers

Will this lead to Gangrene?

Every single morning when I wake up, my left hand and forearm are 'asleep'. Am I doing any long-term damage to the flesh/nerves of that hand by letting this continue to happen? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Mar 18, 2005 - 16 answers

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