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Tingling / Numbness

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Ever slept in a strange position, woken up with no feeling in your arm, and then had those oh-so-excruciating pins and needles as the numbness wore off? This kind of tingling and numbness is common and temporary, of course. But if you have this pins-and-needles sensation often, or you have numbness or weakness in your limbs—all for no particular reason—it could be a sign that something is amiss. Specifically, that the nerves that carry messages from your brain to your body are not working quite right, or that the nerves in your extremities might be damaged. This symptom is linked to peripheral neuropathy, which can be caused by traumatic injuries, many conditions (such as Lyme, diabetes, and lupus), vitamin deficiencies (particularly B vitamins, niacin, and vitamin E), exposure to toxins, and infections. With so many possible underlying causes, it’s a good idea to see a practitioner to help determine why you’re experiencing this distracting symptom. Unlike pins and needles you wake up with, you can’t just shake these off—much as you might like to! But you can try to figure out what’s causing them, and then work to treat the root of the problem.

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