Radiculopathy

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Numbness

Numbness is a symptom that can show up as part of radiculopathy. Sometimes it is referred to as tingling. Other terms, including pins and needles, are used to describe the feeling. In some cases, the situation is temporary, such as when pressure is put on a nerve. This might happen, for instance, when a foot "falls asleep." Panic attacks can also lead to a passing sensation of numbness.

Yet, in some situations, it is more chronic in nature. There are many medical issues that may be behind it in such a circumstance. On this page, some of the possibilities aside from radiculopathy are considered. These do not make up an exhaustive collection of all potential reasons, though.

Multiple sclerosis

This disease is commonly referred to as MS. It is an inflammatory disease. When a patient has multiple sclerosis, his myelin sheaths from the spinal cord and brain undergo damage. This in turn causes scarring (which is where the term "sclerosis" comes from), as well as a process known as demyelination.

Many neurological symptoms can be experienced by patients with multiple sclerosis. Aside from numbness, the muscles may be affected. One way that they can be impacted is by weakness. Spasms can also affect them. Balance may become an issue for the patient. There may be difficulties with speech. In many cases of multiple sclerosis, these and/or other symptoms that the patient goes through may show up in recurring episodes. The situation gets worse over time.


Hypoglycemia

This refers to a low level of blood glucose (sometimes called blood sugar). When a person is in this state, one of the possible symptoms that can show up is numbness. That is far from the only one, though. His pupils can also become dilated. Having a headache is also possible. Exhaustion may hit him. Nausea can be an issue, and vomiting is also possible. Paleness is another thing that might affect a person in this state.

How does hypoglycemia come about? In many cases, it is brought on as a side effect of medications that are being taken by a diabetic patient. This includes insulin, which is administered to patients with type 1 diabetes (and may given be in other forms of the illness as well). In younger children, gastroenteritis is a common reason why it occurs.

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