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Alternate Names : Loss of Sensation

Numbness | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

When someone complains of numbness, the healthcare provider will need more information. For instance, he or she may ask:

  • what the person means by the term numbness. This term may be used to describe a total lack of ability to feel, decreased ability to feel, weakness, or even an altered sensation.
  • where the numbness is located
  • when the numbness started
  • whether the numbness is constant or only happens at certain times
  • what medications or drugs a person takes, if any
  • what other medical conditions a person has, if any
  • whether the numbness is associated with any other symptoms, such as weakness, burning sensation, weight loss, or nausea
  • whether the numbness has changed over time
  • whether there is any history of injury to the numb area
  • Other questions may also be asked. Any other symptoms should be reported.

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    Numbness: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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