Discover what the major causes of numbness and other neurological symptoms like tingling legs and weakness are. These include diabetic neuropathic pain, sciatic nerve pain and other less common causes of nerve inflammation. The key to understanding symptoms like these is to know a little about nerves and how they work.
There are many different types of nerve fibres but they can be broadly split into three main types:
When a nerve cell is interfered with due to any cause such as compression or nerve inflammation (sciatic nerve pain is an example of this) or trauma or general illnesses (like diabetes) the symptoms of nerve damage or impairment depend on the type of nerve fibre that is affected.
Symptoms of numbness, weakness and tingling are causes by interference with either a sensory or motor nerve. The next pages in this section go into more detail about some of the most common causes of these nerve symptoms so you can check to see if any of them feel familiar to you.
|Find out more about numbness and tingling in the legs and feet and how to spot the the symptoms of sciatica.|
|There are several different types and causes of peripheral neuropathy. Many of them lead to numbness, tingling and pain in the legs feet or toes.|
|Compression of the the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve can cause a tricky problem called meralgia paresthetica ( called paraesthetica in the UK). This little known problem causes leg pain and numbness in the thigh, usually in a defined oval patch.|
|Symptoms in the legs and feet can be caused by problems at the neck. Cervical myelopathy is a type of spinal cord compression caused by a narrowing or stenosis of the cervical spinal canal.
Lumbar spinal stenosis causes diffuse symptoms of pain, numbness and tingling in the feet and legs.
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This is a nice short video that explains more about nerves:
March 2, 2015