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What Causes Numbness And Weakness In Hands And Legs?

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Posted on Wed, 8 Oct 2014
Question: Hi

I have a few issues. Sometimes my head, hands go numb my legs feel weak. My heart pumps alot it feels i am passing out.

I get negative thoughts i feel on the edge all the time. I avoid places. I think i am unwell

My noise feels heavy all day my head feels tight i always wear a cap to avoid tight feeling.

Any help would be great!
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Rovena (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It sounds like Anxiety symptoms.

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome to HealthcareMagic!

I read carefully your query and understand your concerns.

So you are having symptoms of numbness on head ,hands and legs , heart palpitations ,your head feels tight ,your nose feels heavy ,you have negative thought and avoid places.
These symptoms are not specific and don't indicate a specific disease.

Your symptoms are indicative for Anxiety disorder or are stress related.
Usually medical conditions doesn't cause symptoms like yours.
Although I would suggest to consult a physician and get examined just to exclude some options:
-High blood pressure
-Anemia .You need to do a complete blood count to exclude this.
-Hypothyroidism.Your doctor may order a thyroid function test (FT3,FT4,TSH)

If all these test result normal then I would suggest to consult a specialist (psychiatrist) and after examining you he can tell if your symptoms are due to Anxiety disorder or related to stress.He can help you to deal with symptoms.

Hope it was of help.
Let me know if you have other questions or doubts to clarify.I will be happy to assist you further.

Kind Regards,
Dr.Rovena
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Dr. Rovena (7 minutes later)
Hi

I have had all tests blood tests fine ECG fine chest x ray is fine. Why does my head feel tight? Its very irratable.

If in my body i get chest sensation or head i feel like theres somerhing serious. Like a normal day i felt fine then all of a sudden i thought i had this pain it made my legs go weak and i felt rapid heart beat. It felt bad then a few minutes later i felt something go through my body i sweated and then i slowly got better. These are things that scare me.
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Rovena (50 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Detailed below.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again!
The symptoms you describe doesn't seem to have an organic cause.They look more like panic attacks and anxiety.

I think your fear is that you might have something serious and this thought causes you a panic attack (rapid heartbeat ,weak legs , the feeling like you are going to pass out and profuse sweating ).

The fact that your blood tests and ECG ,Chest X-ray were normal makes organic disease less likely.

The feeling of tightness in your head might be related with migraine or tension headache.
Another option is that anxiety and stress might be the cause of this feeling in your head.
You can take Ibuprofen or Naproxen when you have this tightness on your head.
If this headache is too strong your doctor may order a Ct scan of the head to exclude pathological causes.

In my opinion all your symptoms are related with anxiety and stress.
You don't have any serious condition.

I would recommend to see a therapist to help you with your anxiety and stress.
You should try to lessen the stress in your life.
Meditation techniques, Yoga and regular exercise may help.
If your symptoms doesn't seem to improve your doctor may prescribe you an anxiolytic drug to help you.

Hope I have answered your query.
Take care,
Dr.Rovena
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Causes Numbness And Weakness In Hands And Legs?

Brief Answer: It sounds like Anxiety symptoms. Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome to HealthcareMagic! I read carefully your query and understand your concerns. So you are having symptoms of numbness on head ,hands and legs , heart palpitations ,your head feels tight ,your nose feels heavy ,you have negative thought and avoid places. These symptoms are not specific and don't indicate a specific disease. Your symptoms are indicative for Anxiety disorder or are stress related. Usually medical conditions doesn't cause symptoms like yours. Although I would suggest to consult a physician and get examined just to exclude some options: -High blood pressure -Anemia .You need to do a complete blood count to exclude this. -Hypothyroidism.Your doctor may order a thyroid function test (FT3,FT4,TSH) If all these test result normal then I would suggest to consult a specialist (psychiatrist) and after examining you he can tell if your symptoms are due to Anxiety disorder or related to stress.He can help you to deal with symptoms. Hope it was of help. Let me know if you have other questions or doubts to clarify.I will be happy to assist you further. Kind Regards, Dr.Rovena