What is it?

Disturbance of skin sensation, or impaired sensation refers to a condition which is characterized by loss of sensation, or feeling unusual sensations, especially in the hands and feet. These sensations may include: numbness, tingling, weakness and pain. Tingling numb feeling is called paresthesia. Disturbance of skin sensation may lead to problems with balance and injuries. There are many conditions that may lead to disturbance of skin sensation such as: arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, Guillain- Barre syndrome, head injury or brain tumor, poisoning or substance use, phantom limb after an amputation, infections such as shingles, nerve palsies and stroke.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Hyperalgesia
- Numbness arms and hands

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include numbness which refers to loss of sensation, burning sensation or pins-and-needles feeling.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging tests, nerve conduction studies,reflex tests, and other tests in order to find the underlying cause.


Treatment depends on the underlying cause. For example, diabetic neuropathy is treated by managing blood sugar levels with lifestyle changes and medications.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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