What’s Causing the Numbness in My Neck and How Do I Treat It

What’s causing the numbness in my neck?

Numbness in the neck is one of the most common symptoms of low blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar results from not eating enough food or drinking enough water, which leads to your body losing fluid. When this happens, it causes some sort of physical reaction such as feeling cold or hot spots on your skin (known as a “nausea attack”). Other possible reasons are:

You may have a condition called hypoglycemia, which means low blood sugar. If you have hypoglycemia, your body produces less insulin and other hormones that regulate how much glucose enters your cells.

Your brain senses this lack of energy and sends signals to your muscles to make you feel tired. Hypoglycemia can cause fatigue, confusion, irritability, anxiety or even seizures.

If you have diabetes, your pancreas makes insulin to help control blood sugar levels. Insulin helps move glucose into your cells so that they can use it for energy.

Diabetes increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Low potassium levels in the body can lead to low blood pressure, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease of the central nervous system, your body’s immune system attacks the fatty myelin sheath surrounding your nerves. Because this sheath helps nerve signals move faster, damaging it can slow down signal transmission.

Multiple sclerosis affects everyone differently, but fatigue and numbness are common symptoms.

Some medications can cause your nervous system to react in such a way that you may feel tingling sensations or numbness in your head or neck area.

If you’ve had neck surgery, including procedures that remove a cancerous tumor or repair damaged disks, numbness from nerve damage is a possibility.

You may be experiencing a pinched or swollen nerve in your neck of which there are many. Toxins in the body such as alcohol, drugs, and even high blood pressure can inflame the nerves and cause swelling or pinching.

The carotid arteries in your neck carry oxygen rich blood from your heart to your brain. If these become blocked, you can suffer a stroke.

The most common symptom of a blockage is sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body.

If you’re experiencing an excessive drop in blood pressure, especially if you’ve recently stood up quickly, this can cause you to feel lightheaded or even pass out.

How to deal with numbness in your neck

A physical examination by your doctor or an informal assessment by yourself can quickly determine if you’re dehydrated. The best treatment for dehydration is to drink more fluids and eat more salty food.

You should also keep well hydrated by drinking a lot of water throughout the day. If your stomach can handle it, sugar can also help raise your blood sugar levels.

Hypoglycemia is a condition in which your blood sugar is too low. To bring your blood sugar levels back to normal, you should eat a handful of carbohydrate-rich foods such as raisins, plain rice or wheat bread.

If this doesn’t alleviate your symptoms within an hour, see your doctor and ask them to check your blood sugar levels. You may also need to adjust the dosage on any diabetic medication that you may be taking.

If you’re not a diabetic, it may be that you’re experiencing early signs of diabetes. In this case, it’s vital that you make changes to your diet and exercise more to help prevent further health complications in the future.

If you’ve had neck surgery recently, it is likely that your surgeon will have placed a wire around your spinal cord in order to hold the correct position. While this is very common and usually causes no long term problems, it can sometimes cause an inflammatory reaction releasing chemicals into your system which will make you feel tingling or numbness.

If you recently had surgery, keep an eye on the situation and see your doctor if the tingling sensation doesn’t go away.

If you think that you may have a pinched or swollen nerve in your neck, there are some things that you can do to try and alleviate the symptoms. It’s not a good idea to try and crack your neck.

This could make the situation worse and cause further nerve damage. If you’ve been sitting in the same position for a long time, try to move around and stretch your body. If the pain continues, you can consider applying ice or heat to the area.

If you’re an alcoholic or currently have drug dependencies, you should seek help through Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Many people are able to manage their symptoms of withdrawal by attending these meetings regularly and building a support network with other people in similar situations.

It’s certainly not an easy thing to do but there is help available. In the long run, it will make you feel much better and improve your health.

General numbness or tingling in your body is considered to be a potentially life threatening medical emergency. If you experience this and it doesn’t go away within an hour, you should contact your doctor immediately or head to the emergency room.

There are several potential causes for these sensations, some of which can be treated easily if detected early enough while others can be life threatening.

By learning the potential causes of these symptoms, you’ll be able to determine the best course of action in dealing with them and hopefully minimize any negative health effects. The more you know about your body and how it functions, the more you’ll be able to take care of it and live a long and healthy life.

Benign intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri)

Benign intracranial hypertension (known as pseudotumor cerebri or PIH) is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It’s caused by an increase in the pressure of the fluid surrounding these organs which results in headaches, pain in the eyes and a loss of vision, problems with balance, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.

The loss of vision can be quite serious as it may result in the permanent loss of eyesight.

Symptoms include: Headaches that are worse in the morning and seem to improve as the day goes on, pain in the eyes, ringing in the ears, problems with balance, and nausea. In more serious cases there may be vomiting, double vision, slurred speech, and weakness in one side of the body.

The exact cause of this disease is unknown. It occurs most often in women aged 15-30 and people over the age of 40, especially women.

It is also common in people with a history of allergies, asthma, or malnutrition. There is a genetic component as well; having family members with PIH increases your risk of developing it as well.

Treatment involves monitoring the pressure in your brain which is done with an MRI scan and regular follow up visits to your doctor.

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