What other symptoms might occur with leg numbness?

Leg numbness may occur with other symptoms or a combination of symptoms. For example, if your legs are numb because of a compressed nerve in the lumbar spine (lower back), you may also experience pain in the legs and back. Leg numbness due to multiple sclerosis can be associated with tingling and extreme itchiness. Any symptoms occurring with leg numbness can help your doctor make a diagnosis.

Symptoms that may occur along with leg numbness

Leg numbness may occur with other symptoms including:

  • Anxiety

  • Burning feeling

  • Frequent urination

  • Itchiness

  • Increased leg numbness, tingling, or pain while walking

  • Lower back pain

  • Muscle spasms

  • Pins-and-needles (prickling) sensation

  • Rash

  • Sensitivity to touch

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, leg numbness may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Get immediate help if you, or someone you are with, are exhibiting any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Difficulty walking

  • Dizziness

  • Leg numbness following a back injury

  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

  • Loss of vision or changes in vision

  • Paralysis

  • Slurred speech

  • Sudden numbness

  • Weakness (loss of strength)


What is leg numbness?

Leg numbness is an abnormal condition in which you feel a loss of sensation in the legs. You can have numbness of one (unilateral) or both (bilateral leg numbness) legs. Numbness in the legs may also extend to your toes.

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What causes leg numbness?

Leg numbness can be a symptom of a wide variety of diseases, disorders or conditions that either restrict blood flow or cause injury to the nerves.

Temporary leg numbness can occur after prolonged pressure on a nerve or nerves, such as after sitting cross legged or bicycling long distance.

Leg numbness can occur with moderate to serious orthopedic conditions that can... Read more about leg numbnesscauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 5, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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