Can anxiety make your hands numb?
Do you ever have those moments where your hands feel numb for no apparent reason? It’s a strange feeling, like they don’t belong to you anymore. You try wiggling your fingers and shaking them out, but nothing seems to work. Could it be anxiety causing this sensation yet again? Let’s take a closer look.
The Anatomy of Anxiety
Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress or danger. When we face a potentially threatening situation, our brains release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol that trigger the ‘fight or flight’ response. This can cause physical symptoms such as an increased heart rate, sweating, and hyperventilation (which are all really fun!).
However, sometimes our bodies overreact to non-threatening situations or thoughts (like when you’re lying in bed trying to sleep and suddenly remember that embarrassing thing you did in middle school). This can lead to chronic anxiety disorders which can affect various parts of the body including our extremities- hello numbness!
Say Goodbye To Feeling In Your Fingers
Numbness is often described as a prickly sensation similar to pins-and-needles. This happens when blood flow decreases (or becomes restricted) which means less oxygen reaches your cells – leading them to go into panic mode! Everyone has experienced numb fingers before; if anything wearing gloves too long probably caused it… but why does it happen with anxiety though?
Well… since anxiety increases your heart rate around 100 bpm on average; because blood cells are being pumped faster through vessels these important nutrients may miss part of their pathway irrigation thus resulting normally in tingling sensations especially with whitening skin coloration because of vasoconstriction.. In short : Your nerves down there might think something else is going wrong so signal off: “HEY BOSS WE NEED OXYGEN DOWN HERE FAST”… even if there’s no direct reason to. Yes, your nerves can be just as extra as that one friend who always overreacts.
When Numbness Is a Cause for Concern?
Most of the time, numbness associated with anxiety is only temporary and doesn’t pose any real threat to our health specially considering how fast it disappears in some cases but don’t get alarmed .. Yet! In some very unusual situations; worse things might be happening so pay attention if:
You are experiencing paralysis or increased weakness
The sensation greatly worsens after physical activity
These can be signs of more serious conditions such as multiple sclerosis or nerve damage thus requires medical examination by specialists..
Treatments For Anxiety & Your Hapless Hands
While bouts of paralyzed fingers because you’re panicky all-the-way won’t require specific therapy apart from learning healthy stress-herding skills (here: deep breathing exercises; meditation techniques) folks experiencing chronic anxiety may benefit from alternative treatments including anti-anxiety medication ,therapy sessions like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), yoga and acupuncture.. Whatever works for you essentially!
Other tips to keep in mind include :
- Reducing alcohol consumption or avoiding caffeine
Yes I know, this really sucks but try not drinking coffee on empty stomach during days you expect high emotional turmoil already
- Stay away from smoking
You have plenty enough ‘hot air’ coming outta ya anyway with the hyperventilation stays thanks! No need challenging additional lung space
To sum up,no need worrying about acute episodes of tingling hands due excessive nervous energy production by your body system.; But if they persist consistently go definitely talk/complain to someone)Doctors could disregard abnormality occurrences..
Anxiety is a part and parcel of life these days unfortunately ; yet impacting different people differently depending on inner balance structure . As long as we learn proper coping mechanisms / relaxation habits to combat negative thoughts, then you can keep the tingles out of your fingers and just laugh off a level of mystery and drama to some insignificant problem, like only cool kids do.
Happy anxiety defeating!