Feeling tingly all over may sound pleasurable, and it can be a warm bath, an invigorating massage, and sex can all give us a tingly feeling. But having a tingling tush - medically known as BUTTOCK PARESTHESIA, may be a sign of something more than a sensuous lifestyle. Paresthesias are abnormal sensations, such as tingling, numbness, burning, prickling, a pins-and-needles feeling, or the sensation that a foot or arm has fallen asleep.
Buttock parethesia may signal a Pinched Nerve - as a paresthesia on any part of the body. Pinched nerves can be caused by repetitive movements, joint and spinal injuries or diseases, and even pregnancy. A very common form of chronically pinched nerves is known as Nerve Entrapment Syndrome. Entrapment disorders include Tennis Elbow; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which affects the hands, wrists, and forearms; and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, which affects the feet.
Paresthesia can also be a sign of many other conditions that may or may not be related to pinched nerve. These include pregnancy, spinal injuries or conditions such as ruptured or herniated disc, and brain abscesses or tumors.
Occasionally, numbness and tingling are forewarnings (aka Auras) of a migraine or epileptic seizure. They may also signal Sensory Seizures, a type of epilepsy involving distortions of the senses rather than convulsions. And feeling numb and tingly can be a sign of several serious systemic and autoimmune conditions including hypothyroidism, diabetes, and sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is a serious but rare inflammatory disorder that may at first manifest few if any signs. But as it progresses, sarcoidosis can affect many body parts, including the skin, eyes, ears, nose, and internal organs.
Facial, body, or limb numbness is also one of the most common and earliest warning signs of the neuromuscular disorder, Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, paresthesia can be a clue to Vitamin B12 Deficiency or even the more serious Pernicious Anemia, a severe form of anemia (low red blood cell count) caused by the body's inability to absorb vitamin B12. Interestingly, too much vitamin B6 can cause paresthesia, as can abnormally high levels of calcium, potassium, sodium, and lead. Excessive tobacco and alcohol use can produce numbness and/or tingliness, too.
Sudden numbness or tingliness along with any of the following may signal either a mini-stroke medically called a Transient Ischemic Attack - or a full blown stroke:
- Weakness in an arm or leg, face, or one side of your body
- Having trouble speaking, seeing, or walking
- Dizziness or fainting
- Confusion or difficulty understanding people
- Sudden headache, especially with a stiff neck