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Tingling and numbness in hands and feet - Stress

Uppdaterat: 1 juli 2023

Tingling and numbness in hands and feet
Tingling and numbness in hands and feet is common symptoms of stress. When the body experiences stress, the sympathetic nervous system is activated, leading to an increase in adrenaline and other stress hormones in the body.

This hormonal increase can affect muscle tone and vasoconstriction, which in turn can cause tingling and numbness in the hands and feet.

Tingling and numbness can also be caused by muscle tension resulting from stress. When the muscles remain tense for a prolonged period, it can lead to reduced blood circulation and oxygen supply, resulting in numbness and tingling.

It is important to differentiate between tingling and numbness caused by stress and those that may indicate an underlying medical condition.

If you experience these symptoms regularly or if they affect your daily functioning, it is important to seek medical advice to rule out any serious causes.


Here is a summarized list of the symptoms that commonly occur:

  • Tingling and tingling sensation in the hands and/or feet.

  • Numbness or feeling of hands and/or feet "falling asleep."

  • Decreased or loss of sensation in the hands and/or feet.

  • Sensation of tingling or numbness spreading from the hands/feet up along the arms or legs.

  • Increased sensitivity to touch or temperature changes.

  • Weakness in the hands and/or feet.

What can I do about it?

There are some things you can try to relieve tingling and numbness in the hands and feet if they are caused by stress:

  • Relaxation exercises: Try deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or meditation to reduce stress levels in the body and promote relaxation.

  • Exercise: Regular physical activity can help reduce stress and improve blood circulation, which can be beneficial for the hands and feet. Choose a form of exercise that suits you, such as walking, yoga, or swimming.

  • Stress management: Develop effective strategies to manage and reduce stress in your life. This may include setting boundaries, prioritizing self-care, delegating tasks, and taking regular breaks.

  • Avoidance of trigger factors: Try to identify if there are certain situations, activities, or lifestyle factors that may worsen your symptoms. This may involve avoiding caffeine, alcohol, or smoking.

  • Heat and cold: Try applying warm or cold compresses to the hands and feet to help alleviate discomfort and improve blood flow.

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