What could cause the arms and legs to go numb
Numbness and tingling are abnormal sensations something is wrong. Causes: pressure on the spinal nerves, injury to a nerve, lack of blood supply, shingles or herpes zoster infection, a lack of vitamin B12. ChaCha! [ Source: http://www.chacha.com/question/what-could-cause-the-arms-and-legs-to-go-numb ]
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- What could cause the arms and legs to go numb
- Numbness and tingling are abnormal sensations something is wrong. Causes: pressure on the spinal nerves, injury to a nerve, lack of blood supply, shingles or herpes zoster infection, a lack of vitamin B12. ChaCha!
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