There are not many theories as to what causes numbness and tingling for those suffering from fibromyalgia. Aside from the common fatigue symptoms that come with this autoimmune disease, people also experience side effects not spoken about too much. So why do so many with fibromyalgia experience intermittent numbness of the feet, legs and hands?
We offer a few possible reasons why:
- Muscle spasms and muscle stiffness. Muscles that are tense, rigid and have spasms. Because of the muscles having spasms, sometimes they go numb.
- Cold-induced vasospasm. Also referred to as Raynaud’s disease. One study suggests that people with fibromyalgia are more likely to have cold-induced vasospasm than their healthy counterparts.
- Vitamin deficiency. A deficiency in vitamins mostly B-1, B-3, B-6, B-12, or E can cause neuropathy due to nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body.
- Magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is a vital mineral. Being deficient can lead to increased muscle spasms. Sometimes pressure on the nerves cause numbness. *
If fibromyalgia numbness is something you experience with your fibromyalgia flare-ups, it’s important to tell your doctor. Sometimes it could be a symptom of other conditions such as multiple sclerosis, hypoglycemia or peripheral neuropathy in diabetes. We are only providing information, not trying to diagnose any disease. This Requires a medical diagnosis