Sensory Impairment, Numbness / Tingling

Numbness is the most common sensory symptom, and usually occurs with an onset in one or more limbs. Commonly people awake with abnormal sensation in a portion of a limb, which gradually spreads inward toward the trunk, increasing in extent and intensity. It may extend to include the body trunk.

Sometimes the sensory disturbance can be painful. Achy, burning sensations, a feeling of tightness or banding – these are known as ‘dysesthesias’.


Dysesthesias usually respond to anti-seizure medication such as carbamazepine. Amitriptyline can be useful as can be gabapentin and some of the newer pregabalin medications.

Learn more about managing pain.

Key Healthcare Professionals

  • Neurologist
  • MS nurse
  • Occupational therapy
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