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Numbness

These are descriptions of how individuals experienced various symptoms during withdrawal. While everyone's withdrawal is unique and symptoms will be different for everyone, it may be useful to know what others went through.

All withdrawal symptoms can be caused by things in addition to withdrawal. If a symptom is persistent or you are worried by it, it is always a good idea to get it checked out by your doctor to ensure nothing else is going on.

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Definition: (n)  reduced sensibility to touch

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What I've Felt:

"You feel like your extremities -- fingers, hands; toes, feet -- are asleep, tingling, cold, or all three of the above. You run your hands under hot water, trying to make the fine, blue veins rise up through the skin, but they stay flat, lifeless. Your feet tingle and itch, and your toes are corpse-cold. You put on wool socks and gloves, but it doesn't make much difference. The ice in your hands and feet radiates up your limbs and into your core. At times your fingers feel wooden and numb, your toes impossibly distant, and any command you send your digits is slightly delayed. Your coordination is off -- you drop things, stub your toes, shuffle your feet. The extremities are in rebellion, and all you can do is watch." - Matt

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What I've Felt:

I had a period of about 2 months when both my left arm and left leg felt numb. The sensation was so weird I used to want to walk with a limp and I carried my left arm in my right arm. This disappeared suddenly one day after a cut and only returned to a much lesser extent on occasions. I did get some numbness in the end of my nose, lips and fingers that came and went for some time. - Anthea

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What I've Felt

"Numbness on tip of tongue - seems to be improving a bit " - Sandy's six month update

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 23 May 2013