Loss Of Sensation

What Causes Loss Of Sensation?

Loss of sensation can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose loss of sensation, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "loss of sensation" as a symptom.  For example, neuritis/neuropathy.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
numb/burning/tingling extremities
mild facial burning/tingling
paralysis not due to physical injury
extreme sensitivity to touch
specific muscle weakness
great loss of muscle tone
frequent odd skin sensations
inability to tell hot from cold
improving leg/arm numbness
loss of sense of touch
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of loss of sensation.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate unusual skin sensations, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Are there any areas of your body where you have experienced reduction in your sense of touch (numbness), or where you are unable to feel anything at all?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, sometimes in one particular area
→ Yes, usually or always in one particular area
→ Yes, sometimes in more than one area
→ Yes, usually or always in more than one area
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate slight loss of sensation, loss of sensation or severe loss of sensation, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Neuritis/Neuropathy.
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