Medical Specialty >> Neurology

Doctors Lounge - Neurology Answers

Back to Neurology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/04/2017.

Forum Name: Neurology Topics

Question: numbness

 allison - Fri Apr 11, 2003 3:33 am

I've noticed a numb patch of skin on the outside of my lower leg, perhaps 6-8 inches long and 1-2 inches wide. The patch of skin is not completely numb, but surface sensations are nearly indetectable. I just noticed that there is a small patch of numbness on my "big toe." I recently saw a physician's assistant at my university's student medical center who said it would probably be wise to "wait and see." I know this is not "normal" but am wondering what may be the probable cause, if any is decipherable, and if these things happen benignly for no known reason. Thank you.
 DonP - Wed Jul 27, 2005 10:31 pm

I too have experienced numb patches of skin over the past couple of years. It has occurred on my wrist, elbow, knees, and toe. It starts with a painful burning sensation when the area is stretched. After a few days the burning sensation is replaced with a mild numbness. By mild I mean that the area can feel a little sensation but not much. The numbness then persists for months and eventually the sensation returns to the area.

One interesting item of note . . . right now I have one of these numb patches on my left elbow. When I bend the elbow and caress the skin on the front of the elbow, I can feel the caress on the back of the elbow even though there is not contact in that location.

Any ideas what this might be?


| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us