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German: Numbness, tingling sensation

I would be grateful for help from someone whose (colloquial or medical) German is better than mine. My mistake-laden but usually functional German is failing to get the point across...

How would you describe a feeling of both numbness and tingling/prickling at the same time? In colloquial English one might say 'pins and needles'.

I've tried 'Kribbeln und Taubheitsgefühl' but am told that makes no sense.

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Old 17.10.2012, 16:48
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Re: German: Numbness, tingling sensation

Kribbeln in den Gliedern ?

Kribbeln in beiden Armen und Beinen plus Taubheitsgefühle ?
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Re: German: Numbness, tingling sensation

Weird. Your translation seems fine to me.

I'd say that these two words are commonly used (albeit their Swiss-German variants) to describe numbness/tingling here.

One could argue that they are two separate feeolings and not one, but otherwise...
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Re: German: Numbness, tingling sensation

What you are describing is in medical terms called Paresthesia. Which in German can be Parästhesie or Sensibilitätsstörung.
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Re: German: Numbness, tingling sensation

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I would be grateful for help from someone whose (colloquial or medical) German is better than mine. My mistake-laden but usually functional German is failing to get the point across...

How would you describe a feeling of both numbness and tingling/prickling at the same time? In colloquial English one might say 'pins and needles'.

I've tried 'Kribbeln und Taubheitsgefühl' but am told that makes no sense.

Many thanks.
Don't you just say that your foot/arm is "sleeping" when you have pins and needles? Colloquially in German my colleague understands that.
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Re: German: Numbness, tingling sensation

A doctor I went to about a similar "complaint" called it Ameisenlaufen. I suppose it's as colloquial as pins and needles. Hope this might help!
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Re: German: Numbness, tingling sensation

Sorry, I know you're not looking for opinions regarding a diagnosis. But If you don't mind me saying...

That could be a sign of magnesium deficiency.
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Re: German: Numbness, tingling sensation

Kribbeln in (somewhere in your body) haben does mean exactly that... mit leichtem Taubheitsgefühl dabei, to make it closer to your description.
eingeschlafen would discribe the numbness too.
It sounds all good to me.
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Re: German: Numbness, tingling sensation

Thanks for the suggestions one and all. I'll try these out next appointment, see if I can make myself better understood.




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Ameisenlaufen.
I giggled at this term - and then what do I find when reviewing the packing label of one of the meds I'm taking? Ameisenlaufen!

'Ants running' - my new word for the day.
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Re: German: Numbness, tingling sensation

I recently had a problem with numbness and pins and needles in my leg. Unfortunate surgery was needed to correct the problem. My surgeons understanding ( and he spoke good English ) was the leg was sleeping and ants running.
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