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what is the definition or description of: paresthesia?

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Dr. Wenhui Cao
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 29 years experience
Abnormal sensation: weird or abnormal feeling including numbness, tingling sensation, pins-and-needles in skin area or body part. One example is when someone hits his elbow "funny bone", he may get the tingling and numbness at the elbow and forearm, this sensation is called "paresthesia".

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between the medical terms "paresthesias" and "dysesthesias"?

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Itching versus pain: Paresthesias refer to abnormal sensation "numbness and tingling" which can be annoying. Dysesthesias are a more intense version of the same sensation which you would call painful. The sensations run on the same nerve endings, again one is just more intense than the other.
A 33-year-old member asked:

I have numbness in my pinky. What could be the cause of this?

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Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Ulnar nerve issue: Most likely, you have cubital tunnel syndrome, which is compression of the ulnar nerve (the "funny bone") at the elbow. Do you notice that the numbness is worse if you flex your elbow for long periods of time? Do you have elbow pain on the inside of your elbow? Is your ring finger numb as well? Generally, this can be treated conservatively by avoiding excessive elbow flexion. Hope this helps!
A 38-year-old male asked:

Have on and off again numbness in big toe since stubbing it this summer?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Trauma to nerve: When you stub your toe it is actually blunt force trauma to all the tissues in toe. The injury may not be bad enough to fracture bone but it can result in contusion-a 'deep bruise' to the soft tissues-skin muscle, tendon and nerves in the toe. Unlike the other tissues, nerve healing can take months. If the nerve was not severed, as happens in cuts to toe, the numbness should resolve.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I know if its athritis or carpal tunnel. This numbness is going on for a month now. Help!?

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Dr. Carlos Kier
Rheumatology 51 years experience
Refer to answer: If you are experiencing numbness in the hands without other symptoms it is most likely carpal tunnel syndrome. Arthritis would cause painful swollen joints with stiffness but not necessarily associated with numbness. Without more information a more specific answer is not possible. An evaluation by your physician would probably be the best course of action.
A 42-year-old member asked:

How long will numbness last after oral surgery?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
A few hours: If you are referring to the local anesthesia that was given then it should wear off in 2-3 hours. If you are referring to a parasthesia that may have been caused by an oral surgery procedure then that varies greatly and more information would be needed to offer an opinion.

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