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Persistant pins and needles with numbness on top of foot three weeks after severe ankle sprain. Nothing helps, ankle feels fine. Treatments? Relief?

Persistant pins and needles with numbness on top of foot three weeks after severe ankle sprain. Nothing helps, ankle feels fine. Treatments? Relief?

Tell your doctor...: After 3 weeks from an ankle sprain, symptoms should have subsided if you've been properly examined and treated. If scar tissue formed in the area, you may be getting compression on an adjacent nerve. Get your ankle examined properly. An mri/ct would probably be best to examine the soft tissue. Your doc will probably rule out structural and vascular problems too. Get checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Pess
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Paresthesia (Definition)

Paresthesia is a symptom in which a person has sensations of tingling or "pins and needles" on some or all of his skin. If a person sleeps on top of his arm, he may have paresthesia in the arm for a short ...Read more


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Pins and needles after migraine. Is there any treatment for that?

Pins and needles after migraine. Is there any treatment for that?

Migraine phases: Migraine is not just headaches, as there are pro-dromal periods of malaise prior to the pain, and about 24 hrs of post-dromal symptoms, which could include paresthesias, such as pins and needles. Best approaches are to stop headache asap with a triptan or prevent the headache period. Work with a headache specialist. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment to relieve a burning, stinging, pins and needles type pain shooting down the side of my thigh and into my knee?

What is a good treatment to relieve a burning, stinging, pins and needles type pain shooting down the side of my thigh and into my knee?

Neuro specialist: You may have a condition called meralgia paresthetica but as the burning goes into your knee, you should have an MRI and see a neurologist or neurosurgeon to make sure this is not a herniated disk or problem with the L3 or L4 nerve. Sometimes far lateral disks can cause pressure on a nerve ganglion and cause those symptoms. Seek a specialist to help clear it up. ...Read more

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I suffer from gout. Now I have a lump in my wrist. I have pins and needles and a bit of numbness. It is very painfuland I can't put any weight on it. Can you suggest some treatment or ways to ease the pain?

I suffer from gout. Now I have a lump in my wrist. I have pins and needles and a bit of numbness. It is very painfuland I can't put any weight on it. Can you suggest some treatment or ways to ease the pain?

Which side of wrist: In on the under surface this can presees on nerves in the wrist. A lump could suggest a gouty tophus or lump of monosodium urate crystals. This lump could be compressing the medium nerve causing carpal tunnel syndrome.Therapy is directed to lower your uric acid and can help melt this tophus. You evaluation will also see if the lump can be aspirated and decrease in size by using a needle. ...Read more

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What is the reason behind the pins and needles sensation?

Nerve problem: These sensations are usually related to a nerve problem. It could be as simple as too much pressure along the course of a nerve or it may be the sign of a more serious problem. Formal evaluation is usually necessary to elucidate the cause of this problem. ...Read more

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What causes pins and needles sensation with numbness in the whole body with weakness?

What causes pins and needles sensation with numbness in the whole body with weakness?

See your physician: Numbness and tingling in any extremity can be due to many reasons including sitting or standing in the same position for a long time, nerve injury, electrolyte abnormalities, vitamin deficiencies, etc. True weakness with paresthesias would be more concerning. See your physician for evaluation. You might be referred to a neurologist. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/paresthesia/paresthesia.htm ...Read more

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My husband keeps getting a pins and needles sensation in the back of his head which only goes when he insist on banging his head on that area. ?

My husband keeps getting a pins and needles sensation in the back of his head which only goes when he insist on banging his head on that area. ?

Pins & needles: The most common cause of pins and needles sensation in the back of the head is a pinched nerve in the neck, usually secondary to significant arthritis or disk degeneration. If the pain is constant, it is understandable that he might want to bang his head just to distract himself from a worse pain, but this isn't the best way to deal with it. Have him see a doctor. Treatments are available. ...Read more

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I have pins and needles sensation in one spot on the left side of my back it's half way up it comes and goes but has been getting stronger with aches?

I have pins and needles sensation in one spot on the left side of my back it's half way up it comes and goes but has been getting stronger with aches?

Paresthesias: That's the term for pins & needles; or since you're a Brit, paraesthesias. You haven't stated how long you've had this, or how big the spot is, but if it's gettiing worse, have it checked out. It could be a problem with a nerve root in the spinal canal. As it says on the cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Don't Panic! But have it checked out. ...Read more

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What might cause a pins-and-needles sensation?

What might cause a pins-and-needles sensation?

Nerve compression: This is usually due to a disturbance of a nerve by compression from an external force or some internal dysfunction like a disc protrusion or swelling along the path of the nerve. Other causes include diabetes, and chemotherapy. Most can be stopped with massage or readjustment of the position of the involved limb. If persistent see your family doctor for analysis and treatment. ...Read more