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Doctor insights on: Bilateral Hand Paresthesias

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Dr. Gary Pess
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Paresthesia (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What diseases cause hand paresthesia and swelling (in the MS mimic) catagory? I've been having a lot of symptoms that are classic MS symptoms but have not been diagnosed. My brain MRI without contrast was normal. One neurologist sd it was anxiety and to s

What diseases cause hand paresthesia and swelling (in the MS mimic) catagory? I've been having a lot of symptoms that are classic MS symptoms but have not been diagnosed. My brain MRI without contrast was normal. One neurologist sd it was anxiety and to s

Some of the options: Cervical radiculopathy, transverse myelopathy, ulnar / radial / median nerve impingement (incl carpal tunnel syndome), brachial plexopathy, peripheral neuropathy (there are many causes), and vascular disorders, such as calciphylaxis.

I agree that carpal tunnel syndrome is #1 - and should be a place to start. A normal brain MRI does help put MS aside. ...Read more

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I can't do things like cross arms, legs, comb hair, hold phone, push ups w/out some form of paresthesia. How is that anxiety? Xanax doesn't stop it. I'm not panicking. I have popping in hand, shoulder blade that shoots pins and needles down arm.

I can't do things like cross arms, legs, comb hair, hold phone, push ups w/out some form of paresthesia. How is that anxiety? Xanax doesn't stop it. I'm not panicking. I have popping in hand, shoulder blade that shoots pins and needles down arm.

Anxiety or medical?: A diagnosis of anxiety as a cause of physical symptoms can only be made when medical causes have been ruled out. Suggest you see your pcp for an evaluation of paresthesias. That said, anxiety can cause numerous physical symptoms even without conscious panicky thoughts because of the body's response to an adrenaline surge via the "fight or flight" reaction. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am diagnosed with pannic attacks, permanent pinky finger paresthesia, woke up at 2am with whole left side of body numb and tingling. Should I do ct?

I am diagnosed with pannic attacks, permanent pinky finger paresthesia, woke up at 2am with whole left side of body numb and tingling. Should I do ct?

Let Dr decide: Best clarify with your doctor numbness on one side is a concern but an examination would clarify if you need a ct. The finger numbness alone is likely a nerve compression at your elbow or wrist. Your dr can eval this to see if any studies are needed. ...Read more

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What does it mean paresthesias and hypethesia in bilateral lower extremeties, left greater than right?

What does it mean paresthesias and hypethesia in bilateral lower extremeties, left greater than right?

Paresthesias=: ANY abnormal sensations...Hyepthesia means HEIGHTENED sensation. Eg pain, sensitivity to heat/cold

Hope this helps!
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I have disc hernation @ t7-t8 with flattening of the left ventricle spinal cord, disc protrusions and spondylolisthesis from L4-S1 resulting in bi lateral stenosis but more on left. Paresthesias on left leg and tingling in hot weather why NORMAL EMG?

I have disc hernation @ t7-t8 with flattening of the left ventricle spinal cord, disc protrusions and spondylolisthesis from L4-S1 resulting in bi lateral stenosis but more on left. Paresthesias on left leg and tingling in hot weather why NORMAL EMG?

The EMG/NCS: Test is a very unreliable (and UNCOMFORTABLE) diagnostic test in the diagnosis of lower extremity symptoms due to spinal cord/disc abnormalities.
It can be normal when imaging shows herniated discs!!
Hope this is helpful
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Every time I take gambapentin (just started for a week) at only 100 mg, I have parathesia in legs, arms, hands. Didn't occur to me was med til tonight?

Every time I take gambapentin (just started for a week) at only 100 mg, I have parathesia in legs, arms, hands. Didn't occur to me was med til tonight?

Check with neuro Dr.: Since Gabapentin has effects on the brain and nerves, and the symptoms described are nerve related, one can ask the neurologist or primary care doctor who prescribed the medication to see if the symptoms are related to the med or if they are just coincidental. Reported side effects in adult patients include dizziness, fatigue, weight gain, drowsiness, etc... ...Read more

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Hurt my medial side of elbow against door. Cant flex my arm shooting severe pain, little finger is ok no parasthesias or numbness. Have I hurt ulnar?

Hurt my medial side of elbow against door. Cant flex my arm shooting severe pain, little finger is ok no parasthesias or numbness. Have I hurt ulnar?

Medial Epicondylitis: Or "Golfer's Elbow" can be due to blunt trauma! This usually does not affect the ulnar nerve itself (its actually medial to the nerve) A CORTISONE INJECTION may be indicated! Ask your PCP (Primary Care Provider for a referral to an Orthopedist!
Hope this helps!
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What is the definition or description of: Paresthesia?

What is the definition or description of: Paresthesia?

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". ...Read more

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What does a person suffering from paresthesia actually feel?

What does a person suffering from paresthesia actually feel?

Numbness to the area: Paresthesia is a numb feeling to the affected area. The numbness can be profound and the person feel no sensation at all, or it may be mild such as a pins-and-needles feeling. In any event, the paresthesia is usually transitory and will go away with the passage of time. However, severe trauma may cause a permanent paresthesia. It all depends on the amount of the injury to the nerve. ...Read more

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What is paresthesia in scalp due to?

What is paresthesia in scalp due to?

Scalp paresthesia: Usually is form impingement over your greater occipital nerve at the junction of head and neck. Did you rest you head over sofa armrest prolonged time? ...Read more

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What kind of treatment is there for paresthesias or nerve pain?

What kind of treatment is there for paresthesias or nerve pain?

Medications: Some medications can help. Injections can also help. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my paresthesias until I can see a doctor?

Let me explian: Paresthesias of the hands and feet are common, transient symptoms of the related conditions of hyperventilation syndrome, often open mouth, and panic attacks.
Other common examples occur when sustained pressure has been applied over a nerve. Inhibiting/stimulating its function. Removing the pressure will typically result in gradual relief of these paresthesias. Use Motrin with food. ...Read more

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Feeling like a small pen tip is being tapped rapidly for 5-15s on the side of the foot and other areas, is this paresthesia?

Feeling like a small pen tip is being tapped rapidly for 5-15s on the side of the foot and other areas, is this paresthesia?

Depends: This may be a minor nerve irritation from some sort of injury or shoe. Paresthesias will typically create numbness and tingling to an area of the foot, that is more persistent. See your podiatrist for proper treatment and diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been dealing with SIBO and HNPP like symptoms since I was 20. Started taking glycogen supp. For exercise and it lessened my paresthesia symptoms?

I've been dealing with SIBO and HNPP like symptoms since I was 20. Started taking glycogen supp. For exercise and it lessened my paresthesia symptoms?

Find good holist: Fad diagnoses like "SIBO" do people a disservice -- most of the medical community doubts that they are prevalent as their proponents claim, and have you noticed that nobody ever gets better? Hereditary Neuropathy with pressure palsies is an easy diagnosis that any neurologist can make and manage, or refute. You need an ethical, evidence-based, holistically-savvy physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are some causes of paresthesia?

What are some causes of paresthesia?

There are many: The most worrisome are either stroke or diabetes. Others include sleeping or laying on an extremity (so-called "Saturday night palsy"), and certain electrolyte imbalances. If your paresthesia continues, see your doctor so you can get a complete exam. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of paresthesias?

What are the symptoms of paresthesias?

Sensory!!: Paraesthesia means abnormal sensation (numbness, tingling etc). ...Read more

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For the last couple months, in situations when I would normally feel excited or energized, I am just having paresthesias instead. What could this be?

For the last couple months, in situations when I would normally feel excited or energized, I am just having paresthesias instead. What could this be?

Get checked.: The first step is to get a good history and physical, with appropriate lab work. Stop alcohol and drug use. Avoid supplements other than a basic vitamin. If you are any new meds, check with your doc and see if is had side effects like this. If that is all negative, this may be due to depression which can present atypically in this way. Exercise properly, eat well, get good quality sleep ...Read more

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What are perioral paresthesias?

What are perioral paresthesias?

Tingles around mouth: Perioral paresthesias are sensations of numbness and tingling around the mouth. They can be triggered by hyperventilation (e.g. During panic attacks) or by some medications, such as topamax (topiramate). ...Read more