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12 days ago, i started having left-sided back, side and chest (bottom of breast to bottom of rib cage) paresthesia. Pa-c ruled out shingles. What could it be?

12 days ago, i started having left-sided back, side and chest (bottom of breast to bottom of rib cage) paresthesia. Pa-c ruled out shingles. What could it be?

Go up the ranks: See a doctor to find out if you have a problem at the level of the upper thoracic or cervical spine. Imaging (e.g. Mri) may be indicated. Do not be satisfied with a pa's assessment. Seek advice from a higher echelon, as it were. Symptoms are treatable. Cause may not be benign. There's no substitute for seeing an md/do face to face and getting a thorough exam and thoughtful evaluation. ...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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Symptoms are numbness around the nose and mouth and chest pains. Found that it could be linked to depression and paresthesia. Thoughts?

Symptoms are numbness around the nose and mouth and chest pains. Found that it could be linked to depression and paresthesia. Thoughts?

Dr. B is 100% : anxiety and depression generally are not immediately life threatening problems. Your heart is. You need to get your heart evaluated ASAP, you may not have a second chance. ...Read more

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Near faints,sweating,high temp, paresthesia, nausea, spasming/thumping sensation in left side of chest - can get very uncomfortable. what could it be?

Near faints,sweating,high temp, paresthesia, nausea, spasming/thumping sensation in left side of chest - can get very uncomfortable. what could it be?

Fever?: If you have an actual fever over 101 then infection could be the cause. If you have a normal temperature with those symptoms it could be infection, cardiac disease, anxiety, etc... Either way, you should be checked by a doctor ASAP to figure it out. ...Read more

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What can cause parathesia, ataxia and neuropathy? I have tingling, chest pain and numbness from my nose to my toes.

What can cause parathesia, ataxia and neuropathy?  I have tingling, chest pain and numbness from my nose to my toes.

This is an emergency: Vitamin B12 deficiency comes yo mind and your chest pain could be a result of severe anemia. That's not important however in the face of such profound symptoms, especially chest pain, you need an emergency evaluation. The internet is not the place for the answer to your question right now, the ER is. Go now. Call EMS since clearly you cannot safely drive. ...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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Can posture or stress cause paresthesia of the back? My symptoms come and go, and I've noticed they sometimes occur when I'm hunching and others not.

Can posture or stress cause paresthesia of the back? My symptoms come and go, and I've noticed they sometimes occur when I'm hunching and others not.

Yes: I would be happy to help with a more detailed history on healthtap prime ad there are many reasons for paresthesia of the back I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Is it possible for anxiety to cause physical symptoms without causing the person to "feel" anxious? Experiencing paresthesia, but all tests are norml

Yes: They are generally diagnoses of exclusion, meaning you make quite sure it isn't something else, but there are a number of situations in which people experience physical symptoms essentially instead of emotion. There is better neuroscience on this nowadays, but still early. Called: conversion, psychogenic, somatic, somatoform dissociation, etc. Numbness and tingling is common with panic also. ...Read more

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What causes paresthesias?

What causes paresthesias?

Two possibilities: Paresthesia can result from trauma to the nerves serving the affected area. If there is something putting pressure on the nerve, sometimes removal of the offending object can relieve the paresthesia. Other times, the cause of the paresthesia may not be evident and may be the result of just disturbing the nerve (eg. Nearby extraction). In such cases, the passage of time will usually relieve the it. ...Read more