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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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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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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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Can smoking tobacco cause neuropathy or paresthesias?

Can smoking tobacco cause neuropathy or paresthesias?

Not directly: But can aggravate symptoms. It can also cause vasoconstriction which, if you have peripheral arterial disease, it can cause neuropathy to set in earlier. However, smoking does not directly cause neuropathy normally. Ask your physician if you are having neuropathy as there are many causes of neuropathy and it needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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How would i know if the frequent paresthesia in my feet is caused by my ra?

How would i know if the frequent paresthesia in my feet is caused by my ra?

A test: Rheumatoid arthritis can cause neuropathy in some patients. It can be experienced as pain, tingling, numbness and other parasthesias. If other causes for the abnormal sensations can be ruled out (such as diabetes, spine issues, thyroid issues, etc) a nerve study such as an emg/ncv might be performed. If the symptoms are severe enough, talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Frequent muscle twitching and paresthesia, what are the underlying causes of these symptoms?

Frequent muscle twitching and paresthesia, what are the underlying causes of these symptoms?

Depends where,: How often, and what brings it on. Twitching and parasthesias can be caused by numerous things and it would be difficult to speculate with just a little history such as this. It could be anything from dehydration to ms, but we would have to know much more prior to even suggesting a diagnosis. See a physician for a thorough history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Could glutamate dysfunction be a cause of paresthesia that sets in a day after consuming alcohol but then goes away after some time of abstinence?

Could glutamate dysfunction be a cause of paresthesia that sets in a day after consuming alcohol but then goes away after some time of abstinence?

Alcohol affects brai: Alcohol does affects brain function at different levels, affecting cognitive function, nerves resulting neuropathy and pregnancy related alcoholism affecting the infants. If you consistently get this symptoms may be related to alcohol related neurotoxicity.Glutamate is involved in neurosignal transmission. Alcohol affects the gluatamate cycle.But there are multiple other causes for neuropathy,Have ...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 tmjd (via long-term night and day bruxism) contribute to / cause intermittent non-painful paresthesia in the (one side - left in my case) jawline?

Can tmjd (via long-term night and day bruxism) contribute to / cause intermittent non-painful paresthesia in the (one side - left in my case) jawline?

Very unlikely: While not impossible, i think it would be extremely unlikely. Your symptoms could be related to a dental or a medical problem, or perhaps both. Please see your dentist as soon as possible for a complete and thorough examination and evaluation. Based upon the findings, your dentist might refer you to a physician for a consultation. ...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

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Can dental problems cause paresthesias on the face?

Can dental problems cause paresthesias on the face?

Depends what U mean: parestheia is not normal. The most common reason for such is damage to a nerve during a tooth extraction, esp during wisdom tooth extraction. The other reason is impingement of the facial nerve, such as due to parotid gland lesion. ...Read more

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How is a diagnoses of chronic hyperventilation syndrome made? Doc has ruled out other causes of paresthesia thru testing.

How is a diagnoses of chronic hyperventilation syndrome made?  Doc has ruled out other causes of paresthesia thru testing.

Blood gases: In hyperventilaton syndrome chronic anxiety produces conscious or unconscious over breathing which blows off an excess of carbon dioxide. This produces what is called respiratory alkylosis in which the blood Ph becomes elevated, the blood gases show normal oxygen but decreased carbon dioxide. This can temporarily be helped by rebreathing in a paper or other bag which adds the lost carbon dioxide. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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