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What could be causing paresthesias running down side of leg?

What could be causing paresthesias running down side of leg?

Pinched nerve: A pinched or irritated nerve is most likely. There can be other causes, including poor circulation. See your doctor if persists or worsens. ...Read more

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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32yo female w/ dmt1, well controlled no complications, athletic, c/o brief bouts of paresthesia in backs of legs after 6+ mile runs - should I worry?

Lumbar neuropathy: I doubt it is blood sugar related but more likely stemming from your lumbar spine. After you run, your back tightens putting pressure most likely on the nerves in the back radiating down to the lower ext. The l5s1 especially tend to radiate to the back of the legs. I would focus on lower back exercises and core tightening. ...Read more

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Last night bottoms of feet hurt, no clue why. Today still hurt. Paresthesias too. These are spreading up my whole legs. What's up?

Last night bottoms of feet hurt, no clue why. Today still hurt. Paresthesias too. These are spreading up my whole legs. What's up?

Need to keep an eye : Often these turn out to be nothing evil. Occasionally symptoms like that are the start of problems with the nerves. If you start to develop any weakness in the legs (feet flopping, hard to climb stairs) you'll want to be seen immediately to be evaluated for guillain-barre. ...Read more

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Could chronic hyperventilation syndrome be the cause of paresthesia in legs and sometimes arms? Have had extensive testing but all results are normal

Could chronic hyperventilation syndrome be the cause of paresthesia in legs and sometimes arms?  Have had extensive testing but all results are normal

Panic attacks: My guess is that you have panic disorder. There is no such disease as chronic hyperventilation syndrome. A psychologist can help you with relaxation exercises. Also, meds are available which are very helpful in treating panic attacks. Here is a web site to check out: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/panic-disorder/index.shtml ...Read more

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Are paresthesias along with loss of sensation in legs, burning in head a sign of a stroke? Can an MRI of brain detect previous strokes?

Are paresthesias along with loss of sensation in legs, burning in head a sign of a stroke? Can an MRI of brain detect previous strokes?

MRI is best : Stroke symptoms are variable but a brain MRI will detect even very small stokes almost immediately. Ct scanning, although cheaper and faster, can miss small strokes or very early strokes. ...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