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Dr. Peter Glusker
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What is the diagnosis code for left-sided paresthesias?

Dr. Peter Glusker
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Diagnosis code: The diagnosis code depends on the the most specific underlying cause or i.e. Diagnosis. If you cannot determine a cause, then 'sensory disturbance' as a more general cause can be used. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Charles Harvey
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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Why would you seek to find which of the two types of pain a patient feel (when it comes to numbness; paresthesia or dysesthesia? would diagnosis diffe

Dr. Charles Harvey
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Why would you seek to find which of the two types of pain a patient feel (when it comes to numbness; paresthesia or dysesthesia? would diagnosis diffe

Dysesthesia: The most common paresthesia is "pins and needles," when a foot or hand "falls asleep." Paresthesia has no permanent ill effects, relatively mild, and can be from mild nerve compression. DYSesthesia is a sign of nerve damage, a painfully abnormal feeling like diabetic neuropathy. Medicine like Gabapentin or Pregabalin, Duloxetine or Trazadone can help with the pain but do not stop the paresthesias. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Milton Mintz
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What is paresthesia?

Dr. Milton Mintz
Board Certified, Geriatrics
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What is paresthesia?

Numbness: ; tingling, not a diagnosis, just a symptom. ...Read more

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Dr. Nolan Segal
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What are paresthesias?

Dr. Nolan Segal
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What are paresthesias?

Nerve pains: Paresthesias are annoying sensations from sensory nerves. ...Read more

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
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What are the symptoms of paresthesias?

Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
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What are the symptoms of paresthesias?
Dr. Marvin Ott
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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What are some causes of paresthesia?

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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For how long does paresthesia usually last?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
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For how long does paresthesia usually last?

Few secs to days: Depends upon cause, such as hitting "funny bone", gone within secs, or medication reaction, duration of med effect, or chronic neuropathy, indefinite until fixed. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Rundle
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What causes paresthesias?

Dr. Kenneth Rundle
Board Certified, Dentistry
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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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Dr. Gary Pess
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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What is the cause of paresthesia?

Dr. Gary Pess
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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What is the cause of paresthesia?

Nerve: Nerve irritation or compression will cause a paresthesia in the distribution of the nerve. ...Read more

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