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

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


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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

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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What are paresthesias?

What are paresthesias?

Nerve pains: Paresthesias are annoying sensations from sensory nerves. ...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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For how long does paresthesia usually last?

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?

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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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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Differential Diagnosis (Definition)

Is a process of elimination, to look at several possibilities for diagnosing a probable illness, through process of elimination, to narrow those probabilities, so as a ...Read more


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