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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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Should I sit out of soccer if I'm having what I think is sciatica problems from an injury a year ago? Will this tingling/weakness in my leg persist?

Should I sit out of soccer if I'm having what I think is sciatica problems from an injury a year ago?  Will this tingling/weakness in my leg persist?

Spine Injury: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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What can cause leg and buttock pain that gets better with walking? I cant sit for too long without either hurting or tingling. Usually one leg

What can cause leg and buttock pain that gets better with walking?  I cant sit for too long without either hurting or tingling. Usually one leg

Sciatica: Although there are some other possibilities like muscle spasm and pyriformis syndrome, the most likely cause is lumbar disc disease with nerve impingement. To be sure see a spine specialist or PMR doctor who can order neuroimaging and a test like an EMG. Then the next steps after making sure there is no vascular, immune or rheumatologic process would be to initiate PT & possibly meds or injection ...Read more

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Right leg weak(bum-thigh-knee).tingling in right leg if I sit on floor. This had happened a yr ago which got cured with yoga. NerveConductionTest normal?

Right leg weak(bum-thigh-knee).tingling in right leg if I sit on floor. This had happened a yr ago which got cured with yoga. NerveConductionTest normal?

Compression nerve: Somewhere you are compressing a nerve causing a compression neuropathy. Stay off the floor and ask your physiciasn where you are compressing the nerve ...Read more

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I have deep lower back pain that has persisted for a couple of weeks, painful spasms and tingling down my left leg. It hurts to sit and bend forward. I want to get it checked. What doc to go to?

I have deep lower back pain that has persisted for a couple of weeks, painful spasms and tingling down my left leg. It hurts to sit and bend forward. I want to get it checked. What doc to go to?

Several options for : You include seeing your own doctor as most back issues will resolve within in several weeks but treatment can be given to help or you can then be referred out to a neurologist, physiatrist or a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon if not improving with treatment such as medication, activity modification & physical therapy. If not improving & other causes ruled out like urinary infection too. ...Read more

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Constant tingling leg pain what could it be. I am a diabetic, for the last three months I have been having this tingling pain from my buttocks all the way down to my foot, but only on the left side. It hurts for me to sit or lay down.

Constant tingling leg pain what could it be. I am a diabetic, for the last three months I have been having this tingling pain from my buttocks all the way down to my foot, but only on the left side. It hurts for me to sit or lay down.

Possible neuropathy: Depending on the affected nerves, symptoms of diabetic neuropathy can range from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. Neuropathy may affect your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and the heart. For some people, the symptoms are mild; for others, it can be painful and disabling. ...Read more

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How do I increase circulation in my lower legs? From my knee below in my lower leg it feels like I'm lacking some circulation. They get tingling. Could it be a weight issue? I weigh 258 and 5'7 and sit all day at work. It scares me because does this mean

How do I increase circulation in my lower legs? From my knee below in my lower leg it feels like I'm lacking some circulation. They get tingling. Could it be a weight issue? I weigh 258 and 5'7 and sit all day at work.  It scares me because does this mean

Tingling : Tingling in the legs can be caused by decreased inflow of blood through the arteries, decreased outflow of blood through the veins, or problems with the nervous system. You haven't specified your age, sex, or other information, so it's hard to know how likely each of these causes is. However, you have indicated a weight problem, and being overweight does predispose to diabetes. Diabetes, in turn, can cause a condition called peripheral neuropathy that classically involves the hands and feet.

It sounds like you should see a doctor and be evaluated. None of the conditions I've mentioned is likely to cause an immediate problem, but over time could cause you to lose your legs or develop blood clots. By the way: if you do get clots, they will not go to your brain; unless you have unusual anatomy, they will instead wind up in your lungs, which can also be pretty bad. ...Read more

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Whenever I sit continous for a long time then I get numbness tingling in my arms legs and stifness tightness in head or face. Plz please tell what to do?

Whenever I sit continous for a long time then I get numbness tingling in my arms legs and stifness tightness in head or face. Plz please tell what to do?

Walk around: You should try walking around every 30 minutes or so to get your blood flowing. Try not to stay seated continuously for a long period, try stretching your legs out and moving your arms if you aren't able to get out of your chair. ...Read more

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Feet tingle only when I lay down or sit. I notice my left foot more than right. No pain only tingling in hands or legs or arms. Possibility?

Abnormal nerve: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, radiation, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Hi I do a lot of canoes polo and sometimes my legs start to tingle and when I go to get out of my boat they give way and I have to sit there why?

Hi I do a lot of canoes polo and sometimes my legs start to tingle and when I go to get out of my boat they give way and I have to sit there why?

Fall asleep: Assuming it doesn't happen all the time or during other activities, you're probably in a position in the canoe that puts pressure on nerves that go to the legs and they "fall asleep". Trying not to stay in one position for long periods of time should help ...Read more

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When I sit down I get a pain in my left calf and tingling in calf and foot. Recently began light treadmill. Any cause for concern?

When I sit down I get a pain in my left calf and tingling in calf and foot. Recently began light treadmill. Any cause for concern?

Yes, but don't panic: Sounds like a POSSIBLE problem involving the sciatic nerve or one of its branches, or a radicular problem in the lower back. See your PCP. As long as there's no serious or persistent pain or weakness the problem is mild, but you should have it checked out. Just tell your doc the same thing you've posted here & let him/her figure it out. ...Read more

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My left outer thigh from knee up is painful to the touch, it' burns, is numb & tingling. Hurts to walk, sit & sleeping is the most painful!

My left outer thigh from knee up is painful to the touch, it' burns, is numb & tingling. Hurts to walk, sit & sleeping is the most painful!

See neurologist: Might be itb — iliotibial band syndrome. The tingling and burning and numbness point to a nerve issue. See the specialist for thorough evaluation. Hopefully all will improve with stretching, antiinflammatories and therapy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Lower muscle back pain both sides and pain in butt cheeks when standing or walking sometimes tingling in right thigh pain goes away when i sit or ?

Lower muscle back pain both sides and pain in butt cheeks when standing or walking   sometimes tingling in right thigh   pain goes away when i sit or ?

Muscular or Nerve: Pain in that region can be caused by a multitude of factors. It can come from arthritis in the SI joint, it can be due to muscle spasms in that region or lastly a herniated disc. Those are just some of the possibilities. The best thing to do is to get assessed physically, then based on the exam a more detailed plan can be layed out. ...Read more

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What does tingling in your leg imply?

What does tingling in your leg imply?

Irritated nerve: Diseased or pinched nerve that supplies the skin of leg. ...Read more

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Why is my leg tingling?

Why is my leg tingling?

See your MD: These symptoms can be vascular or neurological. See your physician to figure out which and the best treatment. ...Read more

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What causes leg tingling?

What causes leg tingling?

Nerve: This can be from nerve compression from a disk in the spine or arthritis. It can occur in patients with vascular disease of the leg.
It can also occur with muscle spasms in the lower back causing associated tingling in the extremity. If it's bothersome enough, see your family md for eval. ...Read more

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Why is my left leg tingling?

Why is my left leg tingling?

See your MD: These symptoms can be vascular or neurological. See your physician to figure out which and the best treatment. ...Read more

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Lower back tingling, left leg

What's your question: We need more info regarding your post. Low back pain from high velocity or energy injury & trauma is more worrisome. Numbness, tingling & weakness of a leg is worrisome. So is incontinence & inability to walk normally. Most low back pain from low energy injury will resolve in 6wks. Check out http://www.Choosingwisely. Org/doctor-patient-lists/american-academy-of-family-physicians/ re xrays/imaging. ...Read more

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What could be causing tingling in my upper legs?

What could be causing tingling in my upper legs?

? Latent Diabetes: In the absence of a better history and examination the possibilities include overt or latent diabetes with neuropathy; lumbar radiculopathy (pinched nerves in the lumbar spine); during initial few days of herpes zoster (shingles) and some drugs like topamax (topiramate) which is used for migraines or seizures. ...Read more

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What causes tingling and numbing in entire left leg?

What causes tingling and numbing in entire left leg?

Nerve impingement : It takes getting a good history and doing an examination to know but you may have nerve impingement. You should find a doctor to work through this with you. ...Read more

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What can cause tingling up leg when I flex my toes?

What can cause tingling up leg when I flex my toes?

Multiple reasons: Initially would consider some musculoskeletal issue. Good chiropractor may help ...Read more