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Paresthesias: Introduction

Further information about Paresthesias is below, or review more specific information about these types of Paresthesias: Finger paresthesia, Hand paresthesia, Foot paresthesia, Arm paresthesia, Toe paresthesia, Leg paresthesia, Ankle tingling/paresthesias, Back tingling/paresthesias or other types.

Abnormal nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles, tingling, burning, prickling or similar feelings are all known as "paresthesias". They usually result from nerve damage due to pressure (such as a pinched nerve), entrapment, or diseases. Continued nerve damage can lead to numbness.

Paresthesias can affect various parts of the body. Hands, fingers, and feet are common sites but all are possibilities. Afflictions of specific nerves or spinal nerves can also cause paresthesias in particular skin areas of the body.

Parethesias with simple causes such as pressing on a nerve are usually reversible. Certain other nerve conditions such as peripheral neuropathy (often from diabetes), lupus complications, Guillain-Barre syndrome, or multiple sclerosis are also possible causes of parethesias. Because of the variety of possible causes, any abnormal sensation needs prompt professional medical investigation....more »

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Paresthesias

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Causes of Types of Paresthesias:

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Paresthesias: Symptom Checker

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Paresthesias Treatments

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Diagnostic tests for Paresthesias:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Paresthesias. Some of these are listed below :

  • General appearance - abnormal posture, muscle wasting, abnormal limb movements.
  • Mental state examination - including appearance, behavior, rate and continuity of speech, mood, affect, thought content, evidence of any hallucinations or abnormal beliefs, orientation to time, place and person, attention and concentration, short-term memory, insight and judgement. May help detect and evaluate anxiety and panic states which may cause hyperventilation (rapid breathing) and consequent paresthesia around the lips, lightheadedness and tingling in the extremities.
  • Physical examination
    • Examine for physical signs of low calcium including Chvostek's sign (gentle tapping over the facial nerve causes twitching of the facial muscles) and Trousseau's sign (inflation of the blood pressure cuff above diastolic blood pressure for 3 minutes causes muscular contraction of the fingers and wrist)
    • Examination of cranial nerves ( if affected would suggest a diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease , a mass in the brain, migraine or multiple sclerosis)
    • Test muscle tone, power, reflexes and co-ordination of upper limbs
    • Test sensation of upper limbs ( including pain , touch , temperature and vibration sensation)
  • more tests...»

Paresthesias: Animations

Paresthesias: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Paresthesias

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Paresthesias. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Paresthesias: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Paresthesias

Thigh tingling need not be multiple sclerosis: There is a fairly common nerve condition called meralgia paresthetica that typically results in symptoms such as more »

Cluster of diseases with difficult diagnosis issues: There is a well-known list of medical conditions that are all somewhat difficult to diagnose, and all can present in a variety of different severities. Diseases in this group include multiple sclerosis, more »

Leg cramps at night a classic sign: The symptom of having leg muscle cramps, particularly at night, is a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes. However, there are also various other causes. See causes of more »

Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis). See symptoms more »

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Paresthesias: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Organs affected by Paresthesias:

The list of organs typically affected by Paresthesias may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Paresthesias

The list below shows some of the causes of Paresthesias mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Paresthesias?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Paresthesias. Of the 453 causes of Paresthesias that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 7 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 11 causes are "common" diseases
  • 8 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 3 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 9 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 433 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Paresthesias:

The following list of conditions have 'Paresthesias' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Paresthesias:

The following list of medical conditions have Paresthesias or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.




  • Hiatal hernia ... heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease, reflux




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Causes of Paresthesias Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Paresthesias based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Classifications of Paresthesias:

    Subtypes of Paresthesias:

    Finger paresthesia (23 causes), Hand paresthesia (57 causes), Foot paresthesia (54 causes), Arm paresthesia (68 causes), Toe paresthesia (8 causes), Leg paresthesia (80 causes), Ankle tingling/paresthesias (11 causes), Back tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Breast tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Buttock tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Calf tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Chest tingling/paresthesias (11 causes), Chin tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Elbow tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Eye tingling/paresthesias (10 causes), Eyelid tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Groin tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Gum tingling/paresthesias (10 causes), Head tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Heel tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Jaw tingling/paresthesias (10 causes), Knee tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Mouth tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Neck tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Nose tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Penile tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Scalp tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Stomach tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Underarm tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Vulva tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Wrist tingling/paresthesias (12 causes), Shin tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Thumb tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Forearm tingling/paresthesias (10 causes), Foreskin tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), SOle tingling/paresthesias (10 causes), Palm tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Upper arm tingling/paresthesias (9 causes), Ankle paresthesia (tingling) (11 causes), Back paresthesia (tingling) (13 causes), Breast paresthesia's/ tingling (9 causes), Buttock paresthesia (tingling) (8 causes), Calf paresthesia/ tingling (14 causes), Chest paresthesia/ tingling (8 causes), Chin paresthesia/ tingling (10 causes), Ear paresthesia/ tingling (9 causes), Elbow paresthesia/ tingling (10 causes), Eye paresthesia/ tingling (9 causes), Eyelid paresthesia/ tingling (9 causes), Forearm paresthesia/ tingling (15 causes), Foreskin paresthesia/ tingling (10 causes), Groin paresthesia/ tingling (9 causes), Gum paresthesia/ tingling (10 causes), Head paresthesia/ tingling (10 causes), Jaw paresthesia/ tingling (10 causes), Thumb paresthesia/ tingling (10 causes), Analgesia (7 causes), Burning symptoms (446 causes), Genital paresthesia/tingling (24 causes), Tingling in one foot (46 causes), Sole paresthesia's/ tingling (11 causes), Tingling in Both Feet (47 causes), arm tingling (21 causes), Upper arm paresthesia/ tingling (11 causes), Vaginal burning sensation (19 causes), Knee burning sensation (21 causes), Arm burning sensation (20 causes), Burning feet (44 causes), Sunburn (1 cause), Scalp Burning Sensation (22 causes), Facial burning sensation (9 causes), Breast burning sensation (14 causes), Stinging eye (2 causes), Underarm burning sensation (12 causes), Thigh Burning Sensation (18 causes), Leg burning sensation (25 causes), Heartburn (163 causes), Groin burning sensation (18 causes), Eye burning sensation (12 causes), Ear burning sensation (12 causes), Buttock burning sensation (15 causes), Burning pain (9 causes), Burning during urination (42 causes), Back burning sensation (12 causes), Thumb burning sensation (23 causes), Shin burning sensation (13 causes), Mouth Burning (26 causes), Lip burning sensation (10 causes), Chest burning (16 causes), Burning mouth (81 causes), Ankle burning sensation (12 causes), Sole burning sensation (15 causes), Chest burning sensation (12 causes), Upper arm burning sensation (13 causes), Heel burning sensation (22 causes), Moderate temporary burning sensation (14 causes), Urinary burning (73 causes), Wrist burning sensation (21 causes), Vulva burning sensation (19 causes), Nose Burning Sensation (20 causes), Palm burning sensation (22 causes), Burning Legs (26 causes), Burning eyes (59 causes), Toe burning sensation (14 causes), Elbow burning sensation (17 causes), Eyelid burning sensation (15 causes), McBurney's sign (1 cause), Gum burning sensation (13 causes), Calf burning sensation (18 causes), Penile Burning Sensation (13 causes), Heel paresthesia/ tingling (11 causes), Burning (68 causes), Foot burning sensation (28 causes), Chin burning sensation (16 causes), Forearm burning sensation (22 causes), Knee paresthesia/ tingling (10 causes), Shin paresthesia/ tingling (10 causes), Tingling hands (7 causes), Tingling in one hand (50 causes), Tingling fingers (36 causes), Tingling in both hands (44 causes), Wrist paresthesia/ tingling (10 causes), Palm paresthesia/ tingling (11 causes), Tingling toe (16 causes), burning when urinating (30 causes), Pyrosis (9 causes), acid regurgitation (2 causes), Epigastric pain (93 causes), Gastroesophageal reflux (53 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Paresthesias:

    Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Paresthesias:

    Tingling (951 causes), Numbness (497 causes), Burning symptoms (446 causes), Peripheral neuropathy (299 causes), Diabetes mellitus (66 causes), Vitamin B12 deficiency, Subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord, Intermittent claudictaion, Arterial ischemia, Cervical rib, Pancoast tumour

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