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Leg paresthesia Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Leg paresthesia. 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.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the leg paresthesia?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it unilateral or bilateral?

    Why: symmetrical involvement of both legs suggest peripheral neuropathy. If leg paresthesia is asymmetrical or confined to one limb this may suggest individual nerve disease.

  3. What area of the leg and/or foot is affected by paresthesia?

    Why: may help determine the cause.

  4. History of trauma or injury to leg?

    Why: e.g. broken leg or foot may damage nerves and cause leg paresthesia.

  5. History of a back injury?

    Why: may suggest spinal canal stenosis.

  6. Risk factors for peripheral atherosclerosis?

    Why: e.g. smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure.

  7. Medications?

    Why: some medications may cause peripheral neuropathy with a glove and stocking pattern paresthesia including isoniazid, vincristine, phenytoin, nitrofurantoin, cisplatinum, amiodarone.

  8. Dietary history?

    Why: may assist in determining the risk of Vitamin B1, B12 and folic acid deficiency.

  9. Alcohol history?

    Why: will help determine the risk of alcohol peripheral neuropathy.

  10. Pain in the involved leg or foot?

    Why: may suggest lumbar spine spondylosis (degeneration), spinal stenosis, tumor of the cauda equina (distal tip of the spinal cord and its nerves), spondylolisthesis (forward movement of one lumbar vertebrae on the one below it), herniated disk or pelvic tumor.

  11. Incontinence of urine?

    Why: If incontinence or urine is present, this may suggest poliomyelitis, cauda equina tumor or metastatic tumor of the lumbar spine.

  12. Symptoms of spinal canal stenosis?

    Why: e.g. long history of backache; pain initially in the lumbar back area and then radiating distally into buttocks and legs; paresthesia may be present in groin, medial thigh, big toe or little toe.

  13. Symptoms of peripheral atherosclerosis?

    Why: e.g. intermittent claudication (cramp like pain in the calves with exercise, relieved by rest), calf pain with rest, occasionally may have transient paresthesia of the leg accompanying the pain and fatigue of claudication.

  14. Symptoms of acute lower limb ischemia?

    Why: e.g. sudden severe leg pain, pallor of skin, paresthesia or numbness of lower leg, paralysis or weakness of leg.

  15. Symptoms of Diabetes mellitus?

    Why: e.g. frequency of urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue, increased infections. Diabetes may be complicated by a painful peripheral neuropathy with a glove and stocking pattern paresthesia.

  16. Symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome?

    Why: e.g. symptoms begin 7-10 days after an infective illness. It results in muscle paralysis which typically ascends from the lower to the upper limbs. Sensory loss (paresthesia) is usually minimal.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Leg paresthesia:

The following list of conditions have 'Leg paresthesia' 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: Leg paresthesia:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Leg paresthesia' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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