Paresthesias (pins and needles) : Medical Symptom Description


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Paresthesias (pins and needles): Paresthesias (pins and needles) is listed as an alternate name or description for symptom Tingling. For a medical symptom description of 'Paresthesias (pins and needles)', the following symptom information may be relevant to the symptoms: Tingling (symptom). However, note that other causes of the symptom 'Paresthesias (pins and needles)' may be possible.
Tingling (symptom): Tingling, prickling, or pins-and-needles sensations
Tingling (symptom): 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), 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.

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