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Paresthesia

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Paresthesia is numbness, tingling, or burning. It can happen in any part of your body, but usually occurs in your legs, feet, arms, or hands.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have severe pain along with numbness and tingling.
  • Your legs suddenly become cold. You have trouble moving your legs, and they ache.
  • You have increased weakness in a part of your body.
  • You have uncontrolled movements.

Contact your healthcare provider or neurologist if:

  • Your symptoms do not improve.
  • You have symptoms in more than one part of your body.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Manage paresthesia:

  • Protect the area from injury. You may injure or burn yourself if you lose feeling in the area. Be careful when you touch anything that could be hot. Wear sturdy shoes to protect your feet. Ask about other ways to protect yourself.
  • Go to physical or occupational therapy if directed. Your provider may recommend therapy if you have a condition such as carpal tunnel syndrome. A physical therapist can teach you exercises to help strengthen the area or increase your ability to move it. An occupational therapist can help you find new ways to do your daily activities.
  • Manage health conditions that can cause paresthesia. Work with your diabetes specialist if you have uncontrolled diabetes. A dietitian or your healthcare provider can help you create a meal plan if you have low vitamin B levels. Your provider can help you manage your health if you have multiple sclerosis or you had a stroke. It is important to manage health conditions to stop paresthesia or prevent it from getting worse.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or neurologist as directed:

Your healthcare provider may refer you to a specialist. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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