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Paresthesia is numbness and tingling. It can happen in any part of your body, but usually occurs in your legs, feet, arms, or hands. There are a large number of conditions that can cause paresthesia. It affects the nerves that provide sensation and happens when there are changes in nerves or nerve pathways. These changes can be temporary, such as if you take certain medicines or you are not getting enough vitamin B. Paresthesia can become permanent when there is nerve damage. Conditions that may cause nerve damage include diabetes, carpel tunnel syndrome, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. The exact cause of your paresthesia may be unknown.



Ask for more information about medicines you may need to treat the condition causing your paresthesias.

  • NSAIDs help decrease swelling and pain or fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or neurologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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 about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have any of the following signs of a stroke:
    • Numbness or drooping on one side of your face
    • Weakness in an arm or leg
    • Confusion or difficulty speaking
    • Dizziness, a severe headache, or vision loss
  • You are not able to control your urine or bowel movements.
  • 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, or you have a seizure.

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