Paresthesia

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Paresthesia symptoms

When paresthesia occurs, symptoms from a wide range of possibilities can occur. Mentioned below are some of the standard symptoms that can be directly related to a case of paresthesia:

Crawling sensation on the skin

"Falling asleep" of limbs such as a hand, foot, arm, leg, etc.

Itching - pruritis

Numbness - lack of sensation or weakened senses

Tingling - pins and needles, etc.

Please be aware that paresthesia in itself could be considered a symptom of a particular condition. A lack of certain of the above conditions does not mean that there is is no paresthesia in the patient. Additionally, it can be either chronic (longterm) or transient (more passing).


When paresthesia is caused by particular conditions, other symptoms may come into play that are related to the underlying cause.
For instance, multiple sclerosis is one potential cause. It is a serious, though relatively rare, condition. Aside from the paresthesia, many other symptoms can show up. Some include:

Ocular dysmetria - constantly undershooting or overshooting eye movements

Dysarthria - Speech problems such as slurring

Footdrop - The foot drags while the patient is walking

Muscular atrophy - wasting of muscles after lack of using them

Restless leg syndrome - involuntary movements of the legs

You can also consider other potential causes that may be behind the sensations. Our list contains over 30 possibilities.

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