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What Is Paresthesia? - GP for chronic pins and needles in Fuengirola

GP for chronic pins and needles in Fuengirola

Paresthesia is typically harmless and painless. However, it might occasionally be an indication of a more serious medical condition. Here we talk about paresthesia, its causes and when to call our GP for chronic pins and needles in Fuengirola.

What Is Paresthesia?

Paresthesia is the "pins and needles" sensation you've probably experienced at some time. Perhaps you fell asleep with your arm trapped under you. Or you crossed your legs for too long.


Paresthesia Symptoms

Paresthesia is typically felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet. However, it can also occur in other parts of the body.

People suffering from paresthesia may experience the following sensations:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Prickling

Paresthesia Causes

Paresthesia occurs as a result of nerve pressure. For example, the sensation vanishes when the pressure is relieved by uncrossing your legs.

However, in certain situations, it persists. Or, if it goes away, it returns on a frequent basis. This is known as persistent paresthesia or chronic pins and needles, and it might indicate a medical problem or nerve injury. Chronic pins and needles can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • An accident or injury that resulted in nerve damage.
  • A compressed nerve root, which is referred to as radiculopathy.
  • A stroke, sometimes known as a mini-stroke, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing damage.
  • A pinched nerve (often in the neck, shoulder, or arm) caused by an accident or overuse.
  • Nerve injury, referred to as neuropathy.
  • Sciatica is a frequent issue during pregnancy that causes numbness and discomfort in your back or legs due to strain on the sciatic nerve (which runs from your lower pelvis to your buttocks and legs).

Paresthesia can also be caused by some medicines in some persons. These are some examples:

  • Chemotherapy in some cases.
  • Some antibiotics.
  • Anti-HIV medications
  • Some seizure therapies.

Consult our GP in Fuengirola if you suspect that a medication you're taking is causing your paresthesia. They may be able to alter your therapy or dosage.

When to see our GP for chronic pins and needles in Fuengirola

If the paresthesia does not go away on its own, you should call our GP in Fuengirola. Chronic pins and needles accompanied by pain may suggest severe nerve injury. Paresthesia serves as a warning indicator in both carpal tunnel syndrome and diabetic neuropathy, prompting you to seek treatment before your condition worsens.

Paresthesia accompanied by weakness may suggest underlying neural system issues. If you experience reduced muscular function as well as numbness, you should consult our GP in Fuengirola.

Paresthesia can also arise as a result of a stroke. If the feeling occurs quickly and is followed by weakness, facial drooping, or slurred speech, seek immediate medical attention.