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Paresthesia: meaning and symptoms

Paresthesia: meaning and symptoms

When the legs tingle there is talk of paresthesia, but not only. This sensitivity disorder it's not just about thesensory organsand not only the lower limbs but also the upper one, it can also occur in a very localized way, it is not at all pleasant even if it cannot be defined as painful. It seems a pinch and it is not immediate to understand why it comes and how to make it stop.

Paresthesia: meaning

For paresthesia officially means the alteration sensitivity of the limbs or other parts of the body. It is therefore not necessarily characterized by the sensation of ants, it can also seem to be pierced by many small needles in a specific area of ​​your body. What is certain is that it is not at all pleasant as a thing.

There are cases where it doesn't mean anything serious. For example when you keep your legs crossed for too long, then they feel tingling but it takes very little to get well. Even when you fall asleep on one arm, something similar happens.

If we experience this sensation too often, not only in cases like those mentioned, it is good to go to a doctor who with simple tests he can understand what lies underneath.

Paresthesia: causes

To locate the causes of paresthesia a simple examination at your GP is enough, for example to understand how we react if, closing our eyes, they touch us with a cotton swab, glass tubes containing hot or cold water or a needle. From our answers the doctor will be able to understand if some specific tests are needed and which ones.

There paresthesia it can result from a problem affecting the nerve fibers and emerge in correspondence with some neurological diseases. Other causes can also be rheumatoid arthritis, direct nerve damage, an autoimmune disease. In the latter case, the suggested remedy is to take a lot of omega 3s contained in olive oil, corn, sunflower and sesame seeds and increase vitamins A, C and E. We will see the others shortly.

Paresthesia: symptoms

We have already described the symptoms of paraesthesia. We can describe two types of ailment. The first is linked to an error of a certain sense organ upon receipt of a certain stimulus, the second instead has no connection with any stimulus.

When it arrives an impulse to our body and it fails to recognize it is like when we pour hot water on an arm and don't feel that warm sensation. In the second case, however, what happens is that you feel a pinch without anything happening. Or of sensations of hot or cold, in the absence of external stimuli.
Among the most common causes of paresthesia are circulation problems, both the most trivial and the most serious.

Paresthesia and anxiety

Among the symptoms of paresthesia there is also anxiety. We find associated with it other symptoms such as a sudden need to urinate, numbness, increased tingling while walking or an action is performed that requires physical effort.

Fatigue and muscle spasms can also result from a sensitivity disorder such as the one we are talking about. When there is a need to periodically move the lower limbs for no reason and with exaggerated frequency, we speak of RLS, Restless Leg Syndrome.

Paresthesia: remedies

Starting, or continuing, to eat healthily and regularly is one of the first things to do to try and remedy. It is indeed important that the blood flows well in the veins and no clots form. Better to cut back on alcohol, stop smoking, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight.

Other recommended remedies are related to causes of paraesthesia. For example, if it is triggered by carpal tunnel, daily stretching exercises or yoga, if by a neuropathy, regular physical activity is required. It can also happen that the doctor prescribes specific medicines such as, for example, those cortisone, immunoglobulins or some creams.

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