Paresthesias Overview

Paresthesia is the general name for abnormal sensations. People use a variety of terms for these sensations, such as: tingling, burning sensations, numbness, pins-and-needles, nerve-type pain, prickling, creeping, etc. The cause is usually a nerve disorder, which may include a local nerve problem (e.g. nerve entrapment), a spinal disorder, a brain disorder, or a variety of systemic, chemical or metabolic disorders that affect nerves. The exact causes depend on the location of the sensations, but there are several disorders that may cause paresthesias in many locations.

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