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Burns: On pins and needles

9:16 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2003
By Dr. Trevon Burns
Dodge City Daily Globe

Paresthesia refers to an abnormal burning or prickling sensation in the hands, arms, legs or feet. Patients also describe the painless sensation as tingling, numbness, "pins and needles" or itching. Paresthesia can occur whenever pressure is placed on a nerve. The feeling normally disappears with relieved pressure.

The condition can become chronic for those individuals with widespread neurological disease or traumatic nerve damage. A stroke, multiple sclerosis, and encephalitis as well as accidents can trigger paresthesia. Carpal tunnel from repetitive tasks can also cause the problem.

Paresthesia in upper extremities usually originates from nerves in the neck while paresthesia in the lower extremities normally comes from nerve problems in the lumbar region or lower back. Chiropractic has long been known to eliminate nerve constrictions in the back and neck. Carpal tunnel is also becoming a chiropractic specialty. If you suffer from loss of feeling in your body, make an appointment as soon as possible with your doctor of chiropractic.

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