Paresthesia is a sensation of tickling, tingling, pricking, burning or numbing in the skin which is usually felt in the legs, arms, or hands. Basically, everyone must have experienced this sensation. However, paresthesia could be an initial symptom of peripheral neurophaty or peripheral nerve disorders. So how we can distinguish between the normal paresthesia and peripheral neurophaty?
- It is a normal if you get pins and needles when you unconsciously block the blood stream like by crossing your legs, pressing your hands for considerable time. The sensation will disappear once you straight down the legs and lifting the weight from your hand. On the other hand, with the peripheral neurophaty, the sensation happens by itself like for example, you suddenly get pins and needles while sitting in the chair.
- The frequency of getting pins and needles is different from one and another. There are some who feel it every day. However, the pins and needles in peripheral neurophaty disorder can repeat in an in-and-out pattern and if it’s ignored, it can cause numbness.