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Paresthesia, a condition known by the Yoruba community as Paja Paja, is a numb, burning or tingling sensation that is typically felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but can also be felt in other parts of the body. It usually arises from nerve compression or damage. When a nerve is damaged or compressed, it interferes with the body’s ability to feel normal sensations.
Paresthesia can be temporary or chronic. The former, which is usually harmless, occurs when your legs are crossed for too long or you fall asleep with your arm placed under your head. The latter occurs over long periods of time, and can be a symptom of a wide variety of diseases, disorders or conditions that cause injury to the nerves. In this case, you should see your doctor.
However, if you experience episodes of Paresthesia frequently, here are a few things you can do to improve it.
1. Practice Good Posture And Change Position Often
Poor posture can lead to poor circulation and nerve damage because the nerves get compressed, which can trigger leg or hand pain. Also, changing position usually quickly restores normal feeling as the nerves start sending messages to the brain and spinal cord again.
2. Wear Loose Clothing
When you wear tight-fitting clothing that puts too much pressure on your legs, belly, and other parts of your body, they put a strain on your nerves and restrict blood circulation. So, always wear loose clothing to promote blood flow, and give your body room to breathe at all times.
3. Eat Nerve-Healthy FoodsImage credit: medicalnewstoday.com
Your nerves need the right balance of nutrients to function properly. Foods rich in vitamins, especially B12 can help to maintain the myelin sheath, which surrounds and protects nerves. Foods like eggs, low-fat milk, fish, liver, almond, cashew, and bananas, are natural sources of vitamin B12 that you can eat.
4. Engage In Regular ExercisesImage credit: heartfoundation.org.au
An easy way to boost poor circulation is with exercise. Exercises like walking and stretching, can help to reduce the pain and tension in your muscles, both of which can affect neuropathy. Exercise also increases blood flow to your arms and legs and reduces stress.
5. Avoid AlcoholImage credit: medbriefnamibia.com
Nerve damage can be caused by alcohol abuse, in a condition known as alcoholic neuropathy. People with a long history of alcohol misuse might experience pain, tingling, weakness, numbness, or loss of balance as a result of alcoholic neuropathy. However, if you can avoid alcohol, you may be able to alleviate the symptoms and prevent further nerve deterioration.
6. Maintain A Healthy WeightImage credit: practo.com
Obesity can lead to poor circulation which can cause blood clots. The most common symptoms of poor circulation include tingling, numbness, throbbing or stinging pain in limbs and muscle cramps. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight includes healthy eating, physical activity, optimal sleep, and stress reduction.
7. Treat And Manage DiabetesImage credit: everydayhealth.com
High blood sugar damages your nerves, and these nerves may stop sending messages to different parts of your body. So, if you have diabetes and notice numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in your hands or feet, you should see your doctor. You can also improve or slow its progress if you keep your blood sugar levels near normal, and pursue a healthy lifestyle.
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Article Reference: https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/symptoms-and-conditions/paresthesia
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