Prescription pain medicine addiction grabs headlines when it sends
celebrities spinning out of control. It also plagues many people out of the
spotlight who grapple with painkiller addiction behind closed doors.
But although widespread, addiction to prescription painkillers is also
widely misunderstood -- and those misunderstandings can be dangerous and
frightening for patients dealing with pain.
Where is the line between appropriate use and addiction to prescription pain
medicines? And how...
(acute) injury, such as a severe
sprain, fracture, severe blow to the shoulder,
dislocation, or penetrating injury (for example, a gunshot or stab wound).
Symptoms usually begin suddenly at the time of the injury.
Arthritis or problems with the neck or spine.
Numbness and tingling may develop even when there has not been an
Conditions such as
multiple sclerosis, and
peripheral neuropathy may cause numbness and tingling
that begins gradually and becomes worse over time.
tingling in the arm, especially when it occurs with chest pain that is
crushing, squeezing, or increasing in intensity, can be a symptom of a
heart attack, which requires emergency
Sudden arm weakness or numbness with a loss of function can
occur in conditions such as a
transient ischemic attack (TIA),
migraine headache, ruptured cervical disc, or pinched
cervical nerve. These conditions need immediate medical evaluation.
Numbness and tingling are more serious when:
You have a complete loss of
You have symptoms of impaired blood flow such as pale,
white, blue, or cold skin.
Your symptoms don't go
Your symptoms get progressively worse.
symptoms go away but keep coming back.
You have muscle weakness
(not just because of pain).
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
David Messenger, MD
August 23, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 23, 2011
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