Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Leg Tingling (one leg) Overview

Another name for Leg Tingling (one leg) is Tingling of the Leg (unilateral).

What is tingling of the leg (unilateral)?
A person with tingling of the leg (unilateral) has an abnormal feeling or sensation on the surface of the skin in one leg. A variety of neurological diseases, such as stroke, spinal cord disease, herniated disk, and peripheral neuropathy, may cause leg tingling. Additional causes of leg tingling include a neck injury, back injury, sciatica, diabetic neuropathy, and alcoholic neuropathy.

What are the symptoms of tingling of the leg (unilateral)?
Symptoms that may occur with tingling of the leg include skin rash, dry skin, cool or mottled skin, increased sensitivity to touch, leg pain, leg swelling (unilateral), leg numbness (unilateral), and leg weakness (unilateral).

How does the doctor treat tingling of the leg (unilateral)?
The treatment for leg tingling depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for leg tingling may include a back brace, crutches, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or vitamin supplements. Medications that may be used to treat painful symptoms of leg tingling include narcotic pain medications, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, tricyclic antidepressants, and anticonvulsant medications.

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