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Numbness and "pins and needles"

Is it common to have numbness and pins and needles after Intensive Care?

Patients sometimes experience numbness and or pins and needles in theirfingers and hands, which can lead to difficulty with everyday things like grip.Others experience numbness and or pins and needles in their feet, which can interfere with balance and mobility.

Why do I have numbness and pins and needles?

These symptoms are sometimes called "critical illness neuropathy" or "critical illness polyneuropathy". It is more common among patients who have spent longer in Intensive Care, but may also be a side effect of some of the medications that you received in Intensive Care.

How long will it take to get better?