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What might cause a pins-and-needles sensation?

What might cause a pins-and-needles sensation?

Nerve compression: This is usually due to a disturbance of a nerve by compression from an external force or some internal dysfunction like a disc protrusion or swelling along the path of the nerve. Other causes include diabetes, and chemotherapy. Most can be stopped with massage or readjustment of the position of the involved limb. If persistent see your family doctor for analysis and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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Paresthesia (Definition)

Paresthesia is a symptom in which a person has sensations of tingling or "pins and needles" on some or all of his skin. If a person sleeps on top of his arm, he may have paresthesia in the arm for a short ...Read more


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What causes pins and needles sensation with numbness in the whole body with weakness?

What causes pins and needles sensation with numbness in the whole body with weakness?

See your physician: Numbness and tingling in any extremity can be due to many reasons including sitting or standing in the same position for a long time, nerve injury, electrolyte abnormalities, vitamin deficiencies, etc. True weakness with paresthesias would be more concerning. See your physician for evaluation. You might be referred to a neurologist. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/paresthesia/paresthesia.htm ...Read more

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What would cause pins and needles sensation on one side of my face and the top of my left foot. There is also occasional "foot lock" . No hx of trauma?

What would cause pins and needles sensation on one side of my face and the top of my left foot. There is also occasional "foot lock" . No hx of trauma?

Nerve pain: You need to be evaluated. The symptoms you describe are consistent with nerve problems which can range from very serious to very minor so best to get evaluated by the MD ASAP. ...Read more

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What causes the pins and needles tingling sensation with heat or any emotional reactions in certain body parts ?

What causes the pins and needles tingling sensation with heat or any emotional reactions in certain body parts ?

Neuropathy most: Likely, which could be acute or chronic. More info on location, past medical history and how long it has been going on will be helpful. ...Read more

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What can cause pins a needles sensation in the head and spread to arm and neck?

What can cause pins a needles sensation in the head and spread to arm and neck?

Anxiety: is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, chest pain, palpitations, tremors, and parasthesia. Rec.: see your GP for reevaluation. ...Read more

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Pins and needles sensation on upper arms. What causes this?

Need more info: A whole host of things can cause this. Much more information would be needed to help determine the cause. For example is it more during the day or at night, which fingers. Etc. The most common causes for tingling in the upper extremities are peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, or a pinched nerve in the neck (radiculopathy). Though much more info would be needed... ...Read more

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What can cause my face to have the sensation of pins and needles/ falling asleep. It happens on and off for years vitamin levels good.?

What can cause my face to have the sensation of pins and needles/ falling asleep. It happens on and off for years vitamin levels good.?

A nerve problem?: Pins and needles sensations are called paresthesias, and may be due to a nerve being irritated. A neurologist, an ENT surgeon, or a facial plastic surgeon can evaluate to see if the area involved is serviced by one particular nerve. These doctors know where the facial nerves travel, and may be able to tell if somewhere along the path there is compression by bone, muscle, scar tissue, etc... ...Read more

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What can cause a weird sensation on both my feet, almost like foot fell asleep minus pins and needles?

What can cause a weird sensation on both my feet, almost like foot fell asleep minus pins and needles?

Nerve compression: When your foot "falls asleep", what you are experiencing is a nerve compression. When symptoms are on both lower extremities, it could be coming from a disc bulge or compression in the lower back (l-s spine) called radiculopathy. It could stem from a systemic cause such as diabetes. If this is chronic and doesn't go away, you should see a neurologist or pain specialist for MRI or nerve testing. ...Read more

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Can carpel tunnel cause both hands to turn freezing cold? I have been having my arms at night fall asleep and get the pins and needles and numb feeling in both arms. For the last week my hands ache they feel almost swollen like and my sensation in my fing

There : There has been a lot written about non-occupational risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome. In one study out of boston about 11-12 years ago in fact it was determined that women who took birth control pills had an increased incidence of carpal tunnle compared to women who did not. The problem with a lot of studies is that while statistically it seems to implicate certain behaviors or co medical conditions or medications it doesnt help you as an individual trying to do what is right for yourself. Remember that a study like that offers guidance as a risk factor but may not imply a direct cause. There are a lot of coincidences too. Tingling and numbness in the hand can be from carpal tunnel but aching, coldness can occur form that or other issues. As far as stopping or starting birth control, talk with your doctor. Your neurologist should be able to clarify whether you have carpal tunnel or not and ifyou are not getting success with the treatment offered maybe you want to ask your neurologist about an emg/nerve conduction study or perhaps see a hand surgeon in your area. If your curiuos you can look at the one of the styudies I am talking about, but none of these dtudies offer a direct cause and effect ie you can't say bcp lead to cts just that its been identified as a factor in this one study in this one population ( the people studied). ...Read more

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