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When I nurse my baby, I get a tingly sensation in my breasts, almost like pins and needles. It goes away after a few seconds. What is that?

When I nurse my baby, I get a tingly sensation in my breasts, almost like pins and needles. It goes away after a few seconds. What is that?

Breastfeeding: The tingling sensation you are having is milk letdown. It is completely normal. Congratulations on giving your baby the best possible nutrition available! ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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Paresthesia (Definition)

Weird or abnormal feeling including numbness, tingling sensation, pins-and-needles in skin area or body part. One example is when someone hits his elbow "funny bone", he may get the tingling and numbness at the elbow and forearm, this ...Read more


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I have asked about pins and needles in leftarm it feels like its going across the bottom of my neck and sometimes get stabpains around the left breast?

I have asked about pins and needles in leftarm it feels like its going across the bottom of my neck and sometimes get stabpains around the left breast?

Need exam: Given that you list one of your medications as an anticoagulant, I am going to assume that you are at risk for blood clots. In this setting, pain in the breast / chest area could represent a blood clot to your lungs and you need to seek care immediately. ...Read more

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Pain above left breast, left arm has pins and needles, worried?

See doctor: Women sometimes do not have typical symptoms of heart disease. If you are having any pain symptoms on the left side of your chest at 65 years old you need to see your doctor right away. If you have other risks for heart disease like high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes or high cholesterol it is even more important. If pain worsens or persists go to Emergency. ...Read more

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It feels like pins and needles in my right breast (nipple area). I've haf a mammogram done and also the self exams. What could be causing my pain?

It feels like pins and needles in my right breast (nipple area). I've haf a mammogram done and also the self exams. What could be causing my pain?

The pain maybe due: To bruised nerve endings from the mammogram and self breast exam. If the mammo. Is normal and u don't feel any breast lumps, I won't be concerned. If you're having chest pain, consider having an ekg to rule out heart condition. Follow up with your pcp. Bless u:). ...Read more

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One breast lower than the other is it breast cancer? Birad 3. With pins and needles pain like

One breast lower than the other is it breast cancer? Birad 3. With pins and needles pain like

No: In almost all women, one breast is larger, lower than the other and that is quite normal. You may address any other issues at your next visit to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing sharp pains under left breast and pains down my left arm to my wrist, feels like pins and needles under my skin, all day long?

I have been experiencing sharp pains under left breast and pains down my left arm to my wrist, feels like pins and needles under my skin, all day long?

Shingles, possibly: Could be shingles, which often begins with pain in a linear distribution on one side, even before the blistery rash develops. Could also be a pinched sensory nerve, and there are other causes. If it is shingles, the sooner you start on treatment (valtrex, famvir, (famciclovir) etc.) the sooner you will have relief, so see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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What is the cause of pain plus pins and needles plus pullingin the breast muscle bone on the left hand side?

What is the cause of pain plus pins and needles plus pullingin the breast muscle bone on the left hand side?

See your doctor: There are many possible causes, and you'll need to see your doctor in order to figure this one out. A full history and exam will help narrow things down and get you the help you need. ...Read more

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Light pain under left breast that goes up my shoulder and down my left arm. Feels like pins and needles but without any chest pain. Is this gas?

Light pain under left breast that goes up my shoulder and down my left arm. Feels like pins and needles but without any chest pain. Is this gas?

Non likely: Pins and needles feeling is called "paresthesia" and is a sign of peripheral neuritis. It can be positional in which case it would come and go. Paresthesia and pain in that distribution, which follows the path of a nerve root (called a dermatome), suggests impingement in the cervical spine - often due to disk herniation or trauma in your age group (26). Also consider a brachial plexus injury. ...Read more

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I'm 32, active. I've had breast soreness and tenderness for the past 2 months straight. Not pregnant. Pins and needles in ribcage also. Any ideas?

I'm 32, active. I've had breast soreness and tenderness for the past 2 months straight. Not pregnant. Pins and needles in ribcage also. Any ideas?

Best to get checked: I do not find pain to be the presenting symptom of a mass or cancer very often, but it is possible. If you have not had a breast exam, mammogram and possibly an ultrasound or other studies, I would suggest now is the time to go get this done. ...Read more

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I'm having a pins and needles feeling all over my upper chest, neck and upper back, it happens 1 or 2 times a day it can be really painful?

I'm having a pins and needles feeling all over my upper chest, neck and upper back, it happens 1 or 2 times a day it can be really painful?

Nerve irritation: Something is irritating the nerves going to the skin on your chest. Causes include pinched nerve, herpes zoster. I would see a neurologist ...Read more

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I have sharp chest pains which come and go and a internal cold feeling on my chest. No tightness or pins and needles is this just a panic attack?

I have sharp chest pains which come and go and a internal cold feeling on my chest. No tightness or pins and needles is this just a panic attack?

Chest pains: Regardless, could be only muscle pain. However, pain in your chest is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP for re-evaluation or a cardiologist is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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Mum has been cardio checked out. All ok. But wakes up with racing heart, pins and needles/electric type feelings in her hands and chest. Ideas?

Mum has been cardio checked out. All ok. But wakes up with racing heart, pins and needles/electric type feelings in her hands and chest. Ideas?

Pinched nerve: A pinched nerve in the neck or back could cause the pins and needles sensations. It would not explain the racing heart however. Changing pillows or mattresses may help ...Read more

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Pins and needles in chest when I cough, what's wrong?

Pins and needles in chest when I cough, what's wrong?

Likely nothing: If transient sensation only after you cough, you are likely getting benign irritation of the intercostal nerves (the ones that travel between the ribs) with the activity of coughing. This is like tapping the 'funny bone' in your arm- the nerve is temporarily stunned and fires off, but not injured. ...Read more

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What causes me to have pins and needles in my chest and back while having a horrible coughing spell?

What causes me to have pins and needles in my chest and back while having a horrible coughing spell?

This may have been: From one of several reasons including local nerve irritation as the nerves exiting the spine in this region travel under each of the ribs where there are chest muscles used to move the ribs during breathing and coughing ...Read more

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What causes pins and needles tingling in neck, chest, tommy, and back areas over heat and emotional reactions since over 3 months?

What causes pins and needles tingling in neck, chest, tommy, and back areas over heat and emotional reactions since over 3 months?

Can be paresthesias: This could be will we call paresthesia which are uncomfortable skin sensations skin sensations cause these symptoms ...Read more

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Crushing chest pain and pins and needles in my arms?

Crushing chest pain and pins and needles in my arms?

CALL 911: I don't know when you wrote in, but I am just now reading this question. This is a medical emergency. Heart attack sx can include: chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, increased sweating pain or numbness radiating down the arm (more often left than right) and nausea. There could be pain in the upper back, head, jaw or teeth. One fourth of people have heart attacks without chest pain. ...Read more

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Pins and needles, in upper back, chest and neck, 1-2 times a day, no rash, random, pressure seems to help?

Pins and needles, in upper back, chest and neck, 1-2 times a day, no rash, random, pressure seems to help?

NEEDS TO BE CHECKED: You need to make an apt with your Primary care doctor as you need a thorough history and physical exam to find the cause of your symptoms and treat if needed ...Read more

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I'm getting pins and needles in my chest and neck after running short distances. I'm overweight but walk often 2 - 4 miles every other evening.

I'm getting pins and needles in my chest and neck after running short distances. I'm overweight but walk often 2 - 4 miles every other evening.

? cervical stenosis: If you have a congenital narrowing of the spinal canal, the jostling of running could irritate the spinal cord and cause what is called, a Lhermitte's phenomenon. This can also occur with low vitamin B-12 levels, and inflammation, such as multiple sclerosis. MRI of neck should answer these concerns. ...Read more

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Hi, for the past week I have been getting a pins and needles sensation up both my arms, chest and head. This happens twice a day and lasts for 30secs?

Hi, for the past week I have been getting a pins and needles sensation up both my arms, chest and head. This happens twice a day and lasts for 30secs?

See a neurologist: If it happens when you bend your neck forward or to either side, that could represent lhermitte sign, the sensation of shocking, needling or zapping traveling through your neck & arms. Get it checked out by a neurologist. ...Read more

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When I put my head down to my chest I have a pins and needles sensation into the back of my legs, is this a pinched nerve? If yes what can I do for it

When I put my head down to my chest I have a pins and needles sensation into the back of my legs, is this a pinched nerve? If yes what can I do for it

Maybe or Maybe not: It could be caused by cervical stenosis, with pressure on your spinal cord. However, there are other things that could cause this, so go see a spinal surgeon for evaluation to rule out any spinal cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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When I sneeze I feel like thousands of pins and needles through out my chest and into my upper arm its not a regular thing but it is very painful when it happens

When I sneeze I feel like thousands of pins and needles through out my chest and into my upper arm its not a regular thing but it is very painful when it happens

Disc related?: Sometimes, sensory symptoms occur with sneezing when there is a herniated or slipped disc. The disc puts pressure on the nerves that serve the area where you are having symptoms. A prior neck injury might increase your risk of degenerative changes that cause nerve compression, made more pronounced with sneezing. I think it's reasonable to have this checked out by your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can upper back problems cause refered pain to shoulders, ribs and arms with pins and needles and slight heaviness in chest?

Can upper back problems cause refered pain to shoulders, ribs and arms with pins and needles and slight heaviness in chest?

Yes: Many musculoskeletal problems can mimic and refer to pain and neurological symptoms in many close and remote parts of the body.
A good history and exam by a trained physician specializing in musculoskeletal medicine will be a best first step. ...Read more

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I get pins and needles in my chest whenever I sneeze. They radiate across my shoulders, neck, face and lips and can last up to 5 minutes at a time.

I get pins and needles in my chest whenever I sneeze. They radiate across my shoulders, neck, face and lips and can last up to 5 minutes at a time.

Neck pain?: Do you suffer from any neck pain? If so get it evaluated, you may have disc disease or arthritis in your neck impinging on a nerve that can result in those sensations. ...Read more

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Pins and needles in my chin that switches from side to side. Also having pins and needles in left arm, lips and burning in middle of chest.

Pins and needles in my chin that switches from side to side. Also having pins and needles in left arm, lips and burning in middle of chest.

Need workup: Your symptoms require a thorough history and work up using laboratory and possibly other diagnostic tests. If you would like to talk about this on a more personal level to see if we can move this along please visit me at:www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi and use the key code: PDXFNR to set up a virtual appointment. ...Read more

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Pins and needles on back & chest when I get nervous, warm, flush, excited. No rash, I do have allergies and general anxiety disorder. Lasts seconds.

Pins and needles on back & chest when I get nervous, warm, flush, excited. No rash, I do have allergies and general anxiety disorder. Lasts seconds.

Not uncommon: If you can live with it I would just ignore it. If you feel as if you can't breath, get chest pain or tightening of your throat you may want to do something about this. Excessive sympathetic nervous system outflow is the cause leading to changes in downstream. The flush is part of the fight or flight response. If on the other hand this occurs without being preceded by anxiety you need a work up. ...Read more

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I woke last night with pins and needles in my chest and heavy arms. Moving made them, and my face flush hot. I shivered lots. Circulation or nerves?!

I woke last night with pins and needles in my chest and heavy arms. Moving made them, and my face flush hot. I shivered lots. Circulation or nerves?!

Neiither: What you describe could be anything from a dream state where body and mind are separated so that our thoughts don't cause physical activity and potentially unconscious harm to our physical being to the onset of fever manifesting as chills. How you feel now, your age and sex, and the presence or lack of other symptoms would all be important questions to answer before we could answer your question. ...Read more

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I broke out in hives which lasted 2 nights pins and needles in my arms and hands. And excruciating back and chest pains which lasted about 6 hours?

I broke out in hives which lasted 2 nights pins and needles in my arms and hands. And excruciating back and chest pains which lasted about 6 hours?

See doctor: Hives are not associated with pain. Although shingles may induce painful skin lesions, it does not involve more than one part of the body at a time. You need to get your doctor to look at them. ...Read more