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Pain in my neck then had pins and needles in right hand and constant nerve twitching with all my fingers?

Pain in my neck then had pins and needles in right hand and constant nerve twitching with all my fingers?

Nerve: You may have a cervical radiculopathy or "pinched" nerve root in the neck. An emg/nerve conduction study can be helpful and is a test offered my most neurologists and physical medicine providers. As well, MRI of the c-spine can be helpful as well. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Donald McCarren
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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber. Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of ...Read more


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My friend woke up with pins and needles in his thumb that lasted almost the whole day. What would cause that?

My friend woke up with pins and needles in his thumb that lasted almost the whole day. What would cause that?

Nerve: It's likely that one of the nerves in the thumb or wrist was pinched during sleep. If it happens again should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Pins and needles in thumbs all blood tests clear including ANA, ancr and ck?

Pins and needles in thumbs all blood tests clear including ANA, ancr and ck?

Nerve issue: You may have some type of neuropathy. Most common would be from carpal tunnel syndrome. However, make sure. You are screened for diabetes. If still not sure see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Am getting burning sensation in forearm and constant pins and needles in thumb over the last 3 days.

Am getting burning sensation in forearm and constant pins and needles in thumb over the last 3 days.

See Doctor: Many possibilities most likely cervical radiculopathy he pinched nerve or neck or couple tunnel syndrome but could also be signs of a stroke. Seek medical attention if any new symptoms to go. Need to see MD for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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I had a opperation and a put a screw in my scaphoid 8 month ago and I am now getting pins and needles in my thumb and index finger?

I had a opperation and a put a screw in my scaphoid 8 month ago and I am now getting pins and needles in my thumb and index finger?

Proper digital nerve: Compression of the proper digital.nerve in the hand (a problem with the median nerve proximal to the hand-as in the wrist- would cause parasthesias in the third digit as well. Tell the surgeon ...Read more

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Had right thumb pins and needles for two weeks now. Is this carpal tunnel? Or MS? It started after doing lots of crafts using scissors.

Had right thumb pins and needles for two weeks now. Is this carpal tunnel? Or MS? It started after doing lots of crafts using scissors.

Overuse.: More likely overuse rather than carpal tunnel. Highly doubt MS. Try thumb brace, rest and antiinflammatory medications OTC. See your doctor if not better within a week. Best wishes ...Read more

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Forearm trauma. Temp. Pins and needles in my thumb, regained normal feeling. Now every time I have thumb to ceiling, bend wrist down, tingles in thumb?

Forearm trauma. Temp. Pins and needles in my thumb, regained normal feeling. Now every time I have thumb to ceiling, bend wrist down, tingles in thumb?

May be carpal tunnel: This may be carpal tunnel syndrome from the injury. If not it may be injury to the median nerve beofre it gets into the carpal tunnel space which is a tight space in the wrist due to the bones in the wrist which the meidian nerve goes through. Ask your physician ...Read more

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I fell asleep on my arm weird 2 days ago and woke up with a numb (kinda pins and needles) thumb. It still is like this. What should I do?

I fell asleep on my arm weird 2 days ago and woke up with a numb (kinda pins and needles) thumb. It still is like this. What should I do?

Pinched nerve: If there is prolonged pressure on a nerve you can get a compression neuropathy than typically goes away. If there is weakness or numbness spreads see a doctor. ...Read more

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I experience pins and needles in my left arm especially thumb and 1st three fingers during sleep. I have had ASDF surgery two years. What can I do?

I experience pins and needles in my left arm especially thumb and 1st three fingers during sleep. I have had ASDF surgery two years. What can I do?

Follow up needed: In light of recent ACDF procedure, you new onset syndrome suggests possible nerve compression again in the cervical spine. A follow up visit with your surgeon is warranted to figure out causes.

Best of the luck,

Dr. Qian ...Read more

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My wife Julie has pins and needles down the iner right arm. Her right thumb is numb and the right index finger also with pins and needles. Why please?

My wife Julie has pins and needles down the iner right arm. Her right thumb is numb and the right index finger also with pins and needles. Why please?

Does Julie: Have trouble with her neck? This type of problem is oft associated with a pinched nerve root in the cervical spine (neck). Of course there are other explanations as well, but this is the first thing that comes to mind. A series of plain x rays, a history and a physical exam, along with a neurological assessment should illuminate the problem. See a family doctor or internist to start the evaluation ...Read more

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I have had for the last month pins and needles in my left arm wrist fingers and thumb. I recently had a cranioplasty. Should I inform my gp or the brain?

I have had for the last month pins and needles in my left arm wrist fingers and thumb. I recently had a cranioplasty. Should I inform my gp or the brain?

Both: You should inform your doctors- especially the neurosurgeon as you just had a cranioplasty. However, I would encourage you to inform your gp and see what the gp has to say. ...Read more

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5 weeks in a cast for non displaced distal radius fracture. Can rotate my thumb but not bend it. Also experiencing a numb, pins and needles sensation?

5 weeks in a cast for non displaced distal radius fracture. Can rotate my thumb but not bend it. Also experiencing a numb, pins and needles sensation?

Tendons to the thumb: Cross over the radius and can be irritated and painful when there is a distal radius fracture. The thumb tendon that raises the thumb can be prone to rupture also. The thumb muscle that flexes the tip originates on the radius and surgery can disturb it transiently. Speak to your surgeon ...Read more

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Hi Drs. I have had pins and needles on the left side of my face most of today with ‘hot flashes’ in area. My right side felt like it was twitching?

Hi Drs. I have had pins and needles on the left side of my face most of today with ‘hot flashes’ in area. My right side felt like it was twitching?

? BRAINSTEM ISCHAEMIA: Symptoms of facial parasthesia and contra lateral hemiparesis could suggest medullary ischaemia. Suggest see GP immediately for assessment and referral to neurologist. ...Read more

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Have pins and needles like, twitching like, pulsing sensation around my knee, comes and goes depending on position. No injury. No gym.?

Have pins and needles like, twitching like, pulsing sensation around my knee, comes and goes depending on position. No injury. No gym.?

Radicular pain: Ofter, there are changes to the bones of our bodies. At the level of the spine, changes may cause nerve compression. If the involved nerve is the sciatic nerve, there may be pain and dysesthesia in (any or all) thigh, knee, lower leg, and foot. You may be having radicular pain, originating from nerves being compressed in your lumbo-sacral spine. See your family doctor for a thorough work-up. ...Read more

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Fingers twitching, pins and needles for 2 years. Diagnosed VIT-D deficient, take 50, 000 units a week. Now severe pain in T-Spine. What could it be?

Fingers twitching, pins and needles for 2 years. Diagnosed VIT-D deficient, take 50, 000 units a week. Now severe pain in T-Spine. What could it be?

Need evaluation: While those with low D are more likely to have back pain, the T-spine pain is probably not directly related-many possible causes. Please see your doctor for further evaluation.
If your 50, 000 unit D is prescription D2 STOP IT NOW and change to Vit D3. Research shows D2 is dangerous but many docs don't know this. See http://tinyurl. Com/6qgpd24
and please tell the doc who prescribed D2 about this. ...Read more

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MS fear for 1.5 years. Body wide VISIBLE twitching. Hasn't gotten worse. No numbness or pins and needles. Can use limbs like normal. Anxiety related?

MS fear for 1.5 years. Body wide VISIBLE twitching. Hasn't gotten worse. No numbness or pins and needles. Can use limbs like normal. Anxiety related?

Response: None of what you mention causes me to think of MS, and not clear to me why your fear this diagnosis. Limb twitching can be due to numerous issues, and would be well to have this evaluated by a neurologist. But based on your description, I seriously doubt MS is cause. ...Read more

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A headache for the past three weeks and I have getting constant right calf leg twitches and feels like my arms are pins and needles. Catscan bw clear?

A headache for the past three weeks and I have getting constant right calf leg twitches and feels like my arms are pins and needles. Catscan bw clear?

Seizure or c spine: Seizures can sometimes present with just headaches and twitching or sensory symptoms. Cervical spine irritation can cause tingling in the arms and leg twitching. Ct scan won't show seizures or spine issues. You should be re evaluated with possible eeg and mri. ...Read more

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My eyelids twitch when eyes are closed, bad balance with rombergs tests, get pins and needles in arms/legs easy. Neurological issue?

My eyelids twitch when eyes are closed, bad balance with rombergs tests, get pins and needles in arms/legs easy. Neurological issue?

Some comments: First, regarding eyelids, this could be benign myokymia, and not due to underlying disease. The romberg test may be a result of vitamin deficiency, inflammatory disorder, or even inner ear issue, and altho abnormal, nonspecific. Fluctuating pins and needles may be due to nerve compression. Best approach here is to get full neurological exam, and get a diagnosis which considers these issues. ...Read more

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Pins and needles in my hand got a pot on after broke it.?

Pins and needles in my hand got a pot on after broke it.?

Nerve compression: You could have a nerve pinching at wrist, which would affect grip strength and cause you to drop objects, but also, cause altered sensations. (perhaps carpal tunnel syndrome or even ulnar nerve issue at wrist or elbow). Get this evaluated before additional problems occur, as most of these problems can easily be reversed. ...Read more

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Is having pins and needles in my hand for 3 hours abnormal?

Is having pins and needles in my hand for 3 hours abnormal?

Yes: You should see your primary doctor. It may be foreshadowing a more severe condition. ...Read more

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My left hand's sort of in an eternal state of pins and needles? Why?

Pinched nerve: Perhaps located at wrist or elbow. An EMG test can give answers and lead to specific treatment. ...Read more

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Hurt hand is slightly swollen with pins and needles feeling. What should I do?

Hurt hand is slightly swollen with pins and needles feeling. What should I do?

Get evaluated: Swelling can cause compression of the nerves especially in the carpal tunnel. If symptoms are transient and not associated with numbness or other dysfunction, they should resolve as the swelling goes away. Hand therapy may help recovery if injury is not simple. If pain involves the back of the wrist near the base of the thumb, this needs to be evaluated with at least xray (ct if pain persists). ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my left hand's sort of in an eternal state of pins and needles?

What do you suggest if my left hand's sort of in an eternal state of pins and needles?

Eval hand pain: There is a reason for this, go, to, a neurologist or, PMR doc for an evaluation to determine cause such as carpal tunnel, syndrome, cervical, pathology, systemic disease other nerve entrapment. ...Read more

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Why am I feeling pins and needles in hand and arm?

Neuropathy: It is possible you have some kind of nerve injury. Your doctor needs to evaluate you as the answer may be simple but important. ...Read more

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Pins and needles in left hand with a pot on after broken hand?

Pins and needles in left hand with a pot on after broken hand?

With a pot?: Not sure what you are saying. You broke you hand and now have pin and needles sensation in your hand w/ a pot?

If you broke you hand within the past few days and you are having a pins and needles sensation if could simply be secondary to swelling, but it's also a sign that the fracture and associated swelling is having an impact on your nerve function. You should be seen urgently for this. ...Read more

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Why at night does my arm and hand swell up and get pins and needles?

Why at night does my arm and hand swell up and get pins and needles?

Nerve: You may possess carpal tunnel syndrome, which gets exacerbated by positioning at night. Other possibilities include nerve pinching at the elbow, shoulder, or neck, and less likely, a decreased blood flow into the arm. Check with your doctor, as should be relatively easy to pinpoint. ...Read more

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Pins and needles in arm and hand whenever I stretch. Why is this happening?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Last night my right wrist was hurting now I have pins and needles in my hand?

Pins & needles: The sensation of pins and needles often follows nerve compression. A common site for this symptom is in the tips of the thumb and the first three fingers, when this occurs it suggests compression of the median nerve, or carpal tunnel syndrome. When the symptom affects the back of the hand, between the thumb and the first finger, consider radial nerve compression. Ulnar nerve affects pinky fngr ...Read more

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What causes pins and needles pain on the top of the hand right where the vein is?

What causes pins and needles pain on the top of the hand right where the vein is?

Not sure where the: Vein is, there are veins all over the hand bit numbness on the back or top of the hand can be from direct irritation to the radial or ulnar sensory nervrs or in part with copression anywhere from the wrist and forearm to the elbow up to the neck. The back of the hand is not involved with carpal tunnel. ...Read more

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I keep on having pins and needles on my right hand and it hits my pinkie the hardest?

I keep on having pins and needles on my right hand and it hits my pinkie the hardest?

Maybe ulnar neuropat: Ulnar neuropathy is a condition that can cause numbness or tingling in the hand, especially the pinky (5th) finger. It is commonly caused by compression of the nerve at the location of the inner elbow. It helps to avoid leaning the elbow on flat surfaces. There are times when the compression is inside the elbow and this may benefit from surgery. Hand weakness is an important issue in cases. ...Read more

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Why would u constantly have pins and needles in ur arm/hand? What can u do to take it away?

Why would u constantly have pins and needles in ur arm/hand? What can u do to take it away?

Not normal: And suggests that a nerve is being pressed upon somewhere in your neck or arm. If it is both sides, you could have a chemical imbalance in your body. You need to have an examination to determine which it is. GOod luck! ...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