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What causes pins and needles in my leg while sleeping?

What causes pins and needles in my leg while sleeping?

Neural impingement: 41 yo awakens with leg paresthesia as sleep surface ground forces torque her bony pelvic girdle. Sacroiliac joint ligament laxity & subluxation incites pre-sacral plexus impingement of neural tracts that beget her sciatic nerve; arousing paresthesias reflective of intermittent & functional neural impingement. Organic stenosis would arouse constant radiculopathy characteristic of neuropathic pain. ...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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What could cause pins and needles in right leg and left hand/arm on and of all day?

What could cause pins and needles in right leg and left hand/arm on and of all day?

See a neurologist: The possible causes are numerous. See a neurologist and have the symptoms evaluated. ...Read more

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What can causes pins and needles in left arm, leg and foot?

What can causes pins and needles in left arm, leg and foot?

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What causes intermittent pins and needles in feet and legs?

What causes intermittent pins and needles in feet and legs?

Neuropathy/Vascular: The main causes of pins and needles are the following: neuropathy (usually from diabetes or alcohol use), impaired blood flow, or metabolic causes such as changes in calcium or magnesium. Some medications can cause pins and needles-a common medication would be topiramate. A neurologist would be able to help you by doing an exam, ordering blood tests and an EMG test. ...Read more

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What causes pins and needles or numbness in the legs of a woman who is 75 yrs and has diabetes and high blood pressure?

What causes pins and needles or numbness in the legs of a woman who is 75 yrs and has diabetes and high blood pressure?

Peripheralneuropathy: Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy in developed countries. The most common symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy are pins, needles and a numb sensation. If the symptoms are very uncomfortable there are medications that may be of benefit. The neuropathy is not reversible, however good control of blood sugar may help prevent further nerve damage. ...Read more

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I have mild spondylolistheia in l5-s1. Could this cause pins and needles in legs, tight hamstrings?

I have mild spondylolistheia in l5-s1. Could this cause pins and needles in legs, tight hamstrings?

Mild: If this is mild, then it wouldn't be suggestive, but it all depends on the definition. Presumably a MD ordered this scan, so you should go over the results in detail with them in order to determine if this is the source of the issue. ...Read more

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I sleep on my side and my leg will fall asleep. It takes 5 min for it to wake up with pins and needles. Do I need to worry it will cause bloodclots?

I sleep on my side and my leg will fall asleep. It takes 5 min for it to wake up with pins and needles. Do I need to worry it will cause bloodclots?

No: 30's female suffering w. unilateral leg paresthesias should have concern for sacroiliac joint subluxation inciting sciatica, a night-sleeping phenomenon; as unstable pelvic girdle torques upon contact w. sleep surface. Pelvic pre-sacral neural impingement is not associated w. vascular thrombosis in her age group. Attention should be paid to a soft mattress & an Osteopath evaluation. ...Read more

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What could cause frequent pins and needles in my hands and legs?

What could cause frequent pins and needles in my hands and legs?

NEUROPATHY: Consider peripheral neuropathy, especially if you are diabetic or have vitamin deficiency. On occasion, vascular flow issues may play a role. A few simple tests could reveal answers and allow therapeutic success. ...Read more

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My wife is saying that her left arm and left leg going numb, like pins and needles is this cause for worry?

Maybe. See doc.: If this is an acute problem and she has never had it before she should have it evaluated urgently for stroke. However if her symptoms have been present for more than a few days and are not progressing, she should see her doc within a week or so. ...Read more

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When I sleep on my side the arm and leg that are on bottom fall asleep but wake up when I move without pins and needles. Cause?

When I sleep on my side the arm and leg that are on bottom fall asleep but wake up when I move without pins and needles. Cause?

Nerve impingement: This can be temporary like when you rest your arm in the wrong position but could also be more serious like related to a nerve bocked by a bone spur cutting off circulation/nerve nutrients to the rest of the tissue. If this only happens during sleep, it is probably positioning and can take minues to even near and hour to return to 'normal.' look at the support of your bed/pillow first. ...Read more

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Does metal plates and screws in lower leg can cause pins and needles and tingling in the foot.

Does metal plates and screws in lower leg can cause pins and needles and tingling in the foot.

Usually not: But may be close to a peripheral nerve, and potential of irritation from instrumentation or perhaps scarring. You may have initially injured a nerve, and the tingling is a sign of regeneration. Your surgeon can check this out, but likely not a major threat or issue. ...Read more

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Can having ur legs elivated for a period of time cause ur feet to feel pins and needles or sleepy at times due to leg elivation?

Can having ur legs elivated for a period of time cause ur feet to feel pins and needles or sleepy at times due to leg elivation?

Yes it can: Yes it can in some cases. It depends on why you are elevating the legs and for how long. It can be due to pressure on the nerves ...Read more

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Can having a bit of a straight neck and mid back cause pins and needles in arms and legs as well as digestive issues?

That's what: Chiropractors will lead you to believe. Although there can be some relationship especially with the vagus nerve and upper cervical spinal vertebrae irritating it, often times chiropractors use this strategy to sign you up for many treatment sessions. ...Read more

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Whole right leg sore more than week, hip, knee mainly and calf feels like it could burst at times, pins and needles right foot often also, causes?

Whole right leg sore more than week, hip, knee mainly and calf feels like it could burst at times, pins and needles right foot often also, causes?

Pain in leg areas: Your pains seem to be possibly all related to a nerve impingement syndrome. that condition can cause all those symptoms. The sciatic nerve innervates your Leg as it exits out the spinal cord in your low back area and travels through the hip providing sensation all the way down to the Toes. Get an evaluation as this needs to be treated asap. ...Read more

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All Causes of pins and needles in face, throat, arms, hands, sometimes leg/feet. More like pins and pins as it's smaller stabs. Like a fizzy pain?

All Causes of pins and needles in face, throat, arms, hands, sometimes leg/feet. More like pins and pins as it's smaller stabs. Like a fizzy pain?

Multiple causes: There are multiple causes of the symptoms you describe. We are unable to diagnose this, please see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more