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pains in arms/pins and needles

I seem to have had a problem with anxiety for two months now, although if I am to be honest I think I have had it a lot longer than I would care to admit.
I have been to A&E thinking I was having a heart attack just before Christmas. I was wrong, everything was fine. During and just after Christmas I felt better but for the last two weeks I have been getting pains in my arms more in the right one now, right into my arm pit. I had a feel around for lumps , like you do,nothing.I took myself back to the doctors and he sent me for a blood test, I said I wanted an MOT as I felt sure I had something nasty. The blood tests came back fine although my liver function was slightly high, which I am not to worried about. I just wake up in the night, my arm sometimes both and my legs too feel numb with a sensation of pins and needles.
Has anyone else had this?
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yup...i get this daily...went thru all the steps to determine its anxiety. the best thing that helps me is an ativan and mad amounts of water (5-6 glasses).

deep breathing also relaxes me.

i totally know what you are going through and feel your pain. its not a nice place to be when you are in constant worry about dying.

try some of those techniques and let me know if it helps.
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How old are you btw? Im 15 and im expercinig what you are now! Yes every you mentoined, You want to live but you think your going to dye soon.

also btw this is a mind thing as allways i reccomend taking heart burn tablets just as the case 'you think its going to help'. Which your mind then think oh ok im better now. You might of expercined this with sickness as well when you were a kid. I have anxiety for 4 years now. I deal with it in many ways. Btw the paines in your arms and hands legs you could help this by keeping your self warm. like wearing a jacket inside the house helps me ^_^ well ive only just started doing that yesterday but its working!

Hope it helps <3
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Hi Ali,

When you get the pins and needles in your arms do you also feel it in your hand? Fingers? If so, which fingers? Pay attention to any relief that you might get from changing your position.  Do you sleep on your side, back or stomach? Are your arms above your head?

Do you have a condition other than anxiety? Are you under the care of a neuro? What about chiropractor or massage therapist?
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Yes, I have the tingly and pins and needle feelings everyday and espeically at night-it wakes me up from sleep.  It is usually in my right hand, but it can be in my feet (today noticed that) and in my left hand.  I went thru a period this summer (when my anxiety was thru the roof) where the side of my face would "seem" numb and I swore I was headed for a stroke.  My hands are also always cold ALWAYS; but I think that is also a side effect from the med I am on.

I hope you feel better.
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I get tingly/pins and needles periodically and I want to thank you all because I always think I am having a stroke...when I know it's just a panic attack
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so recently i woke up three nights in a row with pins and needles in one of my arms and hand, different arm one night to the next. also my left little finger feels almost numb, or tingly a lot. i have suffered from panic attacks for several years on and off, to the point where i gave myself high blood pressure on test, and then when i was calm it was normal. i stupidly googled these symptoms and am now worried i have MS, is anyone else experiencing similar symptoms?
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I know exactly what you are talking about. About 6 weeks ago, woke up with dizzy-vertigo like feeling when walking or standing too long. Over the next couple of weeks everything started going haywire...pins and needles everywhere (including eyes), jolting feelings, urge to urinate every 30mins to 1hr, spasms, buzzing sensations on head and feet. Went to Dr who was concerned about head buzzing. Got MRI of brain..came back normal. Went to neurologist who did exam. Said he thinks it's stress (my father passed away in october, going through lots of work issues). Still wasn't convinced that it was anxeity. Started googling everything I could. I've self diagnosed myself with about 20 different things. Gone to doctor 3 times now. He seems to think I have anxiety as well. Prescribed Celexa to me but was too worried to take and deal with side affects. I convinced myself I have MS even though docs seem that to be a low possibility. Honestly, who knows if it's MS or not. What I do know is that I'm driving myself crazy thinking about it. The more and more I read about others going through the exact things I'm going through, I really think it's anxiety related and not some serious medical issues. Nevertheless I can keep going to docs and driving my anxiety up and continuing the vicious cycle, or I can start on the path of relaxing, trusting my docs and starting a course to recovery. I think I'll chose the latter.
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Having the same issues. I know this post is really old but did you ever find out what was causing this.
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