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Pins and needle feeling in different areas of body

For the past couple of months, I have been experiencing feeling of pins and needles on different areas of body.  It does not feel like when your hand or leg falls asleep, but instead like someone taking a needle and just pinching you with it.  It can be in my arms, legs, stomach, hands, anywhere.  When it happens I feel like I need to scratch it or rub it.  I'm very concerned because I don't know if it is pinched nerves, allergy or something else.  It does not happen everyday but happening more and more.  Has anyone experienced anything like this?
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This sensation can be caused by nerve damage, diabetes, problems with circulation, and hypothyroidism among others.  Check with the doctor and get some blood work done to check these things out.  good luck
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Hello, if you look at how the body actually produces the pins and needles response it is produced by your nervous system. If you have nerves that are trapped and have poor blood circulation then this response is produced. Thie reason why pins and needles reduce when applying something cold is because when something cold is applied to the skin then the blood moves away from the nerves in your skin and goes deeper into your body to preserve heat. During very cold conditions blood flow to the entire skin is almost completely cut off and so the problem, in my view, is likely to realte to your nerves (i.e. poor blood circulation, trapped nerves in spine). I know it will feel like your skin has a hypersensitivity to blood and because pins and needles can be triggered by excercise, blushing, anger, heat - when blood enters the small skin nerves.

Pins and needles can be caused by a wide range of events and conditions, including:
• Pressure on nerves
• Reduced blood supply
• Nerve injury
• Hyperventilation or breathing excessively
• The effect of toxic substances on the nerves, such as alcohol or lead
• Certain medications
• Diabetes
• Anxiety
• Multiple sclerosis
• Allergies
• Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland)
• Transient Ischaemic attack (TIA)
• Stroke
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IBS - try going gluten, dairy free and start taking probiotics. If you've ever had antibiotics chances are your gut microbes are way out of balance. Google IBS and gluten. See what comes up. Turns out if the microbes are disturbed in the gut a list of possible diseases can manifest (like 350) including autism. Just for fun Google:

I cured my son's autism
gut microbes and disease

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Pin pricks are obviously a sensation which is carried by the nerves to the brain.  There are probably many different causes of pin pricks sensations.  Acute gas poisioning  can cause this sensation.  I do not know that it can cause chronic sensations, but can you link your sensations to any of the following:
heavy low  lying gases (near the floor) or in the basement?
poorly adjusted furnace or improperly installed or improperly installed burners?
does your sensation coordinate with swings in weather as respiratioon of underground gases follows highs and lows of atmospheric pressure?
Is your house constructed so it is very tight, doesn't leak air?
Have you had the furnace or water heater adjusted recently?
has your blood been checked for carbon monoxide?
is your home built over mines or garbage dump?
let me know if this helps.  best wishes.  fred
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I'm 30ish and I just started to feel the sharp needle like pokes mostly in my arms and during realy cold weather or after a run at the park. I can't nerrow it down to lack of oxygen or maybe diabeties because I've had high sugar levels in the past. However, its mostly during a change in the temperature cold/hot and mostly in my arms and shoulders and only if I move my arms or shoulders or if I stretch after a run or in the early morning cold weather.
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Hello,

This feeling of needle ***** or pins and pricks sensations that you are having are called Paresthesia. Chronic paresthesia indicates a problem with the functioning of neurons.

Are you a diabetic or do you take alcohol?Parasthesias are common in alcoholics and metabolic disorders like diabetes, hypothyroidism, and hypoparathyroidismThey can also be due to peripheral vascular disease, vitamin B12 deficiency or malnutrition.

Get your blood sugar and thyroid hormones levels evaluated. You can take some vit B12 for some days and see if the tingling is gone or not.

In case the symptoms persist then pls consult a neurologist as it can be due to some neurological disorder. Common disorders causing paraesthesias are rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome transient ischemic attack, motor neurone disease, or autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis or lupus erythematosus. A diagnostic evaluation by a doctor is necessary to rule these out.

Treatment will depend on the diagnosis.
In case you need more information then pls post us.
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i have this all the time now. I have had blood clots in the legs. I do not like  big pin and needles I feel all the time. I talked to m dr but she said it is nothing at all. but I know it is something. I cry all the time because of it. I just wish it would stop. can you or someone help me with this please
i also suffering from same situation my my doctor priscribed me Atarax 25 mg 1 teblet in a day.it works good and you shoul apply melain lotion on that place.
my doctor suggested B-complex tablets to try first. i am yet to start.
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i have been feeling the same sensation all around my body too,and also a antlike movement around my face ,pls can anyone tell me the cause of this sensation?please i need help
                                                                        lambert
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I've been having the same thing all over my body for almost a year. But I've also have muscle twitches and spasms and feeling of heat coming out of my skin. I do have a positive RA Factor. One rheumatologist said he doesn't know what I have and sent me on my way. The second rheumy said I have RA (rheumatoid arthritis). Went for another opinion and the third rhuemy said I don't have RA and I have a false positive RA Factor. My blood tests are now very recently coming out weird and the docs still can't figure it out.

I also have spinal problems which can cause pins and needles. Went to a neurologist and am going for an EMG and SSEP tests.



My B-12, Folic Acid is fine. My Vit.D is VERY VERY low at 8.5 but now taking huge suppliments. Don't have diabetes. Was told my circulation is okay but yet, even when it's very warm, my hands or arms and legs or feet are freezing. So is my nose and ears.



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I have read about a few experiences of others. I have this pin-like sharp pains on my arms both ways. I called a doctor and he suggests I should stop taking coffee. I am wondering how coffee can cause such.
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I was having this, too, and discovered that it was something called neuopathy.  I don't have diabetes or pre-diabetes and my thyroid has been checked recently.  I was having it really badly for a while and it was really debilitating and would have me doubling over and wincing in pain.  I also felt the need to either scratch or rub or even just hold whichever area was in pain.  It got to the point where this neuopathy was moving from place to place faster than a freight train.

Then, I discovered what the problem was.  I was having a serious reaction to something I was very allergic to and didn't even know I was ingesting.  After I discovered what the problem was and removed the source, 99% of the neuropathy disappeared almost right away.

I still get some of this neuropathy a little bit from time to time.  Nothing like when it was so debilitating and nearly killed me.  I have so many food sensitivities and allergies that I'm still discovering and the list of allergies is growing so long and longer than ever.  I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, so I'm allergic to everything under the sun.  

I never did find out what it was that used to cause the tingling and burning on the fronts of my thighs from time to time.  They would be hot to the touch even.  I haven't noticed this sensation for a very long time.  I nearly forgot about it.  When I saw my doctor for it, by the time I had my appointment, the symptoms were gone.  She didn't know what it could be and said she couldn't order any tests for something without any definite symptoms.

Since I've made so many dramatic changes for the better in my diet and discovered so many food allergies and lost a lot of weight, I haven't had the strange burning sensation on my thighs, and I don't get nearly the dramatic neuropathy that I used to get.

I never knew about the B vitamins or folic acid connection, but I wouldn't be surprised if I'm still deficient, since I was found to be severely vitamin D deficient.  I'm still working on getting the right nutritional supplements with the naturopath.  I am taking a lot of vitamin D supplementations now.  It was so low that mine was lower than what Lori707 reported hers being.  I'll be rechecking it soon.  

Like her, I also have spinal problems.  I see a chiropractor regularly, and that does make a difference with the neuropathy, too.  Besides the pain I get, I notice the neuropathy when I'm overdue for an adjustment.

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Please I still want to know, does coffee have any effect in encouraging the pains?
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Can you please tell me how rheumatoid arthritis can cause pins & needles? I have them ALL over my body including my head and also heat radiating out of my skin but I have no fever. Can RA do this? If so, please explain. I'm trying to figure myself out. I posted here and since then, my ferritin went down to 11, RBC,HCT and a couple others went Low. Also my liver enzymes went up and my ALT is High. My bun and bun/creatine is creeping up. That's new. I'm falling apart here and TRYING to get some questions answered by the docs to no avail.

Thanks!
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681148 tn?1437661591
Yikes!  You're kidneys are starting to have low function, too?  My nephrologist never did figure out what caused my kidneys to do the same thing to me.  It's puzzling to me, too, why they did this to me suddenly, causing me to need to be hospitalized for a few days, because they had gotten bad enough to actually cause me to be sick enough to go to the e.r. with what I thought were my IBS symptoms acting up again.  Just as puzzling as to why my kidneys did this to in the first place is why they started to recover on their own.  As of the last set of blood tests, they were only slightly better than the previous time.

My iron and vitamin D levels have been extremely low, too.  My vitamin D levels started out lower than what you reported.  It was bad enough to scare my family practitioner, who I've seen for years.  She said that means that it barely registered at all.  It may be why I had a terrible virus syndrome that lasted an entire month about a year and a half ago, both she and the naturopath agree on this.

I still get the occasional neuropathy, like Lori707 described, but it has decreased significantly since figuring out my food sensitivities and allergies.  Like her, I was getting in any and every location, and it was traveling from place to place very fast.  I barely even had time to catch my breath before the next sensation would start.  It was downright painful.

Both my naturopath AND my nephrologist, who is a conventional doctor,  told me to take 100 mg of chelated iron, since my ferritin was much lower than what Lori707 was talking about here.

I've never seen a rheumatologist, but I have enough symptoms to suggest I'm dealing with Fibromyalgia myself.  As I'm writing this, I've been having some mild neuropathy, which never did go away completely.  It just isn't as debilitating, since discovering my food allergies.

I haven't been told that my liver enzymes have gone up, but I'm not sure if the liver enzymes were tested.  My cholesterol was tested and the total numbers went down.  The triglycerides are fine now.  The total number is in the normal range now.  I am definitely on a much healthier diet, which shows with these numbers.  But, the HDL and the LDL numbers still need to be reversed.  So, I'm taking fish oil and red yeast rice.  The bottle of red yeast rice says to use one of these 600 mg capsules twice a day, but my naturopath only told me to take a total of 600 mg a day, so I've been only taking one.  I've always been wary of taking most supplements without proper guidance, so I'm taking the more conservative amount of red yeast rice that the naturopath said to use.

I thought that other than that it seems like our symptoms have been very similar, so I would like some answers, too.
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i've been suffering from this pin like symptoms for almost 2-3years now and is very painful and fustrating it hurts alot all over my entire body even in my head sometimes it make me want to commit sueiside i've visited almost 3 doctors and they can't seem to help me i feel like im dying slowly. i have 2 kids and cant seem to do anything for them when the pain is on me. im even considering resigning from my job cause i don't think i can do a fair day work any more so i need to stay home.
sometimes i feel something relasing some gas under my skin and the pain in my head hurts so bad it makes me understand what Jesus went through on the cross with those nails being pierce through his body. im goin to try the vitimin b12
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Me too.

Had an allergy to computer systems removed by body talk therapy in June 2010. Had the prickly feelings for a number of years.

As soon as the cold weather came (Canada 0 to 25 below) the symptoms returned, with a vengeance. Allergy to cold. Not sure

Lots of static over the body; headaches, loss of energy, and loss of sleep because it's impossible to fall asleep without 600 mg of Ibuprofen.

Getting close to Jesus, for sure.

I'm looking at Neuropathy, vit B12 and vit D.

Please, please notify me if anyone makes a connection with allergy, cold weather and deficiencies.

Stay tuned.
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I think the sensation of pins and needles could be due to lack of circulation and lack of oxygen.  If we sit a lot during the day, or living a sedentary life, or being a couch potato, then we need to be more active.  Please check the blood pressure.  Anxiety , stress could cause hives, allergy, so try deep breathing a few times a day to bring more oxygen to the system.  Also, please drink plenty of water per day to cool down the body and to cleanse the toxin in the system.  Eating dark green vegetables at least three or four times a week, such as, broccoli, the stems are full of vitamin C, kale, Chinese broccoli, mustard green, bok choy, etc...  The green lettuce in hamburger, or in salad is not enough, we need to eat more varieties of dark green vegetables to have good bowel movement to cleanse the toxin in the body.  We seem to be low in Vit D since we stay indoor often and we don't eat or drink enough Calcium plus D or D3 food.  On top of that, some of us consume caffeinated drinks, soda drinks so we lose lots of minerals daily.  As we get older. we need to exercise each muscle just to feel fine and to defy gravity that causes sagging, muscular atrophy if not being active, wrinkling of the skin, etc....  Do yoga or go swimming to feel refresh, and whatever we do, try to breathe deeply and longer to condition our lungs to be flexible, and to get a lot more oxygen in each breath.  Pay attention to our weigh because the extra weigh would put more stress on our joints, knees, hips, and causing blockage, hence more pain for us to suffer.  Massage and reflexology help to undo blockage in our bodies, but we still need to exercise to condition, to tone up our bodies, to eat healthy and get the right nutrients and minerals for our system..
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yes, lack of movement might have cause all these problems.i seat for long time,but i have started workout recently and feeling much better.i think poor blood circulation warns our body that we might doing something wrong sending signals like pain and sensations.our body needs enough oxygen to carry out it's job.i really not very fond of taking med for pain or discomfort, instead, i try to figure out what might have gone wrong and whether it is fixable like changing diet or lifestyle.
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2 days ago I started having pin & needle sensations all over my body. They are present all the time, they do not go away. I am kind of desperate. I do not know what to do or which kind of doctor to go to.
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I am having the same problem.  Have you had any luck with diagnosis or relief?

I can be reached at:  ***@****

Please let me know I am going crazy.

the beaker
York, PA
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Did u have your THYROID levels checked??? I have this kind of problem n my Endocrinologist says Its the sudden change in my thyroid supplement. I am a Hypothyroid patient. If u haven't done already please see an Endocrinologist n have ur thyroid checks done! Get well soon. I know how bad the condition is. :(
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Why don't u have your THYROID levels checked? It may help. Take care!
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Hi,

I know your post was a long time ago, but did you figure out what that ant-like sensation was?  I have the same thing.
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The smart meter has this effect on many folks if you have a smart meter in your house now that may be the reason ..do some research regarding it .
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Could be something similar to lyme.  You do not have to be bitten by a tick to contract it anymore.  I had this.  It progressed to skin lesions.  No help from doctors.  Finally treated myself with Carnivora.  It is an antimicrobial immune system modulator that is a miracle cure for many ailments.  I noticed relief immediately.  I am getting better each day.  It will take a few years as this disease is at the cellular level.  It is close to epidemic but is being swept under the carpet...

Hope this helps.  Other symptoms I had:  Fatigue, brain fog, vision loss, skin lesions, crawling feeling, itchy and runny nose, peripheral numbness, fluctuating insomnia and then sleep for days, mood swings, anxiety, overly stressed, heart flutter, shortness of breath, inability to exercise, heat intolerance, feeling hot all the time but temperature consistently 97.5 range, headaches, increased eye floaters, oily feel to skin, excess froth when brushing teeth (brush 2x and listerene 2x at least twice a day), and more...
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Could be something similar to lyme.  You do not have to be bitten by a tick to contract it anymore.  I had this.  It progressed to skin lesions.  No help from doctors.  Finally treated myself with Carnivora.  It is an antimicrobial immune system modulator that is a miracle cure for many ailments.  I noticed relief immediately.  I am getting better each day.  It will take a few years as this disease is at the cellular level.  It is close to epidemic but is being swept under the carpet...

Hope this helps.  Other symptoms I had:  Fatigue, brain fog, vision loss, skin lesions, crawling feeling, itchy and runny nose, peripheral numbness, fluctuating insomnia and then sleep for days, mood swings, anxiety, overly stressed, heart flutter, shortness of breath, inability to exercise, heat intolerance, feeling hot all the time but temperature consistently 97.5 range, headaches, increased eye floaters, oily feel to skin, excess froth when brushing teeth (brush 2x and listerene 2x at least twice a day), and more...
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I had this issue for various timeframes in my life. At first it only happened in my knees and legs and the doctor believed it was because of the use of bicyles when I was little. In time, it spread to my body and it was diagnosed as psychological until a laparoscopy showed tissue adherence in my intestines and uterus. After two births it returned, and it is now blamed to an allergic reaction to Gluten. I ended up in the hospital with the allergic reaction on my face and throat, the muscular pain all over the body specially on the legs after eating pizza.

No one else was sick but me. I was dehydrated after drinking more than 2 liters of water a day, my body wasn't retaining nutrients but I was gainning weight. Although it appeared to be hypothyroid, the greater issue was at the intestines. I had pain in my kidneys and bladder eventhough Im vegetarian and dont drink alcohol. I had logged every food item during weeks to make sure I was getting enough nutrients but yet my body still had the tingling, the needles, the heat, the pain in the body, the nauseas, the constant light dizziness, the chest pains.

So, the medications were of no good since they caused liver problems. I relied on natural medications with the regular medicine. Started enemas of parsley and 1/2 lemmon in 1 1/2 quart of water to clean the intestines for two weeks, combined with 2 liters of water with a few drops of lemmon or the home made UV to hydrate and lots of nutritional foods. I added super foods to my diet, and vitamins when it didnt seem enough. Added the vegetable juice and the soymilk with Omega. And counted every single item I was eating in a Calorie Counter just to track the nutritional values and make sure I was getting more than enough. The days I stopped the therapies with enema I would get the tingling sensation. After a few weeks they were completely gone. Once I ate gluten again, they came back and it would normally take two days to clean out. There was a dehydration of the brain and a lack of nutrient absorbancy (intestines) which causes neurological problems but are highly related to gland disordes such as thyroid.

I needed to clean out the intestines in order for them to absorb the nutrients I was consuming. Its really important to see a nutritionist, to keep track of what you eat, to combine the natural and standard medicine to bring your body back to normal. When the intestines are clogged with layers of old putrified stuff, they dont absorb, that affects the kidneys which in time affects the liver or viceversa and then everything else is affected. Find the remedy from the root, then work your way out!
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i think ur right ive been having a lot of alcohol intake for about 2weeks now and i feel irritable with the pin pricks,and spasm's, its so difficult to stop drinlking all together but its something im going to have to do thanks.
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