Causes of Tingling

Why you get pins and needles

Pins and needles feels like pricking, tingling or numbness on the skin.

It happens when the blood supply to the nerves is cut off. This is usually when you sit or sleep on part of your body. It lasts only a few minutes.

You often get pins and needles in your:

  • arms
  • hands
  • legs
  • feet

It usually stops when the weight is taken off the body part and your blood supply returns to the nerves.

Source: NHS Choices UK1

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Possible causes of pins and needles

Use these links to get an idea of what you can do about pins and needles. But don't self-diagnose - see a GP if you're worried.

  • Symptoms -- Possible condition
  • Pins and needles in fingers or toes that change colour from white to red -- Raynaud's disease
  • Breathing too quickly, trembling hands, pins and needles -- hyperventilation
  • Pain and pins and needles that travels from your back, down your leg to your foot -- sciatica
  • Pins and needles in different parts of your body -- multiple sclerosis

Source: NHS Choices UK2

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Long-lasting pins and needles may also be caused by:

Source: NHS Choices UK3

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Migraine: About one in three people with migraines have temporary warning symptoms, known as aura, before a migraine. These include:

  • numbness or a tingling sensation like pins and needles- which usually starts in one hand and moves up your arm before affecting your face, lips and tongue

Source: NHS Choices UK4

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Multiple sclerosis: Abnormal sensations can be a common initial symptom of MS.

This often takes the form of numbness or tingling in different parts of your body, such as the arms, legs or trunk, which typically spreads out over a few days.

Source: NHS Choices UK5

Causes List for Tingling

List of possible causes of Tingling or similar symptoms may include:6

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  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ Pins-and-needles/ 
  2. ibid.
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ migraine/ symptoms/ 
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ multiple-sclerosis/ symptoms/ 
  6. Source: Algorithmically Generated List

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