Pins and needles is a tingling sensation in your skin caused by lack of blood supply to your sensory nerves in the area affected. You may also feel numb or unable to feel sensation at all.
Most commonly, pins and needles are felt in:
It can be caused by:
It usually only lasts for a few minutes, until the blood supply is returned. However, chronic (long-term) pins and needles may require treatment for an underlying problem.
The most common cause is simply sitting or lying awkwardly, such as cross-legged.
However, long lasting pins and needles could be caused by an underlying condition, such as:
Pins and needles can also be caused by:
You can book an appointment with a Spire private GP today.
You should see your GP if you have constant pins and needles or if it keeps coming back. They’ll discuss your symptoms and carry out an examination which may include:
If these tests are inconclusive, you may be referred for further tests on your heart and nervous system.
You can avoid pins and needles by:
Long term pins and needles will require treatment for the underlying cause. This can include: