Symptoms associated with pins and needles
Persistent pins and needles pain can affect your quality of life, so it is useful to know the possible causes for this condition. Common symptoms of pins and needles (also known medically as paresthesia) include:
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Tingling and numbness in the feet are common symptoms of poor circulation, medically diagnosed as Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).
PAD happens when there is a build-up of plaque or cholesterol in your arteries, reducing blood supply to the nerves and causing poor circulation.
As your circulation reduces, you may experience frequent pins and needles sensations - a warning sign that you need to get the blood flowing better and improve the circulation in your body. You might also have other leg pains, and the colour of the skin on your legs and feet might change.
When there is poor circulation, fluid often builds up in the lower legs. This can put pressure on the nerves causing pins and needles. Over time, the fluid build-up and reduced circulation can damage the nerves in your legs and feet.
Revitive has been demonstrated to deliver clinical benefits for people medically diagnosed with PAD. Speak to your health care professional to learn more.
Diabetes is another common cause of pins and needles because the disease damages the small blood vessels in your extremities. According to Better Health Victoria, half of the people with diabetes will develop neuropathy1.
It’s important to address this problem, medically known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, because neuropathy can cause nerve damage. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy symptoms can range from the unpleasant sensation of chronic pins and needles, numbness or burning sensation to pain and discomfort.
What are the other causes of pins and needles?
This list isn’t exhaustive, and there are other causes of pins and needles. Talk to your doctor to help you determine the cause of your symptoms.
Carrying around extra weight on your body will naturally put additional pressure on the nerves, impacting circulation as well. This can reduce blood flow to the extremities and produce painful symptoms of pins and needles, as well as numbness.
Today, many of us do not eat balanced meals so it isn’t unusual to be deficient in some vitamins and minerals. When our bodies are short on critical vitamins like Vitamins B12 and D, we can develop nerve damage and pain from pins and needles in our bodies.
Excessive drinking can affect food choices leading to nutrient deficiencies. Too much alcohol can also damage the nerves causing pins and needles feeling, or a tingling sensation in the legs.
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Your healthcare professional is best-suited to determine if something is causing the sensations of pins and needles in your body. Discuss with them the steps you can take yourself to help relieve your symptoms.
Disclaimer: This content is not intended as medical advice. We believe in helping people to make informed decisions about their health. We hope to empower you to ask your doctor the right questions so you can both agree on a treatment plan that’s right for you.
- Web article on Diabetic Neuropathy, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/
- Web article on Pins and Needles, https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/
- Web article on Tingling in the Hands and Feet, https://www.webmd.com/brain/tingling-in-hands-and-feet
- Web article on What is Paresthesia, https://www.healthline.com/health/paresthesia
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