Pins & Needles

Tingling in the hands and feet is an extremely common and bothersome feeling. Sometimes tingling can be a temporary feeling resulting from certain practices we do such as sustained pressure on nerves when your arm is crooked under your head as you fall asleep. Or it could be from sustained pressure on nerves when crossing your legs for too long. In these cases, the pins and needles feeling-which is usually painless but very disturbing- can be soon relieved by removing the pressure that caused it.

There are certain other cases where tingling is not a cause of temporary pressure, but can be severe, episodic, or chronic. It also can accompany other symptoms such as pain, itching, numbness, and muscle wasting. In such cases, tingling may be a sign of many different diseases such as:

Diabetes: This can then cause a variety of damage to the body, and one form of that damage is nerve damage or ‘neuropathy’ which can cause a tingling sensation in the body’s extremities. If you experience tingling in your hands or feet and this is coupled by extreme thirst, regular visits to the toilet and lethargy and/or weight loss then you might have diabetes.

Vitamin B6 Overdose: Vitamin B6 is an important part of our diet and is responsible for helping our body to convert carbohydrates into energy and can sometimes cause the feeling of a slight energy spike when consumed. Unfortunately if you overdose in vitamin B6 this too can cause neuropathy or nerve damage which will result in tingling in the fingers and/or toes. 

Poor Circulation: Tingling fingers can also be caused by a lack of blood in the fingers which will also cause them to feel heavy like lead and often cold. If you have poor circulation then this might occur more regularly.

 

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