Causes of Paresthesia

When considering the causes of paresthesia, if your discomfort is not caused by a stroke or mini-stroke, then here are the possibilities.

Are You Stroking?

We have to be diligent and cover this again.

Its important and even urgent that you rule out that a stroke is progressing. The damage from a stoke can be permanent if care is not provided.

Has the numbness come on suddenly with no obvious reason?

Do you also have weakness? Is there any speech difficulty? If so you may be having a stroke. If you are having a stroke, you should call 911.

If not a stoke, then what's causing the pins and needles and numbness.

Causes of Paresthesia

When our nerves are exposed to toxins, do not get appropriate nutrition, are not properly hydrated and or are exposed to infections or have the blood circulations cut off for a period of time, paresthesia may result. Another possibility is chemical or metal toxicity may be the cause, such as mercury poisoning.

Since our body is constantly trying to balance itself, the pins and needles usually only affect one area of the body. This is the part that is either experiencing cut off circulation or overwhelming toxicity. When one side of the body is affected, the nerves of the spinal and neck areas are of concern.

We do know that long nerves are most often to be affected.

This is a list of some of the causes of the numbness, pain, pins and needles.

Age Related Conditions could be the cause of paresthesia.

Transient Ischemic Attack or a Mini-Stroke

Auto Immune Disease

Multiple Sclerosis

Shingles may cause numbness instead of the pain normally associated with it.

Decreased circulation As we age, our circulation decreases. Peripheral vascular disease may be the reason for the feeling. Also, atherosclerosis that causes a narrowing of the arteries may be the cause. The blood flow is essential for properly hydrating and providing the essential nutrients for our nerves.

Hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism and diabetes may cause this problem.

Mercury poisoning may be the cause of the nerve damage.

Inflammation at the nerves can also cause the numbness and tingling.

Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis may cause the discomfort.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as well as tennis elbow is a common cause of the numbness.

Repetitive motion, repetitive positioning of hands, legs or feet.

Nerve Compression Neck and spine related problems, including those caused by anxiety, stress, poor posture, and damage resulting from improper lifting techniques. Physical trauma may also cause numbness and tingling.

Pressure on Nerves such as that brought on by misalignment, muscle spasms or muscle cramps. Unusual weight bearing for extended periods of time may cause this.

Consider the experience of Mike, a 60 year old male, sitting on his legs for an extended period of time as he worked on the floor. On arising, the damage not only left him with the paresthesia, it also created a clot in both legs. He had to go to the hospital for immediate emergency care.

Direct Nerve Damage such as happens with injury or neuropathy from diabetes or other diseases. Frostbite, Lyme disease or other electrical shock can cause such injury.

Chemical Induced Neuropathy from some chemotherapy. This is something nurses are particularly looking for when administering chemotherapies.

Benzdiazepine Withdrawal can also cause the numbness and tingling. The GABA receptors can become malformed from use and may end up being bare.

Vitamin B 12 Deficiency This is one often overlooked or even missed by doctors. It is an easy test to find out.

Transient Paresthesia

This is the most common reason for the pins and needles feeling that people get.

Restriction of blood to a particular nerve group is the most common cause. When you sit on your foot, fall to sleep on your arm or sit in a position that decreases blood flow, you may experience paranthesia.

Panic attacks and hyperventilation may also be the cause.

Hand Curled Wrist Bent as we sleep is one of the most common causes of hand related pain during the hours of sleep. By some estimates, nearly 80 percent of people sleep this way. This causes a cut off of circulation to the nerves in the hand. There is a simple, easy and free solution for this. It comes from the chief orthopedic surgeon of a regional hospital.


This is a sever form that results in painful extremities. It may be caused by low calcium blood levels, sphingloipidosis or Fabry disease.

Dentistry Induced Paresthesia

Also called persistent anesthesia, this is one of the more unusual causes of paresthesia. This can result after administration of anesthesia from the dentist. It happens after the dentist is done and the anesthesia has wore off.

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