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Pins And Needles Anxiety Symptoms

Jim Folk author
Written by: Jim Folk.
Medically reviewed by: Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated: December 8, 2019


pins and needles anxiety symptoms

Pins and needles anxiety symptom description:

You feel a pins and needles, tingling sensation on or in your arms, hands, fingers, toes, legs, feet, head, face, lips, tongue, stomach, or anywhere on or in the body.

This symptom can persistently affect one area only, can shift and affect another area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many areas over and over again.

This symptom can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel a pins and needles feeling once in a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.

This symptom may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.

This symptom can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.

This symptom can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.

This symptom can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.

All of the above combinations and variations are common.

These types of symptoms often seem more disconcerting when undistracted or when trying to rest or go to sleep.

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What causes the pins and needles tingling feeling?

Medical Advisory

There are many causes for this pins and needles feeling. Common causes include:

  • Hyperventilation
  • Hypoventilation
  • Pinched nerve
  • Circulation problems
  • Reaction to medication
  • Allergic reaction
  • Tight muscles
  • A variety of medical illnesses
  • Vitamin B deficiency

Yes, the stress caused by anxious behavior can cause this symptom. In fact, feeling a pins and needles sensation is a common symptom of anxiety.

Stress, including anxiety-caused stress, can cause the pins and needles feeling in a number of ways, including:

  • An active stress response and persistent stress causes muscles to tighten, which can cause a pins and needles feeling in the extremities or any other area of the body.
  • An active stress response and persistent stress causes blood vessels to tighten, which can also cause a pins and needles feeling to occur anywhere on or in the body.
  • An active stress response and persistent stress changes how we breathe. Breathing more shallowly or quickly can cause hypo- and hyperventilation, which can cause a pins and needles feeling to occur anywhere on or in the body.
  • An active stress response and persistent stress adversely affects the body’s nervous system, which can also cause a pins and needles feeling to occur anywhere on or in the body.

How to get rid of the pins and needles feeling symptom?

When this feeling is caused by anxiety and the accompanying stress response changes, calming yourself down will bring an end to the stress response and its changes. As your body recovers from the active stress response, this feeling should subside and you should return to your normal self.

Keep in mind that it can take up to 20 minutes or more for the body to recover from a major stress response. But this is normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.

When this feeling is caused by persistent stress, it may take a lot more time for the body to recover and to the point where this symptom is eliminated.

Nevertheless, when the body has fully recovered, this feeling will completely subside. Therefore, this symptom needn’t be a cause for concern.

You can speed up the recovery process by reducing your stress, practicing relaxed breathing, increasing your rest and relaxation, and not worrying about this feeling. Sure, it can be unsettling and even bothersome. But again, when your body has recovered from the stress response and/or sustained stress, this symptom will completely disappear.

Therapy

If you are having difficulty with anxiety, its symptoms, and troublesome worry, you might want to connect with one of our recommended anxiety disorder therapists. Working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to overcome problematic anxiety.

All of our recommended therapists have experienced anxiety disorder, have successfully overcome it, and are medication-free. Their years of personal and professional experience make them an excellent choice to work with on your road to recovery.


 



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