What Causes Legs And Sometimes Arms To Fall Asleep Or Tingle (Pins And Needle Feeling)

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Asked by Michael Taylor

What Causes Legs And Sometimes Arms To Fall Asleep Or Tingle (Pins And Needle Feeling)

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Hi Michael Taylor,

Pins and needles feelings can come from decreased blood flow to the body part (for example if you were sitting on your feet or hands they will tingle from the blood being "blocked" off. This tingling is usually temporary unless blood flow was compromised for an extended period of time. Also, a more serious condition that can be ongoing is called neuropathy . This can actually cause pain or numbness in addition to tingling. If you are concerned that the tingling is associated with a heart attack or a stroke, I encourage you to call your physician or go to the emergency room immediately.

Symptoms of a heart attack or stroke

Best of luck,

Monica M. Skidmore, MS, RD, LDN