Dr Pixie gives advice on excessive pins and needles
Q. I GET PINS AND NEEDLES ALMOST DAILY, MAINLY IN MY FEET, BUT ALSO IN MY BACK AND CHEST, IT DOESNT HURT BUT SHOULD I BE CONCERNED?
These symptoms definitely warrant a visit to the doctor. Pins and needles can indicate vitamin B12 deficiency, diabetes or thyroid problems. They can also be a side effect of either prescription or recreational drugs, a trapped nerve or excessive alcohol consumption. Your GP will do some simple tests, such as checking your responses tp pain and pressure, and may ask for blood and urine samples. If she can't make a diagnosis you'll probably be referred to a neurologist. Most pins and needles are completely innocuous, but if they're severe or are getting worse it's defintitely worth getting checked out.
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