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What Causes Pins and Needles?

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Ever wondered what causes that strange tingling feeling? Well, settle in as Quick Questions explains how it works. Just be careful how you sit. Hosted by: Hank Green ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters -- we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Justin Lentz, David Campos, Chris Peters, and Fatima Iqbal. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow Or help support us by becoming our patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow Sources: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/paresthesia/paresthesia.htm http://mentalfloss.com/article/21035/why-do-limbs-fall-asleep http://www.livescience.com/33727-pins-needles-sensation.html http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20592403 http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Pins_and_needles http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Pins-and-needles/Pages/Introduction.aspx
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natalie rosales (2 days ago)
I got that this morning :(
Mutasim Mannan (14 days ago)
When I get pins and needles in my legs it really makes me CROSS
Ciaran McIntyre (18 days ago)
SRN DA NOOB (23 days ago)
I always HAVE IT!
sTone ForesT (26 days ago)
Why the heck do we randomly get pains just cause pain
M H S (28 days ago)
it's called honeymoon syndrome
Ryder21 (1 month ago)
My anatomy and physiology professor had the best way of describing this, a kinked hose where the pressure is finally released. She had us actually sit on one of our feet for several minutes and had us all stand up and attempt to walk around. Incredibly hilarious woman and a fantastic professor
Emerald Sierra (1 month ago)
My hand became super numb and tingly when I was playing fortnite on my phone
rimmersbryggeri (1 month ago)
Is paraestesia also the symptom of leprocy?
DzN x ReFleX (1 month ago)
I like the feeling is that weird ?
BOB ZILLA (1 month ago)
I like pins and needles in my hands and then get the blood flow back
Khalid Abu Shawarib (1 month ago)
The tumor part explains why I had numbness close to the place of a fat tumor that was removed through surgery.
alex wilson (1 month ago)
arrr mate thas clever
Eisen Heinrich (2 months ago)
To me it feels more like an electric shock than anything else haha
kskits ._ (2 months ago)
If I bend my spine or neck for long periods of time, when I move them to the neutral position there's this awful burning sensation. Is that normal?
Illien Galene (2 months ago)
I feel it everytime I sit down. Can be a damaged Ischias nerve too.
Jaya Taylor-Reuter (2 months ago)
I have pareesthesia in my hands but I get it when I’m just playing on my phone ???
Pranit More (2 months ago)
My whole body is getting poked like needles and pin , what is the reason behind this plzzz help
Jr Say (2 months ago)
I feel needles going into my head and needles going into my arm when there are no needles
Random Kid (3 months ago)
...I actually like the feeling of pins and needles. Anyone else?
candymountainn (3 months ago)
I thought the nerves physically get squished, and they send garbled messages back to your brain which equates to the pins and needles feeling? no?
Mimi Avery (3 months ago)
I just had one rn
Sketch Bloo (3 months ago)
How ironic. I had pins and needles while watching this video.
Ducklag 2006 (3 months ago)
I like the feeling lol
Lucian schwartz-croft (3 months ago)
Rayhaan Mir (3 months ago)
Dang chronic pins and needles sounds bad
Skye Murphy (4 months ago)
Once had to sit on the floor as part of a school assembly, because of the cramped seating my leg went dead but I couldn't move to release it - and then I had to walk and my foot was visibly unresponsive and heavy; not great
SKB Artistry (4 months ago)
In Denmark we describe it as my leg or my arm "is sleeping". Oh, and hitting the funny bone is usually called "getting stunned" or "getting a shock up/down through my arm" or "my leg"
Brandon Diaz (4 months ago)
This happens when I take to long taking a dump. I’m usually watching Sci-Show anyway.
Queen E (4 months ago)
Doa video on why ur limbs sometimes fall asleep
Gangstar1431 (5 months ago)
My right foot gets pins and needles everytime i sit on the toilet. Anyone else?
I like pins and needles
David Mirsky (5 months ago)
When you sit on your phone on the toilet for too long.
Sophia R (5 months ago)
Friendly reminder that if you ever are in a situation where you have to stand for a long period of time, don’t lock your knees. The restriction of your blood flow can make you pass out.
acoustikangaroo (5 months ago)
I have this most of the time in my neck and ears :(
Bu11et Club 4 Life (5 months ago)
I like pins and needles ESPECIALLY IN MY HANDS 😌 Am I weird?
kill me pls (5 months ago)
I hate pins and nails
Hype_Madz (6 months ago)
Help I've had pins and needles for 2 hours
MicrowaveGamer (6 months ago)
So... If that's what's happening to my arm/leg/hand/foot... Why does continuously waving the unfortunate limb around make that feeling go away?
Arliyo Sidow (6 months ago)
Arm fell asleep while watching this as it tingled.
I'm a Goos (6 months ago)
Where I live the feeling is described as ants climbing your body...
Karina sl (6 months ago)
STORY BOUT MY LITTLE FINGER (for the people who do/do not care :)) just a couple minutes ago my left hand got pins and needles and my little finger went proper NUMB. no tingles, just numb. I felt that finger with my right hand and I couldn't feel myself pinching it. instead of me feeling like I was touching my finger it felt like I was touching a rubber sausage or something. I'd wiggle that left little finger with my right hand and it was so weird. I gotta admit I also bit my finger and I bit harder and harder and them suddenly I felt it, but still it was weird.
mrdestruct1 (6 months ago)
I sat on the toilet for longer than I care to admit... here I am
frank ortiz (6 months ago)
Pins and needles, needles an pins. A happy man is a man that grins ! 😬
Anomaly88man (6 months ago)
I slept on my arm before, and I couldn't move my arm for several minutes.
MrfantasticXX Gaming (6 months ago)
I have it now, it just came out of nowhere and won't go away
Xing'er He (6 months ago)
Why do you get this feeling when you eat Sichuan peppers (which are citrus fruits, not chili peppers)?
Eggburt (6 months ago)
My old health teacher had permanent Paresthesia, the never ending pins and needles feeling in his right foot. Idk how he can survive.
Penguin S (6 months ago)
Sometimes wake up and can't move your leg cause it numb
Nathalie Grieves (6 months ago)
Its horrible
Lnaylor16 (6 months ago)
Carple tunnel?
Ali Hassan (7 months ago)
hi this is my first comment
ecksdee (7 months ago)
Why does it hurt so much
j elle (7 months ago)
Lethal Chicken (7 months ago)
I hate peens and niddles
Kathy Speed (7 months ago)
What about pins and needles in your face??
Josh Matternn (7 months ago)
I enjoy the numbness, but not pins and needles.
Grades Games (7 months ago)
Sometimes i wake up totally unable to feel my entire arm i have to wait for a few seconds before i get to feel it...
Morgan Bennett (7 months ago)
I hate that
thecat (7 months ago)
i wore a watch too tight for a few weeks and it squished the ulnar nerve and i had one and a half numb fingers for a couple months
Karnye Stewart (7 months ago)
I love pins and needles
Danielle Howe (8 months ago)
I used to get pins And needles for one of my medication, stopped taking it because the face tingling was a bit much
how I fix this problem when my small finger falls asleep from not using it to type is dunk it in some cold water. Usually works.
i have a question for a video: Why does that area right below your ear sometimes hurt when you chew something or smile?
Travis Negrete (8 months ago)
I had arm surgery that damaged my ulnar nerve so I have partial numbness in my arm. When I hit my funny bone, after the pins and needles goes away my nerve damage is more severe and wide spread in that arm for a few hours before returning to normal. Normally only the back side of my arm is numb but when I hit my funny bone even the back side of my hand gets numb, really scary! Why is this?
Muhammad Ashiq (8 months ago)
This is also a sign of diabetes.
Jillian A (8 months ago)
i have pins and needles in my leg rn :(
okeh (8 months ago)
Who is watching this with pins and needles
Melanie H. (8 months ago)
I was sleeping in a car using my arm as a pillow. My arm was bent with my hand supporting my head and my elbow on the arm rest. I did this for 1 hour and my arm was numb for a LONG time.
Paget Vido (8 months ago)
What if you really like the feeling of pins and needles? Can you cause serious damage if you intentionally trigger it somewhat regularly?
Keegan Vader (8 months ago)
I just had a tumor removed that was pressing up against my spine and sciatic nerve now I have chronic paresthesia down my entire left leg.
Margarita Casas (8 months ago)
I describe it as a staticky feeling
Seth Person (8 months ago)
I used to enjoy that sensation... but this video made me terrified of it.
Anup Kaushik (8 months ago)
Bro u have made the video with basic understanding. But also upload a video with several way of curing / healing Paresthesia
Stephanie Szeponski (8 months ago)
I usually shake my limb or smack the area. It seems to make it go away faster.
Nate Grettenberger (8 months ago)
I have this feeling that someone is pricking me with a needle all over my torso legs arms and neck and it happens when I'm pacing, is this parenthesis?
Madame Nox (9 months ago)
Who else got paresthesia watching this while sitting on a toilet in the thinker position
light564 (9 months ago)
Forgot one more thing, while you're standing up rub your legs or the affected area in a downward motion Or if it's the arm rub It gently so that you're going towards your hand. You'll notice a cold sensation and the feeling will return faster. Also you can have that pens and needles feeling when you lose all feeling in your appendages because you're cold
Scarlet Peoni (9 months ago)
I'm confused, I've been diagnosed with CPTSD but have also been diagnosed with spinal nerve compression, bulging disk and b12/iron/vitamin D absorption problems as well as reflux and in the past has surgery on colon which is when my mental health changed drastically, very difficult to pinpoint which is what. Recently I've felt very panicked about my future because of some relationship and housing and work issues but also was sat working for a couple of days with limited movement, so hard to pinpoint if mental health is setting this off or stillness. I feel extremely stiff the more I've exercised and tickling sensation underneath the skin near my spine but now it's all over my body if I sit for longer than a minute which is difficult when you need the toilet or to sit at a laptop. Anyone similar?
OG FlamingBlaze (9 months ago)
Who was watching this while having Pins and Needles?
Blade (9 months ago)
Jesus. If I had chronic paresthesia, at that point I’d probably rather kill myself.
Johnny Lohe (9 months ago)
I sleep and get it in my head, the top
LiStEn BrO (9 months ago)
It doesn’t hurt it just feels weird
Angelo Gomes (9 months ago)
Why do nerds always talking in an annoying voice
Sumi Ramsawak (9 months ago)
Why do you get hiccups?
Violeta Films (9 months ago)
During night I felt pain in my right eyebrow and it was strong, felt like needles, and I just tossed and turned until I realized it was too painful and it wouldn't go away so got up from bed and it slowly went away. I felt a little pain in between my eyebrow and my nose and it comes and goes. I don't know if I should take this seriously. It didn't feel like when a leg gets numb and tingly, people think that's what I mean, it felt like straight up needles.
Daniel Moran (9 months ago)
Im scared now because I always sleep weird...what if 1 day I wake up and my arms and legs stay numb forever🤤😲
BLASTEROID 5 (9 months ago)
I get pins and needles regularly and if it has been long enough wherever it was gets paralyzed for a few minutes. Circulation problems aren't fun
The Microwave (9 months ago)
There was one time where I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was so stiff. I tried to move it but it hurt so much and it felt like something was keeping my elbow from moving like the hinge it should've been. I managed to work out the problem but it left my arm real sore
Ginny Griffin (10 months ago)
Can you guys do a video on raynauds syndrome? I have it and it would be nice to know how it works lol
adem sheehan (10 months ago)
nob head
Rage Coder (10 months ago)
I thought I was standing on Lego when I got pins and needles under my foot
Rage Coder (10 months ago)
I know how yo get pins and needles on purpose. Steps: -Put your shoulder on a high position, like a sign language of I don't know but with straight arms. -Let your shoulder go
Great Raven (10 months ago)
Best advise ever
Jackson O'Kane (10 months ago)
I get pins and needles everyday
Genericname123 (10 months ago)
I know the pins and needles you feel from a shot of heroin/morphine is caused by histamines. Its interesting that the tingling feeling is basically like static interference for your brain haha damn!
Hue-Man (10 months ago)
Yeah I fell asleep on my arm so I came here.
DG 12000 (10 months ago)
I have weird feel like needles in my shoulder and side is that normal
The Golden Eevee (10 months ago)
I slept on my arm with my legs crossed and in the middle of the the night I fell off my bed hittingmy my funnybone yesterday. Do you notice any errors in this?
Little Spark Kitten! (10 months ago)
So my aunt’s family calls this “the spiders” and when she babysat me I thought it was actually spiders. It was bad.

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