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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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Skye Murphy (17 days 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 (17 days 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 (19 days ago)
This happens when I take to long taking a dump. I’m usually watching Sci-Show anyway.
Queen E (21 days ago)
Doa video on why ur limbs sometimes fall asleep
Gangstar1431 (1 month ago)
My right foot gets pins and needles everytime i sit on the toilet. Anyone else?
I like pins and needles
David Mirsky (1 month ago)
When you sit on your phone on the toilet for too long.
Sophia R (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I have this most of the time in my neck and ears :(
I Will DELETE You (1 month ago)
I like pins and needles ESPECIALLY IN MY HANDS 😌 Am I weird?
Zacherina GT (1 month ago)
I hate pins and nails
ItsMadison XoXo (1 month ago)
Help I've had pins and needles for 2 hours
MicrowaveGamer (2 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 (2 months ago)
Arm fell asleep while watching this as it tingled.
I'm a Goos (2 months ago)
Where I live the feeling is described as ants climbing your body...
Karina sl (2 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 (2 months ago)
I sat on the toilet for longer than I care to admit... here I am
frank ortiz (2 months ago)
Pins and needles, needles an pins. A happy man is a man that grins ! 😬
Anomaly88man (2 months ago)
I slept on my arm before, and I couldn't move my arm for several minutes.
MrfantasticXX Gaming (2 months ago)
I have it now, it just came out of nowhere and won't go away
Xing'er He (2 months ago)
Why do you get this feeling when you eat Sichuan peppers (which are citrus fruits, not chili peppers)?
Eggburt (2 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 (2 months ago)
Sometimes wake up and can't move your leg cause it numb
Nathalie Grieves (2 months ago)
Its horrible
Lnaylor16 (2 months ago)
Carple tunnel?
Ali Hassan (3 months ago)
hi this is my first comment
Why does it hurt so much
Jay Elle (3 months ago)
FUN FACT I FELL DOWN A FLIGHT OF WOODEN STAIRS WHEN I WAS 12 AND DAMAGED MY ULNAR NURVE IN MY RIGHT ARM SO NOW WHEN I HIT MY FUNNY BONE ON THAT ARM I DONT FEEL ANYTHING BUT MY ARM KINDA GETS COLD
Lethal Chicken (3 months ago)
I hate peens and niddles
Kathy Speed (3 months ago)
What about pins and needles in your face??
Josh Matternn (3 months ago)
I enjoy the numbness, but not pins and needles.
Grades Games (3 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 (3 months ago)
I hate that
thecat (3 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 (3 months ago)
I love pins and needles
Danielle Howe (3 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
This is also a sign of diabetes.
Jillian A (4 months ago)
i have pins and needles in my leg rn :(
angelica (4 months ago)
Who is watching this with pins and needles
The Shining Reshiram (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
I describe it as a staticky feeling
Seth Person (4 months ago)
I used to enjoy that sensation... but this video made me terrified of it.
Anup Kaushik (4 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 (4 months ago)
I usually shake my limb or smack the area. It seems to make it go away faster.
Nate Grettenberger (4 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 (4 months ago)
Who else got paresthesia watching this while sitting on a toilet in the thinker position
light564 (5 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 (5 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?
TheFlamingBlaze (5 months ago)
Who was watching this while having Pins and Needles?
Blade (5 months ago)
Jesus. If I had chronic paresthesia, at that point I’d probably rather kill myself.
Theoddguy (5 months ago)
I sleep and get it in my head, the top
joshua playz (5 months ago)
It doesn’t hurt it just feels weird
Angelo Gomes (5 months ago)
Why do nerds always talking in an annoying voice
Sumi Ramsawak (5 months ago)
Why do you get hiccups?
Violeta Films (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (6 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 (6 months ago)
nob head
Rage Coder (6 months ago)
I thought I was standing on Lego when I got pins and needles under my foot
Rage Coder (6 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 (6 months ago)
Best advise ever
Jackson O'Kane (6 months ago)
I get pins and needles everyday
madscientistshusta (6 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 (6 months ago)
Yeah I fell asleep on my arm so I came here.
DG 12000 (6 months ago)
I have weird feel like needles in my shoulder and side is that normal
The Golden Eevee (6 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! (6 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.
Nat Brooks (6 months ago)
I only wanted to know because I had them about 1 min ago . they really hurt me I hate them soooo much
Penguin Love (6 months ago)
I remember I was sitting down and try to get up my leg had pins and needles I was like ow!!!
Delilah Dee (6 months ago)
Not sure where I heard it, but it works. The fastest way to get rid of pins and needles is to shake your head. Also, I've become addicted to this channel.
Steven Fuller (6 months ago)
And he's name is JOHN CENA!!!
Fro-Yo (6 months ago)
*Math class literally causes me pain in this form.*
Loko Time (6 months ago)
BRUH I FEEL BUGS CRAWLING ON ME EVERY SECOND EVEN WHILE IM TYPING THIS
Michael Benedict (6 months ago)
I wake up every now and then with my entire body feeling like it's covered in pins and needles. Is this bad? I'm only 190 Ibs at 5'11
POPO CHICKEN NUGGETS (6 months ago)
I had this before
Chloé McNamee (6 months ago)
Ya know what?.. I love pins and needles on my legsssss SOOOO good
Ray (6 months ago)
ow
Dina Begum (7 months ago)
whos watching this video and has pins and needles now
115NorthCdogg22 (7 months ago)
I think I would literally kill my self if I had to live days with pins and needles for me it’s absolutely painful
candlewax122 (7 months ago)
All these comments like"tingling" and "crawling insects" are rather alien to me; when I get puns and needles its strait up painful. Cripplingly painful, I seriously double over from the pain.
MelDaybreak Kiss (7 months ago)
Why is it that I laughed at the first sentence that Hank spoke 😂
Marion Elizabeth's World (7 months ago)
This happened to me one time then I got up and turned around quickly when my foot that fell asleep and I sprained my ankle
Hunter Gaming (7 months ago)
I had the feeling of pins and needles throughout my whole body when I hit the back of my head
TCGBattling Master (7 months ago)
What is it when I am just sitting on the coach normally and I feel like I have pins and needles but it feels like their burning
Zirectioner (7 months ago)
I spoke about this at school and no one liked it😞
Christine Cannibal (7 months ago)
is there a exposed nerve on your wrist ? because everytime I hit my wrist a certain way It feels the same as hitting my funny bone it sucks so bad llol
Shiro X (7 months ago)
The worst thing is when you get pins and needles and you're friends touch the part where it hurts
Metal Wolf (7 months ago)
It always happens to me after I got up from sitting on the toilet.  Foot dead asleep.  Must have something to do with being low to the ground as it does not happen as much with higher seats.
Cameron Wood (8 months ago)
Just got pins and needles in my balls
Jujulygirl (8 months ago)
Instead of having the feeling of pins and needles, it feels like I am being tickled and I walk around laughing for 5 minutes. Any reason why this happens?
Dane Vlarien (8 months ago)
i love waking up with an asleep arm. i just flims it about, slap myself. its great fun
Ryan Kreder (7 months ago)
Meme Lord Have you ever punched yourself in the face when you are trying to get the covers of your blankets over your body?
Elizabeth Wong (8 months ago)
1000th comment!
Nova Karim (8 months ago)
I think getting hit really hard in the nuts is.

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