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Pulsating spasms in back of neck and pin needles in left arm. Causes ?

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I have a pulsating spasms in back of neck and strange pins needles in left arm and hand
Spasms tend to be when lying down. Pins needles there most of time but worse when at my desk arm feels v strange. Left side of mouth sometimes seems a little numb
Posted Fri, 13 Jul 2012 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Ashwini Kolur 3 hours later
Thanks for your query.

I will try my best to provide you with best possible professional recommendations to your questions.

I would like to know the duration of duration of the symptoms and also any associated history of injury to neck.

It does not usually cause any pain but it can cause numbness or itching. Pins and needles is often temporary but it can sometimes be long lasting (chronic). The medical name for pins and needles is paraesthesia.

Most people have temporary pins and needles from time to time. It happens when pressure is applied to a part of the body which cuts off the blood supply to the nerves in that area. This prevents the nerves from sending important signals to the brain.

Temporary pins and needles can be eased by simply taking the pressure off the affected area. This will allow your blood supply to return, alleviating the numbness or tingling sensation.

Treatment for chronic pins and needles will depend on the cause. Like DM, malnutrition, where the body lacks important nutrients because of a poor diet
a due to infection or injury, alcohol misuse.

Yet again, I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

If the symptoms are of long duration i advice you to consult the physician for examination and also to find the cause.

Hope i have cleared your queries. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer

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