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Pin prick sensation in body, painful, tremors in legs. Normal?

i have been having sharp pin prick sensations in various parts of my body, on my arm , on my thigh, my toe , beneath my foot , sometimes it s more like a tickle and other times it s quite painful. this has been going on for about four days now. i ve also expereinced tremors, mostly in my legs. for a while i have had pins and needle feeling in my right shoulder blade. It s making me a little worried. are these sensations nornmal? stress related? or could they be more serious?
Wed, 20 Mar 2013
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Hi and thanks for the query,
Body tremors could either be essential, meaning no pathologic or pathologic. When pathologic, they could be intention tremors, which set in only when one has to take something or resting tremors. Depending on the particular characteristics of the tremors and the age, the diagnosis becomes very different. The sensation you are feeling like pins is generally called a peripheral neuropathy. This could be due to a neurological disease, or simple due to electrolyte or ionic imbalances in the body. Treatment depends on the particular cause of symptoms. I suggest you consult a neurologist for a complete reevaluation.
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Luchuo, MD.
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