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What causes 'pins and needles' in the upper back and shoulders?

i have pneumonia i have been home from hospital for two days still recovering from a broken hip and pelvis but now i have this too im getting pins and needles in my upper back and shoulders mixed with a numbness sometimes or something running down my back is it any thing to worry about plz help
Fri, 5 Sep 2014
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Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be attributed to:
1. Para-spinal spasm and entrapment of nerve fibers at the Cervico-dorsal region.
2. Inadequate hydration status & electrolyte imbalance of the body
3. Dietary deficiencies of certain nutrients like Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Folic acid, etc. which help in blood formation & nerve conduction.
4. Peripheral neuropathy caused due to any fluctuation in blood pressure or blood sugar level.

Symptomatic relief can be obtained by intake of nervigenic agents (like Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic acid) as well as multivitamin & multimineral supplements including iron, calcium & Vitamin D needs to be added in your diet.
Physiotherapy & postural exercise will also be helpful.

If symptoms still persist, kindly consult a Neurologist & get a complete Neurological examination done.
Certain investigations like complete blood count, serum electrolyte estimation, fresh estimation of blood pressure & blood sugar levels & nerve conduction studies will be helpful to rule out any pathological cause for the symptoms.
X ray & MRI of Cervico-dorsal spine can also be carried out to detect any nerve entrapment.

Wishing you a Good Health.
Take care.
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What causes 'pins and needles' in the upper back and shoulders?

Hello dear, The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be attributed to: 1. Para-spinal spasm and entrapment of nerve fibers at the Cervico-dorsal region. 2. Inadequate hydration status & electrolyte imbalance of the body 3. Dietary deficiencies of certain nutrients like Iron, Calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Folic acid, etc. which help in blood formation & nerve conduction. 4. Peripheral neuropathy caused due to any fluctuation in blood pressure or blood sugar level. Symptomatic relief can be obtained by intake of nervigenic agents (like Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic acid) as well as multivitamin & multimineral supplements including iron, calcium & Vitamin D needs to be added in your diet. Physiotherapy & postural exercise will also be helpful. If symptoms still persist, kindly consult a Neurologist & get a complete Neurological examination done. Certain investigations like complete blood count, serum electrolyte estimation, fresh estimation of blood pressure & blood sugar levels & nerve conduction studies will be helpful to rule out any pathological cause for the symptoms. X ray & MRI of Cervico-dorsal spine can also be carried out to detect any nerve entrapment. Wishing you a Good Health. Take care.