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Pins and needles

Everyone can get pins and needles, but see a GP if you keep getting it or it lasts a long time.

What is pins and needles?

Pins and needles feels like pricking, tingling or numbness on the skin.

It happens when the blood supply to the nerves is cut off. This is usually when you sit or sleep on part of your body. It lasts only a few minutes.

You often get pins and needles in your:

It usually stops when the weight is taken off the body part and your blood supply returns to the nerves.

Non-urgent advice: See a GP if:

  • you constantly have pins and needles
  • it keeps coming back

Possible causes of pins and needles

Use these links to get an idea of what you can do about pins and needles. But don't self-diagnose – see a GP if you're worried.

Long-lasting pins and needles may also be caused by: