Pins and Needles and Peripheral NeuropathyHowever, there is a much more serious condition called peripheral neuropathy that has the same symptoms, but often more intense. There are some stark differences between the “pins and needles” feeling that comes from a blocked blood vessel and peripheral neuropathy. One major difference is the frequency and intensity of the sensation that is experienced by those with peripheral neuropathy. Unlike a foot that has fallen asleep, the pins and needles or numbing feeling that those with peripheral neuropathy feel can come at anytime, even when they haven’t been sitting or sleeping in an awkward position. They may feel it at any given time no matter what they are doing. The sensation can last for much longer than just a minute or two.
Pins and Needles and Peripheral Neuropathy & Lack of Blood FlowSimilar to the “falling asleep” sensation, peripheral neuropathy is caused when nerves in the extremities, including our hands, feet, arms, and legs are not getting an adequate amount of blood and oxygen. However, the cause of this is much more than just a pinched blood vessel. There has been damage caused to the peripheral nerves. When damaged, these nerves are unable to communicate properly to the brain. They might send signals of numbness or pain to the brain even when there is none. Those who have peripheral neuropathy have typically had other health issues including the following:
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Bone Marrow Transplants