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    Default Hey everyone--Guy with pinprick sensations & accompanying muscle contractions here

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a 61-year-old man who sometimes has a sensation of a pin prick hitting me in various locations--usually arm or leg but sometimes the center of my abdomen. The sensations make the muscles nearby contract and sometimes cause my arm or leg to jerk a bit. (Same with the muscles in my abdomen.)

    This is not the "pins and needles" sensation of conventional peripheral neuropathy--it's like an individual pinprick rather than a multitude of them.

    I notice it a lot when in bed, waiting to fall asleep. But maybe that's just because when I'm up and about I'm preoccupied with normal day-to-day things and the sensations escape my notice?

    This...thing doesn't seem to rise to the level of requiring a neurologist's appointment. It's not getting worse or causing any upset in my life. It's just odd. Thoughts?

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    Hmmm...I'm not a doctor but the first things that come to mind are perhaps problems with the spine or a form of Dystonia. Just a thought. Best of luck sir and welcome to brain talk!
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    ((((((Pete1)))))) ~

    TO BRAINTALK!

    I'm glad that you found us, but I'm not sure whether any of us can help you to define what might be causing these pin pricks.

    Sometimes we have to be our own detectives in our medical health, so I'll begin by asking you some questions.

    Have you described this sensation to your General Practitioner/PCP? If not, I highly recommend you make an appointment to discuss the symptoms with your doctor. You'd need a referral from your GP/PCP to see a specialist like a neurologist.

    How long have you had these sensations? Is there a burning feeling associated with them? Do you have any diagnosed conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis? Do you take any medications, which might have these sensations as a side effect? (See our Drug Info link at the top of the page all the way to the right of your screen to look up medications.)

    How is your circulation? Your heart?

    If you haven't had a complete check up, blood work, x-rays, and a thorough examination, then your best bet would to be to schedule an appointment with your GP/PCP to get that done.

    I couldn't even begin to speculate on what could be causing these sensations. But, as a Senior, you need to keep close track of your overall health, so that nothing sneaks up on you.

    Call your doctor on Monday and make an appointment.

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    Hi, Pete1--

    Sorry I don't have any notion of what might be the problem but I think that the muscles contracting every time you have one of these sensations is something to take up with your doctor. Maybe something is going haywire with your diet--?

    You might want to look up the possible side effects of any medicine you're taking.


    The doctor will want to know how often you have these sensations.

    I hope it's going to be a problem that is easy to fix. It sounds annoying.
    MS, diagnosed 1980. Avonex 2001-2004. Copaxone 2006-2009.

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    Thank you funnylegs4! I do have a bad back (with bad disks, scloliosis, etc.) so maybe that's it.

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    Thanks agate! I appreciate your thoughts (and like your avatar).

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    Thank you for your thoughtful answer, Earth Mother!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete1 View Post
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    Thank you funnylegs4! I do have a bad back (with bad disks, scloliosis, etc.) so maybe that's it.
    You're welcome! If you have bad discs and you are going numb or having pinpricks that could be a sign your spinal cord is being pressed on and you could end up paralyzed if it's not checked immediately. I'v seen dogs and humans with bad backs/spine discs end up with numb limbs and having to have the damaged disc removed in surgery. The spasms may be misfired signals from your spinal cord each time it gets pressed in. Please see a doc immediately! Having pinpricks is common in nervous system malfunction!
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    ((((((Pete1)))))) ~

    You're welcome. We're all happy to provide you with support and our thoughts. It is why we are here.

    When is your doctor's appointment?

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