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Pins + needles in hands after cocaine/alcohol binge.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 19, 2010
  • 08:42 PM

Hi all,

I got intense pins and needles in my hands (very slight tingling in the left arm) for about 30 minutes the day after a cocaine and alcohol binge (I had also taken small amounts of ketamine and methadrone/plant fertilizer) (no sleep).

I'm 26 and have been taking cocaine on a regular but not daily or weekly basis for about 6 years, I usually consume 2-4 grams of average to good quality cocaine on one night about once a month, sometimes more often.

I have read that it could be caused by nerve damage or a panic attacks (I am not prone to panic attacks).

Is this a sign the cocaine is taking a toll on my heart (Could reduced blood flow have caused it)?

A small panic attack brought on by cocaine/alcohol/sleep depravation (I was map reading/directing out of a city center when it happened)?

Does the pins and needles sound like a big problem or a momentary condition of little consequence?

Any advice would be welcome.


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  • Hi There...I am an ex-cocaine/ecstacy user and I think I have an answer for you...I experienced something similar a few times and being a nurse, I think I've got it figured out.When using stimulants like cocaine, your heart rate increases as does your breathing.As a result of hyperventilation, your body cannot pump the oxygenated blood to the extremities such as feet, hands ect.This causes you to get pins and needles in these areas. In more extreme cases, your hands will actually start to cramp up.I think, youre suffering a "catch-22" type thing. You breathe too fast due to the drugs, then when you notice, you start to panic a little. This in tern makes you breathe even faster, making it spread....follow?Either way, taking cocaine is a less than desirable past time (i speak from YEARS of experiance) but of course, me telling you that is not going to make an inch of differenceunless youre ready to stop yourself.Hope this helped?
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