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Numbness of upper extremities

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  • Posted By: JustinSP
  • February 16, 2007
  • 04:42 AM

Hello, I am a 16 year old guy. The past two weeks I have been having some weird, very sudden pins and needles in my arms, torso and head. (all together) It has happened to me lying in bed, standing with friends at school, and just 2 hours ago buying a cell phone card at my work place. I think it may have something to do with my tailbone accident about 3-4 years ago snowboarding. I fell on the ice, going too fast and permently damaged my tailbone (assuming, since family doctor abviously doesn't care, im guessing nerve damage?) The pain in my tailbone fades, for months where I barely notice it, or it could be excruciating to the point (for weeks) where I always need to lean forward on my elbows on my desk in school (cant lean back or sit straight up, too much pressure on my back) and thankfully, sitting down is the hardest part on my back during these times.

I have not yet gone to the doctor yet, nor told my mother of my current problem, but I do plan on it. Should I see a doctor about this? Shouldn't be too much problem with free healthcare. (<3 canada)

Anyone ever experience sudden, painful pins and needles in the head, torso, arms and hands at the exact same time before? Lasting about 3-10 seconds?

After each "spell" I get itchy every, mainly directly on the center of my back though. Is this something to be worried about?

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  • I had a lower back injury a few week back. It was very painful and I had to take muscle relaxants. I still feel teh pain, but its far less.I have begun to feel a pins and needles sensation in my head which fades away after 5/10 seconds. I have never experienced it before. It happens often now. I observed that it happens when I am trying to empathize with people(I am a counselor), when I get emotional, etc. No clue what it means. Did you get an answer?
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  • My vitamin B12 was slightly below normal, my pins and needles have let up some what, but I still get them occasionally, mostly when i start excersing suddenly or if I get mad. I'm still not sure..
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