Dear Richard. Itchy, itching, tingly, tingling, crawly, crawling,
pins and needles, prickly, and odd or unusual feelings or sensations can
persistently affect one area of the body only, can shift and affect another
area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many areas of the body over
and over again.
These feelings or sensations can come and go, occur
frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may have one, many, or
all of these feelings and sensations once and a while and not that often, feel
them off and on, or feel them all the time. They may precede, accompany, or
follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by
themselves. These unusual feelings and sensations can precede, accompany, or
follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur
‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason. They can range in intensity from
slight, to moderate, to severe. They can also come in waves, where they are
strong one moment and ease off the next. They can change from day to day,
and/or from moment to moment. They can even seem like they intensify when
undistracted or when trying to relax, rest, or go to sleep.
These types of anxiety symptoms can be caused by a
number of factors including:
in the same position (seated or standing) for a long period of time.
or pressure on a nerve (for example, a back injury can cause these
feelings and sensations in the legs or feet, and a neck injury can cause
them in the arms and hands).
on the spinal nerves (for example, due to a herniated disk).
of blood supply to an area (for example, restricted blood flow–we often
refer to it as “falling asleep,” or for medical reason such as, plaque
build-up from atherosclerosis–this can cause these feelings and
effects from certain medications.
- A lack
of vitamin B12 or other vitamins.
action on the nerves, such as from alcohol, tobacco, or lead.
levels of calcium, potassium, or sodium in the body.
Any other odd or unusual feelings and sensations
anywhere under the skin and/or inside or deep inside the body can also be
caused by other medical conditions.
It is recommend you discuss these symptoms with your doctor. If your doctor
attributes these sensations and symptoms solely to stress (including
anxiety-caused stress), you can be confident that there isn't another medical
reason for them. Generally, most doctors can easily tell the difference between
stress- and anxiety-caused sensations and symptoms from those caused by other
If you are uncertain about your doctor’s diagnosis,
however, you may want to seek a second and even third opinion. But if all three
opinions concur, you can be assured that stress (including the stress that
being overly anxious can cause) is the cause of your sensations and symptoms
and not some other medical or biological problem. (MCH).
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