Posted by: richard | 2017/11/21


itching tingling pins and needles down right side of neck

itching tingling pins and needles dow right side of neck

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2017/11/22

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:

  • Remaining in the same position (seated or standing) for a long period of time.
  • Injury 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).
  • Pressure on the spinal nerves (for example, due to a herniated disk).
  • Lack 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 sensations).
  • Side effects from certain medications.
  • A lack of vitamin B12 or other vitamins.
  • Toxic action on the nerves, such as from alcohol, tobacco, or lead.
  • Abnormal 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 medical reasons.

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).

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

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