Pins and needles during exercise?

Posted by martinsmckinney @martinsmckinney, Nov 20, 2019

Does anyone here experience sensations pins and needles when initial sweating occurs during exercise?

@stevenson

We’ve seen a demonologist, he’s going to get allergy tested soon they think that is a solution. Hot showers trigger the pins and needles and he is forced to take Luke warm showers to avoid the pain.. He takes clariten Frequently for allergies and has not seen improvement. He keeps working out because once he breaks a sweat the pain stops. It’s troublesome because with the VA it takes months to get any type of appointment, only to leave with them having no answers.

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My brother deals with the same frustrations with the VA. I've been on a 3 year search for pain relief from polyneuropathy, and I've kinda reached the conclusion that I just have to live with it. My pain is quite different from your husband's, but after a while any chronic pain is difficult. I hope you get some answers soon.

Jim

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@stevenson

Yes, my husband experiences the same thing. He works out 6-7 times a week. Very active. Right before he breaks a sweat his whole body experiences pins and needles that are very painful. His face and arms and whole body break out in white hives. The pins and needles stop as soon as a sweat breaks. We use the VA medical and they have no idea what is wrong with him. I’m desperate for a solution for him. He’s been on antihistamines which only make him sleepy. I just bought zendocrine from doterra thinking maybe it’s his body trying to rid the toxins it has accumulated… hasn’t worked. We eat clean and have gone vegan since he developed this. He’s had this the last three years. Tried all natural soaps etc… nothing.. We’re at a complete loss and feel hopeless..

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I know you said you eat clean, but does your husband drink coffee, caffeinated sodas or take supplements with caffeine? The reason I ask is because the exact thing used to happen to me while running or exercising hard. I would sweat, then break out in hives all over my body and they itched like crazy!!! Just as you thought, I also thought it was because of sweat toxins making contact with my skin.
However, no matter how clean I ate and how many cleanses I did it still happened. So then I decided no more caffeine. Which made me very sad because I loved drinking Diet Coke. But I stopped and have never had that problem again.
Just a thought, as different things work for different people because all our bodies are different. So if he does have caffeine he should give it a try to see if that helps.

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@meeceeme

I know you said you eat clean, but does your husband drink coffee, caffeinated sodas or take supplements with caffeine? The reason I ask is because the exact thing used to happen to me while running or exercising hard. I would sweat, then break out in hives all over my body and they itched like crazy!!! Just as you thought, I also thought it was because of sweat toxins making contact with my skin.
However, no matter how clean I ate and how many cleanses I did it still happened. So then I decided no more caffeine. Which made me very sad because I loved drinking Diet Coke. But I stopped and have never had that problem again.
Just a thought, as different things work for different people because all our bodies are different. So if he does have caffeine he should give it a try to see if that helps.

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@meeceeme
Hi, and welcome to Mayo Connect. What you (and @stevenson ) experienced, hives when starting to sweat, is a new one on me. Good you were able to attribute it to an allergic reaction to caffeine. Since you posted this in the neuropathy section I am wondering if you or your husband suffer from that? I am caregiver to my wife who is greatly debilitated from it. If you want to share what your symptoms are I am all ears. I have learned a great deal by listening to everyone here who is suffering from PN. My wife counts on me to be the family researcher. I feel so badly for her, and by extension all those who suffer from this frustrating disease. Best to you! Hank

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@martinsmckinney

Thank you all for your responses. I am a cyclist and usually when i ride after about 10 minutes the pins and needles start and they usually last for a good 10-20 minutes. The feeling subsides after that period but during time it is almost enough discomfort to discourage any activity. The same thing happens when I start to sweat in the gym or doing yard work here in Florida. I know it will not feel good. i know it sounds strange but would think most of you are familiar with uncommon symptoms. Just curious if others have the same sensations and what a remedy might be(?).

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I am also an every day cyclists in Florida and this just started with me in the exact same way.I've tried drinking more,keep up on my nutrition, however I do j.g ave a gluten issue but that's out of my diet now.
Have you or anyone else found relief?

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@stevesnyder

I am also an every day cyclists in Florida and this just started with me in the exact same way.I've tried drinking more,keep up on my nutrition, however I do j.g ave a gluten issue but that's out of my diet now.
Have you or anyone else found relief?

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Hello @stevesnyder, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm tagging @martinsmckinney with his member name in case he did not see your reply. I found some information on a bicycling web site that may be helpful.

– Numb Feet, Tingling Toes | Common Causes of Numbness: https://www.bicycling.com/training/a20003992/numb-feet/

Have you been diagnosed with neuropathy or have any other symptoms?

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@johnbishop

Hello @stevesnyder, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm tagging @martinsmckinney with his member name in case he did not see your reply. I found some information on a bicycling web site that may be helpful.

– Numb Feet, Tingling Toes | Common Causes of Numbness: https://www.bicycling.com/training/a20003992/numb-feet/

Have you been diagnosed with neuropathy or have any other symptoms?

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Hi John,I have yet to see a physician about my pins and needles sensations.
However the other day as I worked a hacksaw thru some metal in the shop,I started to feel the onset of it,not to the degree as when cycling, but still at the apparent rise in body temperature.

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@martinsmckinney

Thank you all for your responses. I am a cyclist and usually when i ride after about 10 minutes the pins and needles start and they usually last for a good 10-20 minutes. The feeling subsides after that period but during time it is almost enough discomfort to discourage any activity. The same thing happens when I start to sweat in the gym or doing yard work here in Florida. I know it will not feel good. i know it sounds strange but would think most of you are familiar with uncommon symptoms. Just curious if others have the same sensations and what a remedy might be(?).

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Hi! I’m wondering if you have an update? I found this thread through Google. I have been having the same symptoms you describe, with out the hives, for a few seconds when my back starts sweating either from exercise or heat. I have recently been diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency, so now that I’m treating that we’ll see if it changes, but nevertheless, I’d like to know more about what might be going on. I’m also beginning to get pins and needles in my arms abd legs, seemingly at random. I’m just starting my diagnostic journey. Any suggestions help!

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@hippiebeachchick

Hi! I’m wondering if you have an update? I found this thread through Google. I have been having the same symptoms you describe, with out the hives, for a few seconds when my back starts sweating either from exercise or heat. I have recently been diagnosed with a vitamin D deficiency, so now that I’m treating that we’ll see if it changes, but nevertheless, I’d like to know more about what might be going on. I’m also beginning to get pins and needles in my arms abd legs, seemingly at random. I’m just starting my diagnostic journey. Any suggestions help!

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Hello @hippiebeachchick, Welcome to Connect. I think your question was directed to @martinsmckinney but the member may not have seen your post. Hopefully they will see this one and can provide an update. The last post made by @martinsmckinney was in the Burning Feet syndrome discussion here and mentioned being prescribed antibiotics for an infection – https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/burning-feet-syndrome/?pg=7#comment-364113.

Here's some information that might be helpful – Pins and needles – NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pins-and-needles/

Does your doctor think the pins and needles symptoms might be caused by the vitamin D deficiency?

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@meeceeme

I know you said you eat clean, but does your husband drink coffee, caffeinated sodas or take supplements with caffeine? The reason I ask is because the exact thing used to happen to me while running or exercising hard. I would sweat, then break out in hives all over my body and they itched like crazy!!! Just as you thought, I also thought it was because of sweat toxins making contact with my skin.
However, no matter how clean I ate and how many cleanses I did it still happened. So then I decided no more caffeine. Which made me very sad because I loved drinking Diet Coke. But I stopped and have never had that problem again.
Just a thought, as different things work for different people because all our bodies are different. So if he does have caffeine he should give it a try to see if that helps.

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I have the same problem for a while now though somehow it doesn't happened in summer! My local dermatologist describs these pills -in the pic down- for a month and surprisingly it worked! YAY, not for too long tho it actually screwed my immune system really badly, I got really sick from influenza. Also the antihistamines made palpitation especially in bed time… I guess this condition has something to do with dry skin and weird immune system respond to the sweat!! Any way am trying to embrace for what it worth

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@godric

I have the same problem for a while now though somehow it doesn't happened in summer! My local dermatologist describs these pills -in the pic down- for a month and surprisingly it worked! YAY, not for too long tho it actually screwed my immune system really badly, I got really sick from influenza. Also the antihistamines made palpitation especially in bed time… I guess this condition has something to do with dry skin and weird immune system respond to the sweat!! Any way am trying to embrace for what it worth

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Hi @godric, Welcome to Connect. It's great when you can find something that gives you relief from your symptoms. Did your dermatologist think your symptoms might be caused by an allergy when they prescribed the medications?

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@stevenson

We’ve seen a demonologist, he’s going to get allergy tested soon they think that is a solution. Hot showers trigger the pins and needles and he is forced to take Luke warm showers to avoid the pain.. He takes clariten Frequently for allergies and has not seen improvement. He keeps working out because once he breaks a sweat the pain stops. It’s troublesome because with the VA it takes months to get any type of appointment, only to leave with them having no answers.

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Have you received any sort of diagnosis or figured out any medication that helps? Reading your description, I felt like you were writing it about me and not your spouse. Thanks!

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Hello @dbking and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. How wonderful that you were able to find a connection with post by @stevenson. I can see that you are interested in hearing an update so have used the "@" sign + the member's handle to alert them to your interest in wanting to connect.

Are your triggers for pain the same as described by the post you read and responded to?

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