Pins and Needles in Back

Pins and needles are most commonly known to occur in feet, hands, arms and legs, however, they also occurs in other larger body parts such as the back. Pins and Needles in the back also refered to as back tingling or back paresthesias could be a temporary discomfort caused by poor blood circulation in the back or a chronic condition caused by some serious underlying issue. Pins and Needles can occur in either the upper back or lower back and in rare occations both.

Symptoms of Pins and Needles in the Back

  • Prickliness and discomfort in the back
  • Numbness and heaviness of the back
  • Temporary feeling of comfort after shifting into the sitting posture
  • May start at the lower back and spread to the upper back
  • Sharp, painful tingling sensation that may radiate from lower back to
  • the buttocks and other extremities
  • Insomnia, that occurs due to constant discomfort in the back

Causes of Pins and Needles in the Back

  • Cramped or awkward sitting posture
  • Being over weight / obese puts pressure on the lower back
  • Sleeping on a poor mattress
  • Sleeping in a bad sleeping position
  • Severed spinal cord
  • Low blood calcium level (Hypocalcemia)
  • Medical condition such as herpes zoster (shingles)
  • Epilepsy or partial seizures
  • Hereditary Neuropathy
  • Diseases of the connective tissues such as Sjogren’s syndrome or
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Metaobolic disorders such as hypothyroidism
  • Underlying medical conditions such as Diabetic neuropathy
  • Neurological disorders / diseases such as multiple sclerosis
  • Deficiencies of Vitamin B12 or Biotin
  • Accidental trauma to the spine or back
  • Compression of the nerve root
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

The most common cause of Pins and Needles pain in the back is poor lying positions, sitting posture. In chronic cases the primary cause of Pins and Needles Pain in the Back could be because of an nderlying neurological  condition.

How to Stop Pins and Needles in the Back

Pins and Needles caused by minor problems such as poor seating or posture can be prevented and stopped by corrective measures such as proper sitting or lying positions. Other helpful remedies include maintaining an ideal body weight and losing weight if overweight. Further strategies such as stretching, acupuncture, holistic treatments etc. could help to reduce the discomfort associated with this medical condition. The above mentioned tips can only reduce the discomfort associated with pins and needles in back and are not intended to be perminant treatments. As pins and needles in the back is a very rare condition it is highly imperative to discuss the treatment plans with your Doctor.


Pins and Needles in the back also called as back tingling is one of
the conditions associated with Paresthesias. It is annoying and hinders the everyday routine of a person affected by this problem. The symptoms manifest themselves as prickling or tingling discomfort in the lower back. In some cases simple lifestyle changes such as healthy dietary habits, maintaining healthy weight, stretching and physical activity can help as part of the treatment and preventions of paresthesias. Pins and Needles in the back should not be ignored.
Patient should seek correct professional advice to determine the
underlying medical condition.