Pins and Needles in Head

Pins and Needles in head refers to a prickling or tingling feeling on the head. This occurs without prior symptoms or warning and results in sensation of discomfort and uneasiness in head. This condition is clinically referred to, by the term Paresthesia, it is a general term that describes prickling or tingling feeling generally felt in hands, legs or feet and other parts of the body.

Symptoms of Pins and Needles in the Head:

  • Feeling of dizziness
  • Heaviness of head
  • Numbness in head immediately after waking
  • Pricking sensation on the back of the head
  • Pressure in the temple and back of head
  • Tingling sensation on one side of face
  • Numbness on one side of face
  • Shooting headaches
  • Sometimes blurred vision


Causes of Pins and Needles in the Head:

  • Poor circulation of blood in the head
  • Impaired neuron function
  • Stroke
  • Deficiencies of Vitamins such as B12,
  • Underlying Neurological disorders – Lyme disease, neuropathy
  • Heavy Metal poisoning
  • Pressure on nerves
  • Certain types of medication
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, and other drugs that damage the nerves
  • Auto-immune diseases such as Multiple sclerosis, Lupus, Guillain Barres syndrome etc

The most common cause for Pins and Needles pain in Head is because of damages to the nervous system or an underlying neurological disorder.

How to stop Pins and Needles in Head:

Pins and Needles in Head should not be ignored and one should seek immediate Doctor’s advice. There are no known remedy to stop Pins and Needles in Head. However simple relaxation exercises, yoga and meditation can bring relief to individual’s suffering with Pins and Needles in Head. If the underlying cause for pins and needles sensation ( Paresthesia) is due to inflammatory reactions, consuming foods that are anti-inflammatory such as mushrooms, salmon, turmeric, garlic, kelp etc may help to ease out the symptoms.

Pins and Needles in the head is characterized by tingling, prickling or numbness sensation in head or back of head , with a feeling of discomfort. The Problem of Pins and Needles in head may range from simple Vitamin B12 deficiency ( Pernicious anemia), acute side effect of a drug to a serious underlying neurological condition. While relaxation techniques such as meditation may help to ease out the problem, this should never be considered as the treatment for Pins and Needles. One should always seek correct medical advice to rule out the possibility of serious nerve damage and never compression in the head. You Doctor will put you through a series of neurological examinations such as MRI, and other tests to diagnose the cause and place you on the right treatment based on the cause of the problem. There are no dietary changes recommended for individuals with Pins and Needles in the head, however it is always best to consume a diet that are rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C, E, Carotenoids etc which reduce the oxidative damage to the cells, nerves and tissues and one that is anti-inflammatory. These foods are safe as well as healthy and also reduce the risk of other degenerative diseases in the body.