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For the past two months, every time my body warms up a little bit (such as being in a warm room, having too many layers of clothes on, having the heat in the car at normal settings or feeling flustered or embarrased), I get this sharp painful but quick needle pricking sensation across random locations all over my back, my underarms, and the back of my upper legs. The sensation is quick but painful. It honestly feels like someone is stabbing me repeatedly with needles all over the place. The sensation does not stop until I manage to cool myself down either by taking a cold shower or going outside in the cold weather.

I've talked to my family physician about it, and she says my blood work has come back normal and attributed it to my body's natural reaction to heat. However, I normally do not react to heat like this. This has happened to me once before many years ago, but I don't recall how it went away. I receive this sensation at least once a day, and it is starting to bother me both physically and mentally. Does anyone have any information on what it is and how I can make it go away?
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First Helper toshina
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replied March 13th, 2008
Hiii
Im facing the same problem too..... this thing is troubling me from past 1 month, I also see tiny bumps on my arms when this sensation starts and they disappear when my body cools down. If anyone has an idea what this is please let me know.
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replied October 4th, 2011
Does this sound familiar...
I dont even know if im facing the same problem im fifteen and I have had this problem for over a year now. White bumps appearing on my upper body in many. as well as under heat exposure the feeling of a thousand needles pricking me on the skin. Unlike a lot of you people responding with your problems saying this happens once a day, this happens to be however as many as 10 times a day. Please contact me I need help...
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replied October 27th, 2011
pricking - control?
Mine is like yours it seems. The pricking covers my legs.. but it's unbearable!!! I just keep rubbing them and rubbing them until it gets a little better. I always get a rash of tiny red dots at the underneath (pale side) of my forearms at the same time. did you figure out what it was or how to control it??
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replied February 29th, 2012
I have the exact same problem.When my body heats up or if im out in the sun my body feels like needles are poking me and not only that i get like a allergic reation of red dots all over my arm,chest,back,everywhere.but when body swets everything goes away,even the pain its weird and i want it to stop already.mine started when winter came.
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replied April 1st, 2012
Maybe It's the laundry detergent or body soap were all using. I'm gonna switch and see if that helps...
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replied February 29th, 2012
I have the exact same problem.When my body heats up or if im out in the sun my body feels like needles are poking me and not only that i get like a allergic reation of red dots all over my arm,chest,back,everywhere.but when body swets everything goes away,even the pain its weird and i want it to stop already.mine started when winter came.
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replied November 1st, 2011
I've gotten the same thing to. It's been happening for about a month or two now, and it's been worrying me. At times it's tolerable, but other times I can't even do anything else until the sensation is gone. I looked up Prickly Heat after hearing the name on some TV show and thought that it may be what I am getting, but am not sure.
I don't know if this has anything to do with it, and I'll be sure to pay a little bit more attention, but I don't remember sweating in awhile. I like to read and write, as well as play video games, and usually I am sitting in a leather chair while doing so, which often causes me to sweat an awful lot, causing noticeable wetness on the back of my shirt, but I haven't had this happen to me since I started to get these sensations.
I'd appreciate a reply, I haven't read through this whole page and will do so in a moment and if I find the answer, I'll be thankful and sorry for asking.
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replied February 28th, 2012
heres what i do to kinda curve or make it not happen i feel its your body telling you that you need to detox i normally dont get it when i go fence since its fun for me and its great exercise and i drink alot of water while doing it i believe that if you dont workout over a certain period of time and your body senses that alot of muscle is disappearing itll start reacting badly
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replied September 11th, 2012
I had this two years ago in a reaction to the sun but it went away pretty quickly. I called my doctor about it and they said if it persists then go to the emergency room....... GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.... oh but i cured mine because i can control my goosebumps
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replied March 13th, 2008
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I am wondering if it possibly has something to do and/or related with sweating...

With me, obviously, it's not from heat generated by clothing but, it still seems to be sweat related, as I tend to get what you described, when I suffer from a "light" anxiety attack. I would obviously start sweating and then I would start itching all over and would get "pin prick" sensations.

Do you drink a lot of water? I should actually look into it my self as well, because this is not really supposed to be normal but because with me it's related to anxiety I haven't really given much thaught.

You might concider seeing your GP and/or a dermatologist? The other fact I should mention as well, is that I have been told on a couple of occasions that my skin is very elastic...
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replied April 1st, 2011
the symptom of sweating, falls in the category of "Prickley Heat"
I thought that was what i had, the name describes it but not it's
definition as sweat has nothing to do with my problem. I am 49 and the
past 4 years, wether in Northern Calif (hot) or Southern Calif (med), I
get the most unbearably painful feeling of needles pricking me always on my back
where I cant reach, and under my bra line. Can't walk my dog. Sad
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replied April 1st, 2011
the symptom of sweating, falls in the category of "Prickley Heat"
I thought that was what i had, the name describes it but not it's
definition as sweat has nothing to do with my problem. I am 49 and the
past 4 years, wether in Northern Calif (hot) or Southern Calif (med), I
get the most unbearably painful feeling of needles pricking me always on my back
where I cant reach, and under my bra line. Can't walk my dog. Sad
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replied March 22nd, 2008
Especially eHealthy
The bumps are probably goosebumps. I get this tingly/needle feeling too but it's never bothered me; I assumed all people get this! It doesn't worry me at all. It doesn't happen all the time. I think it feels kinda good.
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replied April 1st, 2011
the symptom of sweating, falls in the category of "Prickley Heat"
I thought that was what i had, the name describes it but not it's
definition as sweat has nothing to do with my problem. I am 49 and the
past 4 years, wether in Northern Calif (hot) or Southern Calif (med), I
get the most unbearably painful feeling of needles pricking me always on my back
where I cant reach, and under my bra line. Can't walk my dog. Sad

I get the goose bumps which i never noticed, a friend noticed it on
my legs and it was not because i was cold! Not that my legs experience the
pain, but it seems to be a side effect. i dont get visible rashes, discoloration etc.
as with "Prickley Heat". I hope I find something other than questions, but answers. How are we to live this way? Can't hide from the outside world every time it is warm.
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replied August 24th, 2008
Needle pricking sensation on skin surface when hot or anxious
Hi there, I have exactly the same symptoms like you (toshina). For the past one month I have been experiencing this needle prickling all over my body (especially my back, underarms, buttocks and thighs). Just to know, do you have really dry skin? when the needle prickling sensation come, do you see any changes on the skin that you feel the needles? I've already seen two skin specialist and both say that I have mild urticaria/hives. Its a disorder that comes once or twice in our live time and there is no direct cure. The first specialist prescribed me with antihistamine and also nicotinamide (or vitamin B3). The dosage for the vitamin B3 was really high like 500mg and taken 3 times a day (for one month) and one antihistamine per day. But after taking the medication for 2 weeks i didn't feel significant improvement. So I consulted the second specialist, she said roughly the same things like the first specialist and advised that I up the dosage on antihistamine to 2 tablets a day. She said I should do this consistently until the symptoms have gone away but after a week of doing so, once I felt that the symptoms has subsided a bit thus I've stopped taking the antihistamine because it causes mild drowsiness and I didn't feel like taking it during the day and I seldom get the attacks during evening if I'm not hot or anxious. Do you have any problems when you exercise? I feel that I can't sweat especially on the parts of the skin that have the symptoms. Do you feel the attacks coming back whenever you are anxious? when you receive some shocking news or when you feel your heart starting to pump faster? I really hope someone can share how they can make it go away completely.

Just to let you know I found that applying Sun Block lotion (SPF 40+ or higher) helps whenever I go out in hot sunny weather, it really reduces the attacks of these needle prickling sensation.
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replied April 1st, 2011
Babys, infants who have not developed properly functioning sweat glands yet, if you can't sweat, there might be a connection that a doctor could connect the dots for you. i can't since you're not an infant,,, but it's same symptoms as babys.
Good luck. Thanks for giving us the benefit of your medical advise! Save me a fortune in hit and miss diagnosis with doctors. I asked 2 MD's who looked at me like i was nuts. Acted like they never heard of it b4. "Needles pricking me, in heat" is NOT that unheard of, except for the 2 MD's in 2 different cities. So yeah it can cost a fortune finding the one doctor who knows what we are talking about.
thank you
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replied December 26th, 2008
I get this needle-pricking sensation if hot at night. It stops me getting to sleep. I have never had it during the day. I just thought it was a reaction to the detergent I use to wash the bedlinen, but I am prone to the odd patch of eczema, and recently psoriasis. (I have just been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and possibly SLE). I don't think this symptom is anything to worry about unless you think it might be part of another medical condition, or an allergy of some sort. It would be good to know if there is anything available to relieve the sensation, though.
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replied May 13th, 2009
Feeling the same sensation
Hey guys, for the past year i have been getting this sensation. It is caused by the exact same factors you have listed here. If i feel anxious, excited or if i'm out in the sun for too long i get a painful sensation of needle pricks on the skin. It hurts and only underneath my wrists appear little dots that are not red but white. This pain occurs mainly on my neck, hands and ankle and occurs for only a short period of time (2-4 minutes). Symptoms fade after moving into the shade and cooling down. I have gone to my GP and he said it was nothing serious/life threatening. Cannot recall exactly what he said, but it is to do with the reaction of heat with my blood cells. Anyways i have found the best way to avoid this is to keep cool and stay away from prolong periods in the sun. If symptoms appear i drink a lot of water and take big breaths to calm myself down. Just remember to keep calm, because it seems if you worry about it when it occurs it will stay for longer and be more painful. Just relax! Been to multiple doctors and all say its nothing to be worried about.
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replied May 19th, 2009
Same thing here!
I am 26 and I have been feeling this tingling/prickling sensation all my life. However I think I can explain this very specific situation of mine. I was at a flea market about 4 days ago and got slightly sun burned. Now that it has been a couple of day's my arms keep feeling as though some one is rolling a rolling pin with microscopic needles on it up and down my arms. Mind you that the burn is now tan. When I feel this feeling I take my hands and rub them up and down my skin rather fast. It takes the feeling away for a short time but does come back. It also kind of itches at the same time. Any way, even if your not burned I have found that alo vera does work. It cools and soothes the skin! Try this and see how long it helps. Like I said, even if you are not burned, it does help and it is all natural!
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replied June 17th, 2009
I have been suffering from a variety of symptoms for the last 5 years � among them the needle-prickling o my chest, back and back of thighs. In addition to that my body itches when exercising or anytime that it heats up.
I have consulted many specialists and there seems to be no answer or specific cure. I'm currently seeing a homeopath and I seem to finally be getting some heling
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replied July 12th, 2009
Hi there, this is happening to so many people and it sucks that doctors have no idea about it. However, with so many people having it maybe we can try to see some commonalities in what's causing it.

Please answer this questionaire and pass it on to any other forum/website talking about this and get back with the results.

To be clear what we are talking about: This is a pins and needles, itching, stinging sensation in the skin when one begins to get hot OR when one gets a fright or something like that. There is at no stage any rash or visible sign of it, anti-histamines help but do not solve the problem.

My thoughts about it are that it's based on showering too often and perhaps developing an allergy to something in the water...

1. How long have you had it?
2. What parts of your body are mainly affected?
3. Is it always in the same place?
4. How many times a day do you shower/did you shower when it began?
5. Do you smoke?
6. Does anybody gluten or lactose intolerant have it (if yes then we can rule out food allergy as a cause)?
7. Would you describe your skin as dry?
8. Does it make a difference is your skin is dry or moisturised?
9. Does, like for me, the pain occur when you START to get hot (pores open/perspiration begins), but really once you're exercising or hot or sweating for a while it isn't as bad?
10. Do you have any problems with your kidneys?
11. Any problems with any other organ or part of the body?
12. Do you use skin products? moisturisers etc?
13. How long do you usually spend in the shower?
14. Are you allergic to anything else? Soap, nuts, cats, dogs?
15. Did you go through any great physical change just before this started happening? For example: Weight gain/loss, menopause.
16. Would you describe yourself as anxious?
17. Would you describe yourself as happy?
18. Do you suffer from anxiety attacks or anything similar?
19. Do you find any type of cream, sunblock, vitamin e cream, aloe vera etc, helps the problem?
20. Any type of tablet? Fish oil?!
21. Are you sexually active?

Please feel free to add to and answer this questionaire and we'll try to get a table of common symptoms happening.
Personally, for me this started when I was showering twice a day and my skin was dry. I've tried thousands of different things for creams to tablets to anti-histamines but nothing really helps. Paul!
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replied July 16th, 2009
I've got mine ever since having Pityriasis Rosea. It used to happen during when I had that, and I've had it ever since.

IMO, I think it's just how some people's skin works.
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replied July 22nd, 2009
Hi guys,
My case seems to be getting worse, even if i smell hot food the skin sensation occurs usually on the head now. Also, when i feel slightly nervous it will automatically occur but now a days its even more painful as it is painful on the scalp, neck, chest and face. The only rash i get is under the wrist where little faded white dots are visible. I have booked myself in to see a dermatologist very shortly, hopefully he/she will find a cure.
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replied August 26th, 2009
Hello everyone,
I hope this helps. I was taking EstroLogic for my menopause symptoms for about a year and noticed the itching as well. The itching kept getting worse. Being a nurse I finally thought maybe it was an allergic reaction to the EstroLogic. I took myself off the medication and still noticed some itching but alot of improvement. I stopped drinking soy milk as well and my itching has stopped. If you are taking any kind of alternative over the counter meds for menopause consider the possibility you may be having an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients.
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replied August 30th, 2009
Hello All,
I just started recently having this problem. I was in the hospital for a kidney infection and when I left now I have this serious prickly feeling all over my back. I have been drinking more water and I do have skin problems already (eczema and raccoon eyes). I have also notices I sweat more than I ever have before. I haven't had it nearly as long as the people here and have to wait till I am off the medication for my kidney to see if that has anything to do with it.
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replied September 8th, 2009
For all you people out there. There is only one cure for this. When you wake up in the morning, have a cold glass of water. It should be the first thing you do. The pricking will go away in 2 weeks or so. Very Happy
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replied September 9th, 2009
Within the past two weeks I started experiencing this sensation. It started out as quick needle sensations over my body which i only really noticed at night. I quickly assumed the worst and thought it neurologically related. Over time i started having these sensations less but when I got them they itched as well (usually but not limited to around bed time). I'm 18 years old and have never had any medical problems. I just started taking vitamins recently and wonder if this could be the cause. I have some sort of rash or something on my chest that appears like white dots (just noticed this now). Not really worried but would be cool to know what's the cause.
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replied October 15th, 2009
I have been experiencing this for some months. I wouldn't say that it's particularly associated with being hot in my case. The sensation is as if I have something sharp caught in my clothing. The first time it happened I thought I had been stung by an insect. It can happen at any time of day but almost always happens when I'm relaxed reading in bed at night. It's always under the upper arms, and over the months seems to have moved up towards the armpit. I look in a mirror and sometimes think that the centre of the sensation is maybe a very small pimple the same colour as the surrounding skin. But the actual place of the sensation is quite elusive and hard to locate exactly. Do other people recognise this description? I visited my doctor recently but he can provide no explanation.
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replied November 27th, 2009
pin pricks in arm....and leg cramps.
Your description is very similar to my pin prick problem except it is my upper, outer arm that feels like needles are sticking in it. It is definitely elusive and it is not heat related. I can go days without any symptoms but when I get that feeling I want to peel the skin off my arm. I have tried all sorts of anti itch creams, to no avail but I do like the feel of benadryl lotion. There is nothing to see on my arm except where I have bruised it or scratched it from rubbing so hard. It does seem that no one has a solution for us.(I will try a cold glass of water in the morning because I tend to be dehydrated and get lots of leg cramps. Do any of you get cramps? good luck.
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replied November 28th, 2009
Paresthesia of the Back
I've been experiencing this same symptom (the medical term is paresthesia, for anyone curious)for roughly the last 3 weeks. It's gotten so painful at times that I can only hold my head in my hands, and wait for it to pass. The sensation *only* ever happens on my mid-back to mid-shoulder blades, and seems to happen whenever I get overly hot or fatigued. This is an issue for me, as I've also become quite easily fatigued in this time period. In fact, no amount of sleep I manage to get seems to give me any type of energy, lol.

I haven't changed anything in my daily routine, including the products I use, so I'm a bit reluctant to write this one off as an alergy. I'm 25 years old, with no prior medical conditions, and no previous allergies. I *only* drink cold water, several times a day including when I first wake up. I haven't experienced any rashes, bumps, or anything similar. The only other symptoms that started around the same time are the constant fatigue, and recurring headaches (usually they're strongest when I first wake in the morning, and subside over time).

My wife and I are really stumped on this one. I haven't gone to see a GP yet, as I wanted to do my own research first to ensure that it wasn't just something a common cure could fix. Also, I have no history of anxiety issues, although I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (a psychological disorder, similar in some ways to Bipolar Disorder) when I was younger.

Perhaps it's finally time for me to schedule that appointment with the GP or a dermatologist, although I doubt I'm going to receive any solid answers from either. Oh, I almost forgot another factor some have in common...I don't take any vitamins, or any other supplements.
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replied May 24th, 2011
I too have BDP and have the hot needle prick sensations on different parts of my body, sometimes just my legs, or my chest, or 90% of my body sometimes. It always occurs when i get really hot from working out, and sometimes happens just from being very anxious/nervous, i wonder if there is a connection with the BDP and this problem?
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replied September 19th, 2011
Have you ever been tested for LUPUS? I am 46 and was diagnoised with Lupus 11 years ago. I've had the constant fatigue, headaches and I have Paresthesia starting about 2 inches above my ankles. It's worth looking into. Best of Luck.
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replied January 12th, 2010
Hi, erm im having the same problem guys, i havent been to see anyone about it. Ive only told my family about it, and they seem to just ignore me.
I get a pricking sensation all over my back, my chest, lower stomach, arms, shoulders, neck. It really bloody hurts. It feels like some one has got a needle and keeps repeatedly stabbing me with it. I dunno what it is, but its starting to make me a bit scared. Whilst its happening, it itches like hell, i try my best not to itch because i know it will make it worse, but i cant help it.
And it happens in the same situations as you guys, when im hot, nervous and embarassed about something.
However, i havent been looking at my body for any marks that show up, but i think i will next time it happens, if i see any kind of mark then i will have no choice but to see a doctor.
Surely there must be some sort of cream to help with the pain.
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