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Is the intermittent tingling in my legs and arms related to smoking cessation?

By Anonymous August 6, 2015 - 4:31am
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I have been smoke free for 9 months after a smoking a pack or more a day for 33 years. I have no medical issue except for some degenerative processes in my back exacerbated by a fall I had the day I quit smoking. I had P.T for 3 months and I continue these exercises with brisk daily walks. That pain really doesn't match the sciatica profile as it doesn't shoot down 1 side. I'm a 48 y/o woman with a sedentary desk job.
I have intermittent needle like pains in my limbs at night when I try and fall asleep and it keeps me awake. Could this be my circulation improving ? My O2 saturation is surprisingly at a 100%. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I've heard about tingling fingers.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to our community for input.

Have you spoken with your primary care physician about this?

I doubt the intermittent needle like pains in your limbs is connected to your circulatory system.

Nerve pain presents as a tingling, burning or pins and needle sensation. Nerve pain is caused by damage to the nerve.

Nerve pain in idiopathic peripheral neuropathy is usually in the feet and legs but can also be in the hands and arms. People describe their unexplained nerve pain in different ways, such as burning, tingling, pins and needles, crawling and electric shocks.

Anonymous, in your case, the degenerative changes in your spine due to a fall may have caused nerve compression and damage. But, only your physician with the add of your medical history and ability to do a physical exam, knows for sure.


August 6, 2015 - 8:41am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you Maryann.

August 9, 2015 - 6:12pm
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