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Andy Waters
(dirtyhiker) - F

Locale: NC mountains
Pins and needles in my back?? on 10/28/2009 07:46:16 MDT Print View

Hello all? Anybody have any idea what could be causing this "pins and needles" sensation? Usually towards the end of a high exertion day, rarely in the morning.. First i thought heavy pack, now i'm down to like 8 or so base.. Next I thought it could be the synthetic top I was wearing so I switched to merino wool, still getting it if not worsening?

Any Ideas???


Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Pins and needles in my back?? on 10/28/2009 07:49:17 MDT Print View

I get it, mine is due to a prolapse disk in c4-c5. Early next month I am due in Hospital for a steriod injection or four which will attempt to correct it.

I would suggest you get yourself to your GP and see what they have to say. It was a CT scan that discovered the damage to my neck.

Cheers and all the best.


Andy Waters
(dirtyhiker) - F

Locale: NC mountains
pooop.... on 10/28/2009 07:55:18 MDT Print View

Now i'm scared..... Doctors don't like broke hikers... Think yoga and stretching will help?? thanks so much for the insight though..

Edited by dirtyhiker on 10/28/2009 07:56:20 MDT.

Zack Karas
( - MLife

Locale: Lake Tahoe
Dunno. on 10/28/2009 12:02:56 MDT Print View

Do you only get it when it is hot out? I get a sort of tingling sensation at times but I think that is just prickly heat.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Pins and needles in my back?? on 10/28/2009 12:47:42 MDT Print View

Hi Andy,

Sorry to hear about your troubles. Have you tried a long walk without a back pack? I'm guessing you use a rucksack that places most or all the weight on your shoulders. It might be useful to determine whether the problem is related to the pack itself (perhaps take a long day hike using a fanny pack). Should the problem not occur, you could have a poor-fitting pack or it may be that any pack is aggravating an existing condition. At the very least it could provide a doctor with some valuable clues.

I once had something similar, but affecting one leg. It proved to be a bruised nerve that was probably originally caused by kayaking but was aggravated thereafter by wearing a backpack with a hipbelt. It went away with time and rest.

Good luck!


Thomas Burns
(nerdboy52) - MLife

Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Be careful! on 10/28/2009 13:18:33 MDT Print View

>mine is due to a prolapse disk in c4-c5

Andy, this might be nothing, but as a sufferer of a similar condition to Mark's, I offer the following advise:

Get to a physician and make sure that you don't have a compressed disc. The tingling sensation may be caused by a a nerve compressed by the vertebrae surrounding the disc in question.

It turned out that I have degenerative disc disease, but I wouldn't have known that if I hadn't paid attention to the warning signs.



Andy Waters
(dirtyhiker) - F

Locale: NC mountains
I don't wanna die...... on 10/28/2009 18:45:41 MDT Print View

Alright... so..... Spinal cord huh??? wow, i was totally hoping it was something a great massage could fix.... guess i'm going to the doctor in the near future... Thanx u guyz..

Andy Waters
(dirtyhiker) - F

Locale: NC mountains
well....... on 10/28/2009 18:57:18 MDT Print View

After carrying 80 pounds or so for 2000 miles and then 60 for another 1000 or so give or take i guess i deserve it... let this be a lesson for everybody else out there.. Light is happiness... walk on.......

Kimberly Wersal
(kwersal) - MLife

Locale: Western Colorado
Re: well....... on 10/28/2009 22:11:41 MDT Print View

Yeah--don't ignore it. I had a numb/tingling/electrical current kind of feeling down my right arm; it didn't exactly hurt, so I let it go-- then woke up one morning in AGONY. I was literally bedridden for a week, and in pretty rough shape for another couple of weeks. I had lifted some very heavy weigh with my right arm and it had pulled my spine out of the midline. I went to a neurologist-- he let my chiropractor deal with it, which he did, but it was rough for a while.

Mark McLauchlin
(markmclauchlin) - MLife

Locale: Western Australia
Re: Re: well....... on 10/29/2009 04:42:53 MDT Print View

What Thomas said...we seem to have the same issue.

As for stretching, well I find that works very well, I stretch three times per-day, first in the morning when I wake, then 10:30am and 3:00pm. I really feel it when I miss a session.

For me it's as simple as doing some basic neck moves, right, left, up, down, etc, nothing too hard at all.

I would just make the trip to the GP,