Tingling leg pain

Updated April 17, 2017

Abnormal nerve sensations described as pins and needles, tingling and other similar feelings are known as paresthesia. This condition is usually caused by nerve damage or pressure. Leg tingling and pain is a form of paresthesia. This condition can be an indication of compromised blood flow as well as nerve irritation. A variety of issues can contribute to this condition. They include sitting for too long, shingles and plaque build-up caused by cholesterol in the blood stream. Your doctor can help you determine if there is a serious medical condition causing your painful, tingling legs.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are headaches that are often accompanied by light sensitivity, vomiting and nausea. Many people only feel the pain of this type of headache on one side of the head. Migraines can contribute to tingling legs in an individual.

Herniated Disk

A herniated disk, also known as a slipped disc, puts pressure on the nerves found in the spinal column. The pressure on the nerves leading to your legs can contribute to tingling leg pain. An X-ray may be used to discover if you have a herniated disk.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a neurological disorder in which nerves are damaged due to the disease diabetes. This disorder can cause tingling leg pain.


Tumours can develop on and around nerves. They can also affect blood flow to certain parts of the body. Tumours can cause tingling leg pain in a person.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that attacks the central nervous system of a person. The central nervous system includes the nerves of the spine that are connected to leg nerves. Since the nerves of the spinal system are affected by MS this disease, tingling legs has been associated with multiple sclerosis.


Certain medications can contribute to tingling leg pain. If you have observed that your prescribed medication is causing tingling sensations in your legs go to your doctor. Request that he adjust your medicine dosage, so the tingling disappears.

Emergencies and Tingling

Call 911 immediately if you experience tingling soon after you have had a head, back or neck injury. You may have damaged the nerves in your spinal cord. If you experience tingling accompanied by weakness, slurred speech, difficulty walking or paralysis go to the emergency room as quickly as possible. You may have experienced a stroke. If you are unsure about what is causing your tingling, see your doctor to determine the cause.

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Alexandra Wright is a freelance writer and professional educator. She has taught English as a second language and has experience teaching English at the elementary, secondary and university levels. Wright holds a Master of Arts in English literature.