Prickly sensations in my son's hands

by Cindy

My son is 8 years old and has SPD. Lately he is getting sensations in his hands. He describes it as getting splinters. Sometimes it gets so bad that he has a complete meltdown and screams. The only thing I have found to take his mind off of it, but it doesn't actually help is cold ice packs. Has anyone else experienced this with their child? I have not taken him to a neurologist yet because I'm afraid they won't be able to give me any answers.

Thank you,

I am hoping there might be someone else who has experienced this... let's see if anyone responds, ok?

Meanwhile... I do have two thoughts/comments.

First, it does sound more like a specific neurological issue... I'm not so sure this is SPd related. My gut says it isn't, from what you describe.

Second, you say you have not taken him to a neurologist because you are "afraid they won't be able to give me any answers."? Hmmm... seems to me you DO need an answer and NOT taking him based on that specific reason is, well, not the best idea. On the flip side... what if you take him and they DO find an explanation? I would go into it with that idea... pursue an answer until you get one! He is clearly uncomfortable. Have you talked to his pediatrician yet? You certainly may want to start there and I would also highly recommend a trip to a neurologist... make the appointment as sometimes it takes many weeks to get in to see one. Don't be afraid of not getting an answer... you will find one if you act on it. You can find a doc that will have an answer... please do it for your son, ok?

Let us know if/when you DO get an answer for this. Meanwhile... does anyone else have any ideas or have you experienced a similar sensation? Some direction for Cindy would be great. Thanks in advance.

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Dec 29, 2015
Wierd shards of glass feeling
by: Nathan Mabe

Feels like fiber glass or glass shards in my left hand

Dec 20, 2013
I am experiencing the same sensations in both of my hands!
by: Monica M.

I just arrived to Maui for the holidays and it started 5 days ago. I feel like I have tiny pieces of glass, tiny splinters, needles/quills from a small cactus in my hands and the feeling of pins and needles. The tiny sharp pains happens sporadically. It happens when my hands are free, touching nothing or when they come into contact with an object.
Yesterday, on day 5, my hands started going numb. Now I have those sporadic sharp pains and my hands feel like they are numb and going to sleep.

I am 38 years old and have been healthy throughout my life. I don't have any diseases, I live a healthy lifestyle (workout & eat healthy) and I am a thin person.

I have never experienced anything like this before. Does anyone know what could be causing this?

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!

Oct 23, 2011
I've had this today!
by: Jack

Hello, this was the most helpful website that described what I have been feeling today. I am 16yrs and I don't suffer from any conditions like SPD but I woke up with it this morning and its still here now. It feels like I have smashed a glass bottle and all the splinters have gone in my hand and all down my wrist. I put antiseptic cream and bite spray on thinking it would be a insect that has bitten me in the night but it hasn't helped. I have since noticed little red dots all over my palm that looks similar to a rash. But when I rub my finger over these dots it feels like a cold splinter feeling that feels like about 5 splinters have just gone into that part of my hand. I've told my mum but she says its nothing to worry about, but I'm not too sure. Shall I book an appointment to see my doctor or will it go? Sorry if its nothing to do with what this page is about, but the comments above described the feeling most. Thanks!

Mar 17, 2008
child's prickly sensations in hands...
by: Anonymous


My dd had issues also. May sound crazy but this is what we learned:

1. go to a DAN dr.

2. could be a gut - brain issue causing a neuro issue

3. could be a B12 deficiency

B12 by mouth did wonders for my dd.

Good luck :)

(I'm not in the medical profession; just a mom; went to a holistic nurse/DAN dr and tried it -- it helped a lot :)

Feb 14, 2008
To Cindy
by: Anonymous

Dear Cindy:

You are correct when you say that the neurologist may not be able to help you. My husband suffered from this problem for years and mainstream medicine could not help him. He finally was diagnosed with mercury toxicity and was treated with a chelating therapy by a physician certified by ACAM and IOMAT. The tingling numbness in his hands disappeared after the treatment.

The chelating physician informed us that many people suffer mercury toxicity from dental amalgam fillings. Mercury constantly escapes from them into the body. Also, children who have received vaccinations (which is most of them), have high levels of mercury in their systems. The stabilizer in vaccinations until recently was mercury, called Thimersol in vaccines.

Read up on mercury toxicity and see if it rings any bells. The most ironic thing of all is that my husband is a dentist but was forced to give up his practice due to the mercury toxicty effect on his hands. Wishing you the best of luck with your child.


Feb 06, 2008
Strange feelings
by: Joseoh Krok

My son also has recently reported some strange feeling around his body. He tells us that his ribs feel shaky, his brain feels tingly, and his heart is racing. He has a diagnosis of SPD from an OT/SI and has been to a neurologist who labeled it ADHD, we have an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist tomorrow. Hoping to find some answers where ever they may be. Lots of dead ends with the whole process.

Feb 05, 2008
Splinter feeling here too?
by: Anonymous

My daughter is three and has SPD. She complains regularly (sometimes to the point of tantrums) that her leg hurts. I've often wondered if it was a "it fell asleep" problem, which would be similar to the splinter feeling. She has seen a neurologist for a number of reasons and nothing was found. My daughter also recently told me that the hurt leg was why she used to cry in her crib when she was a baby. I'd love some answers too so we can help her!!

Feb 05, 2008
here's a thought
by: Kristin

This sounds more like a neuro problem within the neck region. I am a chiropractor and usually when I see patients with pins and needles in the hands it signifies a problem in th C-2 region of the neck. Try massaging your son's upper neck area (gently esp. if he has SPD). Try stretching his neck out by having him do neck rolls slowly to the right/left.

Let me know if this helps!

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