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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Jan 30, 2019
Fiberglass feeling/gout
by: Anonymous

Has anyone been told the fiberglass type feeling could be uric acid deposits like those found in gout? I was seen last summer for the fiberglass feeling in my big toe and was told I have gout. It is only mild at this point, and I did not have noticeable joint pain until my second episode.

Now, however, I have the fiberglass feeling in one fingertip. When wracking my brain over what I ate recently, I remembered a few pieces of shrimp a few days ago. For me, this helps confirm my diagnosis of gout.

I’m thankful that it is very mild at this point and can apparently be controlled by diet...I just need to be better about following the gout diet.

I hope this is helpful to someone. I had no idea that gout could be "mild." And that one of the symptoms could be a fiberglass type feeling.

Jan 15, 2019
feelings of insanely TINY sharp broken glass
by: Anonymous

About 2 days ago I got this feeling in the middle of the day at school, im 16 y/o, so of course my hands & fingers are still used & active. It’s hard to write or to even lightly rub my fingers together. I do cheer also.

I thought I grabbed something that might have been old to the point to where it’s been through broken glass & tried scratching it off, washing my hands & lotion. I assumed it would go by quick but days later & now I have tiny red dots.

This feeling also feels familiar from years ago, but I’m not sure if the last time was actually because of glass or the same situation.

Oct 03, 2018
feels like fiber glass or glass are in my fingers
by: Anonymous

i have the same issue no spd though but feels like fiber glass and little red dots. my mom says its nothing but i dont agree. i tried lotion it does nothing but I scratched it till it bled. dont do that, it dont help and just makes it worse. if any one knows anything plz help!

Jun 17, 2018
Same problems
by: Donna

Two weeks ago I noticed that my pointer finger on my right hand felt like a splinter or glass was stuck in it. Now, this morning two weeks later, It is on both hands everywhere, like a cactus or especially fiberglass and also on the bottom of both feet and legs. I can't seem to touch anything, including typing this. What could this be, and what should I do now? Can anyone help

Aug 07, 2017
Stinging feeling
by: Alexis

I was sitting down and I went to grab a blanket. Then I felt a sharp stinging feeling in my index finger left hand. I looked with a magnifying glass and there was no cut, splinter, bump, or redness.

I soaked my hand thinking maybe there is a small splinter but nothing happened. I also tried hydrogen peroxide but nothing.

Has anyone had this?

Apr 03, 2017
Could be vascular
by: Anonymous

It sounds like it could be a vascular issue. My daughter has neuropathy (nerve/ neurological issues) with her hands and feet with her this causes numbness more than anything. The reason I say it sounds vascular is there are little tiny capillaries just under the skins surface. If one or more bust then it can give the sensations like, splinters, cacti, or tiny shards or glass every time you touch that area. It isn't dangerous, just unpleasant. This tends to happen more in the hands than elsewhere.

Mar 31, 2017
Like I grabbed a cactus or have many small cuts
by: Brandon

Like Monica, my middle three fingers hurt like I've gripped a small cactus with them or like I have many small cuts or splinters in them, but I can find no such splinters in them and I've never held a cactus.

This started randomly two or three days ago. It hurts a bit to rub my hands over each other and to generally move the skin around on those fingers. I also notice some tenderness around the joints in those fingers that I do not feel in other fingers.

I had my hands examined by an emergency physician at my university's medical center and they could find no worrying structural issue with my hands that would suggest that something is structurally amiss.

If someone can help, please post here. This is the only place so far where I've found someone mention the cactus feeling.

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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