What causes a tingling itchy leg

Having a tingling sensation in your legs means that you feel uneasy and you can have problems with walking. It gives you a strange itch, cramps, pain or a numbness feeling due to which you constantly are distracted. What is the cause of this discomfort?



Having this condition can be very annoying, especially if it occurs at night. You sleep bad and can’t get plenty of rest. The symptoms of an irritated leg can be various:

  • the itch makes that you cannot fall in sleep. You are restless all the time which makes you extremely tired as well;
  • you cannot walk good, the feeling in your leg is different or can complete disappear;
  • continuously you have an itch or pain and that can result in several unexplained sensations in the legs.

Why do these symptoms occur and what can you do about it?


Wrong sleeping position

You wake up and your leg sleeps. This is caused by a temporarily blockage of a blood vessel. It is important to give the leg enough rest before you can stand on it. Try to lift the leg so that blood can run more easily. If you try to walk with it, it can lead to mishaps which sometime lead to a broken leg or foot. When your foot is sleeping you can easily recover from it. Use a small elastic band and put it over the instep of the foot. Blood will be stopped for a second on the skin which results in quick relieve.



It can happen to anyone. You are just doing your own business like sport or other activity. Suddenly your body gets in a stressed situation due to which the respiration changes. The breathing goes more quickly which results in too much oxygen. The body has to use more blood to transport all that oxygen and so will extract blood from the limbs. It results in a heavy tingling feeling in your hands, arms, feet and legs. You will have to breathe in a plastic bag combined with rest. Within half an hour your body can recover completely.



Chronic shortage of red blood cells means there isn't enough capacity to transport oxygen. Due to anemia you can feel lightheaded, dizzy but also a tingling feeling in the limbs. In this case blood is also extracted from the arms and legs so that organs can function normally. You need to eat enough green vegetables, meat and liver to increase the iron-level. Next to that you need to use enough vitamin B11 (folic-acid) and B12 which interact with iron-particles for the production of healthy red blood cells. 


Varicose veins

On the skin situated varicose veins are caused by weakened veins. The veins expand, have erratic patterns and look like they lie above the skin. Sometimes it looks like purple clutters. Normally this condition isn't harmful except for having an itchy feeling. It can give aesthetic problems for which there is no medication. It can be helped by stripping of the veins. This requires an operation. Next to that it is possible to inject and block the veins or burn it from the inside. The person will need to wear stockings for some time.


Deep vein thrombosis

This disease is possible life-threatening due to weakened veins within the legs. The aorta in the legs have widened so that the vein valve doesn't fit anymore. This results in a back-flow of blood giving several problems:

  • the blood pressure drops;
  • there can be damage on the vein walls;
  • the person will have blood clots which can lead to several heart- and vein diseases.

Slow streaming blood means that fluids will be drained very slowly resulting in thrombosis of the leg. It itches, irritates and can be painful. It will be treated with long-lasting pressure bandage and medication against clots. D.V.T. can result in brown till black stains which can fester. Recovery can last up to half a year.


Cramped legs and pain radiation

When you sport a lot you can have lactic acid accumulation. Hard training gives much acid which cannot be broken down and drained within a short period of time. It can result in itchiness and muscle pain in the legs which also can radiate to other tissues. Think for instance also about bladder pain syndrome. The pain can be very intense radiating to the belly, back and legs. Sometime this condition can last very long and worsens when drinking alcohol. Acid accumulation and bladder pain syndrome can be helped by drinking nettle-tea. It is very helpful because it has fluid draining-out qualities. It helps to remove acid and other poisons within the body. Effects of infections and rheumatic conditions can be reduced.


Shaking arms and legs

A low blood-glucose-level can give annoying effects. Most typical is that the limbs start to shake and that the person will be very uneasy. It is called hypoglycemia and can occur with diabetes patients and other diseases. Think about a not good functioning pancreas. First the symptoms will occur after strenuous exercise or heavy labor. In a later stage these problems will occur even when the person will do light exercises.


Problems with spine disk

If a person has a hernia then the spine disk is out of place. Some part of the spine has been lifted and can give much pain. If a disk is out of place it will press hard on the nerves. There are 2 important different problems:

  • dislocation disk between first and third spine. This will result in an itch feeling like there is a spider in the upper leg. The nerves which have been affected end there. When you lie on your back the disk will put unusual pressure on the nerves so that the tingling sensation will be worse during the night. This dislocation isn't a hernia. It is caused by too salty nutrition and inflicts the kidneys. These organs lie in the lower back muscles and will have a cramping effect on those muscles. As these muscles are connected with the lower spine the disks can get dislocated. You will need to reduce eating salt and drink less coffee. Also a good lower back massage can help a lot to loosen the muscles. 
  • dislocation disk between third and fifth spine. This will result in pain in the lower leg. In this case it is a real hernia which normally will need to be operated.
  • spinal canal stenosis.

If you have a dislocated spinal disk it is very important to know which one it is. If it isn't a hernia then an operation isn't needed.


If you constantly have an itch or a tingling sensation in your leg you should have it checked by your doctor so that the inflicting cause can be dealt with.