I have chronic pain as I'm diagnosed with fibromyalgia, so the constant painful feeling of pins and needles in legs (and in other parts of the body,
for me) is something I'm very familiar with. I'm far from an expert on the subject, as I'm quite struggling myself to deal with the pain on a daily
basis, and despite the tons of information already given by other posters I'll just give my two cents on how I try to deal with my chronic pain
outside of prescribed medication.
I don't use herbal remedies, but I do take plenty of vitamins/minerals. I've been to a doctor who also uses alternative methods to discover what the
body needs more of, and of those I take extras (for me that was vitamin 3d and Omega-3). I forgot the name of the doctor I went to, so I can't check
out the methods she used to determine it (my memory is awful) but I can check that in the morning (considering it's 1:30 AM for me now). I noticed a
minor improvement after taking these and following the dose she recommended. Also, drink plenty of water.
Changing my diet also helped me a bit; I stopped drinking diet drinks as aspartame can be quite poisonous for the body and I try to ignore as much
food as possible with a flavour enhancers (specifically E621). It's no miracle cure but every little bit helps.
I find that movement and exercise help, but in small steps. I have too much pain to go to the gym for example, so I started out small. I decided to
get dog, who I walk with 3-4 times a day. If I'm having a good day I walk 2 rounds of 20-30 minutes in a doable pace, 1 round of 10 minutes, and one
of 5. On a bad day these rounds are shorter of course. I find walking the most pleasant form of exercise, despite the pain in my legs, as walking can
also help against the restlessness in the legs caused by pain.
I don't use any herbal home remedies as I've mentioned for the pain specifically, but I do use Bach flower remedies for the mental support and I
find it quite helpful. It's the same idea as homeopathy. Homeopathy sets the body to work, but Bach flower remedies put the mind to work. I find that
a bit of mental support can be quite beneficial when having to deal with pain constantly.
Getting through a bad day is simply horrible, and I'm far from mastering it, but I found out that doing things in small steps can help; I force
myself to go for that short walk with the dog, despite walking hurts. I force myself to do small tasks around the house taking plenty of breaks. If I
can't do it on my own I ask for help from my boyfriend or family who's free that day to give me a hand. It can sometimes give just that bit of
emotional support for motivation. And yes, sometimes the pain can be that bad that none of this is possible. If that's the case I try to distract
myself as much as possible by doing something that requires me to focus so it takes my mind off the pain a little bit and keep myself warm. I find
active focus works the best, like doing a crossword puzzle or playing a videogame if my hands aren't hurting too much. Sometimes I watch movies or
read a book but since that's more passive I find the pain to be more present.
The doctors told me there was no solution and I was going to be stuck with the pain forever, so I just had to learn to live with it, The trick is in
finding the little things that do this for you, but yes, it takes a lot of time to adjust to this.
I'm not sure if any of this helps you, OP, as you suffer from from a completely different thing than I do, but yeah... Just in case, here's my two