Yep, both my legs and arms tend to fall asleep more easily since I've started having really bad health anxiety last month. I've also been constantly lightheaded (spacey) 24/7 since it all started. It really sucks, but I try not to think about it hoping that it will go away.
Are you stressed? Your veins and blood vessels constrict when you're stressed which causes among many other things to make your arms and legs fall asleep easily. Even as I'm sitting in front of my computer right now, I have to change the position of my legs because they're falling asleep.
Well I am glad to see I am not the only one. And yes I am stressed, I have a super stressful job. I am beginning to think that the whole thing may be a result of chronic hyperventilation. Thanks for your responses!
May not be related but do you drink plenty of water (no softdrinks don't count)? I used to get really bad charlie horses along with tingling senstations in my legs and from what I've read on the web it was mostly likely because I was a bit dehydrated. So by upping my water intake I've been able to stop those dreadful charlie horses. Damn they really hurt too!
I've been trying out fish oil supplements for my anxiety and for my circulation. Apparently fish oil acts as a natural anti-depressant. In 69% of people tested, it reduced symptoms by 50% or more. I've been using it for a few days now and my circulation actually seems a little better. Give it a try. It makes me regurgitate and burp a fishy taste for a couple of hours after I take it, but it might not do that with you. I have acid reflux, it doesn't help.
Make sure you get the Omega-3 ones. Not the Omega 3-6-9. Mine are 1000mg. They're big! I didn't know whether to swallow them or ***** them with a needle and drink the liquid! Hee hee!
gosh, all of these responses make me feel a little better That's a sad thing to say really -- I wish none of us worried about any of it. Lately though, I've noticed that my feet and hands fall asleep easily if I don't move them around. Also, lasts night I had a terrible charly horse in my sleep.
dizzygirl -- I honestly think you may be onto something there. I think I am constantly hyperventilating to a small degree. If I pay too much attention to my breathing I'll start trying to take really deep breaths, but I never feel like I've filled my lungs up. If I don't think about it, I'm fine though. I am being treated for an underactive thyroid and in the last 4 months I"ve seen two doctors who did a complete metabolic work-up on me. Both times, my carbon dioxide came back out of range high. Both doctors told me it was nothing to worry about (and I agree), but it lends further credit to the thought that I'm overbreathing. hmmm.
1. Stand up and place your hands on a table or counter.
2. Your hands should have a little color in them, a little reddish.
3. Raise one of your hands to the level of your head, like as if you want to ask a question.
4. Leave it there for 15 seconds.
5. Bring it back down with your other hand. If one is reddish, and the other in really pale, your circulation is not that good.
6. If it tingles while it's in the air, you have really bad circulation.
Of course, raising any part of your body above your heart will reduce blood flow to that part, but it should not be doing so after only 15 seconds.
As for me, it makes my hand tingle after 10 seconds. And I have high blood pressure! I guess it's not that high after all.