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ChocolateReigns's avatar

My legs, feet, and hands fall asleep really fast. Why is this, and what can I do for it?

Asked by ChocolateReigns (5609 points ) June 9th, 2010

I try sitting the right ways, and moving my legs and arms atleast a little bit every few minutes. But it doesn’t help. It usually takes about 10–15 minutes. Any help?

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dpworkin's avatar

Usually people tell you to ignore peripheral neuropathies unless there is something organic going on, but this sounds like it is distressing you, so maybe a call to a neurologist is in order.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@dpworkin,.....Um what are “peripheral neuropathies” and what would be something “organic” going on?

marinelife's avatar

You should get it checked out by a doctor. It could be diabetic neuropathy.

dpworkin's avatar

Neuropathy means something is wrong (usually temporarily) with the way a nerve is responding to stimuli.Peripheral just means not in the center of your body. By organic, I meant, for instance, that people with type II diabetes get dangerous neuropathies in their extremities.

kheredia's avatar

When is the last time you had a physical done by your doctor? If you haven’t had a check up in a while I would suggest that you do that first. Also, think about any possible illnesses you may acquire through your family history. If you have any diabetics in your family you’re more likely to be diabetic yourself. What you are describing is not normal so you should seriously make an appointment with your doctor.

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@dpworkin Thanks. Common folk here. ;)

Seaofclouds's avatar

It could also be related to poor peripheral blood circulation. You should definitely talk to you doctor about it.

kerplunk226's avatar

If you are diabetic I think you’d have other symptoms first. You’d be peeing often, very thirsty. You’d have times when you’re feeling jittery and other times when you are sluggish (with poorly regulated blood sugars). I wouldn’t jump to that conclusion too fast.
Poor circulation could be caused by other factors like Raynaud’s syndrome. Is it worse in cold weather? Do you smoke? Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor and that would cause a decrease in blood flow. There are so many factors!

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@kerplunk226 Nope, I don’t smoke. I’m 13. I’m around smokers for about 6–7 hours a week, though. I just started a volunteer job and my “bosses” smoke, but they go outside and are very nice about not giving us second hand smoke.

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