I was shocked when my doctor told me I had poor circulation. Upon reflection, however, I realized I've had this issue since childhood.
Are your hands, feet, or legs red (or even purple) and blotchy? Do they sometimes feel numb and tingly? You may have bad circulation. This was the case for me—but luckily, it's fixable.
I had a wake-up call at the doctor's office today. I showed my primary care physician my red and blotchy legs and asked her what was wrong with me. She quickly inspected me, poked at my thigh with her finger, and said "There, see?" Um, no, I thought. She showed me how my skin is red until you push it, then it blanches, and then it quickly regains its original red color. She explained that this is the surefire way to tell if you have circulation problems.
So today, I learned that my circulation is bad. I'm 5'9", I have a big frame, and on top of that I am overweight. However, I am pretty sure that I've had poor circulation since I was very young. I can remember always complaining to my mother about the pins-and-needles feeling in my legs and feet. If this is all sounding familiar to you, you might have this condition, too. In this article, I will share what I've learned about the symptoms and treatment.
Symptoms of Poor Circulation
You might also have poor circulation and not know it. Here are some symptoms to look out for that may help you diagnose whether you have bad circulation:
- Numbness and/or tingling in the hands and feet
- A change in skin color (red, purple, and blue in extreme cases)
- Temperature change in body parts (cold feet or hands)
- Skin infections, cuts, or sores not healing as well or quickly as they should
- Muscle cramps
If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor right away. If left to fester, a severe case of bad circulation can result in having limbs amputated, varicose veins, heart failure, stroke, and so on. Don't wait.
After receiving this shocking news at my doctor's office, I continued to poke at my red flesh and wondered what I needed to do to fix the problem. Later, as I do with any ailment or problem, I turned to Google—but I was really disappointed with the lack of quality information online.
Now that I've done a bit more research, I thought I would share my findings with you. Please keep in mind that I am not an expert; this is just what I have gathered. Try these tips. I will too, and hopefully we will get results:
- Try to avoid worsening your circulation by avoiding prolonged pressure on your elbows or knees—these are the areas that tend to cut off the circulation.
- Exercise/move regularly. Start off walking 30 minutes a day, four times a week.
- Maintain a healthy weight and eat right. Look into weight loss and fitness regimes if you are overweight. Staying at a healthy weight is crucial.
- Stay away from food products that contain: condensed milk, white refined flour, and caffeine.
- Steer clear of red meat.
- Alcohol is said to affect bad circulation. Try to maintain your consumption of alcohol and drink in moderation.
- Add more fiber to your diet by eating more fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.
- Stay hydrated by drinking at least 5-6 glasses of water daily.
- Stop smoking if you are a smoker.
- Eat plenty of garlic.
- Drink grape juice.
- Try taking herbal supplements (vitamin E is said to help, so are ginkgo biloba and cayenne).
- Massage your hands and feet to help the blood flow. Alternatively, you can also have this done professionally with a massage therapist who may know specific pressure points to tackle for poor circulation.
- Make sure your hands and feet (and other areas affected by your bad circulation) are properly covered, especially in the cold weather.
- Try to make sessions to sit in a sauna, whirlpool, or jacuzzi.
- Take showers alternating between hot and cold (gradually—no extreme temperature changes—hot first, and then cold).
- Limit your stress and use relaxation techniques. Try meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises.
Hopefully this article will be useful to you. Please share your comments and stories below...
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Maria on January 26, 2019:
Thanks for sharing with us your findings. Great advise and very encouraging. Will be getting myself checked out but this is very useful..
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Jacob on September 11, 2017:
Hello there! Im 13 years old and i have been suffering from this since around ten, but it has been worsening over years. Its not just when im sweaty but its allmost all the time. I kinda dont want to talk my family doctor nor my parents. Hopefully these work for me
John Goljahi on August 01, 2017:
My feet are cold until I eat food then my feet are hot.
Suzy on July 16, 2017:
Please I really need help i'm 25 years old but I have been suffering with my legs. When i'm sleeping at night on bed or even lying down my legs get dry and Tiny but when I'm working around, lying on the floor, driving car my legs healthy again. My legs gets dry and tiny when i'm ill, fasting. I have been suffering from this problem since childhood please help me.
Treat_09 on January 03, 2017:
I am a 7th grader and I have always been embarrassed about my purple and red blotchy legs, arms, and hands. Especially in the summer when I go to the pool and wear shorts to school. Once I clicked on this website I felt ecstatic because I might be able to treat it, but I love caffeine and hate garlic. So this will be a hard challenge for me.
Dori on May 28, 2015:
Thank you so much! In P.E. class, I noticed that my hands and legs looked almost purple. I started to look at them throughout the day, and realized it wasn't just in P.E., but it was all the time. My mother said it was just the lighting in the school, but I see now that it's everywhere I go. I just decided to look up blotchy legs, then bad circulation in legs. This site has helped so much. Thank you!
Eddiie on December 29, 2014:
That's more than seebisln! That's a great post!
Erza on December 29, 2014:
Well I guess I don't have to spend the weekend fiignurg this one out!
Jaclynn on November 17, 2014:
Thanks for the Information! Today in P.E. class, my arms turned purple and black and I kept getting sharp headaches. I had no idea on why this happened. But now I at least know a little bit more on this.
Danny on November 07, 2014:
I have RA not over weight don't smoke. But my left hand swells up and gets the needles in it but only at night. I can get it to stop only if I hang my arm over the side of the bed straight down. It wakes me up at night its so bad. what can I do?
Brittney on May 13, 2013:
I have for the past few years suffered from what I think is bad circulation but my feet are always hot tingly and they get really red when I am on my feet. It doesn't have to for long periods of time but when im on my feet it happens and i have to sit and put my feet up before they turn normal color. It is so uncomfortable and very embarrassing because people always comment on my puffy red feet. I really with there was a way to help with this. :(
Flower on May 29, 2012:
Im 13 I'm 5'3 I weigh 130 and my knees are always hurting and my hips all the way to my toes go numb to the point I can't Evan stand up my back always hurts but I think that's cuz I'm a 30 ff bra size
Liz on May 09, 2012:
Hey, question... I have some of these symptoms (cramping, especially in the feet and legs; tingling/my hands, feet and lets falling asleep; skin cuts/sores not healing as they should-- or not healing at all!). However, I am not considered the typical "at-risk" group. I'm 25, I'm 5'2" and about 106 lbs, I don't live a sedentary lifestyle, and I eat pretty healthy. Are my symptoms still likely poor circulation or could it be something else? Another thing I recently noticed is that I get the sensation that I have a bug crawling on my skin (on almost any part of my body, but especially back, legs, neck, and arms), but in fact it is...some weird sensation my veins give me. That's as best I can describe it. I can't see a doctor for another three months (I'm overseas)...I'm just wondering if I should be doing something about this or not.
Jen on May 06, 2012:
For those who are getting a lot of pins and needles as well as tingly feelings, you might want to visit alternately a chiropractor and a physiotherapist/professional masseur. I've had some sensitive limb sensations for some time due to a badly shaped spine. It happened to be pinching some of my nerves. The massage therapy helps also with circulation, so can't be bad advice right?! Try soaking your feet in warm water in the evenings. It's a very traditional Chinese idea, but I almost always feel better after a hot soak. It won't hurt you.
cc on April 09, 2012:
thx a lot for the info my legs r very blotchy im going to start taking vitimen e and exercise more
Emma on March 25, 2012:
3 months ago i had my third child.. 3 days after i had her my feet and hands were tingly.. 4 weeks later the tingling disappeared and my hands now go red with hundreds of white dots on the inside. If i hold my hands up my hands go back to a normal colour. My hands seem to react with the heat.. Its like if they are cold then they are ok.. Any ideas without diagnosing me with a serious disease as i also have post natal anxiety. :)
Ramesh on March 22, 2012:
Since last few months my hand and leg getting cold during day and night times it saty cold 1/2 hrs to 2hrs
then getting normal and feel uncomfartable.
Mikaela on March 05, 2012:
Hey, my hands and feet frequently turn completely white and I basically had all of the symptoms it is just that I work out a lot, never have smoked, don't need to loose weight...etc. The only things I don't do on that list were drink grape juice and eat a lot of garlic. Do any of you have any ideas or tips to help?
PoorCirculationGirl on February 22, 2012:
I am only 11 and i have had blood circulation problema for years. My legs are always spoltchy and when i stand up for 3-5 minutes, they start itching very badly. It hurts the most when i do dishes. you can see a line from my leg to my ankle on both legs... my thighs to my ankle are normally reddish purple and my feet are yellow/ white(normal). I heard this can be caused from a lack of iron and i have read all the symptoms and i have most of them. I certainly don't smoke and am normal for weight.
Ice on February 17, 2012:
Thank you very much for your information. I will keep coming back to see what's the latest you have found. I will try to make some changes in my life style to help with my bad circulation problems. :)
deb on February 15, 2012:
i have really shitty circulation due to a congenital desease i have very cold legs nd hands nd use layers and layers of clothes to keep warm- i have found many things over the net that were helpful ie cayenne peppers (eating them raw with a meal)garlic nd ginger aswell exercise hot nd cold showers the one thats helped the most to me was the raw cayenne nd it doesn't leave you with garlic breath
sarah on February 09, 2012:
I've suffered all my life with freezing cold hands and feet. My finger tips and toes turn purple and im shaky. Im 31 and in good shape. Im not a smoker. Last 3 months my toes are numb and sting when I walk. Dr. Just tells me to back off caffeine, any advice? ?
kia on February 07, 2012:
that was not even helpful enough
jja on January 18, 2012:
Someone suggested salt for a quick remedy? Is that true that salt helps?? I'm elevating my leg and its feeling so much better! Thanks for the advice!
shnos on January 18, 2012:
Great information thanks a lot
jjaj on January 17, 2012:
this article is so useful and I thank whoever post this. My uncle has circulation and this helped him a LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jessi Lee on January 12, 2012:
I'm almost 21 and have suffered with poor circulation for a few years now, the numbness, chest pains and discoloration are such a pain and embarrassing also. I have to deal with the questions about why my hands and feet are red/blotchy and cold it's not fun!! I hope some of these will help me and my health. I am in the process of quitting smoking right now and have noticed a difference already, I hated and thought how sad it was all the time that I was so young and always felt and worried I was going to have a heart attack. Good luck everyone I understand your pain.
Moxie23 on November 24, 2011:
Well I'm only 19 and my mom has high blood pressure but thanks for the info I have terrible circulation!!
coldtips on October 29, 2011:
I'm 41, suffering from very bad circulation at the moment, This thread has helped me understand the key things I need to do. Thanks.
kate on October 19, 2011:
I am only 19 and suffer with poor circulation since i was young before i smoked but it gradually getting worse every year :/ .. i found this information really effective & helpful because the doctors don't have a clue .. thye never teel me what i should or shouldn't do just keep saying o we don't know ..oh we don't know all the time .. im getting sick of it now but this has helped me to control the pain & to keep safe !! thank youuu xxxx
Kirsty Lamle on October 07, 2011:
Hi i have been reading all this and mostly every solution has to do with walking to the bad circulation problem we all have. But my problem is to do with walking it makes me have cramps and it feels tougher to walk each time i don't know what is wrong with me, i know am a lot overweight but i still should be walking to bring some of the problems down but i cant. I was overweight before my problems started and my walking was fine it just keeps getting worse and worse. Anyone got any advice on what i can do? Been to docs for 7 years, i don't think i can make another 13 years of it like one i read.
Betina in Marbella, Spain on August 31, 2011:
Get yourself a juicer and make your own green drinks. They are good for circulation and everything else in your body.
Sarah on August 20, 2011:
Hi im only 13 but when i stand still for a couple of minutes my whole leg goes blueish purpleish and with orange dots and im worried !!
Micah@honey on August 09, 2011:
If it's just your hands, and specifically the pinky and ring finger and that side of the hand/arm you likely have an ulnar neuropathy, which basically means you've pinched/ damaged your ulnar nerve, which wraps around the elbow in an exposed way. (when you hit your funny bone I think it's that nerve) Anyway, I've had that problem before in the exact same situation-at a computer, with heavy use. The problem is probably posture. I was unconsciously leaning on my elbow on the desk while I used the computer...In any case the solution for me was to lower the keyboard and mouse, and to get a more comfortable chair and that worked completely. Or you can not use the computer...Whatever you decide, if the numbness fits that pattern-pinky and ring finger only/that half of the hand- it's not circulation; you've pinched your ulnar nerve (at the elbow probably). And it will likely heal by itself (like a month or two) if you stop pinching it.
Micah on August 09, 2011:
Good article. I just want to add that I had similar but less severe problems; paresthesia/tingling from elbow to hand and knee to foot, and muscle cramps in the same etc. and problems sleeping with limbs going numb and tossing and turning. I'm overweight and pretty sedentary and an ex-smoker. Anyway I was fairly convinced my problem was circulation, but my symptoms improved significantly and immediately after taking a men's 1-a-day vitamin.... so I want to suggest to everyone that it could be a nutrition issue---namely my guess is B12, which causes strange nervous system problems. And especially if you're a vegetarian or a vegan you may not be getting enough, and it's very important. I've just recently started so I don't know yet if it will be a total solution, and when I sleep I still get numbness but it's significantly reduced. I've also started walking a few miles a day. If you're having these problems I recommend you give it a try.
Mike on July 31, 2011:
Swimming will make those feet blood veins pop out like no other exercise. Also, take a hot mineral bath 3-4 times a week. But, swimming is best for bad circulation, 30 minutes a day.
Claire on July 07, 2011:
Hi I am 27, female, and a tad over weight about(15 lbs over.) I have always had cold hands and feet. When I am cold, my muscles and bones hurt. I have cold hands and feet in the summer. And red/white blotches on the inside of my calves. I had attributed this to my yoyo weight as I am never at a set weight. I work hard as a housekeeper and go up and down 3 flights of stairs at least 15 times a day. My question is, how can I make the blotches go away? They seemed to appear after I had my son 4 yrs ago. No matter how much weight I lose or exercise, they never go away. Is there something I can take or eat which is particularly helpful in circulation problems?
honey on June 28, 2011:
i am 32 and overweight. recently began again to exercise and am eating ok. my hands started to get numb after sitting in a chair at the computer for less than 30 minutes. my palms are not unusually red and are quite warm (nothing unusual. im a little frightened and unsure about what to do but i think that something could be wrong. can someone advise?
email@example.com on June 21, 2011:
Doctors are drivng me mad! They seem to think that the MD stands for minor deity. I am having circulation problems. My feet and lower legs bleed into the skin and leave tiny bruises whenever my feet dangle or I spend a long time standing. The Doctors inist that it is a rash of hives. Ihave deal with both and this is neither. One nurse said it looked like low platelets as it looks like petechiae. I had a CBC done and my platelets are fine. I do have a clotting factor in my blood and cannot take hormone replacement therapy but that should not cause the bleeding in my feet and legs.
Lloyd on June 04, 2011:
For Katrina. I hope you have seen a doctor already. I have no idea what is wrong with you or if anything but from the sounds of it you may have a birth defect. When it comes to your body, you are the best authority you have. My wife one time kept insisting that she was sick but the doctors kept blowing her off. Until one day her and I both insisted to the point at the hospital that they actually orderer a physch eval. Later that day she was admitted and taken into emergency open heart surgery to replace a valve that was infected due to an improper medical procedure that was performed about a month prior. Literally, she was only hours from death and the doctors had to fight for 20 hours to save her. Doctors deserve our respect but they DO NOT have the final say when it comes to our bodies. WE DO.
katrina on March 14, 2011:
hi, i am 19 and have had bad circulation since my parents and i can remember. i am 5'5 and i weigh 120 pounds, exercise and do not smoke. my left hand goes numb and my legs do all of the time, as well my hands are extremely cold all the tie and usually my feet are purple/blue. i am not sure if i should be concerned or not and should i consult a doctor? or anyone have any other recommendations? thanks!
robbie on February 22, 2011:
hi everyone this seems some what cotradictory to the previous statements however as people seem to always say above that walking etc helps circulation it doesn't seem to be with me as i am a triathlete and recent sports therapy graduate who have found that most of the above does not alter circulation much on a general day by day basis.Ice helps reduce circulation for a while but this may need to be re applied 3 times every 3 minutes.with breaks inbetween.
monty on December 19, 2010:
garlic,20 min walk, vit e,massage,sauna-spa,stretches ,plenty of sex with opp gender,sea food.results guaranteed or die trying.
sfishy on December 02, 2010:
i also have a problem with poor circulation & having purple/red hands daily especially during winter time. When i was talking about it with my friend, i mentioned running as an exercise to help. He said not to because it will cause a lot of blood to try to fit through my tiny veins, and eventually clot my blood. I'm not sure if this is entirely true though...can someone enlighten me?
alvindchipmunk on November 04, 2010:
In my 20's, I knew I had bad circulation. At 55 its hard for me to loose weight and I hate to walk since i used to be a meter reader. However I can swim long distance despite being overweight. I swim anywhere from 1 to 2 hours (1 hour 40 minutes is one mile). daily at the YMCA and i rarely miss a day. Swimming has cleared the dark skin on the back of my legs. The healthy Pink tissue is returning and the discoloration is shrinking from the shins. I expect the complete reversal of the disease in a year. Swim is In, just work your way up to 66 laps.
mike on September 04, 2010:
Thanks for this, im 14 and i'd say i have bad circulation too. Im not skinny, im very muscular with no weight problems at all. But the skin around my stomach, chest and thighs is sometimes propper different from other parts of my body. its like; Normal skin colour, but covered in a network of light redish vein-like things. After doing sprint and cross-country at school, it shows up pretty bad on my thighs and its highly embarrasing as you can imagine. But sometimes it looks like that (but not as bad) when im cold, or when i get up in the morning. Its more noticable since i've been on holiday and im fairly tanned. I don't get it on my arms or my lower legs, but around my torso and thighs. Can anyone explain if this really is bad circulation or what? And i'd love to know how to reduce it so my skin is back to normal and isn't embarrasing. Thanks :D
edguider on April 19, 2010:
Exercise, exercise and more exercise. Need I say more. Great hub, just posted a good one my self about circulation and exercising :)
pos monitoring on April 15, 2010:
this is a good article that summerizes a lot of stuff that i've read about bad circulation today.
i really think that this is not a subject that should be taken lightly. after researching i'm going to see the doctor and i'd suggest that anyone reading the article with these symptoms should do the same.
i'll let you know how i get on.
Alan Connearn on April 09, 2010:
Alan Connearn on April 09, 2010:
I did not have any circulation problems until I had atriple bypass at the base of where they took ou a vein in my leg I developed a sore which broke out and was weeping. Doctor gave me cream but that seemed to make it worse. It has now scabbed over and is surrounded by bright red skin.
On pressing it quickly turns red again I have the fear that they may have saved my life with the bypass but in the future will I loose my foot?
Brooke Bailey on March 28, 2010:
the are a lot of natural remedies for circulation issues here are a few-fish oil-most don't eat enough fish so supplements are a good concentrated dose,3x 1000mg a day is a standard dose for cardiovascular health and 4-6 1000mg a day is recommended for circulation and cholesterol issues,fish oil has a vasodialating effect(dialates your blood vessels)thus improving circulation and dropping blood pressure it is also a great anti-inflammatory a bit like a fire hydrant for the body putting out inflammation its very beneficial a for arthritis,eczema and psoriasis it also provides "good fats"epa and dha which are vital for healthy brain and eye development and function.garlic is also vasodialating and a wonderful allrounder its antiviral antibacterial anti microbial and it shortens the length and severity of the common cold acts as an expectorant -breaks up and helps expel mucous congestion and when taken regularly ive known many a client well into their 90s to be ONLY taking garlic and have NO serious health concerns,essential to give up smoking and excessive amounts of alcohol,processed foods,animal fats and nasty bleached white products-that is white bread,pasta,flour,cakes pasties,biscuits.instead incorporate a whole food diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegies-slow centrofuge juicers are good to. wholegrain breads cereals,legumes and pulses and fish,lean meat a couple times a wk or an alternate protein source and try to exercise daily and get your heart rate up,ginko biloba is also recommended for peripheral circulation(hands,feet,head)its great for memory recall to!hope this helps Brooke -health consultant
Shoshana on March 19, 2010:
Could it be that I have the circulation problem in my hands???
My hands turn different colors. Usually red. It's pretty annoying at times when I want to wera nail pollish and I just can't seem to find the right color because my hand changes colors all the time.
What can I do about this? I am 23 yrs old. I generally eat healthy and I try and exercise at least 3 times a week.
What more can I do? Anyone?
tiggyT on March 13, 2010:
Hey Aaron & Ollie - don't worry! Lots of peoples' hands go purpley/orangey in the cold but not all of those people have circulation problems. It's no big deal, there is probably nothing wrong with you, it's just that everybody is unique and different aspects of our bodies mean we react to temperatures differently. EG how big we are, how much body fat we have, our metabolism - these all affect our reaction to hot and cold. For example you may notice that people with a lot of body fat can be sensitive to heat and people with extremely low body fat can be sensitive to cold. As you boys are 13/14 you'll be experiencing growth spurts, bear in mind that when your bones grow it sometimes takes the rest of your body EG tissues & nerves time to catch up! So that can impact your circulation too but only in the short term and it's totally harmless. So unless you're experiencing pain and numbness or your symptoms get worse don't worry, keep on exercising and eating healthily and I'm sure you'll be fine.
Aaron. on March 05, 2010:
I am only 13 and i am thin and 5'8" i walk 5 times a week to school and home which is about 45 minutes and i eat farely healthily but i still get purple and orange even when it's quite warm. I am getting really scared about this and i don't know what to do to help it.
ollie on February 25, 2010:
I'm 14 and my friend works in medical studies. I play table tennis a lot and he told me that that is why I have poor circulation. I sort of believe him because it only started when I started playing table tennis and it's only in my hands. When it's cold they go either purple or orange. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if it's true that table tennis effects your circulation?
nick on February 21, 2010:
Thanks for the comment it helps
emily on December 20, 2009:
wow, interesting reading for sure, im here cause i have bad circulation due to a lack of oxygen because i have an extremely common disease that for 6 out of 10 people who have it, go undetected. sleep apnea is a very serious disease that i didn't find out that i had for my whole life until 3 years ago because of my mother who has had it for years. basically you stop breathing during sleep because the muscles in your throat are not strong enough to hold themselves open so your oxygen is being stripped from your brain leaving you dizzy and unrested and all the other things that follow a bad rest or no rest at all. now i've learned that this can lead to heart disease. i've never had colored blotches, but i can't make a fist without my fingers becoming painfull pieces of wood, stiff and soar. for those who don't smoke and can't seem to find a cause PLEASE go to your doctor and make sure you get an answer. some sort of possibility cause every doctor i've ever seen has told me im to young or not a possible candidate for anything that im actually suffering with. all the doctors that i've told i had sleep apnea would never believe me if it weren't on paper cause it's rare for people who aren't overweight or middle-aged. i would've only lived to be 28 if i was lucky, living with this problem unnoticed. i intend to look into every single thing i can do to reverse this bad circulation because neither of my jobs will keep me around if i keep dropping stuff all the time that isn't even heavy. worst part is i've had a cpap machine for over a year now, and there is an improvement, but i suffer from a SERIOUS lack of rest. GO TO YOUR DOCTOR. the one thing i can definetly say is that i strongly dislike a lot of people, but i would NEVER WISH WHAT I'VE BEEN THROUGH UPON A SOUL!!!!!!!!!!!
Lauren on December 19, 2009:
Hi, i'm 23 and not overweight. I eat really well, plenty of garlic, take my vitamins and walk to work 3 times a week (about 40 min round trip). After all this i still suffer from mild anemia and bad circulation! My bum and thighs are always freezing and red/purple. Also the backs of my calves are the same with some white blotches on. I get pins and needles in my legs and feet if i sit on the loo for more than 2 mins and if i rest my head on my arms my hand and arm goes numb! I even did massage on my legs but to no avail. What more can i possibly try or do?! Thanks, lauren x
Healthyminds on December 03, 2009:
thanks for sharing
You can also do some tests to find out any underlying causes or associates diseases..
you can wear special tight socks and weight loss is essential, of course
Hannah on October 03, 2009:
I have lots of these symptoms but I'm only 14 and don't smoke and I'm not thin but I'm not what you'd call fat either! I get pins and needles in my hands and feet and in winter my hands go funny colours- blue and orange! Should I be going to the doctor?
Aries on August 29, 2009:
Sorry--I forgot to mention that this will also occur when I am taking a warm-hot shower.
Aries on August 29, 2009:
hi. I am 29 y/o, I am 5'10, very slender and in shape. For a long time now when standing or walking for long periods of time my lower legs (more so on my left leg) and the tops of my feet get REALLY red and blotchy (it is really embarassing if I am wearing shorts or a skirt)and they also feel hot to the touch but do not hurt or itch. Once I get off my feet for 15-20 mins it goes away. This really worries me and I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this issue for me??
ifly2gethi on May 03, 2009:
I've been a skier since I was around 4 years old back in the dark ages of the early 1960's, when migration was made from the leather lace-ups (dual sets of laces!) to the first of the hard plastic buckle-boots (as they were called back in the day). My feet run EXTREMELY wide - EEEE - and again, back in the day, there was limited availability of proper boot fitting. As kids in Maine (the Wind Chill Factor State), we'd ski from the time the lifts open, grab a quick lunch, and head back out again until they closed around 4PM. I remember feeling my feet go numb over and over again, and get the pain, then during the lunch break and after lifts closed, dreading the removal of the boots because you just KNEW the pain which you were gonna feel as your feet warmed up as they returned from the numbness phase. To this day - now some 40 years later - my feet are always cold, unless it's 85 degrees with 85 percent humidity. I'm wearing two pairs of socks fall, winter, and spring. If my feet get the least bit cold, they'll start a vicious circle of cold sweat, wet, and colder again. Recently I've started using foot creams featuring the amino acid L-Arginine, which is supposed to be a naturally-occurring circulation regulator. It SEEMS to be making a difference, but I'm not sure yet. Anybody in cold climates: BE SURE to wear proper-fitting clothing. There is no honor in "being tough" at the expense of your personal health. Not unless it's a matter of life and death. Be safe, y'all.
Dianne on April 28, 2009:
This all confuses me. I stay cold but my hands and feet will hurt from the cold. My foot will hurt from the elastic in socks. I assumed I had poor circulation but I eat pretty healthy, I take vitamins, supplements and get exercise. I am 5'1 and weight 116. I'm not sure what else I can do to fix this. I do not want to take medicines. I'm just so tired of being cold when everyone else is hot. Anyone have any other suggestions?
Craig on March 22, 2009:
Thanks for all the helpful information guys, i've had cold hands and feet for as long as i can remember. hands are always cold, feet seem to have cold sweats all the time. but i do exercise regularly and eat well, i've always put it down to me being 6ft 5. there is the rare occasion where i feel fine and im certain it is because of what i have eaten prior. i think diet is very important as to how you feel physically and mentally.
Adele on February 19, 2009:
Thanks so much for the info!! Like you I have been searching and searching for answers and can't find any til now. I had open heart surgery 1 and a half years ago and have reddish purple spots on my ankles. I have gained 35# in 4 years 20 of it in the last 2 years. I already quit smoking 3 years ago but I knew it had something to do with the weight. These spots bug me a lot. They are the size of a half dollar. Wish me luck on losing and getting back into shape. I feel like such a fatty right now. Take care Best of luck to you.
mauro on February 11, 2009:
hi, im not really sure if I have what you are describing, but i do feel the bad circulation in my arms and legs almoust in every position... plus i have a tremor in my hands.... it does get worse if i smoke... im 22 yrs old... can someone help me???
Rose on February 09, 2009:
Thanks for the info its really helped. The tops of my legs get as cold as ice and I have red blotchy patches on my lower left leg. Have been worried about this for a while but not bothered to go to the doc. I shall start walking everyday and as I am 2 stone overweight must do something about that as well. Thanks again.
women career on January 29, 2009:
Hi thankz for the info!
Mike the salesman from birmingham alabama/sherwood oregon on January 05, 2009:
Thank you VERY much..i have been plagued with bad circulation for a year..was afraid i was having a stroke..it gets instantly worse after a cigarette.. thanks for the info!
marisuewrites from USA on May 07, 2008:
Daphne, I will pass the crampbark on to my 84 year old step mom she has leg cramps all the time, and has for years.
Also, study the effects of many herbs that help with circulation, including magnesium citrate. Has to be citrate. Many other minerals and herbs help with circulation and heart. http://www.level1diet.com has more information. Anti-inflammation foods such as vegetables and berries are very good; check it out!
I also have poor circulation just the last few years in my legs. I find that walking is crucial.
Daphne on April 16, 2008:
This is valuable info - I wonder if it helps to take the herb " crampbark" - I take it when I have leg cramps at night and it works instantly.
amy jane from Connecticut on April 14, 2008:
Thanks for the info! As a former massage therapist, I certainly recommend massage - it will help with circulation and stress management. I wish you all the best with your efforts to take control of your health. I struggle too, and know how hard it can be. :)
Inspirepub from Sydney, Australia on April 11, 2008:
I have noticed that sufferes of mild chronic dissociation often have poor circulation:
Basically, it is a chronic level of background "fight or flight" response, which channels blood from the extremities to the heart and lungs in preparation for running or fighting, but is only supposed to do so for a few mintues at a time, not every waking moment.