(Closed) Circulation Problems? Always cold?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Can exercise help boost your circulation? I stopped getting so cold when I became a runner.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Have they checked your B12 levels? That can sometimes cause arm pain/numbness, often feeling like arthritis, lupus, or carpal tunnel.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Check your Iron (Fe). It may be low.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

me too! even went to a cardiologist to make sure the ol’ heart was pumping right. Some people just have that problem (I take all the vitamins and my body don’t care). I hope you find a solution (and share it here!)

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@pecanpie:  No prob! Both myself and a friend were going through the same issue for a while (although I have other stuff involved). My friend was even to the point of scheduling carpal tunnel surgery b/c the doctor couldn’t think of anything else.  Finally, they randomly check her B12 and turned out it was crazy low.  She started injections and was better within weeks.  Her story prompted me to get mine checked, and mine was low as well.  I started sublingual tablets daily and saw a definite improvement within a few weeks.  Hope you get some answers soon!  

Also, if you get to the end of the line and still don’t have any clues, consider food allergy/sensitivity testing.  It’s amazing how inflammation caused by food sensitivities can present all over the body in a myriad of strange ways.  It’s pricey to do the testing, but can definitely be worth it.  

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

Is it in both arms and are there any other joint issues? Have they checked your neck during/as part of the EMG? How’s your thyroid?

I’ve been seeing a rheumatologist for years now, and he was actually the only one who addressed my issues and has been able to help. Nothing to worry about as they are very knowledgeable in many areas.

How old are you anyway (since you mentioned being too young for all this)?

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

My left arm wakes me up every night due to the numbness and extreme pain in it. I’ve had 6 EMG’s and surgery to correct carpal tunnel, but it didn’t work. I’ve been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, spinal stenosis, (again) CT in both hands, DeQuervain’s in my right arm and ulnar neuropathy in my left. I also have mutiple tears in my rotator cuffs and my knees give out all the time.

After all the specialists and testing was done, a blood test showed I had a positive ANA and that’s when I was sent to the rheumatologist. His diagnosis after all of this? Fibromyalgia. Sometimes it makes sense to me in my brain, but at other times I feel like they don’t really know what to call it all, so they lump it into this term. Funny thing is, they all think my multiple issues with my nerves was more than likely triggered by the CTS. Great. Now no one will do any more surgery on me unless its an emergency.

I don’t care what they say…if I keep my head in a certain position, my arms go numb. Move it slightly in the opposite direction and the numbness subsides. My hands are always like ice too, but they ruled out Reynaud’s for me (along with a lot of other auto-immune diseases).

I hope you get some answers soon and they help you to feel better. You have to be your own health advocate and not give up. Good luck. (I agree you are pretty young to have these problems. Don’t let them write you off when you know something is wrong.)

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

Yep. The thoracic surgeon is the one who confirmed it (TOS), so i was sent to PT…and went for over 2 years as well as to a physiatrist for injections in my upper arms and shoulders. Another surgeon said brachial plexus, and yet another said it was all coming from my shoulder. Hand surgeons won’t redo my hand or even touch the other one because of my history.

I’ve slowly weaned myself from some of the many drugs they’ve given me, but I live on Ibuprofen and tramodol daily now. I was on Cymbalta for a year and Savella for 2, but I never felt clear headed and I wanted my life to be normal again. I also feel much better in the cold weather. The heat kills me, unless I’m at the beach.

It can be so frustrating to be bounced around to all these specialists, and then you start to feel like and some start to act like what you really need is a psychiatrist, for therapy. Maybe, but why do the tests show I have multiple areas with nerve damage,right? Actually, a neurosurgeon said I should head in to Philadelphia to one of the bigger teaching hospitals to let them figure it out.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sanjessica:  Really? I have NEVER been so cold as an hour or two after a run! Even in the middle of summer when it’s 80 I freeze!

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