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sitting makes my feet feel like they are freezing

From: vafrye - on 04/30/2010 3:47pm

everyime i sit at work or for more than 30 minutes,,my feet start hurting and feel like they are freezing. have had every test,say i have a hearniated disc,degenerative disc, scolisis.,sciatic,but shows no signs of a pinched nerve.anybody have any symptoms like these. been to pain clinic,chrioprator,therapy,with no relief.and i sit at work all day.any help would be greatly appreaciated. thank you. vickie frye

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on 04/30/2010 6:04pm

vickie, I can relate but for a different reason, I have Raynaud's Disease which causes the same thing but I loose circulation completely in toes and fingers. It does hurt and gets frustrating at the same time. Anyways, makes me wonder if they've done scans with you sitting or with your legs up in a fetal position. They never think about doing it of course, but if "House" has taught me anything, it's about when and what you are doing and how you are positioned that could show something in fact is being pinched or infringed upon. Just a thought...hope it helps!

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on 05/01/2010 8:15pm

hey,didnt know that they could do test when sitting,no doctor ever mentioned it.thats mostly when my pain and coldness are. is worse in the winter than in the summer,thanks for your info.

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on 05/03/2010 10:03am

I don't see why they can't do tests in any position....mri's used to be all about laying on your back, but technology has come a long way in the past few years. I know that when I get a new MRI, I'm gonna ask about different positions, because my pain floats around and creeps up no matter how I sit. Laying down is the easy part ONCE you find that sweet position, but how can they see the real pain and problem if I'm in my sweet spot? Sure makes a person think. I know that some doctors think you are faking it if you complain too much, or are seeking more drugs, but there has to be someone out there who takes your word at face value. Complain and bitch about it...maybe they'll see the light and do something different. That's just me....ask my hubby...he'd tell you that I know how to complain and bitch! haha

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on 05/04/2010 12:10pm

I have had this problem for years. I'm so fed up with it. When sitting my legs and feet feel as if they are surrounded by ice.
They feel like it now as I sit at my computer. It is 23º now, here in the South of Portugal, but any temperature under 30º I have to wear heated slippers and put a blanket over my legs. The heatable slippers have been a godsend. My life would be miserable without them. It means that, if I go out to dinner, I will have to sit there with freezing legs and you will know it is like being in pain. I am a very fit, slim, active women of 71. No joint pain. I play tennis three times a week. But I have suffered from vericose veins nearly all my adult life and have had them stripped three times. Makes me think it is a circulation problem. Maybe what veins are left are not getting the blood to the lower legs and maybe the leg arteries are not in good shape as also I had a blocked coronary artery and had to have a stent. But there is no pain in the legs and the toes are not blue. I take no medication for the blocked artery as I have concluded it was caused by diet and am now a vegan and feel so fit and well - apart from this wretched freezing feet thing - with cholesterol way down without taking chemicals. I was looking at this site as I have recently developed an intermittent pain in the side of my right thigh which might be sciatica. Please let me know if you ever solve this problem. If not, like me, you will have to live with it and do what you can to cope. I recommend the micro wave heated slippers or go and live in the tropics. I did that for a few years and living in a temperature always above 30º was bliss. I think I will have to go back there unless I can get this problem solved.

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on 05/04/2010 6:37pm

Saldi, besides the pain you are now experiencing, it sounds like Raynaud's to me, which is a circulatory disorder/disease. My toes don't turn blue, I go completely white when they do go totally numb. But I always have cold hands and feet and always have had this problem. I lived in Hawaii for 12 years and it was a little better for me, but still wore socks all the time. I now live in Iowa, which is the worst place for me to live because of my Raynaud's. There are two types of Raynaud's...one is Raynaud's Syndrom and the other is Raynaud's Disease. There isn't much they can do for it besides trying Alpha, beta, or calcium blockers. I'm on a low dosage blood pressure pill, which does help most of the time. When you look at your thighs or underside of your forarms, are they kind of a blotchy look? Not like the vericose vein blue, but a red blotchy, like checker boardish. One thing that helps me alot is to keep sitting with my legs crossed indian style on my chair....I rarely have my feet on the floor, of course I shuffle around alot too, but as long as I keep them up off the floor and close to my body, I'm good. The smoking doesn't help me, but I'm stubborn on that one....caffiene doesn't help either...oops!
I don't know what to say about the pain, but I hope this helps in some way.

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on 05/05/2010 6:24pm

OMG!saldi, just explained all the symptoms i have, have yet to find anyone else with this promblem,heat is the best thing i can find. sitting makes my feet freeze. if i recline or lay down i am good.and when i work i sew so its really miserable.found out if you put rice in socks and sew ends together you can microwave for 45 seconds ,put in your bedroom shoes and i am good to go. only way i can sit and work. summers not so bad. winter in miserable.had almost every test ,they can think of ,except for x ray when sitting(which seems to be the promblem,would think a doctor would suggest this.thanks guys for any help you can give, been dealing with this for over 7 years.started when went to work,sitting and sewing,

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on 05/06/2010 9:17am

Yes, Vafrye, it's the first time I've come across it in somebody else though you must, like me, have experienced so many irritating women saying "Oh, I always have cold feet, too" Isn't it exasperating as they have no idea what we are suffering. Wendiana thought i might have Raynauld's ( thank you for your message, Wendiana) but I know it's not that as I have none of the symptoms associated with it. No discolouration or numbness - just the freezing cold - and also my hands are often freezing too. Thinking about it, my first memories of suffering in this way are from when I was 16 and had just left school. I remember the freezing cold rooms of the art school I was studying at and my cold feet troubled me even then. This was before I had any vericose veins and presumably the veins were clear then. I was thin but even so the coldness of my feet was abnormal. I emigrated to Australia and a warmer climate when I was 23 and have not lived in a cold place since. I read that the diameter of the veins can be influenced by nerve control of the blood vessels. Interesting, I wonder if it's a faulty nerve thing? I'm assuming it's something to do with circulation, what else could it be. And sitting, as you say, is the worst. Maybe they pressure on our thighs as we sit contributes to cutting off the blood supply to our feet. I have skinny legs and no bum and hate sitting on hard chairs which dig into my thighs. All these woman complaining about big bums and thighs. Would just love to have a huge bum. It must be like sitting on a cushion! As for sitting doing your sewing, you need an electric foot warmer. Surely you know of these - like a big muff ( is that a rude word in the US? I assume you are from the US). Anyway, the muff has an electrically heated pat in it and a control switch. It would make life at the sewing machine so much more bearable. You can also get battery heated socks, though I haven't tried these. If you are like me, it makes no difference how many pairs of socks you put on as I can't generate any heat, in fact my feet just make the socks cold. Anyway, Vafrye, I do understand how you feel and sympathise with you. I don't think we will ever find out the cause. It's not life threatening and not interesting enough or profitable enough for the medical profession to take any interest in.

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on 05/06/2010 9:34am

I remember wearing 6 pairs of socks just to walk to school when I was in elementary school and I'd still have to sit by the radiator when i got there. At least mine is explainable and unfortunately hereditary. But as i've gotten older I have new symptoms which all combined is called "CREST", and no, not like the toothpaste..wish it was that easy! I get to go have my esophagus dialated every 6 months...joy of my life...and of course take more pills because i get a build up of collegen (sp) in my esophagus and it's hard to even swallow my coffee in the morning. But the CREST stands for five diseases, all dealing with different parts of the body (not including back problems), which comes down to an auto-immune disease. My doctor is 100 percent sure I have it, epecially after doing the scope, but the blood tests don't show it yet and may not show it. Hell, with all the pills I'm on, I"m not sure I have blood running through my veins anymore! I wish we could all go back and have our 16 year old bodies again...except for the menstral cycles...don't miss them! I'll keep the age i'm at, but only if I can have that body again! Oh boy, the hubby would sure be happy with that..no more pain, and frisky...well, maybe not...it would probably put him in shock.

Sorry I don't have any answers for you, but maybe someone else out there will!
Good luck and keep us posted...we are one big family here!

Wendi

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on 05/07/2010 4:53pm

Hey,saldi.trying to figure out how to talk to you all,thanks wendi for your help.but saldi, i do live in the US ,and have the electric foot heaters at my computer,works great.but as far as at work not allowed electrical outlets on my machine so have to resort to rice sewed in some socks and take them to the microwave,put them in a pair of oversized bedroom shoes and boy i am good to go for about an hour.tried the battery operated socks( they sucked)you can say that here.but air conditioning is not my friend,seems to make my feet and hands worse. i sure love summer time.one doctor wants to try cymbalta for nerve pain. not so sure about that,but its about the only medicine i havent tried. as for finding someone that does xrays while sitting,they look at me like i am stupid.but have been doing this for 7 years ,not about to call it quits yet.thank you guys for any info i can get.

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on 05/08/2010 6:16am

have ask numerous doctors about getting an xray while sitting.nobody has heard of this..(good lord,you would think that would be an easy one.but no luck finding anyone to do it where i live.one doctor wants to prescribe a antidepressant for pain(cymbalta)has anyone tried this.but really not interested in taking more medicine.just want to find out the reason for my pain.just frustrated after 7 years.

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on 05/08/2010 10:58am

I'm on cymbalta. It's another one of those high priced meds that could work. It is supposed to be for pain and depression. I don't know if it helps either one. We are depressed...duh, we hurt all fricken day and we are all hopped up on some sort of medication that makes the depression worse. This is also another med that they may possibly increase over time...I started on 30mg/day and now I'm on 60mg/day. I don't think it's gonna do squat for your feet though. I'd think an alpha blocker or calcium blocker would work better. Like I swear I've said before, I'm on Prazosin, which is a blood pressure medication. I've also tried Pentoxifyline which is supposed to change the shape of your blood cells to help them get down to the blood vessels. I was never comfortable taking it because of the side effects and didn't particularly care for the name...Pen TOXI fyline..sorry but made me think of toxic.

I sure wish there was something we could come up with to help you. I know it's a pain and tiresome trying to keep those tootsies warm. Today is a bad day for it here, no matter how you sit they are numb. All I can say is keep on the doctors and your nose on the internet!

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on 05/09/2010 4:48am

thanks wendi.didnt think the cymbalta was a good idea anyway.well guess will keep trying, they can send a man to the moon,but cant figure out what seems a simple problem.its getting the best of me these days.is there any medicine that helps a little with the pain. been on vicodan for over 7 years

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on 05/09/2010 6:51pm

Well...personally I believe in medicinal marijuana. Have tried it and it did work. Just need to get it legal around here.

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on 05/11/2010 7:21pm

dear,wendi, you might be on to something with the medicial marijania,might have to try this one.at least the side effects are well known and not hazordous to yourself.thanks for the advice.

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on 05/26/2010 4:53pm

I have the same problem. Mine is from a low back injury that resulted in sciatic nerve damage. I have been seeing a pain specialist for almost 4 years, been through numerous bouts of PT and OT, and nothing works. I like the comment made about the heated slippers. Will definately have to try them.

When my feet start hurting I have to get up and move around. I cannot sit for more than 20 min at a time. I have one foot now that is always cold as I have lost feeling in half the foot.

Hopefully you get the results you are seeking, but know you are not alone in this.

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on 05/27/2010 3:13am

inpain 2010. i know excatly how you feel. i sit and sew all day,and am sooooo miserable.have had all tests possiblde( i think) i also go to the pain clinic for injections.do good as long as i dont sit long.i do alot of walking,as it seems to help as soon as i stand up i can tell a diffrence. when i lay down i have no pain(guess i am lucky i do get some relief) they want to put in a spine stimulator, but not so sure about that.but heat sure helps alot when i am sitting.trying to say raynauds or nueropathy,but dont think thats it,since as soon as i stand i feel better.any help i can give ,let me know.still looking for answers aftrer 7 years.

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on 05/27/2010 11:58am

I have been 6 years and have neuropathy, unfortunately, on the left foot......half of it is dead at this point. I get no relief though, whether sitting, standing, walking, or laying down, I am in pain 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. I have used a TENS unit and it had some relief until this last issue flaired in January. The spinal cord stimulator is basically like an internal TENS unit. I am hoping that if it comes to that, that it works. Will keep you posted on the progress. I am going for one final injection next week........if it doesnt work then we are advancing our options to the SCS

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on 05/28/2010 3:15am

inpain2010. i sure hope its does the injections does work for you. neuorpathy,is what they keep trying to tell me,but mine gets better when laying down or walking( think its just another way or saying we dont know what to do for your promblem) am sure you have tried, neuroten,cymbalta and all that other stuff(made mine worse) i sure hope you do get relief.when you are in pain its controls so much of your life.(especially when thats all you think of)feel like you keep telling someone how much you hurt hoping someone can give you some kind of help or advice.praying for you.

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on 06/04/2010 6:25pm

If you're smaller than average it may be that your chair seat is putting pressure on the back of your knees. The pressure pinches off the flow of blood back from your feet and your feet get cold. Try a footrest, the symptom may go away.

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on 06/06/2010 5:07am

fred, hey thanks for the reply. that might be an idea.will c what happens monday when i go back to work often wondered if that was a possiblity. will let you know..

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on 06/06/2010 2:58pm

vafrye-
If you have ongoing posture challenges you may want to follow my twitter feed- DrBoydonbacks

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on 11/10/2014 12:00pm

I realize this is a very old thread.
But, I bought 2 square Sunny Beam heating pads, one for each foot. I carefully took the heating pads apart and released all the wiring and cleaned them well. Then I hand stitched using heavy duty thread, stitched the wires that I routed in a even distribution around my foot, the heating pad wires onto a woman sized heavy ragg wool sock while it was on each foot, one foot at a time of course LOL. Then I put a man's size rag wool sock over it, and tack stitched the wires using heavy duty thread, in numerous places to keep it all together, of course avoiding the wiring, and also whip stitched loosely (to allow stretch) around the top edge of the two socks.
I do not walk in these wired socks. I only use them while sitting or while in bed. I never go to sleep with them on.
Hand wash very gently, no stretching allowed, air dry until FULLY ABSOLUTELY DRY DRY DRY. I allow 2 days to dry during winter in AZ, and 1 day during summer. NEVER USE HEATED CLOTHES DRYERS--ever. There is no hurry up to get them dry!
I only use on LOW setting. I use them when I have to sit at computer, or when I get into bed. I have cold feet all the time unless I am walking, and even then they get cold. Winter is terrible!!!!
I am an electronics test tech, and HAM radio geek woman. LOL
Disclaimer: If you do this, you are doing so at your OWN RISK. I cannot be held responsible for injuries you may encounter. I am only telling you what I did for my cold feet problem while sitting at my computer.

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6 days 3 hours ago

At phyannie,don't know why I came upon this site, lol.its been 4 years since I've been on here.as you can see probably still looking for same answers.The heating pad is a great idea.I'm still trying yo figure out my freezing feet. And also after I'm on my best for a few hours,my feet feel as if I'm carrying a weight of 300 lbs.they hurt so bad.I only weigh 125. Anyone else have these problems.

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