What Does It Mean When Your Legs Tingle?


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Sarah Devine answered
Tingling legs is also known as ‘pins and needles’ or medically as paraesthesia. Sufferers feel a slight burning or tingling feeling that may be slightly uncomfortable but is not usually painful.
For those who suffer from it occasionally, it is caused by blood being cut off from the nerves in a particular area through weight being applied to the legs, for example. For chronic sufferers, it may be indicative of a more serious condition such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis. If you suffer from constant tingles in your legs or other parts of your body see your doctor as soon as possible.
Having a tingling sensation regularly may also point to the individual suffering from HIV, a central nervous system disorder such as a brain tumour or a cardiovascular disease such as atherosclerosis. Again please see your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis.
Because chronic conditions may indicate a more serious underlying problem it may be caused by a number of reasons that may include:
•A deficiency in vitamin B12 or malnutrition
•Cancer or having chemotherapy treatment
•Alcohol misuse
•HIV medication
The type of treatment for chronic sufferers will depend on what condition the individual has been affected by. That is why it is so vital to see a doctor immediately to discuss the best plan of action.
In temporary cases, the tingling sensation is not usually painful and can be relieved by taking the pressure of the affected area. For example, by kneeling down you may cut off the blood circulation to the nerves in your feet and this will prevent important signals and messages being sent to your brain. By standing up and wiggling your feet about, the blood can get to the feet better and will get to the nerves that had previously been cut off.
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shawn n/a answered
There is such a thing as restless leg syndrome... it is when your legs get to feeling like you need to move them when you are reclined or trying to sleep. There are medications to help with this condition, but you will need your doctor to go over there side effects and to prescribe them. If this does not aptly fit your description, and your legs feel as if they may be "falling asleep" then you may have either circulation problems or a pinched nerve. Again you need a doctor to tell which the case may be and what to do about it.

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