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    Nerve pain or blood circulation issues - sci nurse

    Sci nurse or anyone with a relatable situation.

    I am having severe issues with pain in my feet. Even more so than the typical nerve pain I have had since my c5/6 incomplete injury 2 years ago. I have reason to believe its more of a circulation issue compared to typical nerve pain. Most notably because I can be having a good day nerve pain wise but then if I fall asleep in my chair for even 15 minutes I wake up to horrible prickles in my hands and especially my legs. And this has happened seemingly 100 times and every time it's the same. Ps I know I'm an idiot for letting it happen but when you're on the meds it's easy to drift off without warning.

    Anyways my thought would be that my respiration slows down and with more compressed atrophied legs, that when I drift off the circulation slows and causes the pain. I also tend to wake up with the same pain in the morning now and it often doesn't get better til a warm shower which I again am assuming gets the blood flowing again.

    Does this sound right? I've started wearing the stocking again to see if that changes anything. What can be done? Are there tests that measure peripheral circulation? And if all my assumptions are true can the condition be corrected via blood thinners or surgery or something else?

    Thanks...just trying to get a better idea before I talk with my doc next week. The pain is becoming intolerable.

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    Your blood pressure is probably lower when you are sleeping. But this isn't uncommon in many people to wake up with prickles etc.. Continue with the stocking. Watch how you position your hands and make sure you aren't sleeping on them. If not contraindicated, you could try Aspirin 81 mg a day and see if that helps with circulation. Also, take your blood pressure as soon as you wake up and the prickles are still there. If it continues you need to tell your doctor and he would see if he thought it was circulation or nerve problems and how to proceed. CWO
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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