Limbs falling asleep

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  1. volusiano

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    I notice lately since I've started doing more weight workout, my limbs may feel a little tingling, especially after a hard set of lifting reps. But after I get up and walk around for a little bit, the blood gets recirculated and the tingling goes away. Is this normal? Do other people experience this, too?

    Lately, if I sit on a chair too long and get up, the right side of the body feels numb for a couple of seconds. Or when I walk up the stairs somewhere (which I don't do much since I live in a 1 story home), the leg goes numb a little. Then after the stairs everything is normal again. Walking down the stairs is no problem.

    I'm not overweight or very muscular or anything like that. But I am lifting weight and I wonder if it would cause muscle development in certain areas that may constrict blood flow to my limbs sometimes.
     
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  2. DrumWizOHBD

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    A chiropractor my be able to shed some light on your situation. Sometimes being slightly out of balance somwhere on your spine, or pelvis can cause a "blockage" of blood flow, which can be exacerbated by strenuous activity. Thereby, causing tingles in your extremeties. Have mentioned the spine....you body may benefit from simply: <A> more stretching in between workouts, such as long, slow stretching or <B> more rest between workout sessions.
     
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  3. LawnChairGeneral

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    How is your diet? If you are not giving your body the proper fuel your muscles will certainly tire quicker during strenuous exercise. Also stay hydrated.

    How quickly are you doing your reps/sets? Take your time and go at a slow pace. If your reps are too quick, your muscles may be trying to tell you to slow down.

    Going numb when walking up stairs is concerning though. If it is persistant or gets worse you should see a doctor.
     
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  4. volusiano

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    Thank you both for your responses. I'm 47, 5'8" and weight 155 lbs with just a regular diet (I think). I try to take long enough rest in between reps, and the tingling is only right after a rep for a few seconds. And it's only a couple of times during a typical 2 hours workout session. And it's not consistently happening in every session. It's just a once in a while thing. Not serious enough to be concerned about, but enough to be curious to ask around.

    I think the stretch suggestion is good because stretching is one of my weak points. And I also agree that if it happens more often (especially after getting up or when walking up the stairs) I'm going to have to go see a doctor.
     
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    Have you ever had back or spinal disk issues? What you are describing sounds like neuropathy issues caused by disk degeneration. Your age is a clue. After the age of 25, back disks begin to age, thinning out and losing height. This can lead to nerve impingement and spinal arthritis, resulting in the type of symptoms you described. It is unique to each individual. Some folks never have symptoms, others can end up in terrible pain. Your symptoms do not sound too serious at this point, more incident related. A cure may be as simple as not doing those movements that cause the symptoms. Do a web search on spinal degeneration and learn how to deal with the issue.

    BTW, weight lifting can really aggravate spine problems, since most folks don't use proper form and many standard weight lifting moves, even done correctly, put tremendous pressure on the cervical and lumbar spine.

    -k-
     
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  6. volusiano

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    Hi Netman,

    Thanks for the insight. It's much appreciated. It makes a lot of sense about possible nerve impingment or spinal athritis/degeneration as you age. I'll read up on it some more like you suggested. Maybe time for a regular doctor checkup, too. You can't be too careful when it comes to the spine.
     
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    Find a good orthopedic doc that specializes in the spine. Trust me, the good ones can listen to your symptoms and pinpoint the spine segments responsible in a flash.
     
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