As you probably know, having a circulatory system that functions properly is a very important part of staying healthy. However, you probably don’t put much thought into your circulatory system until something goes wrong with it. Ideally, problems can be caught before they become too serious – here are 7 signs that you may be developing problems with your blood circulation.
7 symptoms of bad circulation
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should discuss them with your doctor. You may start to notice:
1. A heavy feeling in your legs. This often gets worse as the day goes on and may even keep you from being active. This happens when your blood can’t leave your legs and pressure starts to build.
2. Muscle cramps. Again, these may be caused by blood having trouble leaving your legs. As the blood starts to pool, waste byproducts start to collect, which irritate and inflame the tissue in the legs.
3. Swelling. Your legs may swell for a few different reasons, but one of these could be circulation issues.
4. Numbness. Numbness in your hands or feet can be a symptom of many problems – from the simple, such as a vitamin B12 deficiency, to the serious, such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or circulatory issues.
5. Pain. Pain is always a sign that something is wrong. Do your legs hurt even after simple activity? Does it get worse if you elevate your legs? These may be signs of circulatory problems.
6. Varicose or spider veins. Veins that bulge (varicose veins) or that have a bluish/purplish color that spread out in a spider-web pattern (spider veins) can be completely harmless – or they could be a sign of serious problems.
7. Hands or feet that are constantly cold. Many people have cold extremities, but if they hurt or turn blue, it may be caused by something serious. It could be a problem with your nerves, your thyroid, or your circulatory system.
If you notice any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor right away. Contact the Glendale, Arizona, office of Dr. Sammy A. Zakhary. Call (623) 258-3255 for an appointment today!