Worsening impaired circulation in legs when sitting

Patient : I am a 35 year old woman, normal weight, moderately active. I am experiencing persistent and worsening pain in my legs due to the circulation being impaired. This occurs only when sitting which is problematic because I am a writer and spend the bulk of my day at my desk. I have tried every position possible, adding pillows beneath me, sitting on the floor on a cushion with my legs propped up...nothing helps. After a few minutes in any position, I start to feel pain in the back of my quadruceps and will sometimes get pins and needles in my legs and feet if I wait too long to switch positions. Even in my early twenties I was never able to sit 'indian style' for long because I would lose circulation. So the problem is long-standing, but is getting worse with age. The discomfort is also interfering with my ability to focus on my work due to the constant discomfort and need to keep switching positions. I am concerned about developing blood clots as my father has had DVT and my grandmother had multiple strokes. What may cause these circulation problems and is there anything I can do to prevent it?
Doctor :   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: Hi I just had a benign tubulovillous adenoma (over 1 cm ) in my rectum removed.It was recommended that I get another ...

Q: Hi, I am a woman of 60 and I suffer from Ringworm of the scalp caused by Microsporum Canis. I live in the country wh...

Q: I have seen two general practitioners asking them about ED which I have noticed since about 8 months ago.38 yr old ma...

Q: I’m a 57 y/o reasonable fit female who has Bradyarrhythmia (heartbeat less than 40bpm. Should I be exercising?

Q: I am worried I have symptoms of pancreatic cancer. I had an episode of severe upper abdominal pain last year unde...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews