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Itchy/Prickly/Red Blotchy Legs after standing

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  • Posted By: will1994
  • August 1, 2009
  • 01:03 PM

Hi, recently I have just started at a new school and I travel for around 45 minutes every weekday to get there. Early this year I have started to notice that after I stand for a minute my legs get unbearably itchy and prickly. I have to keep moving my legs and itching them to get the sensations away for a few seconds. I feel prickly sensations like needles puncturing skin from my knee below to my ankle. My skin also gets red and blotchy and they itch too. I find that if my legs are sweaty or I am hot that the sensations come quicker, even after a few seconds standing, and get noticeably more painful. When I am standing in the cold my legs do not get sensations. In the past month I find that when I find a seat the sensations stay for a little while, I do not want these sensations at all times, they are unbearable and embarrassing as is. I have read on this site and others for diagnosis' of itchy red skin and they point to 'Ingrown Hairs' and 'Poor circulation'. I have noticed that my skin is quite dry and I have a few ingrown hairs on my legs. I have consulted a doctor and he has told me a that it is not serious. I have also a slight numbness feeling in my Left Big Toe at the tip. I have tried to use moisturizing creams and they have had no effect. I am 15 years old and my twin brother has exactly the same sensations in his legs. All my other family members have no sensations what so ever.
If anybody has any suggestions or remedies could you please let me know?

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  • Hi there... what im going to suggest may be a long shot but i know it can cause red, blotchy legs on standing (and is something most doctors know little about so most will not know about this symptom and the connection with the following condition). Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) can cause that symptom of red, blotchy legs on standing. It's related to the blood ended up pooling in the legs (and also in the abdomen where it cant be seen). Many with POTS are not aware they have this condition and for most, having POTS dont cause too much trouble (and is quite harmless, thou ones with this more seriously can get major symptoms including faints). i know there are good photos online showing a POTS patients legs when seated and then while standing, showing what im saying here with the leg changes. i'll see if i can find it and post the picture for you.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • (my stupid very old computer wont allow me to to get the pics up properly so i can post the links to the leg pics directly ("purple pooling limb" non purple pooling limb" (i assume the pics i can see are comparision pics of the same person) and the "pots ipj" image leg comparisions. To get to these pics of legs of people with the condition POTS .. go to www.webcrawler.com click the images button there.. and then type into the search postural orthostatic tachycardia and the pics will come up.......... Your problem is an "orthostatic" one as it happens when one has gone from sitting or laying into standing. The increased blood in that area may make them itch, hot, painful some and sweaty too. One is also worst affected via POTS and it's symptoms when it's warmer weather so it's understandable that you arent being as affected when it's cold. (it may be worth while you researching POTS in case your condition worsens and you start getting other symptoms. The condition could end up going away too. It really isnt something to worry about at all.. but just make yourself aware of it due to other symptoms possibly coming in at some stage eg headaches, dizziness, concentration issues etc).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, thank you for your reply.Do you know of any remedies or 'cures' for POTS?
    will1994 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, thank your for your reply,Do you know of any remedies or 'cures' for POTS?thanks :D
    will1994 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • no sorry i dont know how to treat that symptom if i is POTS caused... if you were getting something like head dizziness with it, i'd know how to possibly help that.. but not leg symptoms with it.taniaaust1
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have the exact same thing happen to me. I just had back surgery so I worry about blood clots from being on bed rest. Did you find out what was causing yours?
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • October 9, 2014
    • 11:15 AM
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