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This is an odd one and I am discussing it with the GP, however I wondered if anyone had ever experienced this sensation.

On at least 4 occasions now I've woken up to my alarm clock, gone to get out of bed (I keep the alarm clock away from my bed otherwise I hit it and go back to sleep) and as I stand, my legs just give way and I end up sat on the floor. They feel a little shaky and a little numb as if they are still asleep. The sensation is that feeling you get just before you get the pins and needles, but the pins and needles never come in this instance. I have to haul myself up onto the bed or sit where I am for 5 to 10 mins until I my legs feel awake. I don't feel dizzy or faint or anything it is purely my legs can't hold my weight.

The GP isn't sure what could be the cause but is investigating another issue I'm having and will come back to this one. She didn't feel that it was something that needed urgent attention and I feel the same.

I've had a trawl of the internet (not always a good idea I realise) but not found anything really that could be investigated further. But on the plus side I've not found anything to raise my concern.

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Obviously you need to get it checked out medically, and I'm surprised the doctor can't handle more than one thing at a time... 😮

Two things come to mind...

a) Something to do with sciatica or a trapped nerve of some sort, though I'd expect you'd feel some sort of pain with that.
b) Sleep Paralysis [url]Sleep paralysis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/url]

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You need to badger the doctor a little I feel. I feel it needs to be dealt with soon or there is the risk of injury if you fall and hurt yourself when the alarm goes off.

Good luck 🙂 and more reiki hugs from me to supplement those sent by Giles xx

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meadowsweet
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Thank you both. Reiki hugs appreciated. I've been giving myself extra self-healing the past few days also.

I was thinking some sort of Sleep paralysis, but couldn't find anything more specific to what I've experienced.

She is a new doctor and she said she wanted to deal with my few issues separately to do them both justice. I'll just be extra careful when I go to get out of bed to test whether my legs will hold me or not. The alarm will just have to ring for a bit longer if needs be. When I saw her the other day she called one of the other Dr's in to look at one of my issues and give a 2nd opinion. I appreciated that she felt comfortable doing that, some Dr's seem to think they should know everything when it just couldn't be possible.

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It could be a circulationary problem. It could be low blood pressure. (A beloved friend of mine has that and she is always taking tumbles)

You really need a medical diagnosis, but in the immediate you could try doing leg stretching and feet exercises before rising and sitting on the bed for a few moments before standing will help to get the blood circulated sufficiently.

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Mountaineer
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Raising the foot of your mattress can help with circulation. That might be worth trying.

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meadowsweet
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Thanks for the advice and suggestions. I will try the stretches before getting up.

I'm going to see the Dr again this week to go through this one more while I wait for my referral to the hospital for the other.

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Yes, do try those suggestions.

I wouldn't be overly stressed about it. Sometimes when I get up out of bed very quickly I get momentarily giddy, being agile I manage to stay on my feet, but there you are it can happen to anyone

Sometimes I'll fall asleep in my chair and when I eventually come to my legs will feel like lead because all the blood has pooled up.

The fact that it doesn't happen at other times is a big positive and suggests the cause is what you might call localised, rather than general.

Still wise to get your BP tested all the same just to be sure. (You can get a home BP Monitor for about a tenner - Lloyds pharmacy do a good one.)

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I'll borrow my Dad's BP monitor to check it for a week or so.

I don't think it is serious but I would like to understand what it is. Probably linked with my sleep pattern which is quite erratic at the moment. I started a new job in December and it means travelling every week so very early starts to get flights etc and then I've got into a routine of not being able to switch off till pretty late so my feeling is if I can rectify that I will probably resolve this issue.

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