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    Bad Circulation, anyone else?

    Hey I've got this problem that happens all the time when i draw my hands get really cold and i dont get enough circulation it seems. I've always had a problem with cold hands and whatnot but for it to be constant while I'm drawing tends to lead to bad problems (rsi,carpal funnel, etc.)
    I used to smoke but quit about two weeks ago but that doesn't seems to be helping? I draw at a table thats inclined and my posture isn't too terrible so I don't really know what seems to be the problem.
    Not really asking for medical advice just interested if anyone else get really cold hands when drawing and how you dealt with it?
    thanks guys : )

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    Don't know about cold hands, but I noticed I get thick skin round my left elbow (I'm left handed) which grossed me out because I thought it was eczema at first until I realised it was because I was drawing all the time!!! If you quit smoking only 2 weeks ago I wouldn't have thought you'd notice any difference just yet, if indeed its anything to do with your circulation. Do some press ups? I do press ups, squats and sit ups every hour on the hour. That might help boost your circulation? K

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    Are you healthy? Not over weight? Smoking and bad diet can create your symptoms which is usually a sign of cardiovascular problems or in extreme cases diabetes. I'm not a doctor but two weeks isn't long enough to reverse the effects of smoking or diet.

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    I'm not over weight but not exactly healthy and actually had blood test done a few weeks ago and no problems although according to a doctor I might have a nerve problem in my neck which is messing with my arm making me feel like i have carpal tunnel/tendonitis
    To be honest I'm just hoping that I'm not the only one experiencing this and that other artists have this problem and are just fine
    but thank you for the fast replies! : )

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    No problems with circulation - I work out regularly and eat healthy - but I do suffer from "white finger" syndrome from using a chainsaw. Massaging my hands works a little but not enough. Running them under hot water to get feeling back into them works a bit too. But the only remedy I've found that really works is a cream my sister made containing essential oils - Blue Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Rosemary. She's a certified aromatherapist so I reckon she knows what she's doing. Might be worth a try.

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    I have a couple friends who have Raynaud's phenomenon. One has fairly mild symptoms, the other worse ones. This can be caused by a big list of things so you should go to the doctor and tell them you have this so they can make sure that it's not a symptom of something worse.

    Otherwise, I used to get very cold hands while working but that was mainly because our office thermostat was fucked up and once the temperature gets below a certain level the body cuts off circulation to the extremities. If you're female it happens at a higher temperature than if you're male. I solved this with a space heater, very warm socks, and a lot of hot tea. Bonus -- hot tea makes you get up regularly for bathroom breaks and while you're up you might as well stretch and help that RSI not get worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candra H View Post
    No problems with circulation - I work out regularly and eat healthy - but I do suffer from "white finger" syndrome from using a chainsaw.
    Not really any of my business but didn't you say you were going blind?

    Fair play to YOU my dear! Fair play! I have a friend who got stargarts syndrome really young. Basically only has peripheral vision. Shes amazing though. You wouldn't know she was registered blind. She doesn't use a cane - says doesn't want to appear vulnerable. I did get questioned though when I parked in the disabled spot and people were like 'yeah right! What's wrong with her??'

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    and once the temperature gets below a certain level the body cuts off circulation to the extremities. If you're female it happens at a higher temperature than if you're male. I solved this with a space heater, very warm socks, and a lot of hot tea. Bonus -- hot tea makes you get up regularly for bathroom breaks
    This. I have low blood pressure and cold is the normal condition for my hands and feet. But if I wear warm socks and altogether dress warm enough, it works well enough.
    And tea! I drink hot tea all workday long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maidith View Post
    This. I have low blood pressure and cold is the normal condition for my hands and feet.
    Yes me as well + I live in a country with cold winters and expensive heating. The heating system is so shitty in my current apt it was 16 degrees at best with very cold floors all December till I got an extra radiator and cried as I paid. Yes, very warm clothing, fleece blankets, maybe a hot water bottle down your shirt, warm beverages, gloves with fingertips cut off.

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    Prone to cold hands and feet. Even thick socks don't help much, although it doesn't bother me most of the time; but unless it's high summer I can't get off to sleep without a hot water bottle...

    Not so much a problem with drawing, but when I'm mixing epoxy putty for miniature sculpts, the cold putty itself can be stiff, and mixing is tough and even painful if I've got cold fingers at the time. To fix it I usually head to the bathroom, half-fill the sink/washbasin with hot water, and dunk my hands into it for a few minutes. Waggle my fingers about. Brilliant. Helps warm up the putty for mixing too.

    I used to smoke but quit about two weeks ago but that doesn't seems to be helping?
    No doctor I, but I'd guess any circulatory effects from long-term smoking would take more than two weeks to right themselves. Stick at it.

    ...which is only my opinion.
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    I get cold hands easily as well when i am drawing or working on the computer generally. My solution is fairly simple; either i turn the heating on or put on some fingerless gloves. And since i draw digitally there is no danger of smudging a painting while wearing gloves.

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    I think our curse is that we sit way too much! At least I do...
    It's good you gave up smoking, but I recently read that now they're saying that sitting all day is as bad as smoking. I know I can get cold hands (and feet) when it's really not that cold, but I think it's just because my blood's not moving. If I get up and walk around regularly it helps.
    PS. Nothing like getting medical advice on the internet!

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    This is more than likely some type of temporary discomfort due to strenuous activity in the recent past that you might no longer recall.

    Examples: Helping a friend move furniture or carrying a light but oddly shaped canvas from the local art store.

    More than likely it will pass in another week or two.

    My personal (non professional) advice: Whatever you do DO NOT visit WebMD, you will self diagnos yourself with some ailment that only Hobits in the 4th century could possibly acquire.

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