sole of feet numbness upon first getting out of bed in the morning

Has anyone had a numbness/tingling feeling in the soles of their feet when they take the first few steps out of bed in the morning? I wonder if this is a PD symptom or just because of having exercised previous day. I have been diagnosed but not prescribed meds. I also had this feeling in my feet after I did the marathon. This feeling goes away after the first few steps.

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  • Racer, not sure if this is same, I have numbness in both feet, base of foot behind toes. Not confined to time of day, but very aware of it in morning when wearing on. Neuro was not bothered about it, said age related.

  • Thanks for quick response. Hope to get much older.

  • Yes, my feet began to go numb a year or so before PD diagnosis. Just one of those things seemingly. It means having to look carefully where you tread to avoid being thrown off balance by uneven ground.

  • thanks for the response. This is only in my first few steps when I get out of bed and step down, otherwise it seems fine.

  • I developed same thing 3 days ago. Also happens when I sit for long time. Have no idea what causes. I combat it with foot message and support socks along with comfortable shoes. This morning much better. It might also be dehydration?

  • dehydration sounds likely since I don't drink enough. I was also getting a cramp in my calf while swimming and that was attributed to dehydration as well. I started drinking before a swim and has not returned.

  • Hi racerCP,

    I experienced something similar 2 months before I was diagnosed (about a year ago.) There was a certain peculiar numbness in one of my feet. Since massaging the foot did not alleviate the numbness, I guessed it meant there was a blood clot blocking the circulation. This greatly worried me as I was due to depart on a transatlantic flight in a few days. I went to the student health service at my university, where the foot was examined by a nurse. She could find no discoloration, and pronounced the circulation in that leg to be okay.

    Since then, this symptom has mostly faded from view. But it may be returning to bug me. In the last few weeks, there has been some sporadic numbness in two adjacent toes of my left foot (on the affected side of my body). This makes it feel as if the two toes are almost stuck together. When this happens I am tempted to wriggle them to reassure myself of their independent mobility. A difference from the initial experience is that now I am medicated. I haven't noticed if the numbness is correlated with my exercising, but it seems to me PD--with its random, guerilla-type tactics--is a more likely culprit.

  • There is a possibility that you are developing peripheral neuropathy. This is something to discuss with your Doc.

  • I was just wondering whether it was PD related. It is a very mild form and goes away as soon as I take my fifth or sixth step out of bed and been there for years and years so maybe I will ignore it and just take good care of myself otherwise.

  • I have Dysautonomia & PD & I constantly have the feeling of numbness in the balls of my feet. They feel as if I had been outside in the cold and are frozen. I used to work as a truck driver and in the winter, my feet were always cold. My mother says that even as a baby, my feet were always cold. My PCP has diagnosed it as neuropathy and my Neurologist says I have it in my left arm from my elbow down to the end of my fingers. I would make an appointment with my neurologist, but #1; he is too far away for me to drive & beside that, is the cost and the long wait to get in to see him.

  • There is a combination of antioxidants which are good for peripheral neuropathy in diabetes patients (and it is neuroprotective in Parkinson's patients: Alpha lipoic acid and acetyl l carnitine - both can be bought together.

    First of all, when combined, alpha lipoic acid and acetyl l carnitine "worked at 100-1000-fold lower concentrations than they did individually."

    Combined R-alpha-lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine exerts efficient preventative effects in a cellular model of Parkinson's disease.

    Alpha-Lipoic Acid and Diabetic Neuropathy

    " Alpha-lipoic acid seems to delay or reverse peripheral diabetic neuropathy through its multiple antioxidant properties."

    Acetyl-L-carnitine improves pain, nerve regeneration, and vibratory perception

    in patients with chronic diabetic neuropathy: an analysis of two randomized placebo-controlled trials.

    Finally, get your B12 levels tested, if possible, because low B12 levels can contribute to peripheral neuropathy:

  • That happens to me every morning for the last couple years. It's a weird feeling never understood what it is.

  • I have the answer. I ready consumers report publication called the best of health and they explained that peripheral neuropathy when you wake up in the morning is probably due to the way you sleep. You and I probably sleep on our side and crunch our feet or legs thereby inhibiting a source of blood flow and therefore when we wake up there's not enough blood going to our feet. This resolves itself with movement. It was quite a relief to read it. Good luck pm

  • Thanks for both asking the question and coming back to post the answer when you found out!

    I'm having the same thing - just for the first few steps in the mornings. Indeed, I usually sleep on my side with my legs bent. It seems worse when I've had too much salt - maybe because my swollen legs reduce the blood flow even more.

    Great to know that it's nothing serious. Thanks! <3

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