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Dragonnak 05-05-2018 03:24 PM

Leg starts to tingle after a few minutes
Everytime I'm playing my guitar my leg looses circulation and I get that tingling sensation. Anyone know why this is always happening ?
I'm using a new strap with suctions instead of the foot stool but even with the foot stool my leg was alway falling asleep.
I don't seem to notice that I'm putting any typical weight on the guitar that would cause my leg to lose circulation like that.
Oh I also using a normal computer chair which is quite soft.

Red_Label 05-05-2018 04:47 PM

It's probably your sitting position.

But as you work to figure out the reason, be aware that what's going on at certain levels of your spine can cause tingling and numbness in your extremities. I have suffered from sciatica for the past 7.5 years, due to a herniated disk at L5-S1. I've had two surgeries and it's still an issue.

I have also dealt with numbness and tingling in a my right arm for 20 years or so, along my ulnar nerve from the elbow down. I saw specialists and never really found a cause. But it has caused me to take sabbaticals from playing acoustic from time to time. I've suffered from shoulder/neck pain and severe headaches as well. My doctor finally put everything together recently and ordered an MRI. She found a crushed disk at C8. So after all of these years of wondering what was causing my issues, I know that another herniated disk is the cause. So don't count out that as a possibility.

Just wanted to mention that so you don't spend as much time wandering in the wilderness as I have, if the simple explanations don't answer your question.

Dragonnak 05-05-2018 08:11 PM

I decided to check out a stool I originally bought to play another acoustic guitar with. It seems to be working out. I think it was the pressure of my leg against the edge of the chair. Will give it a go for awhile and see.

Red_Label 05-05-2018 08:22 PM


Originally Posted by Dragonnak (Post 5721108)
I decided to check out a stool I originally bought to play another acoustic guitar with. It seems to be working out. I think it was the pressure of my leg against the edge of the chair. Will give it a go for awhile and see.

Definitely the most likely culprit and easy to fix. I have a dedicated playing chair with backrest, flip-down footrest, etc.

LadysSolo 05-05-2018 08:49 PM

There is a large nerve running through your buttock, too much pressure on that nerve can cause numbness and tingling in the leg. So yes, the stool is probably the culprit.

TBman 05-05-2018 10:45 PM

Try an additional cushion or adjust the height one way or another.

I was getting numbness in my feet while driving and I found it was my wallet (in my back pocket) that was the culprit.

KarenB 05-06-2018 07:09 AM

One of the AGF'ers answered a post about guitar seats. In the post was recommended a
"Gas Lift Guitar Seat."

It has a "saddle" type seat.

I wrote the comany and asked what were the advantages of a "saddle" type seat. Perhaps their reply can help you with the tingling you're feeling.

The advantages of the saddle seat are the ability to move your legs easier (the original seat was designed for drummers), and less pressure restricting circulation in the back of your legs. Regular seats come out to, or almost to, your knee. That puts pressure on the blood vessels in that area and can cause your legs to "go to sleep". The saddle seat eliminates that pressure so you can sit longer with more comfort.

Rapido Eduwardo 05-16-2018 10:52 PM

I had similar symptoms about 40 years ago, but unrelated to guitar. This would occur when driving. It turned out to be due to the onset of Type 2 Diabetes. If this is the case for you it is easily checked by a doctor and the management is very well known.

Hope this isn't the case for you, and wish you all the best.


slide496 05-17-2018 06:55 AM

It's best IMHO to get medical diagnosis for it, see a spine doctor or orthopedic surgeon- the most common things that I am reading are pinched nerve and inflammation. There's been mention of diabetes

All you may be able to do for it is rest and change your position but if would be best IMO to try to get to the root of the issue as to what exactly is causing the problem. If you don't have easy access to a back doctor then start with your primary care

Lifestyle changes like seating to maintain health in the area, some people have recommended nutritional supplements that have helped them or exercises - these go hand and hand with diagnosis and medical attention.


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