I get very cold, especially in winter and my hubby calls me Nosferatu..
Do you find that if you don't move around for a while you have "sleepy feet"? I cramp up at night in winter and I believe that's a symptom of bad circulation too. The coldest parts of me seem to be my feet, ankles and my hands (especially the tips of my fingers).
Have you ever seen a Remedial Therapist? I went to one because I suffered from some nasty headaches brought on by stress at work and while he was in the process of relieving that pain without medication, he asked me if I suffered from cold feet and hands and when I told him yes (and asked how the hell he figured that out
), he said that it was because I suffered from poor circulation.
He gave me a range of options to try to relieve that coldness that I feel all the time and to go with what worked best for me. I still have them all written down, which I went and looked for after reading your post so that I could let you know what they were.
1. Remedial Massage
2. Exercise (walking and swimming - but be careful because if you get tingly feet or legs from walking it could do more damage)
3. Aromatherapy Massage
6. Tai Chi or Chi Kung (which is a little easier to learn than Tai Chi)
For me, I learnt how to do my own remedial massage from my hips down which help me with the circulation to my feet and I increased my garlic intake with my main meal each day (not so much that it overpowers everything and stays on my breath or anything though) and I reduced my tomato intake.
I have done Tai Chi and didn't mind it, however would love to try Chi Kung instead because that concentrates on breathing and relaxation more. I also want to try acupuncture as I've been told it's fantastic. I also get my hubby to massage my lower back with some lemon aromatherapy oil each night before I go to sleep and it seems to help with the cramping (although when AF comes to visit, it doesn't work so well).
For my fingers, I actually find that I crack my knuckles and I feel blood flowing to my finger tips..
.. but I do massage my hands with the aromatherapy oils aswell and it helps more. My great grandmother used to warm some milk up and soaked her hands in it until the milk was tepid. She believed it improved circulation while making your hands soft also. Can't say I've tried it though, but I'm sure I'll give it a go one day.
Hope that helps you out a bit, but if you want any other info, feel free to pm me or if you are on messenger, just add me and I'll give you all the info I have.