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A 39-year-old male asked:

Hi, having pins and needles in my feet, with numbness in my arms and hands, and it wakes me when i'm sleep i'm worried in case it's spine cancer or b?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Unusual presentation: That is an unusual presentation for cancer, but you should have a work up for other focal or systemic causes of numbness/tingling. Cause can range from bad positioning to vitamin deficiencies to general neuropathic to arthritis in the spine. After a general eval, your primary care doc can point you in the right direction.
Dr. Cynthia Anderson
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Cancer less likely: It is more likely to be a slipped disk or something pinching on a nerve than cancer. You need an MRI of the spine to look at the area better. Then, you should see a spine specialist - either an orthopedic or neurosurgeon.

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