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Have had lower right back pain....and numbness in hands/forearms and legs on/off for about a week...comes and goes, feel stiff/achy, M, 51 yrs old?

Have had lower right back pain....and numbness in hands/forearms and legs on/off for about a week...comes and goes, feel stiff/achy, M, 51 yrs old?

Back pain: You mention a number of concerns so you must see your Primary doctor as soon as possible.
You are likely to be referred to a Specialist!

Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Choueka
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Hand Numbness (Definition)

The term numbness describes an altered sensation that can occur usually from either a neurological or vascular etiology. Some patients that have numbness have a complete inability to sense any object at all, where others may be able to sense but it is reduced. One example is neuropathy, in severe cases patients will be so numb they can not sense even if they step ...Read more


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I had spinal fusion 35 yrs ago, 3-4-5- lumbar with rod. Now Lower back pain, numbness when walk. Legs, hand swell. Hurts to lay on back. Urinate less?

I had spinal fusion 35 yrs ago, 3-4-5- lumbar with rod. Now Lower back pain, numbness when walk. Legs, hand swell. Hurts to lay on back. Urinate less?

Adjacent disc: Sounds like disc related problem. After fusion the levels /joints above and below work extra to maintain mobility. So over time they degenerate and cause symptoms. You should get checked out by your doc Usually one tries meds and PT as the first step in the management plan. ...Read more

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I have neck pain sometimes back pain and I have numbness in both hands specially when I am sleeping and tingling too and sometimes numbness in both to?

I have neck pain sometimes back pain and I have numbness in both hands specially when I am sleeping and tingling too and sometimes numbness in both to?

Neck pain/ numbness: Likely cervical disc disease with nerve compression. can consider different pillow, some times the buckwheat pillow helps as it molds easily to the shape. Consider c-spine films, MRI to assess degree of disease and, muscle relaxants, NSAIDS if not allergic, PT including traction for the neck pain. May also be carpal tunnel use splints, ergonomics at work, follow up with doctor/ urgent care ...Read more

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What are the causes of numbness in hands and severe rib and spine pain?

Radiculopathy: This sounds like it is most likely to be cervical radiculopathy which results from a pinched nerve in the neck. This requires orthopedic evaluation. There are other much rarer causes, and an orthopedist or a neurologist visit can help. ...Read more

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I am very tense in back of neck and numbness in hands and feet. What can I do for this numbness?

I am very tense in back of neck and numbness in hands and feet. What can I do for this numbness?

Neck pain that is: Constant and constant numbness in the hands or feet id suggest considering that there may be a neurological cause for this such as nerve root irritation due to a variety of sources. Or cervical spine nerve compression. The nerve roots that come together to form the major nerves in your arm also give supply to neck muscles. Seek medical attention. Talk to your pcp first /consider a neurologist. ...Read more

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Back in August, My husband blacked out and fell injuring his head & neck. A month later he has developed L'hermitte's sign which is causing excruciating electrical shocking and numbness in hands. Will this ever go away since it's not due to MS?

Back in August, My husband blacked out and fell injuring his head & neck. A month later he has developed L'hermitte's sign which is causing excruciating electrical shocking and numbness in hands. Will this ever go away since it's not due to MS?

Yes should: Improve with time but if you look on wickipedia about this can be provoked by leaning head forward and tapping on cervical posterior neck and shocklike sensations happen can be a sign of more serious things, so mri of neck/brain good idea but it varies as to when it wil go away based on cause and if keep aggrivating it by poor posture or neck injuries /strainn. ...Read more

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Back pain in middle of back and numbness of toes and fingers. Forearms and hands seem cold/sensitive. No initial outstanding event before numbness.

Back pain in middle of back and numbness of toes and fingers. Forearms and hands seem cold/sensitive. No initial outstanding event before numbness.

See a neurologist: Or orthopedist Have Emg/NCV studies performed/ MRI of back may be enlightening as well.
Your numbness and back pain appear to be intimately linked. ...Read more

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I have a syrix on my spine. And two small bulging disk. I have numbness in hands and pain in the kneck. Iwhat can I do while I wait for apt with dr.

I have a syrix on my spine. And two small bulging disk. I have numbness in hands and pain in the kneck. Iwhat can I do while I wait for apt with dr.

See below: There is probably not too much at this point besides trying to lie down and rest if the neck is really bothering you. Once you see your doctor, hopefully you will get a treatment plan that will help you. ...Read more

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Pain/numbness in hands and wrists, but emg came back normal. My doctor thinks it might be tendonitis, but cold makes it worse. What else could it be?

Pain/numbness in hands and wrists, but emg came back normal. My doctor thinks it might be tendonitis, but cold makes it worse. What else could it be?

Numbness: Low thyroid can be the culprit for many annoying symptoms especially numbness, coldness, dry skin, and even tendonitis, plus many more. I would recommend a good supplement with l-tyrosine, selenium and iodine, which are usually depleted and necessary to adequately make thyroid hormone. ...Read more

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Pain from collar bone 2 ribs left hand heaviness back pain since last 6 days. 2 days numbness in left hand and left face.

Pain from collar bone 2 ribs left hand heaviness back pain since last 6 days. 2 days numbness in left hand and left face.

Left pain parathesia: Did you have any trauma? Could be thoracic outlet syndrome, TMJ, early zoster (though usually lesions would come out by now and usually no numbness-parathesias), and rarely MS, vascular anomaly, mass or lymph node. Follow up with doctor/urgent care for thoracic outlet you will need orthopedic surgeon ...Read more

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I have lower back pain on my right and left side& recently have started getting tingling and numbness in my hand and legs and left calf swells somet

Related or unrelated: Low back pain associated with leg pain is common, often associated with nerve compression in the lumbar spine. Calf swelling, if related, is usually related to reduced leg mobility. Numbness in hands as well as legs would not be caused only by nerve compression in your lower spine--so do you have two diseases or only one? See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Periodic left forearm bicep and hand numbness tight shoulder when I look straight down back feels tight goes away after I take my ativan (lorazepam)?

Periodic left forearm bicep and hand numbness tight shoulder when I look straight down back feels tight goes away after I take my ativan (lorazepam)?

Neck problem: Sounds like you may have a cervical disc problem in your neck w/ the description of your symptoms. See an ors or neurosurgeon for examination, x-rays etc. Best of luck! You may need treatment for your anxiety disorder additionally. ...Read more

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I had Ant. Cerv. Discectomy in 2012. Pain and grinding sound in neck, fingers turn blue, numbness in hands and leg, pain in back going to left leg.?

I had Ant. Cerv. Discectomy in 2012. Pain and grinding sound in neck, fingers turn blue, numbness in hands and leg, pain in back going to left leg.?

Something else: Symptoms in legs have nothing to do with your neck. The grinding is consistant most likely with bony scar tissue from the surgery, which is not a reason for repeat surgery. You need nerve studies to see if you have an underlying nerve disease (neuropathy). I would see a neurologist ...Read more

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