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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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Thyroid function. I have been experiencing pain in hands/feet/elbows worst in feet for a year. Feet get cold where you can feel the cold to touch as opposed to numb. I have not gained weight but do eat less as less of an appetite. My weight is very stable

Thyroid function. I have been experiencing pain in hands/feet/elbows worst in feet for a year. Feet get cold where you can feel the cold to touch as opposed to numb. I have not gained weight but do eat less as less of an appetite. My weight is very stable

Normal or not: Nerve diseases (thyroid, b12, alcohol, DIABETES, HIV meds, heavy metals) can certainly do this BUT even slight vessel reactivity (RAYNAUD's) that many smokers and about 1 in 5 young women slightly less men have can cause vessel spasm in cold. ALSO, joint aches can be worse in cold. Never found anything other than warmth (external heat; internal from exercise) to help this. ...Read more

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I have recently been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and have been experiencing numbness and tingling in my hands and feet. Is this normal?

I have recently been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and have been experiencing numbness and tingling in my hands and feet.  Is this normal?

Neuropathy: is seen with many conditions. People with hypothyroidism often have other autoimmune disorders ( B12 deficiency from inability to make intrinsic factor, SLE, Mixed connective tissue disease, scleroderma, immune based neuropathy, Diabetes, etc) Define the type and extent of the neuropathy ( EMG-NCS testing ) Discuss with your neurologist the work up for treatable conditions. ...Read more

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Metallic taste & tingling/numbness in both hands & feet. Blood tests(vitamin def., Lyme & thyroid) R normal. Waiting for MRI & EMG. What could this be?

Metallic taste & tingling/numbness in both hands & feet. Blood tests(vitamin def., Lyme & thyroid) R normal. Waiting for MRI & EMG. What could this be?

Spinal symptoms: I agree that an MRI and EMG are the next studies needed. Your symptoms sound suspicious for spinal cord issues. You may need a spinal tap, looking for signs of inflammation. Myelitis is inflammation in the spine. A ganglionopathy can also cause these symptoms, particularly when taste is affected, with numbness. It's possible all your studies could be normal, but will need to be monitored ...Read more

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I'm starting to have numbness in feet and having bowels problems and have back problem what should I do?

I'm starting to have numbness in feet and having bowels problems and have back problem what should I do?

Radiculopathy: All those symptoms can be explained by entrapment or irritation of lumbar spine nerves. See an orthopedist or neurosurgeon for an evaluation promptly. Delaying treatment could result in permanent nerve damage. ...Read more

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I keep getting pins and needles and numbness in my feet. What is the problem?

I keep getting pins and needles and numbness in my feet. What is the problem?

Neuropathy: Many different things can cause this and a good clinical exam could help you to differentiate and possibly give a diagnosis. Treament plans can be set up upon figuring out the etiology. ...Read more

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My husband has numbness from groin to feet. He has had every nerve test on back and legs he is fine. No drs know what the problem is it'd getting wors?

My husband has numbness from groin to feet. He has had every nerve test on back and legs he is fine. No drs know what the problem is it'd getting wors?

? Spinal cord: Given the history i would wonder whether a spinal cord problem can be causing the symptoms. If that is so usually there is some disturbance in bowel or bladder function. There may also be imbalance and weakness in the lower extremities. Please have a thorough neurologic exam to determine the need for imaging of your spine. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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Could low back problems cause both feet to be numb and tingly?

Could low back problems cause both feet to be numb and tingly?

Not really.: There are two categories of nerve dysfunctions: pinched nerves and sick nerves. Pinched nerves have problems outward from the pinch. Sick nerves go from the ends of the longest nerves inward (your pattern). ...Read more