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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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Terrible pain, cramping, tingling, numbness in hands, arms, legs and feet.

Terrible pain, cramping, tingling, numbness in hands, arms, legs and feet.

Evaluation: Any time you have these generalized symptoms you should visit your doctor for an evaluation. This could be from something easy to manage as dehydration to something more complicated as a pinched nerve in the spinal cord. Www. Otwithmd. Com. ...Read more

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My ANA levels are high I took the lupus test it was at a 5 but I still have pains, tingling, numbness in hands, feet, arms, legs. Told me fibromyalga

My ANA levels are high I took the lupus test it was at a 5 but I still have pains, tingling, numbness in hands, feet, arms, legs. Told me fibromyalga

Question?: I am not sure what you are asking. The ANA is a screening test for lupus but can be seen in numerous other diseases and in people who have no disease. I assume the lupus test you mention is a dna antibody. This test does not have to positive to have lupus. Finally, about 30% of lupus patients also have fibromyalgia. See a rheumatologist if you have not done so already. ...Read more

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Occ. Tingling/numbness in hands & feet. Blood tests, MRI, EEG normal. EMG of legs/feet (normal) EMG of arms (mild CTS, pinched nerves) What could this be?

Occ. Tingling/numbness in hands & feet. Blood tests, MRI, EEG normal. EMG of legs/feet (normal) EMG of arms (mild CTS, pinched nerves) What could this be?

See details: It is impossible to be specific without being able to perform a neurologic evaluation in person. Have you seen a neurologist yet? If not, see one. If you have, ask that doctor, ...Read more

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I have had numbness in my arms and legs and sometimes in my hands and feet what could becausing this?

I have had numbness in my arms and legs and sometimes in my hands and feet what could becausing this?

Lots of possiblities: Numbness could be from diabetes, thyroid disorders, vitamin B12 deficiency, spinal nerves and back problems are some of the more common reasons. I would recommend you work with your doctor and find out the reason. He may send you to a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a ncv to miss nerve damage done in arms by gbs if main problem are my legs but do have marked numbness in hands and face? My ins. Only covered my arms to be done.

Is it possible for a ncv to miss nerve damage done in arms by gbs if main problem are my legs but do have marked numbness in hands and face? My ins. Only covered my arms to be done.

Rephrase but I think: You are asking about nerveconductiontests? I don't understand gbs. Nctests only measure damage to the large nerves in the nerve bundles. Those nerves handle touch, pressure. Thin nerves (pain) don't show up in these tests. Only a biopsy shows thin nerve damage &this is rarely done. ...Read more

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Feet and hand numbness along with leg pain. What is wrong with me?

Feet and hand numbness along with leg pain. What is wrong with me?

Neuropathy: Stocking and glove distribution of numbness is indicative of possible diabetic neuropathy. Pain can be associated with neuropathy as well. There are other causes for neuropathy so you need to follow up with primary care physician and/or neurologist. ...Read more

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Headaches. Random numbness in hands, feet, arm, leg, face and back. Urinary & digestive track issues. Vision focus issues. Pain behind eyes. Ms?

Headaches. Random numbness in hands, feet, arm, leg, face and back. Urinary & digestive track issues. Vision focus issues. Pain behind eyes. Ms?

Possibly: Multiple sclerosis can present with a multitude of different symptoms. Certainly some of which you have mentioned. Given the number of complaints you have, I would suggest prompt neurologic evaluation. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in foot when I stood up, radiating pain in upper thigh simultanesouly, feet/hand numbness and tingling, pinched nerve?

Confusing: The only place all those areas have a common nerve serving them is the neck. This would be very unusual. Ypou should see your doc soon. Those are sx of multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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What can cause temporary paralysis in one leg or arm at a time what can cause temporary unconsciousness what can cause instant hand or leg numbness what can cause instant, temporary swelling in the leg, foot, arm, hand what cause sudden immobility?

What can cause temporary paralysis in one leg or arm at a time what can cause temporary unconsciousness what can cause instant hand or leg numbness what can cause instant, temporary swelling in the leg, foot, arm, hand what cause sudden immobility?

Many possibilities: Paroxymal weakness, numbness and altered level of consciousness are all suggestive of a central nervous system disorder. The altered awareness may suggest seizure like events. The periodic weakness, paralysis and numbness of limbs may suggest a warning of a stroke. You should seek formal neurologic evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve cause Numbness and weakness that comes and go on the right arm/hand and right leg/foot? Also, pain in the shoulder blade/bicep.

Can a pinched nerve cause Numbness and weakness that comes and go on the right arm/hand and right leg/foot? Also, pain in the shoulder blade/bicep.

Yes: Numbness and weakness in the right upper and lower extremities may indicate nerve compression at the level of the spine. MRI and EMG could localize and prognosticate a compressive neuropathy and would give guidance to appropriate treatment options. Consult with a physical medicine and rehabilition specialist would be appropriate. ...Read more

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What can cause tingling in both lower arms and legs? NOT hands and feet. Persistent for 3 weeks. Also when sitting or resting. No loss of sensation.

Tricky: Ok, there's two main distributions of nerve problems: outward along an (injured) nerve or inward from the tips of (sick) nerves. Nerve problems in the middle of limbs. All four....would not be a regular nerve distribution. Muscle weakness from electrolytes (K, Ca, Mag), sick muscles. No, not fitting with standard patterns.
Neurologist would be a specialist in this sort of condition. ...Read more

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My sister has a red, itchy rash developing on her arms and legs. It started on her feet and has now spread to hands, knees, elbows.?

Cannot say: Your sister could have eczema and allergic eruption or psoriasis.She needs to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Sometimes a skin biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Constant severe numbness in arms, hands, leg, feet, etc. What could this be?

Constant severe numbness in arms, hands, leg, feet, etc. What could this be?

Need More Details: Have you had any back injury? Could be a pinched nerve or poor circulation see you pcp as soon as possible! ...Read more

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Hello! I've been having cramps in my feet, legs, hands and arms for the past 2-3 weeks along with tingling and numbness. What's your advice?

Hello! I've been having cramps in my feet, legs, hands and arms for the past 2-3 weeks along with tingling and numbness. What's your advice?

Simple or Not.: Having cramping, numbness and tingling in all four extremities would best be considered after a thorough exam and evaluation. The symptoms can be caused by a multiple of reasons that must be considered and eliminated. Having these symptoms for only 2-3 weeks does not necessarily mean the underlying cause has not existed longer. Start with a primary care physician, then possibly, a neurologist. ...Read more

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I think I have damaged my sciatic nerve, I don't know how but I have random tingling and numbness in my feet, legs, arms and hands. Why could this be?

I think I have damaged my sciatic nerve, I don't know how but I have random tingling and numbness in my feet, legs, arms and hands. Why could this be?

See your doctor: The sciatic nerve is actually a bundle of nerves that starts in the low back and supplies the lower extremities only. Numbness and tingling of both feet, arms, and hands is not consistent with a sciatic condition. See your family doctor or internist to find the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr suspects disc herniation bc I have bad pain&numbness in my back, arms, &both legs. Lately my hands/bottom of feet hurt to. Could it be RA instead?

Dr suspects disc herniation bc I have bad pain&numbness in my back, arms, &both legs. Lately my hands/bottom of feet hurt to. Could it be RA instead?

Less likely: While it is not impossible for RA to affect large joints like the back/spine, it is much more likely to affect the smaller joints such as in the fingers. However, in order for there to be a disc herniation affecting both your arms and legs it would have to be quite high up, in your upper back or neck. Testing, including CT/MRI imaging, and blood tests are needed. Work with your doctor to diagnose. ...Read more

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Lightheaded for 3 months now numbness and tingling in arms, legs, feet, hands. No doctor can find anything wrong. I'm terrified! Any advice?

Lightheaded for 3 months now numbness and tingling in arms, legs, feet, hands. No doctor can find anything wrong. I'm terrified! Any advice?

Depends on workup: No need to be terrified; your taxes are still due on April 15 aren't they? Or are you getting a refund? Are you getting your BILLIONS BACK THIS YEAR? The fact is you're 22, young, & spry & on edge a bit from the sound of things. BREATHE & realize that when doctorS don't find anything then, you may be letting anxiousness get the best of you.

Be happy to help: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I have been sick for 9 months. Do I have cidp? Symptoms are: extreme fatigue, numbness/weakness in my legs, arms, hands, feet and lower back pain

Impossible to say: Unlikely that you have cidp or acute immune polyneuritis, but some of your problems might be due to peripheral nerve issues. An EMG test done expertly could assist. Another question might involve a process such as multiple sclerosis, but that too cannot be confirmed in absence of MRI images. Spinal fluid analysis might be useful. Seek out a neurologist and pin down precise answer. ...Read more

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Numbness in the tops of both feet (same areas) for over two weeks, very tired, random stabbing pains in arms, legs and tummy and tingling in hands.

Numbness in the tops of both feet (same areas) for over two weeks, very tired, random stabbing pains in arms, legs and tummy and tingling in hands.

See neurologist: You appear to have a systemic neurologic problem which requires the attention of a neurologist. I'd rather not venture a guess at this time. ...Read more

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Hair loss, tremors in arms, hands, legs and feet, loss of balance and strength, numbness in legs and feet all after a lumbar puncture, why?

Hair loss, tremors in arms, hands, legs and feet, loss of balance and strength, numbness in legs and feet all after a lumbar puncture, why?

Unrelated: Why did you need an LP. Problems from spinals affect areas below the spinal it lower torso, legs, urination etc, It would not affect hands or make you shake,
It may be part of why they wanted to examine your cerebro spinal fluid. Discuss with your MD or neurologist ...Read more

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Numbness, burning and tingles in both arms, hands, legs and feet. MRI of brain and cervix came back normal. Primary care doctor sees nothing wrong :- (?

Numbness, burning and tingles in both arms, hands, legs and feet. MRI of brain and cervix came back normal. Primary care doctor sees nothing wrong :- (?

Unexplained numbness: You're right, that is a tough case. When you have these symptoms in the arms and legs, sometimes it arises from the brain or the spinal cord, which explains your MRI studies. Sometimes it is caused by something with the nerves, the nerves in the arms and legs. For this cause, sometimes blood testing or nerve conduction tests are helpful. Hope this helps you! ...Read more

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Tingling, numbness, and pain in left arm and hand, and in left leg and foot. I am only 16, what could this be?

Tingling, numbness, and pain in left arm and hand, and in left leg and foot. I am only 16, what could this be?

Anxiety: anxiety and stress. Breath deep and slow and relax. Walk, stretch, .if symptoms persisted see your doctor. You are too young for anything serious ...Read more

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My 44 year old sister having numbness/tingling on one side of body. Only in arm, hand, leg, foot & 1/2 of her face and head. None in trunk. Help?!?!

My 44 year old sister having numbness/tingling on one side of body. Only in arm, hand, leg, foot & 1/2 of her face and head. None in trunk. Help?!?!

Neurologist: Sounds like an immediate trip to the neurologist. A central nervous system or spinal issue can cause numbness on only one side of the body. This can be dangerous so I would seek immediate help. ...Read more

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Numbness hands, feet, legs, arm off and on for months, sometimes skin is almost painful after shower, black whole in vision once, neg brain mri, ?

Numbness hands, feet, legs, arm off and on for months, sometimes skin is almost painful after shower, black whole in vision once, neg brain mri, ?

Seen Doctor lately?: Your symptoms would be best evaluated by a physician expert in neuropathies such as a neurologist. You will require testing for metabolic types of disorders especially since your brain MR is negative. I'm not sure what the Black Hole in your vision refers to unless you also had a headache you didn't mention. ...Read more

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First tingling hands&feet about a week (now only here and there)than dry flacky skin including face (up arm/leg to)month later numbness now 2 days, small red painless spot under skin finger print area?

Schedule a visit: You need to set up an office visit with your doctor. There are too many possibilities that need to be excluded. I would not be surprised if lab work is indicated. ...Read more

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Nauseous, numbness and tingling in hands, legs, and feet. Pain in my right arm, limited movement with that arm.

Numbness: Most concerning is the pain in the right arm. If this is something new it needs evaluation by a physician. The diffuse numbness and tingling could be from any number of causes. An infectious or inflammatory workup may also be indicated.

Again, the pain and lack of movement in the right arm needs more immediate attention. ...Read more

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Skin feels like sun burnt. Palms of hands and soles of feet have tight sensation. Right arm aches. Numbness feeling left torso &legs. MRI normal. MS?

Skin feels like sun burnt. Palms of hands and soles of feet have tight sensation. Right arm aches. Numbness feeling left torso &legs. MRI normal. MS?

Skin tightness: MS is a neurologic condition in which symptoms are separated in time and space. Your symptoms do not sound like MS and your MRI was negative. If your neurologist is suspicious of MS, a spinal tap may also be diagnostic. You may also consult a dermatologist regarding possible dermatosclerosis. Otherwise, your doctor may need to perform a physical including serology for thyroid dysfunction. ...Read more

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Tingling numbness in hands and legs. Any meds that can cause that?

Tingling numbness in hands and legs. Any meds that can cause that?

Many: In neurology practices topamax (topiramate) is probably the commonest one to do so. Beta blockers, cancer chemotherapy drugs, excess vitamin b6 are also some of the causes. Look online at a drug's prescribing information, also known as "package insert", for more details about any particular drug's side-effects. ...Read more

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What can cause hand numbness and weak arms?

What can cause hand numbness and weak arms?

Nerve compression &: Nerve compression & many other things. Carpal tunnel is common but don't assume its that just because its is frequent. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Sleeping at night with my arms bent causes hand numbness. Try to sleep with my arms straight, usually without success. Any suggestions or excersises?

Sleeping at night with my arms bent causes hand numbness. Try to sleep with my arms straight, usually without success. Any suggestions or excersises?

Splints: Flexion of the elbows as wells as wrists as we sleep puts stress on the ulnar and median nerves respectively which contributes to cubital and carpal tunnel.

It is difficult to maintain proper positioning at night without some type of either wrist or elbow splint depending on the nerve involved. ...Read more

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What can cause neck pain and numbness in hands while sleeping. While working I have twisting of fingers and restless legs while resting.

What can cause neck pain and numbness in hands while sleeping. While working I have twisting of fingers and restless legs while resting.

Neck problems: It is very possible that the root if your numbness, tingling and lack of strength of upper extremities and hands is on the neck. High and hard pillows may exacerbate it while in bed. Make a consult to a chiropractor or medical doctor regarding your neck contracture and pain. Use a soft pillow or none at all. Relax your neck when you work at the office, using a tall seat whenever possible. ...Read more

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Does hydrocephalus cause numbness in hands and feet?

Does hydrocephalus cause numbness in hands and feet?

Medications?: The medications taken for normal pressure hydrocephalus (acetalozamide) often causes tingling and numbness in the hands, feet and lips. ...Read more

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Can sinus or allergies cause numbness in hands and feet?

Can sinus or allergies cause numbness in hands and feet?

Look for other cause: These do not usually cause numbness in the hands or feet. There are a number of other causes, especially diagnoses such as diabetes or other metabolic or hormonal disorders including thyroid problems. If these are happening regularly and are not from resting on a nerve, you should have it checked out. ...Read more

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What can cause numbness in hands and feet? I am having issues with this happening at least once a day.

What can cause numbness in hands and feet? I am having issues with this happening at least once a day.

Many causes: Most common causes of numbness in the hands& feet (for all comers) is going to be diabetes mellitus. However, many other metabolic conditions can cause this condition as well as nutritional deficiences, demyelinating conditons of the brain/spinal cord, chemo/radiation therapy, excessive alcohol use, and as Sonny Bono used to say, "And the Beat Goes On." Check with your doctor for a full workup. ...Read more

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Can a rotator cuff tear cause arm and hand numbness?

Can a rotator cuff tear cause arm and hand numbness?

Not usually: The shoulder is usually an 'innocent bystander' when it comes to neurologic problems such as numbness and weakness that is found beyond the shoulder in the arm and forearm. The more likely culprit for these complaints is actually nerve compression emanating from the cervical spine. ...Read more

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Loosing feeling in my hands, feet, arms, and legs quickly.?

Loosing feeling in my hands, feet, arms, and legs quickly.?

Quickly? See PCP now: While there are many things that can cause numbness, the fact that the symptoms are coming on quickly raises some ominous possibilities, including multiple sclerosis and guillan barre syndrome. I would definitely see your primary doctor as soon as possible to guide further evaluation. ...Read more

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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more