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Legs get numb very quickly and chest pains. Suggestions? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 12-Jun-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hello Doctor , Good Morning
User:I have this condition for the past seven years ,
Doctor:Good morning. Please explain.
User:i get numbness very quickly , eg i can't sit with crossed legs for a long time , my legs get numbness very quickly
User:and i have pain in my chest , i couldn't explain it , i feel like there is pressure in that area and if i expand my chest it goes and it feels like knuckle cracking
User:both these problems came together i think , i have been experiencing this since my college days , i consulted doctors twice , they took tests EEG, ECG , X XXXXXXX , every thing came out normal
User:two years ago i had migrane and i had fits once , i fainted. Now i do not have this problem
User:Other than this i do not have any problems doctor,
User:can it be cured ?
Doctor:May I know your age?
Doctor:Do you smoke?
Doctor:How frequently do you get the chest pains?
User:I'm 24 now , no i do not smoke or drink
Doctor:Is there any factor that triggers this pain?
User:i couldn't say how frequently , bcoz its there like always
User:its more like pressure not pain
User:some days its not there , but i have noticed that at times when i work more or exercise i feel it
Doctor:You mentioned that some days it is not there - can you describe those days?
Doctor:I mean did you notice any factors that eases the pain?
User:No Doctor , i have not noticed any factors, i did not have the pain yesterday all day , but when i woke up today morning it was there , but now its gone
User:factors that eases the pain , i can say sleeping
Doctor:Which part of the chest aches?
User:right at the centre
Doctor:Can you describe the nature of pain - is it like stabbing pain, dull ache, burning discomfort?
Doctor:Does the pain worsen or reduce after food?
User:its more like dull ache
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:1. The numbness that you describe is quite normal.
Doctor:It occurs due to pressure on the blood vessels and nerves.
Doctor:Perhaps your body anatomy (structural makeup) is causing the symptoms to occur at a short interval. But if the symptoms recovery to normal, then I do not think you need to worry about it.
Doctor:If you wish to get it checked, then I suggest you to consult your doctor and get your arterial pulse checked in your limbs.
Doctor:Doppler and other test can be done after the initial check up.
Doctor:Are you following?
User:yes doctor
User:but its not only in my limbs , my hands and other parts of the body too , and i did not have this problem few years back ,
Doctor:If the numbness arises shortly after events that cause compression - such as crossing of legs or sleeping in some uncomfortable position
Doctor:then those are normal.
User:ok Doctor ,
User:since you mentioned , i also noticed that i get pain in the chest area when i sit in an uncomfortable position
Doctor:Sitting cross legs/after sleeping with an outstretched hands are two examples where this pressure compression theory produces the numbness.
Doctor:Do you get numbness spontaneously without any reasons too?
User:no doctor
User:only during the situations you mentioned
User:but its quick
Doctor:Ok, considering the numbness occurs only after some position changes, it could be due to compressive pressure changes as mentioned above.
Doctor:This is a normal phenomena and you need not be concerned.
Doctor:2. Now, about the chest pain.
Doctor:your description of symptoms are not suggestive of any serious organic medical problem.
Doctor:Are you there?
User:yes doctor
Doctor:Since basic investigations such as ECG and X-ray is normal, the possibility of serious lung and heart conditions causing this pain is less likely.
Doctor:In this circumstances, the pain may be related to a reflex esophagus, muscular conditions or due to stress related issues. All these conditions are not very serious conditions and can be rectified with life style modifications.
User:reflex esophagus , what is that doctor ?
Doctor:When you get to see your doctor the next time, discuss about these 3 possibilities with him/her.
Doctor:* I meant reflux esophagitis.
Doctor:Here, the content of the stomach - acid and indigested food - get refluxed into the food pipe.
Doctor:This can irritate the inner layer of food pipe (esophagus) and cause discomfort.
Doctor:In layman's term we describe this condition as heart burn.
User:my eating pattern is a bit erratic and often my stomach is filled with gas, can it be because of this
Doctor:Abdominal bloating and indigestion symptoms can be associated with reflux esophagist.
User:oh , so i should eat properly then
Doctor:The management of the condition starts with a simple test known as upper GI endoscopy to confirm the condition.
Doctor:use of antacid syrups and life style changes.
Doctor:Syp Gelusil 1tsp thrice a day half an hour before food is a good antacid treatment.
Doctor:Life style changes include regulating your dietary timings, eating a simple and less spicy food, avoiding erratic food timings, involving in early morning exercise, good sleep, reducing beverages, etc.
Doctor:Sleeping with head end elevated also can be helpful.
User:instead of gelusil is there any natural remedy for this , doctor ?
Doctor:Besides this reflux esophagitis, the other 2 conditions muscular aches and stress related feature also need to be considered as the cause.
User:Ok doctor , these problems does bother me , but do you suggest immediate medical attention ?
User:will it lead to a bigger problem ?
Doctor:Banana, ginger, cuminum (jeera) have antacid properties. A single banana or water boiled with ginger/cuminum can serve as antacid.
Doctor:As the problem is present since awhile, I would suggest you to consult a physician and discuss your chest pain in detail.
Doctor:He/she can also review the investigations done.
User:do i consult a general physician ?
Doctor:After the initial check up, you can consider upper GI endoscopy to exclude reflux esophagitis.
Doctor:You can consult a physician and if needed he/she refer you to the right specialist.
User:ok Doctor
User:i'll consult a physician asap
Doctor:Do you have any questions?
User:Not now doctor , i'll follow what you suggested and hope to get these cured
User:Thank you so much for your time Doctor ,
Doctor:You are welcome.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:Bye doctor
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