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Numbness in lower part of legs

Hi. My brother is experiencing numbness in his legs (below the knees) and feet. It started with only pins and needles every now and then. A while ago his legs also started getting swollen. The feeling of numbness is worse when he is sitting. He recently quit smoking after 15 years. He is 38 years old. He was also without a job for a while. We do not have a family history of any nerve diseases. Does anybody perhaps have an idea what could cause these symptoms? Thank you!
Asked On : Mon, 2 May 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello caring brother,thanks for posting your query.Couple of things needs to be seen which are common.One is diabetes and another one is vitamin b complex deficiency.There could be some other problems also like nerve compression higher up etc.Please take him to a doctor and get him examined.Some blood tests may be advised which will help to make a diagnosis.bye and take care.
Answered: Tue, 3 May 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani's  Response
Hello caring brother,thanks for posting your query.Couple of things needs to be seen which are common.One is diabetes and another one is vitamin b complex deficiency.There could be some other problems also like nerve compression higher up etc.Please take him to a doctor and get him examined.Some blood tests may be advised which will help to make a diagnosis.bye and take care.
Answered: Tue, 3 May 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani's  Response
Hello caring brother,thanks for posting your query.Couple of things needs to be seen which are common.One is diabetes and another one is vitamin b complex deficiency.There could be some other problems also like nerve compression higher up etc.Please take him to a doctor and get him examined.Some blood tests may be advised which will help to make a diagnosis.bye and take care.
Answered: Tue, 3 May 2011
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