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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I'm experiencing persistent numbness in my arms and hands...both of them. I did fall off balance and hurt my lower back about a month ago, and within 24 hours was experiencing numbness and tingling in both legs and feet, but progressed to my arms and hands overnight. I still have some slight numbness in my legs and feet, but upper body numbness and tingling is still persistent. I've been checked for diabetes, and my fasting blood glucose is 92. And my A1C was 5.2. I was thinking that it was a piched nerve or 2, but my chiropractor thinks that is unlikely since it is affecting all 4 limbs. What else could it possibly be? I don't have health insurance and don't know where to turn
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read the query.
User :   Hi. Ok
Doctor :   May I know your age and gender?
Doctor :   Since when are you having these symptoms?
User :   I'm 42 and male. Since April 7th
Doctor :   Can you specify the exact locations of the numbness - to which part of the arm/hands is the numbness located?
User :   The outside of the arms from my armpit down to my pinkie and ring finger
Doctor :   Are these symptoms constantly present through out the day or are these symptoms fluctuating in nature?
User :   Constantly present throughout the day
Doctor :   *including when you are asleep?
Doctor :   Do you notice any weakness of the limbs?
User :   yes. It doesn't bother me to sleep, it actullay feels better if I lay down, but doesn't go away
User :   no weakness of the limbs, though it is very hard to hold and write with a pen or pencil
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Did you lose consciousness when you fell?
User :   no. I landed off balance, but never fell to the ground
Doctor :   Do you feel the numbness is similar at all locations or is the severity of numbness different at different locations?
User :   more numb in the hands, less so in the other limbs. Probably because I type and write a lot, I notice it more in my hands.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   I do smoke. Trying to quit
User :   I do not drink
Doctor :   Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
User :   never
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, thyroid issues or any other medical conditions?
User :   none of the above
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Let me explain it to you.
User :   shoot
Doctor :   Since you did sustain a lower back injuries, that can cause some amount of numbness in the lower limbs.
User :   ok
Doctor :   However since your symptoms are more generalised, it is more of a generalised problems.
User :   agreed.
Doctor :   Generalised causes are often related to nutrition, drug usage, infections, stress and less commonly a brain associated problem.
Doctor :   Out of these, I probably feel it could be due to stress related more.
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