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How should intermittent numbness in the left breast, collar bone and shoulder area be treated?

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Posted on Sun, 11 Apr 2021
Question: I have Numbness that comes and goes. It is always the same except in intensity.
It starts on the side of my left breast goes up to my coller bone, over my shoulder, down to my shoulder blade, and down half way on the top half of my arm. This happens often in the day, it doesn't last long and doesn't matter what I'm doing.l
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Answered by Dr. Shinas Hussain (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Detailed evaluation is needed, probably due to diabetes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for the query.
Numbness and tingling sensation is quite common in old age. Most often it is idiopathic means doesn’t have any cause and of no significance.
In your case probable culprit might be diabetes. The elevated blood sugar gradually makes your nerves weak and cause numbnesss and other symptoms. Thyroid disease especially hypothyroidism can also cause similar picture. Other probale cause could be deficiency of vitamin B12 in diet.
Check your blood sugar level and get a thyroid function test done. Make sure that blood sugar well controlled and thyroid status should be also in the normal range. You can take multivitamin supplements containing vitamin B12 like neurobion forte. If symptoms persist despite all these, Consult a neurologist and get evaluated.
Wishing you good health.
Thanks


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How should intermittent numbness in the left breast, collar bone and shoulder area be treated?

Brief Answer: Detailed evaluation is needed, probably due to diabetes. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for the query. Numbness and tingling sensation is quite common in old age. Most often it is idiopathic means doesn’t have any cause and of no significance. In your case probable culprit might be diabetes. The elevated blood sugar gradually makes your nerves weak and cause numbnesss and other symptoms. Thyroid disease especially hypothyroidism can also cause similar picture. Other probale cause could be deficiency of vitamin B12 in diet. Check your blood sugar level and get a thyroid function test done. Make sure that blood sugar well controlled and thyroid status should be also in the normal range. You can take multivitamin supplements containing vitamin B12 like neurobion forte. If symptoms persist despite all these, Consult a neurologist and get evaluated. Wishing you good health. Thanks