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What causes numbness and pain in the arms and lower right back along with hot flashes?

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Posted on Fri, 22 Mar 2019
Question: I have gastritis and duodenitis (haven't done a test for crohn's disease yet.) and recently I've noticed I've had numb pain in my arms and lower right back as well as what I think are hot flashes (my face starts to feel very hot and I get pretty bad fatigue from it as well as feeling a bit slow in the head if you know what I mean.) I'm 22 years old and a bit of a worrier and have been to quite a few doctors appointments recently.. But I was wondering if any of you guys have any experience with this matter? Could it be an IBD? Cancer? etc etc haha
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Answered by Dr. Shyam B. Kale (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It may not IBD or cancer, require lifestyle modifications.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

As you have already done endoscopy and diagnosed as gastritis and duodenitis, so be relax. It's not a major health issue. You can take tab. pantoprazole instead of tab. nexium. Along with that, you require lifestyle modifications. So avoid heavy meal. Do exercise daily. Walk at least 30 mins daily. Don't sleep immediately after meal. Try to avoid heavy meal like nonveg if possible. Eat more fiber. Avoid spicy, hot items. Keep yourself hydrated. Walk for at least 5 mins after walk. Avoid smoking, alcohol. This will help you.

Common causes for hot flashes over face are sinusitis, sore throat, sunburn, dermatitis, dry skin, tonsillitis. rare causes are hormonal imbalance, adrenal disease. Please provide a detailed history.

For numbness of arm and back. Do vitamin B12 level test. Do exercise/ physiotherapy regularly. As per your present history, it's may not IBD or cancer.

I will suggest you follow up here with a detailed history.

Hope this clarifies your concerns. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Shyam B. Kale, General & Family Physician

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Follow up: Dr. Shyam B. Kale (4 hours later)
Thank you for your reply!

The reason I suspect Crohn's is because my grandfather on my fathers side had it, a so I'm predisposed to it genetically. I've not had many medical issues my life, with the most serious being the recent: I left it out but I've had many issues strange issues with my body since I noticed a strange lump on my lower right side of my back about five months ago, I went to get that checked out with a cancer doc and she said I shouldn't worry about it as even though it may be huge she said it seemed different than the forms of sarcoma and lipomas she's seen, claimed it was asymmetrical fat. Shortly before that I started having a lot of abdominal pain, so I went to my GI to get it checked out and after the endoscopy concluded that it was Gastritis and duodenitis. He said that most likely isn't anything too serious, but because of my grandfathers past history it's possible it might be crohn's. Another thing I've noticed is I've started to feel something internally on the lower right side of my abdomen, like pressure or almost a knot sort of feeling in my intestines that is a bit scary. I've looked up quite a few things about crohn's and other issues. I'm curious though, if Gastritis and duodenitis is not caused by H. Pylori, or overuse of aspirin/iburprophen. Could Crohn's disease cause that? Or maybe even some sort of colon cancer? I know Crohn's can, but I'm curious if any form of cancer can cause the combination of gastritis and duodenitis. Sorry if these questions are dumb, but as someone who isn't in the medical field and someone who worries a lot.. Might give me a bit of peace of mind. :)

Thank you for your time!
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Answered by Dr. Shyam B. Kale (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Suggested colonoscopy, CT scan, FNAC to rule out any possibilities.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

You are right as Heredity is one of the causes of Crohn's disease, but not always. I will suggest you do colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy to rule out Crohn's disease. As you have noticed lump over the right side of the back, you go for fine needle aspiration cytology of that lump. That will give you a provisional diagnosis. I will suggest you do CT scan abdomen and pelvis, which will help you to rule out all possibilities of cancer, Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease generally involves lower intestines, but can also involve duodenum. So Crohn's disease may be the cause of gastritis and duodenitis. So I will suggest you do investigations as I suggested and follow up here with reports.

Hope this clarifies your concerns.

Thank you for contacting us.

Take care.

Regards,
Dr. Shyam B. Kale, General & Family Physician
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What causes numbness and pain in the arms and lower right back along with hot flashes?

Brief Answer: It may not IBD or cancer, require lifestyle modifications. Detailed Answer: Hello, As you have already done endoscopy and diagnosed as gastritis and duodenitis, so be relax. It's not a major health issue. You can take tab. pantoprazole instead of tab. nexium. Along with that, you require lifestyle modifications. So avoid heavy meal. Do exercise daily. Walk at least 30 mins daily. Don't sleep immediately after meal. Try to avoid heavy meal like nonveg if possible. Eat more fiber. Avoid spicy, hot items. Keep yourself hydrated. Walk for at least 5 mins after walk. Avoid smoking, alcohol. This will help you. Common causes for hot flashes over face are sinusitis, sore throat, sunburn, dermatitis, dry skin, tonsillitis. rare causes are hormonal imbalance, adrenal disease. Please provide a detailed history. For numbness of arm and back. Do vitamin B12 level test. Do exercise/ physiotherapy regularly. As per your present history, it's may not IBD or cancer. I will suggest you follow up here with a detailed history. Hope this clarifies your concerns. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Shyam B. Kale, General & Family Physician