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What causes numbness and pain on left side of body?

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Posted on Sat, 23 May 2015
Question: 57yr old healthy female. have had many test done. have numbness and great pain at times all down left side of body, now starting in right foot. told it was nerve related, take medication which helps, but sometimes in great pain. I do not have a diagnosis from drs. Also I have noticed what seems to be muscle wasting in hips and thighs.
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Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Need to exclude pinching of nerves in lower back.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your symptoms. Based on that, we need to exclude pinched nerve in lower back. The most common reason could be disc prolapse at lumbar region (lower back), which causes pressure on the nerves arising there. As a result, there may be pain in thigh/leg/foot, associated with tingling, numbness, weakness and/or wasting. The diagnosis can be confirmed with MRI scan of lumbo-sacral spine.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
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What causes numbness and pain on left side of body?

Brief Answer: Need to exclude pinching of nerves in lower back. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting your query. I have noted your symptoms. Based on that, we need to exclude pinched nerve in lower back. The most common reason could be disc prolapse at lumbar region (lower back), which causes pressure on the nerves arising there. As a result, there may be pain in thigh/leg/foot, associated with tingling, numbness, weakness and/or wasting. The diagnosis can be confirmed with MRI scan of lumbo-sacral spine. I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information. Wishing you good health, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist Apollo Hospitals, XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Click on this link to ask me a DIRECT QUERY: http://bit.ly/Dr-Sudhir-kumar My BLOG: http://bestneurodoctor.blogspot.in