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What causes numbness in feet and lower legs?

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: For several years I have been troubled with feeling numbness in my feet and lower legs. Lately, I have been sensing the same feelings in my hands. On a blood test taken in 2013, it noted Anti-Centromere B Antibodies >8.0. Another notation indicated Scleroderma - Crest. I also am sensitive being cold in that my fingers become numb very quickly. Would scleroderma be the cause of these problems?
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Answered by Dr. Naval Mendiratta (43 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
? Scleroderma

Detailed Answer:
Good evening

Thank you for writing on health care magic

Well, firstly it is very unlikely for Scleroderma to develop at the age of 80. It is a disease more prominent in the age group 30-50 . The symptoms you are describing look more of Nerve related issues which can be very common as we grow older. The nerves tend to get degenerated or it can get affected secondary to other causes like Diabetes. The tingling and numbness mostly fit in with Neuropathic symptoms.

Scleroderma can cause Raynauds phenomeon, that is the color of the fingers change on exposure to cold. It is accompanied with pain more than the numbness. The antibodies can come positive with age. ANA and it s subset do get positive as we grow older. So , it may not be too specific here. However , keep a watch for the progression of other symptoms incase something new crops up.

I would advise you to get a Nerve conduction tests if you can which will give us a better clue on why the numbness is happening. Lastly , you can consult your doctor and try tablet Nifedipine 10 mg during the cold season which will help reduce the cold sensitivity

Hope the information was useful

Do let me know for more queries

Regards
Dr Naval
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What causes numbness in feet and lower legs?

Brief Answer: ? Scleroderma Detailed Answer: Good evening Thank you for writing on health care magic Well, firstly it is very unlikely for Scleroderma to develop at the age of 80. It is a disease more prominent in the age group 30-50 . The symptoms you are describing look more of Nerve related issues which can be very common as we grow older. The nerves tend to get degenerated or it can get affected secondary to other causes like Diabetes. The tingling and numbness mostly fit in with Neuropathic symptoms. Scleroderma can cause Raynauds phenomeon, that is the color of the fingers change on exposure to cold. It is accompanied with pain more than the numbness. The antibodies can come positive with age. ANA and it s subset do get positive as we grow older. So , it may not be too specific here. However , keep a watch for the progression of other symptoms incase something new crops up. I would advise you to get a Nerve conduction tests if you can which will give us a better clue on why the numbness is happening. Lastly , you can consult your doctor and try tablet Nifedipine 10 mg during the cold season which will help reduce the cold sensitivity Hope the information was useful Do let me know for more queries Regards Dr Naval