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What causes numbness in the right side of the body?

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Posted on Sat, 15 Jul 2017
Question: Lower left quad under the last rib very close to my spine.Was small now growing, If pushed on or touched, hurts, now its the size of my fists,I can cup my hand over it. yesterday I noticed the same pain in my lower left stomach by my belly button and today the pain and burning and numbness is traveling to my right side. Hurts when my clothes touch it. Its swollen and tight feeling. I thought maybe I have the start of shingles.
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
different possible causes

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It is definitely possible, as you mentioned, that it is related to shingles.

Shingles is one of the common causes of neuropathy which refers to abnormal function of the nerves.
It can cause the pain, numbness and burning mentioned though the location is usually restricted to a specific area.

With shingles, the initial discomfort is usually followed by redness of the skin and the appearance of the rash.
Some persons, however, only experience the pain/numbness etc with no rash seen.

You can continue the ice packs. If you want, you can consider switching the indomethacin to naproxen or ibuprofen, to see if one of these would help with pain relief.
Anti viral medication such as acyclovir, valacylcovir, famciclovir-- can help reduce the severity of a shingles attack

The shingles vaccine would also reduce the frequency of the attacks
Other causes of neuropathy are: (1) diabetes
(2)kidney or liver disease
(3)thyroid disease
(4)low vitamin b12 , folate level
(5)abnormal levels of vitamin b6
(6)neurological conditions such as stroke or ms
(7)trauma to the nerves, in this case the nerves emerging from the mid to lower back

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questiosn
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What causes numbness in the right side of the body?

Brief Answer: different possible causes Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic It is definitely possible, as you mentioned, that it is related to shingles. Shingles is one of the common causes of neuropathy which refers to abnormal function of the nerves. It can cause the pain, numbness and burning mentioned though the location is usually restricted to a specific area. With shingles, the initial discomfort is usually followed by redness of the skin and the appearance of the rash. Some persons, however, only experience the pain/numbness etc with no rash seen. You can continue the ice packs. If you want, you can consider switching the indomethacin to naproxen or ibuprofen, to see if one of these would help with pain relief. Anti viral medication such as acyclovir, valacylcovir, famciclovir-- can help reduce the severity of a shingles attack The shingles vaccine would also reduce the frequency of the attacks Other causes of neuropathy are: (1) diabetes (2)kidney or liver disease (3)thyroid disease (4)low vitamin b12 , folate level (5)abnormal levels of vitamin b6 (6)neurological conditions such as stroke or ms (7)trauma to the nerves, in this case the nerves emerging from the mid to lower back I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questiosn