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    What causes transient leg numbness along with numbness and tightness in the right arm?

Posted on Wed, 7 Aug 2019 in Brain and Spine
Question: Hello Doctor. My mother, a 91 year old bedridden female had transient leg numbness, then just now numbness and tightness in right arm. Pt has mild diabetes, no DB medication, taking statin, amiodorone, synthroid, and low dose loprazepam. Can raise both arms, smile is straight, vision and speech are OK, c/o headache, has taken 2 ibuprofen. Has h/o spinal cord injury. Is resting quietly now. Please advise.
Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Various causes

Detailed Answer:


This could be due to a number of reasons that most serious of which is the possibility of transient ischemic attacks which occurs due to the decreased blood supply to the brain. This possibility is highly raised if the numbness of her legs was also on the right side. transient ischemic attacks can be excluded by a brain ct scan or carotid angiography.

Another possibility is vascular insufficiency to the extremities which can be excluded by a duplex study to assess arterial and venous blood supplies.

Low blood glucose and vitamin B12 levels can also cause such symptoms so I would recommend that you check on your blood glucose and vitamin B12 levels.

Hope I have answered your query.

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman, Internal Medicine Specialist
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