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I have numbness in right arm swelling in back & left elbow

Hi, Around August I visited the doctor with pain in lower back. An X ray showed tissue swelling on both sides of the bone that joins your legs. Blood Test came back with a low white blood cell count. Urine test showed blood in it. Got given antibiotics. My back got worse and I have been prescribed Co-codamol 30/500 an take 2 aspirins with them. The pain has eased in the last 2 weeks. I also have some swelling in left elbow. For the past 8 weeks my right arm is numb from thumb to shoulder, shoulder is sore have not had any injury. Doctor said it was probably Oesteoporosis cause there is a family history. I have been looking at medical sites on the internet and I am now worried that I may have a bone infection. My father when he was younger had latent TB before I was born have not mentioned this to the doctor. I have been bringing up a lot of phlegm especially during the night was told it was because I smoke (10 A day) could it be something else, previous urine tests over the past 4 years have all shown blood.
Asked On : Fri, 26 Feb 2010
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Hi.. Since you have been smoking, you may be having COPD changes that could be the cause for the cough as the doctors had mentioned.. Infection usually have fever/weighloss/appetite loss and so on which you do not  have hence it is unlikely due to infection.. But you need to know the reason for blood in the urine.. Get a perrectal examinationt to look for the cause.. You can take a second opinion too from a specialist, if you are interested...

Answered: Sat, 27 Feb 2010
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