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Numbness in fingers, swelling in both hands, pain down arms, depressed, lethargic, numbness in toes. Reason?

My elderly father has become seriously incapacitated over the past few weeks. Numbness in fingers on both hands. Swelling in both hands which comes and goes but can be very severe. Pain down arms and lack of muscle strength. Lack of movement in fingers.Depressed and lethargic. He has been tested for arthritis , rheumatism and gout and although Uric acid a little high, not at gout level. He has had numbness in toes for some time but no pain or swelling. Can you think of anything else that might have been missed?
Asked On : Tue, 13 Nov 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.

The abnormal sensations that you have such as numbness, tingling are termed peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system [most commonly seen in diabetic patients]. Another possibility could be nerve compression in spine due to disc bulge.

Change your diet and remove inflammatory foods such as citrus fruits, dairy products and wheat that may aggravate the condition. Simultaneously increase your intake of potassium and calcium-rich foods such as bananas and avocados and green leafy vegetables

Vitamin B12 is important in the maintenance of health and normal functioning of the nerve tissue and deficiency of it can lead to numbness. You can increase B12 level by taking meat and fish, or you can take methylcobalamin supplements.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Fri, 18 Jul 2014
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