Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
185 Doctors are Online

Overweight, back pain, have numbness on soles, neck spinal area, constipation, dizzy spells. Had different diagnosis of disc degeneration and peripheral neuropathy. What should be my next step?

Hi Doctors, I am 63 years of age. I am overweight and am suffering from back pain . My symptoms include burning numbing sensation on my soles, numbness in the neck spinal area, constipation , dizzy spells. I was diagnosed with disc degeneration (L2 to L5) by one doctor and recommended surgery. With a second opinion with another doctor I was advised it is peripheral neuropathy . What should I do? Please advise. Carmelina Rodrigues
Asked On : Fri, 13 Jul 2012
Answers:  1 Views:  45
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
OBGYN, Maternal and Fetal Medicine 's  Response

You are suffering from peripheral neuropathy apart from disc degeneration. You need to take vitamin B12. Numbess in the area of neck spine is possibly because of compression of spinal nerve roots which usually happens in cases of disc degenerations in some people. You need to supplement calcium and get treated for osteoporosis, which is a certain possibility. Please get examined for blood sugar levels to identify Diabetes mellitus and also get tested for thyroid function. Constipation can be caused by a variety of reasons one of which is hypothyroidism. Dizzy spells can be because of low blood sugar or low hemoglobin levels as in hypothroidism. Please also get a routine cardiac check up in view of your age and weight.

Take care
Answered: Fri, 13 Jul 2012
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor