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Question: Strange numbness in apendages


 N_77 - Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:06 pm

For a while now, while sitting I have been experiencing a stange numbness in the back side of my left thigh. Also every night while I sleep both my arms fall asleep all the way to my finger tips. I don't have the energy I once did, I don't know if that is caused by getting older (age-31), being unhappy, being a smoker or something else. Does any of this sound like signs of something serious?
Please let me know as soon as possible, I appriciate any input.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:39 pm

User avatar Hi there -

Actually it sounds pretty normal, especially the numbness in the back of your left thigh after having been sitting for a while. This is known as "wallet sciatica" and is peculiar to males, who, as a rule, carry their wallets in the left hip pocket, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.

As for the arms falling asleep while sleeping, that sounds like a quite possibly normal response to faulty posture or position while asleep, something we have very little control over. It can be due to a "wrong" pillow or just a wrong positioning of the head/neck during sleep. While all of this could be some arcane neurological problem, the two things are so common that I truly suspect they are totally normal.

Loss of energy is the one thing that truly warrants some investigation, and that can only be figured out by means of a routine physical and some accompanying lab work to see if there's anything out of kilter in the bloodwork, enzymes, etc. However, being unhappy and being a smoker both could contribute tremendously to the loss of energy. Still, given those two qualifiers, you're probably due for a thorough physical.

Overall you sound pretty healthy for your age. Hope this helpful. Best of luck to you.

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