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Question: Leg and hand numbness

 kaijax - Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:10 pm

My husband is 44 years old and is relatively healthy. He is about 30 lbs. overweight and has apnea which he uses a c-pap machine for at night. He has recently, within the past month, had some numbness in his left outer thigh and occassionally in his hands. We were kayaking this weekend and he had to stop paddling many times because his hands were numb. He currenty takes allegra-d for allergies only. The only other symptom he has is some swelling in his right ankle and pain in his right knee, which is a completely different leg than the numbness. He was active in sports in college and injured both knees playing football and skiing, he strained the ligaments around his knee and was in a cast for 6 weeks.

We don't even know what type of doctor to see? A chiropractor? Neurologist? Orthopoedic?

Any insight would be much appreciated. Thank you!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:02 pm

User avatar Hi Kaijax,

Numbness is almost always caused by some form of nerve compression or damage. I would recommend your husband begin by seeing his primary care doctor. At that point, if needed, he may want to see a neurologist to get a full evaluation.

Best wishes.

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