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Numbness/Circulation Problems on right side

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  • Posted By: ashleyb
  • April 8, 2007
  • 02:15 AM

I first started having problems in September when I developed a severe pinched nerved in the center of my back that radiated to the right side. After seeing several doctors and an Orthopedic surgeon I had no diagnosis. Since then, a chiropractor has said I have an injury in my thoracic spine that is pinching a nerve.

However, in the last few months I've really started having additional problems with numbness in my hands and feet, most significantly on my right side. My right arm is also significantly colder than my left arm to the touch and has enlarged veins. I've always had varicose veins on my right leg. I just feel like my whole nervous and circulatory system is haywire.

The chiropractor has made some adjustments in my right elbow and in my right foot that seem to help the numbness for a couple of weeks but it comes right back. Now my legs have been completely going to sleep at night just like your arm might if you sleep on it funny. It's scary. I'm hesitant to go back to my doctor because he's been completely stumped by all my previous symptoms and I've run up thousands in bills for nothing.

I tried to make appointments with several different internists on my medical plan only to be told that the doctor isn't taking new patients. I just don't know what to do next. Should I keep annoying doctors with my symptoms or should I just learn to live with them?

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  • Have you considered acupuncture? You are showing some symptoms of blood deficiency as well as stagnation, causing the numbness and pain sensations. A qualified acupuncturist who is also a trained herbalist would be able to listen to all your symptoms and treat the whole body. I think it would be very helpful for you. Visit www.acufinder.com to find a practitioner near you. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • This all sounds like circulation problems rather than trapped nerves, a simple guide is...if the numbness is aggravated by bending and flexing it is more likely a trapped nerve (though not 100% certain as blood vessels can become trapped the same as nerves).If cramps occur when walking then get better just stood still it is more likely circulation, whereas if by remaining standing the problem actually gets worse or does not alleviate untilyou sit then it is more likely a trapped nerve.However in your case as the differences also effect your arm, unless you are getting neck pains as well then it is unlikely to be nervous and more likely to be blood related. In fact I'd recommend getting your blood pressure taken for a simple starter as I would be more concerned at the possibility od serious circulation problems which could well be as serious as having started to affect your heart. This would be comfirmed by blood pressure tests.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 18, 2010
    • 11:35 AM
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  • Stress make us a lot of funny feelings in our body. Are you sure you are not diabetic? Because what you described sounds like neuropathic pain. It could be for herniated disc if it the feeling is only in the leg. But when you mentioned your whole righ side and neck gets the same, i think you should check with the dr about MS, diabetes, and check blood pressure. I hope you find what it is and get better. Blessings.
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