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numbness in both legs

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 22, 2011
  • 04:20 AM

My mother, 86 has been experiencing numbness in both legs, usually right after she gets up from sleeping or a nap. Sometimes both legs, or just behind the knees, or just from the knee to the ankle, and may or may not affect the feet. This has been going on for 18 months now which is when she started taking blood pressure medication for high blood pressure. That seems to be under control now. She's had a CT scan and ultrasound, circulation is fine, but she has been diagnosed with severe arthritis in her back. She has no pain from the arthritis which makes me wonder about a pinched nerve, but would this not cause pain? People with arthritis have lots of pain, pinched nerves cause pain and at some point, she will no doubt experience this too, however, at this point, she is depressed about the numbness as it feels like 2 sandbags dragging her down, very heavy with accompanying tingling and pins and needles. She is not overweight. I just read the reply to one of the threads about vitamins D3 and B12 and wonder if this would help. Just looking for some answers.

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  • I read in another post regarding leg weakness and numbness (maybe under Leg Pain) that a certain blood pressure med can cause these symptoms. It starts with a "D". Something like Dionoe - I'm sorry, that's probably not the right spelling, but something like that. Most importantly, her similar symptoms began when her Dr switched her from a different BP med, so she called the drug manufacturer and found that what she was experiencing could very well be side effects of her new med. You may want to check with the manufacturer of your mother's BP med, tell them her symptoms, and ask if they might be side effects of the med. If so, I'm sure you'd want to try her on a different med. The writer HAD been on a med with a short name starting with an "A" (sorry!), during which she had no problems. Best of luck.
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