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Numb feet and legs - leg weakness - consider DAVF

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  • Posted By: navigator11111
  • November 18, 2010
  • 00:36 PM

When you and your doctors can't figure out what's causing the numbness in your feet, legs, hands, arms, buttocks - weakness in the legs - difficulty with balance and walking please investigate by contrast MRI the possibility of an arteriovenous fistula. It's rare but easily treated - if untreated you become increasingly disabled. Prompt diagnosis is rare but VERY important. This problem is often misdiagnosed - I was lucky and diagnosed after only 4 months - the average is over 24 months. Check it out!! Google 'arteriovenous fistula' or 'dural arteriovenous fistula' or 'spinal dural arteriovenous fistula' or 'SDAVF'. These can also occur in the brain so get a complete spine and brain MRI.

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  • I started having numbness in my toes in 1999. Muscle atrophy and numbness progressed up my legs and thighs and now in back and abdomen. Age 68. Wheelchair and walker is mode of walking. No pain involved. Have had MRI of spine but but maybe not looking at this issue. Thanks
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