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Why do I get thigh muscle numbness?

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Published At July 7, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

The uric acid in the blood shoots up to 7.9. I do not have the problem of gout or kidney stones. How to reduce it? I have already started to drink lemon water the whole day. I have attached the photographs. I have only knee pain, which is at the backside of the knee while climbing up and down stairs for the last two years. Also, my left leg thigh muscle has localized numbness for the past five years. The numbness did not hurt but bothered me sometimes. Numbness is not heavy if I use nails on it or scratch on it, I sense it well. How to cure this numbness? Is this serious?

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You have stated that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of gout. There are ways to keep your uric acid value in low levels. General recommendations are as follows:

Decreasing intake of red meat, alcohol, rice in your diet, and other purine-rich sources. Also increase your water intake, so that uric acid is excreted from the body well. Keeping your weight at normal levels will also help you. Intake of fresh fruits, citrus fruits, and cherries has been implicated in reducing uric acid values in the body as well. Nowadays there is a medication by the name of Febuxostat, which helps in lowering uric acid levels in the body. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her, and take the medicine with consent. You have also mentioned numbness in your thigh region. The numbness is an indication of nerve involvement in the body. It will be good if a nerve conduction study can be done so that the exact site of the lesion can be identified. It can be lower back in origin or sometimes it can be due to a nerve impingement, which can be due to a localized cause, or rarely it can be a neuropathy due to an underlying cause. I suggest you the following medication and treatment. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her, and take the medicine with consent.

Tablet Lyrica (Pregabalin) 75 mg twice a day for two to three weeks.

Tablet Methylcobalamin 1500 mcg once daily for three to four weeks.

TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) for numbness and other neuropathic symptoms.

If there is any history of prolonged back pain, radiating pain in the legs, especially on walking, or any other neuropathic symptoms like weakness, then a detailed evaluation of the lower back or spine will be required. Please start with management as suggested and get back to me with more clinical details.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena
Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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