Doctors Malysheva and Manukovsky: numbness of the arms and legs may be a symptom of a malignant tumor in the spinal cord

Numbness in the hands and feet can be a symptom of a serious illness. Doctor and TV presenter Elena Malysheva and neurosurgeon Vadim Manukovsky spoke about this.

The doctors gave recommendations on the air of the program “Live Healthy!” on Channel One.

According to doctors, a malignant tumor in the spinal cord can be detected at an early stage. 

— If any numbness appears in the arms or legs, then you should definitely go to a neurologist, experts emphasized.

Such manifestations may be symptoms of cancer development .

Numbness in the arms and legs can be caused by various reasons:

Compression of nerves in the cervical or lumbar region. This may be caused by a herniated disc, osteochondrosis or other spinal problems.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (tunnel syndrome). This is a condition in which the nerves in the wrist are compressed, causing numbness and tingling in the hands.

Peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral nerve damage is usually caused by diabetes, alcoholism, infections, or other causes. Numbness in the arms and legs is one of the common symptoms of this condition.

Vascular problems. Narrowing or blocking of blood vessels can lead to insufficient blood supply to the arms and legs, causing numbness.

Lack of vitamins and minerals. A lack of vitamins B12, B6 or minerals such as iron or calcium can cause numbness in the arms and legs.

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