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I am 62 Years old I and have no energy To do things I Like

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I am 62 Years old I and have no energy To do things I Like My left had seems Like It is sleeping or numbness
How can I recify this problem.
Eve
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. D. Evans replied 10 years ago.

Hi,

Numbness of the hand is most commonly caused by the following conditions:

Cervical disc lesion: This may be associated with pain in the neck and weakness of the arm.

Peripheral neuropathy: common conditions causing this are diabetes, Vit. B deficiency, etc.

Vascular insufficiency: Atherosclerosis of arteries, spasm, etc, may cause vascular insufficiency.

Pain around the shoulder going down the arm, numbness of the arm and tingling or itchiness are all symptoms of a disc lesion. Most disc lesions are minor and can be handled with simple exercises and neck collars.

Peripheral neuropathies are most commonly caused by diabetes mellitus, but there are many other diseases as well and it needs to be well investigated to find out the cause.

Vascular insufficiency is another common cause, and is more common in those above 60 and in smokers.

You should consult your health provider or a neurologist if possible and get yourself checked up to identify the cause in your case. You may need a CT or MRI of the brain and spinal column and tests for muscle conductivity and nerve velocity, etc.
You may look up this site for a discussion on problems similar to yours:
http://www.thehelpinghand.com/discus/messages/4/21.html?1159491281

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/herniated-disk/HD99999

For your general health, you should also do the following annual tests:

Thyroid hormone tests.

Random blood sugar

Test for occult blood in stool

US of the whole abdomen.

Liver function tests.

Kidney function tests

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Customer: replied 10 years ago.
I can't afford To Go Too a Doctor Is There Some Thing Else I can do or Take that would help?
Thanks Eve
Expert:  Dr. D. Evans replied 10 years ago.
for your hands you should do the following exercises found at this site, they will help the numbness to go away:

You may consult the link below to see some exercises:

http://www.1888articles.com/cervical-spondylosis-now-100-guaranteed-cure-for-neck-pain-04u4a54fs15.html


To regain energy and vitality in your life, you should see here:

Maintaining a positive attitude: see here.
Exercise: see here.

I hope this answer was helpful. If you need more information, feel free to ask. For accepting this answer, please click on the green 'accept' button below. Feedback/Bonus will be warmly appreciated.