Does Ra Cause Numbness??

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Asked by shannonlee

Does Ra Cause Numbness??

Has anyone else had numbness???? My doc says its a Rheumatological issue. I am numb on my left side, mainly in my face, have headaches, blurred vision on and off and dull pain. The numbness goes down my throat and still have tightness in my neck. I swear in the mid of the night my internal organs felt numb. Its not going away, Im tired and out of it...I need true help....thanks for the support but I want an answer!!!!!!

Answer

I had RA for over 40 years and this one's new to me, too. Numbness tends to be a neurological symptom more than stemming from RA, although if you have a lot of damage to the vertebrae in your neck, that could lead to neurological symptoms. As Sarah mentioned, it's possible that this may be a side effect of one of your medications and if your doctor is not giving you the answers in regards to this, you may want to have a chat with your pharmacist about your symptoms.

You are the best judge of what's going on with your body and if you are not satisfied with the explanation your doctor is giving you, go back and ask for tests and then some more tests. A referral to a neurologist may be a good idea. To get in through the "back door" and possibly get faster answers or referrals, you could go to the emergency room.

Good luck and please let us know how you're doing.

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW