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Lightheadedness, numb fingers? Any ideas?

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  • Posted By: Michellerose68
  • February 19, 2010
  • 01:01 AM

I am a 28 yr old female in pretty good health. I am 5'6" weigh 130 lbs. I probably don't eat as good as I should but not bad. I get lightheaded very frequently, I have always had this issue it is just getting worse. I have a history of migraines. But recently I have been experiencing numbness in my fingers. It comes and goes and isn't specific to any particular fingers. I don't have any current back pains lately to explain this. Please help it concerns me greatly. Also I do not drink alcohol.

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  • I am a 28 yr old female in pretty good health. I am 5'6" weigh 130 lbs. I probably don't eat as good as I should but not bad. I get lightheaded very frequently, I have always had this issue it is just getting worse. I have a history of migraines. But recently I have been experiencing numbness in my fingers. It comes and goes and isn't specific to any particular fingers. I don't have any current back pains lately to explain this. Please help it concerns me greatly. Also I do not drink alcohol. Hi, Michelle Rose, see the "Could it be B12?" blog in this website. For any neurological symptom you need to ffirst suspect B12, get a homocysteine test and a urinary MMA test (NOT a serum B12 test which is not going to tell you if you have enough B12 for YOUR system or not), and go from there. Do not experiment first as it will screw up the MMA test. The homocysteine test runs about $60, I'm not sure about the MMA test since I am an experimentor and never took it. For light-headed, the number one suspicion I would have is that you are anemic. Could it be? Have it tested. You can have many types of anemia, not just from iron deficiency. B12 deficiency will cause one kind, B6 deficiency another, even copper deficiency will cause it. And other deficiencies (I am not a doctor -- you'll have to look it up). I had migraines too. I can't tell you the real cause but I can tell you I have high homocysteine and it can cause strokes just like migraines (I mean migraineurs are more likely to have strokes just like people with high homocysteine). I wonder if elevated homocysteine could be a cause of migraines? Anyway I found that a high dose of hot peppers helped me (I mean those hot peppers you shake out onto pizza - about 1/4 cup). I also found out that coffee triggered them for me. Coffee raises homocysteine - hmmm. Anyway, get your labs and then you can start to experiment. Come to the B12 blog for that -- people there have a whole lot of info on B12/homocysteine problems.
    madanthony 1087 Replies
    • February 19, 2010
    • 01:26 AM
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  • But recently I have been experiencing numbness in my fingers.quote] ---In case I was not clear, "numbness" is a neurological symptom.
    madanthony 1087 Replies
    • February 19, 2010
    • 01:29 AM
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  • But recently I have been experiencing numbness in my fingers.quote] ---In case I was not clear, "numbness" is a neurological symptom.Thank you for the suggestions! I will definatly check into these
    Michellerose68 1 Replies
    • February 19, 2010
    • 11:38 PM
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