I was at the store yesterday, when I had this sharp pain in my head, on the left side about 2-3 inches behind the upper part of my ear. The first time I had this pain was about 3 years ago. It comes and goes, but has been coming more frequently over the last several months. It usually disappears if I just press on the area really hard for a few minutes. However, yesterday was different. A few minutes after the pain disappeared, my left arm just started trembling. I could feel it from my shoulder straight down to my fingertips, and it ended up shaking uncontrolably for the rest of the day. It got so bad, that last night at the restaurant, I couldn't even break the tortilla chip in half, because I had no strength in my left hand and couldn't even hold on to it. At times I felt my left hand "buckle" towards my inner wrist. I would have to grab it and squeeze, then straighten it back out. Eventually, the trembling stopped and I got feeling and control back. Then today, I was carrying a stack of books out of the library(which I've done 1000 times) and my left arm just went numb.
I'm so confused on this. Several years ago, I had what my doc thought might've been a TIA, or mini stroke. She scolded me for not going to the ER when it happened, since I waited til the following day and saw her in office. She told me if it EVER happened again, go straight to the ER, no stops and no questions asked. It's happened atleast a dozen times since (summer of 2002). I'm wondering if the pain in my head, and the uncontrolled shaking of my arm, would be the symptoms of a brain disorder. I've always known that the left arm pain and numbness were associated with heart disease, which my family has been plagued with for generations. Where do I go with this? I have no health insurance, and can't afford to see my own doctor, let alone a neurologist or cardiologist. I'm truly scared that I'll be alone with my kids one day when "the big one" happens, whatever that may be.:confused: