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Numbness in face, left calf muscle, following sever headache

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  • Posted By: richman
  • November 13, 2006
  • 01:17 AM


On 9/25/06, at approximately 10:00 a.m. I experienced numbness in my left arm, from the my left elbow to my 3rd and 4th finger, weakness in my left arm, numbness in my left face, and left calf muscle.

Suspecting it was a stroke, I drove myself to the Emergency dept. of a local hospital. The ER doctor did not order a CAT scan of the brain, did an EKG, and some blood work. On the basis of clinical exam, he did not diagnose it as a stroke, and discharged me.

About 12 hours later when I went to bed, I had the most excruciating headache I ever had, that persisted throughout the night. I also had the sensation of all of these colliding images in my head, akin to multiple DVDs playing through a TV screen at the same time.

Two days later I had an MRI of the brain. The only new finding was a "tiny" hyperintense signal in the right subcortical supratentorial region of the brain on the T2 FLAIR sequence. No corresponding bright spot on the DWI sequence, but then again, maybe it's too small to be detected on the DWI shots.

Since then, the numbness in my left face and calf muscle have persisted, I've perceived some short-term memory problems, and my mind does not seem as sharp as it once was. I also was plunged into a deep depression. I maintain that I suffered a stroke and diffuse brain damage, but no doctor will confirm this.

I've been traumatized and feel like a different person.

Please help me sort this out from a medical perspective if possible. Thank you.


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  • Good morning, Your symptoms sound exactly like mine - I have been suffering with numbness in my entire face - no drooping at all - just tingles all over my face. Feels weird. Secondly, I just came from the Vasc Doc for an issue with severe pain in my left calf - very sensitive to touch and hurts very bad at times. He is sending me for a Venous Doppler study this afternoon. He thinks is is either Edema or SVT. I have been reading about the tingling in my face (I also experience this in my left arm and hands very frequently) - I would suggest to get an MRI or Spinal Tap as well. I have made an appointment with a Neurologist too. I have a bad headache this morning - and now my joints are in pain. Did you ever get back to see the MD? What has happened? How are you doing now?
    lmp1031 1 Replies
    • September 21, 2007
    • 02:15 PM
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  • Ulnar nerve impingement (4th and 5th finger paresthesia) can be caused by Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. There is a lot of info on the board about that. Look it up.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 22, 2007
    • 10:51 AM
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