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my face and arms are tingling and numb

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 22, 2007
  • 10:37 PM

A couple years ago I went to the hospital with tingling on half of my head-- they said I had an infection in my trigeminal nerve and told me to take advil. It got better-- but it always came along with the headaches I get that are associated with TMJ disorder.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I had a terrible migraine (I do not usually get them) and it was accompanied by this tingly numbness, but worse-- and mostly on my right side. I went to the hospital and they gave me a CT scan. That showed nothing, but they saw some "blip" near my neck, but it was right on the edge of the scan, so they suggested I get an MRI if I have any more symptoms.

Well the past couple days I've been number. My face (around my nose and mouth) and into my shoulders and all the way down my arms. And sometimes my feet a little. I think it is worse when I'm sitting. I've been to PT for my TMJ disorder, and I have a bite plate, so I feel like that is under control. I also have a great computer chair, good posture etc.

The numbness is freaking me out. Of course someone I work with was like "oh that sounds like MS" and that scared me. I'm 30 and really feel great other than this numbness.

Any ideas of what it could be? A slipped disk? Or something?

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  • me againI went to the doctor and had a whole battery of coordination-type tests. She couldn't find anything wrong with me. She also thought I didn't have enough symptoms to worry about MS (I don't have any vision or coordination problems-- just the numbness). She also didn't think it was a slipped disc b/c my numbness is on both sides (although I did tell her it is stronger on my right side and right shoulder).Anyway, she took blood for thyroid, B12 and glucose levels. I haven't gotten those results back yet. And she scheduled an appointment with a neurologist in a few weeks. She didn't schedule an MRI, but said the neurologist might want one. I'm still numb and tingly. Especially around my face/nose/mouth. It is very weird. I have a sense it is a pinched nerve/slipped disc or something like that.Did I mention that when I had a CT scan last month they saw some kind of "artifact" near the base of my head/spine? I have no clue what that means.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 28, 2007
    • 02:28 PM
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  • Try researching Vitamin B6 deficiency and also folate? Have you had a baby recently (I think you are a women, right)? That might increase the likelihood of a Vitamin B deficiency. I may be way off here but just a suggestion. All the best and God bless.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 2, 2007
    • 04:28 AM
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  • Try researching Vitamin B6 deficiency and also folate? Have you had a baby recently (I think you are a women, right)? That might increase the likelihood of a Vitamin B deficiency. I may be way off here but just a suggestion. All the best and God bless.All my blood work came back perfect-- and they tested specifically for vitamin B deficiency. I am a woman, but I haven't had a baby recently. :)I really think it is a pinched nerved in my neck. I'm numb and tingly every day. I am going to the neurologist on the 20th so hopefully I'll get some kind of answer after that.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 2, 2007
    • 04:26 PM
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  • Have you had your heart / brain checked as I have this in relation to cardiac arrest last year . Feel waiting for stroke/multi infarct dementia to happen Doctors UK ignored classic symtons and did not refer.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 07:13 AM
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  • A couple years ago I went to the hospital with tingling on half of my head-- they said I had an infection in my trigeminal nerve and told me to take advil. It got better-- but it always came along with the headaches I get that are associated with TMJ disorder.Anyway, a few weeks ago I had a terrible migraine (I do not usually get them) and it was accompanied by this tingly numbness, but worse-- and mostly on my right side. I went to the hospital and they gave me a CT scan. That showed nothing, but they saw some "blip" near my neck, but it was right on the edge of the scan, so they suggested I get an MRI if I have any more symptoms. Well the past couple days I've been number. My face (around my nose and mouth) and into my shoulders and all the way down my arms. And sometimes my feet a little. I think it is worse when I'm sitting. I've been to PT for my TMJ disorder, and I have a bite plate, so I feel like that is under control. I also have a great computer chair, good posture etc. The numbness is freaking me out. Of course someone I work with was like "oh that sounds like MS" and that scared me. I'm 30 and really feel great other than this numbness.Any ideas of what it could be? A slipped disk? Or something?Are you a big user of Aspartame or msg. that will cause the head aches and the numbness. 6 years ago they said i had ms then 6 months after that they said i didnt that they did not know what was wrong with me and here it was is i was using to much aspartame and msg. I have alot of food alergies and after getting off all that stuff I think it was the second week I felt so good. now when i eat something or smell alot of fumes from chemicals like perfumes ect... i get them ms symptoms. it is weird I know, but just try it and see how it works for you. hope this helps.. take care
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 01:09 AM
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  • I'm a 42 year old male and I've been experiencing alot of the same symptoms.I've had a ct scan of my brain which is good, and ekgs on my heart which is also good. These epsiodes that i'm having are almost stroke like symptoms. I was first diagnosed with bells palsy, then my primary said i didnt have it because it comes and goes, and i dont have a sagginess on the left side of my face. I am having episodes where, when im awake, it almost seems like that jumpy feeling before you fall asleep. I am receiving epidural injections at L3-L5 for leg numbness, tingling and cramps, which really arent helping. I have had an mri that says i have a bulging disk at C6-C7. I went to a chiropractor last night because both arms were numb, my face was numb, and my back was numb. He did some sort of manipulation at my upper cervical, and i did feel better. However, I had an episode today where i couldnt feel my arms, hands or face again. They have ruled out ms. Any insight would be appreciated.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 08:36 PM
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  • I am 29, female in good health(was) except 60lbs overweight.:eek: 27 days ago I developed numbness in the tip of my two big toes and the tip of my tongue, I also has a backache. Day 2 -- a little more numbness, and sinus and lymph node soreness Day 3 -- numbness and soreness increased noticed tingling in hands and back pain increased Day 6 -- all of toes numb, tingling hands, and all of tongue and roof of mouth numb, soreness in glands had decreased, back pain same, weaker than usual. Day 10 -- developed bell's palsy on the left side of my face, numb tongue, most toes and part of foot numb, hands tingling, back pain same Day 12 -- Went to ER diagnosed with Bell's palsy and other numbness and high blood presure.Put me on steriod and norvasc for bp ----- numbness spread, weak, tired, and in painDay 14 -- saw neuro, put me on Valtrex saying that a dormant zoster virus had caused all of this numbnessAfter 7 days of steriods and other drugs my face is better, but everything else is worse. The steriods made me even weaker and more tired.Day 27-- today -- some face and mouth numbness, back pain and numbness, hand tingling and numbness, abdomen numb, butt and rectum are numb, vaginal area numb, from the knee down on both legs are numb and my feet are really numb. Tiredness is better after getting off steriods, but I am still weaker than before all this happened.I have trouble walking, climbing stairs, and I can't complete my normal everyday task of taking care of my one year old. Doc says give it 2 weeks if we have not missed something. MRI and CT were negative.
    numbinGA 6 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 01:41 AM
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  • NumbinGA-Check into Chiari Malformation. This is a condition characterized by the descent of the cerebellum tonsils into the spinal column. There are different degrees of Chiari, and some don't show on regular MRI; but your symptoms seem close to what I've read up on this condition. http://www.northshorelij.com/body.cfm?ID=6409Good luck!
    SunnyStreets 4 Replies
    • November 15, 2007
    • 00:27 PM
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  • Sunnystreets, I have a diagnosis now, and I am almost 99% well. I had a virus that caused Transverse Myelitis and Bell's Palsy. I still have some very mild numbness in my toes and hands, but all other symptoms are gone. The neuro says it should go away completely and not return. Thank you for your concern and your time. Here is a website with some info:http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/transversemyelitis/transversemyelitis.htm:) Thanks
    numbinGA 6 Replies
    • November 16, 2007
    • 01:49 PM
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