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One side numb foot hand face

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 4, 2007
  • 09:50 AM

A few months ago, I woke up to find that some fingers on my left hand, my left foot big toe and part of foot, and left side of face, mainly lower left lip and left inside of mouth, with some extension to left face were partially numb. They weren't tingling or painful, just partially numb. Also I had full control and use of everything, no weakness or paralysis. I felt fine otherwise.

Went to ER where my initial blood pressure reading was high/normal but later BP went to 200 and stubbornly stayed high. Lots of tests were done, with nothing showing up, no stroke, TIA, other injury or damage, no diabetes.

I have been put on BP medication, which has mostly controlled my BP, though I'd like it lower. The numbness remains the same a few months later, and symptoms have not worsened.

I have a history of lifelong hormonal imbalance and take a thyroid supplement given by an endocrinologist many years ago, even though the thyroid tests were low/normal. The thyroid supplement alleviated some symptoms I washaving at the time and she instructed me to continue taking it permanently.

MS was mentioned as a possibility for the numbness but MRI shows no MS symptoms. Lacunar stroke was a possibility but again, MRI shows nothing to fit.

So the cause has not been determined. After many tests, I've decided that the root cause could be low thyroid, even though tests show up normal, high blood pressure causing some nerve symptoms/numbness, and/or anxiety and stress, which I do have a lot. My blood pressure has shot up, even on medication, to 200 upon visiting a new doctor's office, and I didn't think I was unduly anxious.

I've read these forums and just wonder what anyone else might think of this situation. I seem healthy, fine, able to function and move as usualy, albeit with some partial numb feelings here and there as described. I have not been sick or debilitated at all from the beginning of this. As I said, I've probably had all the usual tests and just wonder if anyone has any experience with anything like this.

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  • I've had very similar problems, with no diagnosis yet. Over a year ago, my left arm went numb and tingley. I had some chest pains and went to ER. They did EKG, and Xrays, then rx heartburn meds and told me to see my family doc. He sent me to Neuro, had MRI done of cervical area and found a small (insignificant) bone spur. Symptoms went away after a few months. Almost a year to the date, arm went numb again, along with left leg feeling heavy, numb from knee down and left side of face, lip and tongue felt like I had a shot of Novacaine! Back to Neuro, another MRI of neck and lower spine showed nothing. I asked my doc if he had ruled out MS, he had a hissy fit and said that my symptoms would be much worse, but rx a brain MRI to show me. Had one w. no contrast, and no lesions. In the meantime I ended up back in Emergency room feeling dizzy, my bp was 180/102. Was impressed by ER doc, am now seeing him and new Neuro. The ER doc is suspecting HNPP, need to have more blood work done, but with my dad suffering from neuropathy of his lower legs for years, and Grandmother has had problems, and my sis, this looks like it could be an answer. Look into HNPP, and ask your family for their background....and Good Luck!
    Shulady 2 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 04:22 PM
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  • I'm currently experiencing very similar symptoms!! I had an episode a few months back where I got a horrible headache soon to be followed by the left side of my body going numb starting in my face then down my arm and into my hip. Went to the ER had CAT scan, MRI, TONS of blood work to find nothing. They took me off Birth control in fear of stroke or TIA. But every test has come back normal. I still experience a lot of facial numbness in my nose and under my left eye. I also feel there is a spot in my left eye where I don't see correctly anymore. I've done field vision test and every thing is normal. They talk maybe MS, but they said the MRI should have picked that up. I'm getting very frustrated. I've been to numerous doctors and nobody can find anything. I'm only 21 years old and I would like these bothersome symptoms to go away! Have you found out anything? Do these sympotms match yours? Please help!! Ashley
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 09:09 PM
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  • I too have the same symptoms- I have had the numbness in my face (left side only) for over two weeks now and the numbness in my left hand/arm and foot for going on four days. I spent the night in the ER, the doctor said I need an MRI to see a neuro, ecc, but couldn't tell me anything about why it MIGHT be happening. I'm only 22 years old, too young to be falling apart!
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  • I wrote the first message in this thread and thought I'd come back and give a report on my condition.Everything's just about the same! It's been 9 months now, and the numbness is just about the same as when it started. It has remained constant. Sometimes the face seems a little better, mainly inside the mouth, with the lip still about as numb. The foot seems a little less intensely numb but I wouldn't really call it radically improved. The numbness in the left hand is probably more numb in the little finger and side of the hand but better on the thumb side. Technical, yes, but when it's your own hand, you notice these things.Dr. mentions MS as a possibility but it didn't show up on the MRI and I seem to have no other symptoms. There is no weakness, just partial numbness. I had very high blood pressure and have been taking medication since the beginning of this incident to control that. Dr. mentions a few more tests, like nerve conduction, which has not been done. I'm in good health, apparently, except for these little problems. When I stop to think about it, I'm very grateful that so far this is the extent of my problems. I have full and complete use of my hands, feet, everything, despite the partial numbness. Strength is excellent and there have never been tremors or paralysis. A nurse at the hospital when I first went in said that high blood pressure could cause this kind of numbness but I don't know if she meant a temporary or ongoing numbness. I was also under extreme stress the night before the numbness started. I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but my stress the night before was epic, in my opinion. Conditions just converged to put too much on my head that night. I haven't been on here in several weeks, so when I read here tonight, I saw a lot of new posts with people discussing various situations with numbness. I wanted to post that I have "survived" these many months with nothing new or horrible happening to me and that although my condition is about the same, I'm really just fine and very grateful that so far the damage is so non-debilitating for me. I guess I'm just trying to ease some worried people. Do see your doctors and get all the help you can get, but don't worry too much: that's my message. At least, don't worry too much about the unknown. That's the most frightening for most of us, isn't it?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 3, 2007
    • 10:22 PM
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  • I'm having similar symptons. I woke up one day with the left side of my lip crooked and a numbness around my mouth. The next day it was spreading to the whole left side of my face, making the left side of my lips and my left eyelid feel heavy.The week before I was sick with a huge constant headache, high fevers and dizzy spells. I was having headaches right up until my face began to go numb.I went into the clinic and had a MRI done, but they found no evidence of a stroke. Also, while i was at the doctor, my left arm began to tingle. I couldn't even feel when they were inserting the IV. My doctor deducted that I was suffering from _____Paralysis, which apparently is quite common, especially after being sick. She prescribed me a steroid and Valtrex to help stimulate the nerve that was supposedly being suppresed.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 19, 2008
    • 09:06 PM
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  • I'm having similar symptons. I woke up one day with the left side of my lip crooked and a numbness around my mouth. The next day it was spreading to the whole left side of my face, making the left side of my lips and my left eyelid feel heavy.The week before I was sick with a huge constant headache, high fevers and dizzy spells. I was having headaches right up until my face began to go numb.I went into the clinic and had a MRI done, but they found no evidence of a stroke. Also, while i was at the doctor, my left arm began to tingle. I couldn't even feel when they were inserting the IV. My doctor deducted that I was suffering from _____Paralysis, which apparently is quite common, especially after being sick. She prescribed me a steroid and Valtrex to help stimulate the nerve that was supposedly being suppresed.what happend to u atlast? i just found this page right now while i'm suffering somthing like u guys mentioned,a strange tight feeling in my left side of face includilng some parts of jaw and bottom of left eye, a neck pain that got better slowly in few months ,some tingling feel in my little finger of left arm and sometimes a fast paced tingling in my left foot palm right when i waking up.i didn't pass any MRI test but i went to many dr offices recently and they don't diagnose any signs of MS ,my eye nerves checked for nerve problems and the dr didn't fne anything wrong,can it caused by anxsiety while i didn't have these symptoms few months ago,my problem started with my chest main and coughs,i went to 6 different drs and they didn't find anything wrong with mey..chest x-ray,and blood tests didin't show anything,so i just got dissapointed and my old fear of ms came back..as u know one of MS common sings is abnormal muscle spasm, so i just imagined my chest pain happend by an abnormal spasm in my chest .and it started.got worse while my strong OCD helped them to develop..seriously i didn't any finger problem i can't remember why i started to concentrate on it and my little finger of my left foot..i forgot the second one and concentrate on a nerve problem on my little finger..and now..i can say i have a real problem ther..for two weeke i couldn't sit still on my chair because i have hallucinaions about abnormaly falling sleep in my butt,i just drop it while later and this hallucination never came back again..don't u ppl suffering OCD,anxiety or another problems that might be the reason of your problems? and give me advise please if u can.
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  • This is so strange to me. I have everything you all have mentioned to a science. I get most scared when it is the back of my tongue because occasionally that is followed by extreme numbness and heat to the back of my neck and arms and it is very scary. I too, went to the ER and a Neurologist who told me it was stress - strain on my back and neck. Don't get me wrong I have been under an extreme amount of stress but as of now I'm good to go with that and it still continues. It is more "numb" in the morning and improves throughout the day.Does anyone have any other follow up? What does anyone here think of a Gallbladder problem. I read a little there about numbness??? I'm tired of feeling this way and I'm 32 years old!!
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  • Hi all, I have just been diagnosed with HNPP. I have foot drop and must wear an AFO daily, both hands are numb, and one hand no longer works at all (hand drop). This all started back in 2000 with just mild numbness, 3 years later I couldn't walk, had afo's on both legs. 3 years later, I can walk again normally. I had all the usuall tests with multiple doctors in different states, had everybody stumped! This started for me at age 40. Two months ago I was sent to Barnes jewish hospital and they diagnosed it. I have been told they are the most knowlageble doctors on this subject in st. louis, mo. I have a rather bad case of it though. This uncurable, but it caught early there are things you can do to slow it down.http://www.hnpp.orgJust my two cents...good luck to all!
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  • Yep same prob for me numb on my left thumb and foot and tingel in me face.My doctor showed me a chart of my nerve system and said i may have a virus that affect the nervs between the dics and whill unusual for it to happen between more than one disk at a time (hence face, thumb and foot all linked to different nerve paths it is possible) and told me to take Asprin. Two days later and the feeling is starting to come back. hope it stays that way. She sais basicly the nervs were sowloen and hence blocking the signals and the asprin helps this. Hope this helps you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 6, 2009
    • 04:26 PM
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  • I had difficulty logging in and had been away for awhile. The best advice I can give all of you is to relax, quit worrying about these strange symptoms (Sx). They are spooky and it is easy to hit the panic button and I have done that. I'm 64 next month and have had odd symptoms since I was 14, 50 years ago but all Sx got worse while I was in Army 68-70 and thought it could have been chemicals that caused what I called "arthritic Sx," severe visual disturbances and vertigo (had to quit flying in '74 and driving was getting difficult) but now it has been Dx as neuro Sx causing a lot of odd Sx's (local Univ Med Center and Mayo Clinic). I would have a few good years and then something else would happen. I woke one morning 25 yrs ago with ears chirping and ringing that sounded like phone ringing and water running, headache and numbness on my left side, especially the side of my face as if novacaine had been injected and my jaw was swollen and painful with my teeth not meshing properly. An ear specialist said there was nothing wrong with my ears and didn't know why I was so swollen. Two weeks later having dental work the Dentist noticed my left perodid (saliva) gland was inflamed. I slowly became crippled from spinal cord stenosis but not from any spine abnormality or injury although I had some herniated discs. One neuro MD said it looked like a chemical hit or virus caused the stenosis. Rather than worrying what the Sx and MD's can't Dx, concentrate on being concerned with what you can do and that is to exercise your muscles to keep toned and if possible go swimming to exercise without any excess injury to joints, something I can't do anymore, no (or none here)access to indoor pools. Walking is good for strengthing bone tissue. PT's tell me to do stretching exercises to help avoid sudden muscle spasms. I take calcium and 81 mg ASA OTC, prilosec 20 mg, baclofen 10 mg X4/day, neurontin 100 mg X4/day, zocor 20 mg, xanax 0.25 or 0.5 mg as needed when I get antsy (strange feeings), elevil 50 mg and benedryl 25 mg to help me sleep, actually just makes me feel better without much anxiety and I sleep odd hours, some only a few hours and worst is in an out of bed for 12 hours at a time. For mean headaches I take Butalbital (narcotic)50 mg with APAC (tylenol) 325 with caffeine 40 mg sparingly, cut in halves as MD Rx is only 10 tabs/mo to avoid any dependence on the drug as has happened to too many. I also keep Rx for codeine and some hydrocodone I take when I fall and hurt myself too often, some lasix (furosemide) and potassium if my ankles get swollen. I keep a daily log of sleeping hours, time I take Rx meds, any odd Sx or injuries and tell my neuro about these. I ask a lot of questions when seeing the MD's even repeating some questions from the last appointments. I use a cane all the time and sometimes use a walker or wheelchair but avoid the electric carts in the stores as they could be habit forming. I drive with hand controls for safety since '89. Medicare helps little but I am lucky to have VA hospital and local VA satellite clinic for local care. My income is not enough to pay all bills and can't afford health insurance for my wife and older daughter, younger daughter has Down syndrome and on Medicaid and draws SS on me until she qualifies for SS and Medicare. No more worries here as I am very spiritual, Roman Catholic (not a good one) but feel like I am lucky to have lived to 64 years.
    billw_willy 5 Replies
    • January 10, 2009
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  • Yep same prob for me numb on my left thumb and foot and tingel in me face.My doctor showed me a chart of my nerve system and said i may have a virus that affect the nervs between the dics and whill unusual for it to happen between more than one disk at a time (hence face, thumb and foot all linked to different nerve paths it is possible) and told me to take Asprin. Two days later and the feeling is starting to come back. hope it stays that way. She sais basicly the nervs were sowloen and hence blocking the signals and the asprin helps this. Hope this helps you.I was searching for an answer for my hand, foot , and mouth numbness. I was hanging with my sons and put my 2 year old down for a nap and passed out watching cartoons with my 8 year old. My neck was in a funny position and I woke up 30 min later my neckwas very stiff and hurting thats when I noticed my lip was tingling so I got up and my toes were numb but not tingling and my hand was also. It scared the ***l out of me I thought I was having a stroke. Myhand is fine now and lip feels good I still have a little numbness in the toes.
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  • This is so strange to me. I have everything you all have mentioned to a science. I get most scared when it is the back of my tongue because occasionally that is followed by extreme numbness and heat to the back of my neck and arms and it is very scary. I too, went to the ER and a Neurologist who told me it was stress - strain on my back and neck. Don't get me wrong I have been under an extreme amount of stress but as of now I'm good to go with that and it still continues. It is more "numb" in the morning and improves throughout the day.Does anyone have any other follow up? What does anyone here think of a Gallbladder problem. I read a little there about numbness??? I'm tired of feeling this way and I'm 32 years old!!Hey there, have you ever been checked by your MD for brain aneurysms? You might want to get a CT scan of your brain in order to rule this condition out. Hope you get better!
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