Has anyone here had numbness due to stress/anxiety? Three weeks ago my pinky and ring finger of my left hand went numb. One week ago the left side of my face went numb. I went to a neurologist and he did a nerve conduction test on my left arm and found nothing. I had an MRI on my brain and it was normal. The neurologist said that it was probably due to stress. Has this happened to anyone else? How bad did the numbness get?
I have had tingling sensations in my hands, feet and in my face due to stress. I have also had a neurologist do a nerve test and it came back just fine, but my general doctor said that it was simply due to stress. Although I am on medication to help with my stress/anxiety/depression and I am not as stressed, the tingling has not gone away. But my doctor seems to think that it is nothing to worry about.
I have the same symptoms (numb left side of face), which has been the same for 5 weeks. I have been to the neurologist and had an MRI, which are both normal. My doc said that I have an "atypical migraine headache" due to stress. I started taking meds for depression/anxiety & my boss is out of town (the cause of my stress), and mysteriously the numb face has almost completely subsided. So to answer your question, yes I do think it is stress related and you are not alone.. K.
It's probably due to body spasms if the MRI's are returning clear.
There are a huge number of reasons that a body might have spasms. Anything from anxiety to unusual heart rhythms to Irritable bowels to blood sugar problems.
The list is pretty wide.
Spasms can be a real problem. I've had colon spasms so bad it had literally thrown my tail bone out of alignment and forced it to stick out.
I was given antispasmodic medication for the problem and after a little under a year on the medicines and physical therapy my tail bone is finally falling into place.
For me the time period of several months is relatively short since I've lived with that tail bone issue for years.
I would suggest exploring the possible organic reasons at the bottom of the sensations.
What you need is a good general diagnostician.
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Spasms are many times tied to ssyndromes for which there are relative few to no tests and tend to manufest with multiple symptoms.
There's no reason to suffer.
You just need someone who will approach your body with common medical sense and compassion.
Too bad that's hard to find in medicine these day, but the good care does exist.
Keep on pushing for the good answers.
I am having the same symptoms for the past month. It occurs after I have an exercise. One day last month, i was out jogging. After jogging, while i was walking, i suddenly felt my left arm and leg is weakening. And i had trouble walking, even standing. This is the first time ever that occured to me. I'm now 34 and I'm now so worried. I had a lot of tests done on the hospital and everything came back normal. I had an MRI and MRA and doc told me they all came back normal. I didn't exercise for a month, now i start to exercise again. After the exercise, i would suddenly feel my left side, arms, legs and face become numb and weak. It takes about 15-30 minutes before i come back to normal. Is this something anyone here have experienced? What to do when it occurs? My doc told me it might be due to stress, which i am under stress lately. I just don't know if it would be a good idea to do exercise (which is supposed to be good for the body) now that i see a pattern occuring every time i exercise. Your help (or even just a reply) would help me a lot!
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I know my sister and a family friend both suffer from Bells Balsy which affects the face muscles. They said their faces (one side) gets a numb feeling and then it looks like one side of their face is smooshed like frozen. One of their eyes are actually closed or wide opened. Its weird and there is not a topic on this board for it (as I looked before for them), but not sure if this may be your problems. I am not sure if all doctors diagnose this or not, but you could do a google search for it.
I have had the numbness of the left side of the face for a year and a half, has spread since, very severe in the lip/gums/tongue area, started as a tingling feeling in the upper left lip area. Have had MRI scans, Lumbar Punctures, four different Neurologists, last one a specialist at Texas State University, NO ANSWERS.
Is becoming very difficult to cope with, insurance will not help with financing scans/Dr. visits anymore, they say it is just re-tests of the same thing.
ANYONE have any answers?
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I am experiencing the numbness on my left side of the face now as well. I have been under a lot of stress and I really hope that is all it is. It has been about a week now and I have not had it checked it out yet. I pray to God it is nothing serious.
Thanks to all of you who answered me. It helped just knowing I wasn't alone in this. The numbness has gone now. I went to a chiropractor and had my back and neck adjusted. The numbness started going away shortly after that. I think the doctors were so concerned about my brain that they failed to look anywhere else. The stress is still there, but I am trying to relax more and not worry about everything so much. Easier said than done Hang in there.
Numbness to the face and hands is normal to anxiety. Getting test is a good idea and will generally releave the symptoms somewhat finding out that you have nothing serious. This is especially true if you are new to anxiety and not fimiliar to the symptoms. None of the anxiety sypmtoms harm you and they are common to stress related problems. Try to get rid of the stress in your life as much as possible, get exercise and good relaxation.
Just wanted to know what was done by the chiropractor that made the numbness go away.. Would appreciate your reply. Thanks.
Originally posted by kbharley: Thanks to all of you who answered me. It helped just knowing I wasn't alone in this. The numbness has gone now. I went to a chiropractor and had my back and neck adjusted. The numbness started going away shortly after that. I think the doctors were so concerned about my brain that they failed to look anywhere else. The stress is still there, but I am trying to relax more and not worry about everything so much. Easier said than done Hang in there.
She did some adjustments to my neck (popped it) and back. Then something where I put my thumb a little finger together and she manipulated my hand and arm. The numbness was still there when I left, but by the time I woke up on the second day after was totally gone.