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Old 07-18-2010, 09:16 AM   #1
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Exclamation Arm & Leg numbness HELP!

Just need a little advice..I'm only 33 yrs old and lately my left leg mainly in the back of the calf and thigh has been going numb or "tingly" same thing with my left arm..all the way down from the bicep to my hand. It's just on the left side.

It started last week and i was scared to death thinking i was having a heartache or stroke..but i have no chest pains or any other symptoms besides the 2 i just posted. But it scared me so bad i was ready to call 911...thats nothing to mess with.

Anyways i went to bed and woke up and felt fine..up until yesterday when it started happening again..like i said its just my left arm and leg. I'm just worried as to what it might be..any ideas? The first time it happened i was so paranoid i was heaving a stroke or heart attack that in my mind it made the problem out to seem bigger than it was.

Could it be pinched nerves, blood circulation or back problem?

Hot showers or laying on the floor seem to ease the "tingling" sensations..my arm isn't completely numb because when i pinch or touch i feel that.

Sitting at the computer seemed to trigger it this morning again..it was like that most of last night. I felt fine when i woke up(slept on the floor to see if that would help)..i think its a back problem possibly. If it was a heart attack or stroke it wouldn't be on going or a daily thing like it has been lately..like i said it happened last week and now again for the past day or 2. (most of yesterday afternoon and night, then again just recently about an hour ago)

 
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:27 PM   #2
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Re: Arm & Leg numbness HELP!

You need to get to the hospital right now.

I tried to talk myself into thinking the numbness I had was from sleeping "Wrong" or something along those lines, but I had a stroke and deep down I knew it.

You could be having TIAs, which are small strokes where the symptoms often disappear, but it's very serious as a big stroke often follows if you get no treatment.

Please don't take chances, and get this checked out asap! Much better to be safe than sorry!

If it isn't a stroke, then no harm done. If it is, quick action is vital.

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Old 07-18-2010, 02:08 PM   #3
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Re: Arm & Leg numbness HELP!

Tee,

I fully agree with Chloe...go in and have it checked. This is too big of an event to ignore it. Like Chloe mentioned, this could be a symptom of something yet to come, and addressing it is very important. There is some thing going on, and you need to find out what.

As a survivor of 4 strokes, I encourage you to keep close track of your bodies signals and warning signs...they could save your life. Listen to your body, and go in for a quick check.

 
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Re: Arm & Leg numbness HELP!

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I encourage you to keep close track of your bodies signals and warning signs...they could save your life.
Exactly, and don't think that because you're young you can't have a stroke. It's a myth that it only happens to older people.

I had never been sick, was in denial and waited 24 hrs to go to the hospital. The doctor in the ER pulled no punches when she asked why I waited so long. I felt like a fool as I babbled how I thought it was a pinched nerve or whatever. When she asked me if I knew I could have ended up paralyzed it really hit home how important it is to get care promptly.

I was VERY lucky and I'll never be so foolish again. Don't make the same mistake I did. You might not be so lucky.

 
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Re: Arm & Leg numbness HELP!

Another little warning sign story here...

I had several debilitating headaches, really different than any I had ever had. But I went snorkeling anyway, after all we were already at the beach. By the time I had gotten our far enough to snorkel, I had 4 simultaneous strokes. That day forever changed my life and that of my children's, my families and friends. I never have headaches anymore, but if I ever did, I would fly to the hospital. Time is a huge factor in stroke treatment.

I encourage you to stop your day, and go in for a check. We come here just in case we can help one person avoid what has happened to us...I hope you are that person!

 
Old 07-18-2010, 03:31 PM   #6
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Re: Arm & Leg numbness HELP!

Thanks guys, i'm going to go in tonight and get checked out..not sure if it will be the ER or one of them Urgent Clinics. I have no insurance due to being laid off and im also just worried about how big the bill is going to be and how i'll ever be able to pay it.

 
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Re: Arm & Leg numbness HELP!

Glad to hear you're going and always sorry and shocked that Americans need money to get necessary health care and must worry about medical bills on top of everything else.

Please let us know how it goes!

 
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Re: Arm & Leg numbness HELP!

Yes Tee, please tell us what you have learned.

 
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