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    Old 05-31-2010, 11:25 AM   #1
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    Please Help - Facial Numbness/Tingling

    Hello! This is my first time here and I know you all probably get this type of question a lot, but I'd like some advice from those of you with this disease.

    Three days ago I had a short episode of vertigo while at the library. The world was spinning and I though I was going to fall over. It only lasted a few seconds and then faded away. The next day, out of the blue, I had a spot on my right cheek start to tingle and then go numb. It lasted the rest of the night, and even started to spread toward my ear by bedtime.

    The next day, the numbness was gone, but the right side of my face still felt "funny", like a leftover effect or "echo" of what happened. I also had a spot on the top of my head tingle briefly and then stop, with no numbness. My right arm and leg felt heavy and weak all day to boot.

    Today, face still feel "off" and most other things are gone. These things have never happened before and have me quite worried. I looked up facial tingling/numbness and limb weakness and lots of pages popped up talking about MS. It got me thinking back over the past year and what other things had happened but seemed innocent:

    -My first ever migrane, complete with light/noise sensitivity and vomiting.
    -Tingling/electrical type feeling (dime-sized) on inside right ankle off and on over several weeks.
    -Two episodes of dizziness, ear ringing, tunnel vision, almost passing out. Once when pregnant and doc said it was not BP or sugar levels.

    I am trying not to freak out, but it's hard. Hubby is supportive, but I think my mom thinks I am making a big deal out of nothing. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone? Should I go see my doc or go straight to a neurologist (can I even do that without a referral?)?

    Thanks for any help!
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    Old 05-31-2010, 12:00 PM   #2
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    Re: Please Help - Facial Numbness/Tingling

    Welcome. Do you have MS?

    Because there are over 400 diseases which present with MS-Like symptoms, it is difficult to ascertain what your problem is, but suffice to say, I would definitely see a doctor.

    If you see a neurologist who deals with MSers (which you should), you might have a long time to get in to see one, so a referral can certainly get you in easier and quicker. If you have to wait, get started with testing now and have the results sent to the neurologist prior to your appointment. Your GP should be able to order tests for you. Start with a CT and blood work in order to rule out physical maladies and Lyme disease and other diseases which present via blood work or CT scans.

    Read up on the McDonald Criteria. Ask your GP for tests following the criteria if there are no positive results from your CT or blood work.

    Do you have MS? It is impossible to say. However, if you do, try cold compresses and ice packs for your facial numbness. I use it for my hands too. As summer heat is here (I assume you are in the heat too), you might wish to avoid the heat and try to stay cool. Dress in layers which you can peel off and add as needed and stay well hydrated.

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    Old 06-03-2010, 04:43 PM   #3
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    Re: Please Help - Facial Numbness/Tingling

    Thank you for the info and ideas. The tingling/numbness is not so bad as to need relief...more annoying (and a little scary) than anything.

    I wound up going to see my GP. He basically brushed me off and I had to insist on a neurologist referral. I think I'll be getting a new GP. Anyhow, I went the next day to the neurologist (fast, I know!) He took my history, did a few basic prelim. tests and I have an MRI scheduled for tomorrow. I also had an eye exam (it was time, anyhow) to check for anything unusual. All looked good.

    Yesterday (Wed.) afternoon I started feeling really weird, "heavy" and weak all over my body, like I was being flooded from the inside and covered with heavy blankets. I felt woozy (not like spinning and falling down, more like really light-headed) and almost like I was having an "out-of-body" experience. Hubby was at work, so he rushed home and called the EMT, who promtly took me to the ER. All my vitals were normal, and they did an EKG and blood and urine tests at the hospital. Everything came up normal. I was discharged later that evening when I felt better. I am feeling almost normal today, if a little tired. Still having the face/head tingling and slight dizziness, though.

    I'm going back and forth between thinking this is something really bad, or that it's something more indefineable, like stress. I guess I'll find out after my MRI.

     
    Old 06-03-2010, 07:31 PM   #4
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    Sorry to hear your dilemma. It would have been good if the ER would have run an MRI awhile you were there. As the physical tests you were given proved negative, there is quite possibly an underlying neurological problem. The good news is that you have ruled out many possibilities already. Did they send blood tests for Lyme?

    Watch yourself in the heat and stay well hydrated. You also need to watch your fatigue levels carefully. If you have MS, once you push yourself too far, it takes much more time for rest and recovery than if you stopped before that limit. Stay positive!
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    Old 06-03-2010, 10:15 PM   #5
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    As far as I know they did not test for Lyme, but I don't really think I have many of the symptoms for that. They did a standard blood work up - electrolytes, liver and kidney function, anemia, etc. One thing they did say was that I was slightly dehydrated. The ER doc thought it might be an infection.? Who knows.... I was kinda peeved they would not do the MRI (I asked) but since it's tomorrow, I guess it's fine. I'll hopefully find out soon what could be causing these symptoms. If it's something in need of immediate attention/very serious, they'll call me right away, otherwise I have to wait till the 14th to talk to the neuro about the test. Fingers crossed....

     
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    An infection should have been determined at the ER. Dehydration is a factor as indicated by the test. If you have MS, hydration is important because your body's internal controls will not be running even keel. Watch the temperatures and stay hydrated! Good luck on your MRI tomorrow and the 14th is close for your neuro appointment.

    Do not be disappointed if your first neuro appointment is short. The initial visit is often just preliminary to do the initial evaluation and then to set up the testing. When you leave your neuro, you should have a game plan of attack and many of your questions should be answered (although a diagnosis at appointment time would be a miracle!).
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    Old 06-04-2010, 11:24 AM   #7
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    Re: Please Help - Facial Numbness/Tingling

    Yea, I know I don't drink enough water through the day...need to work on that. And it does seem like I've been getting hotter than usual lately. Normally I'm the one with a cardigan on because I'm chilly.

    My first neuro apt. was fairly short. He did a few simple tests....i.e. check reflexes, balance, skin sensation, etc. and set up the MRI. I'm hoping to discuss the MRI with him on the 14th. The test went well, though I did cough a few times in the middle part of the test and am hoping the pics are not too blurry. I really do not want to do the test again! My wallet cannot handle that!

    Thanks for all your advice and well wishes! I'm just hoping for the best now.

     
    Old 06-04-2010, 05:35 PM   #8
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    Hi Spudnic, I was diagnosed about one month ago with a first MS episode (called CIS for clinically isolated syndrome) so I started taking meds. I was fortunate to get an early diagnosis so hopefully it will not progress as quickly. Not to scare you but my symptoms started with vertigo. I woke up one morning with it, and had several more episodes over a period of time. Also some other classic ms symptoms. My MRI was the one that confirmed the suspicion as they found several lesions along with my symptoms. My symptoms could have been lots of things, I went to an ear specialist too which you may want to consider if your mri is clean. If your MRI does show something, no worry as it sounds like you are on top of it and you can get on a medicine course. The treatments have excellent statistics at making the disease much more benign. Also what you are feeling, if it is MS, will most likely come and go...

     
    Old 06-21-2010, 06:10 PM   #9
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    Re: Please Help - Facial Numbness/Tingling

    Yes, they all sound familiar. I was diagnosed with MS over 20 years ago and have those same symptoms and more.

     
    Old 03-19-2011, 11:11 AM   #10
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    Re: Please Help - Facial Numbness/Tingling

    see your doctor has i have the same problem,if the doctor tells you its nothing insist on something being done i have had similar symptoms in my face for about 10 years,,i have been on mant forms of tablets which tend to work for a short time,,at times i feel like ripping the left hand side of my face off my partner doesnt seem to understand either, its sooo annoying sometimes i think WHY ME!!! so go see your doctor and keep going till something is done hope that has been of some help x

     
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