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Old 01-27-2011, 11:21 AM   #1
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numbness in left hand arm and upper chest area

I gave up smoking 6 years ago using the Nicoderm Patch...its possible I overdosed with that. I started my treatment by using 3 of the step 1, 21 mg nicotine patches and changed the oldest of the 3 to a fresh patch every 12 hours, after 1 week, I reduced to 2 patches with a new patch every 12 hours, then after 1 week, I merged to the regular treatment of the Nicoderm Patch System...a few months later I accuired Bells Palsey this was 5 years ago. So after about 1 month that partial numbness feeling went away. The numbness actually then traveled around my body for these past 5 years....sometimes both my feet have the partial numbness feelings....sometimes just my right hip, currently the partial numbness feeling is resting in all 5 fingers on my left hand, including the palm wrist arm all the way to my shoulder and half of my upper chest area on the left side of my body, ( where my heart is ) has the partial numbness feeling....I dont have money for Medical Insurance, nor would I have any money after that for an MRI, nor would I be able to afford any treatments. Anyone have any ideas what I'm dealing with?

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Old 01-27-2011, 11:40 PM   #2
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Re: numbness in left hand arm and upper chest area

Due to your smoking, if I was in a similar situation, I would seek a check of my cardiovascular system and or potential for a stroke. You should be able to qualify for state medicaid for assistance. Your nearest emergency facility may be able to assist you with a check as well as state paper work. The UCLA Medical center is near to you, I would go there. It could be nothing, but you need to see a doctor to tell you for sure. I know that the hospital also has a sliding scale payment too (at least in 2002 because I was there).There may well be a non-med route you can take, but allow the doctors to let you know and give them the info that you have written here.
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