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Old 06-08-2008, 03:23 PM   #1
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numbness lips, left arm, left side of hand

Since February of this year my brother has been experiencing numbness of lower lip, left side of body and left fingers of left hand. The hospital told him that he had a TIA (mini-stroke). Treated him
medically for TIA, sent him home. He has continued to have several eipisodes of same symptoms except they are now much worse and more frequent. This week he went to a different hospital for a second opinion. The 2nd hospital agreed with 1st hospital. Although, now my brother has constant numbness for 2 days now in both lips, left side of body, left side of left hand. If he is up moving about, he has all the symptoms. If he lies down, the numbness goes away. When he is on two pills of the medication they placed him on, then he also experiences dizziness (he currently is on 2 pills). We are feeling that the hospitals and neurologist might be missing the real problem. I am extremely worried. When he was in the military (during VietNam war) in 1969, 1970, he received injury to his face. To repair, the hospital placed a metal plate under his left eye, next to the left side of his nose. I'm wondering if after 40 years if this metal plate could have started causing a problem. They said they think the metal plate is metallic. He is trying to obtain the medical records from the military but so far (after several days of trying), it hasn't happened yet.
Any ideas or suggestions?

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Old 06-09-2008, 08:13 AM   #2
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Re: numbness lips, left arm, left side of hand

Your brother sounds like he is going through the same thing I am. I had a stroke 6 years ago and started having numbness on the right side, face, shoulder an legs about 4 months ago. I have also been dizzy. They did all the stuff for a stroke and told me i was having a TIA. It kept getting worse, daily occurances and lasting anywhere from a couple of hours to days. The last time I was at this hosp, they told me they did not know what was going on and I was probably having panic attacks!! I WAS NOT having panic attacks!! My med Dr finally said enough is enough and sent me to the Mayo clinic in MN. They did all the same test (more thouroughly than before). But, they told me I was not having TIA's. They still don't not know what is causing me to go numb, but I am not so concerned about having another stroke. I guess, you just have to continue to go to Dr and try to figure this out. There will be an answer, but sometimes it is hard to find what that answer is. good luck with your brother!

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