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I am a 27 Years Female with 2 children. I have been having since 1997 throw 2005 like little things that have been happening like for exsample: I'm fine all of a sudden my right hand goes numb, then i see like a little white light in front of my vision and also the inside of my mouth goes numb. I think I've had about 7 of these in the last 8 years. I think its just because I get really stressed out they go away in a few mintues and then I fine. I mean its not a big deal. I have noticed it only happens to me when I really get stressed out. Only when something bad happens. I can even go 2 or 3 years with out one. I haven't told my Doctor Does it sound very bad?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Vickie replied 11 years ago.

 Dear Saily,


Yes,it is possible that the episodes you are having could be stress induced - although I have had surgery on my neck for  symptoms of numbness and tingling in my hand and arm. I am on medications every day because of the resulting pain. It could also be (if there has been no fall or accident), that you are experiencing some "pinched nerves" in your cervical spine area. If the symptoms begin to worsen or get closer together, or if you develop any "burning" pains anywhere...then you should see your doctor for an MRI, and a referral to a neurologist asap. This is something you don't want to mess with. I waited to long, and now I will have the numbness and tingling, and burning for the rest of my life. Believe me, you don't want to live this way if you don't have to. The MRI is such a easy and pain free test to undergo to be able to tell the doctors so much. I also had a mylegram done, that makes it easier to see if there might be any stenosis or pinched nerves being involved. I suggest that you tell your doctor everything you have told me...and see what he thinks. If there is a problem...everyday you wait could be disastrous in the end. Just remember, "no question is a dumb question". and of course...Better safe than sorry!!!


Good luck to you, and don't wait to long

Expert:  AnnlynnRN replied 11 years ago.
 

Dear Saily,

I'm here reading your post and I cannot believe what I see.  You
have described MY OWN ordeal that I have been battling for the past 8
years!  When I was around 27 or 28 years old, I began to
experience some occasional numbness that came on suddenly.  I felt
it inside of my mouth and it would sometimes cause stuttering.  My
vision became impaired with a light in front of my eyes, and sometimes
I would feel a numbness in my jaw and upper extremities.  Just
like you, it would only last a few minutes and then go away.  I
ignored it because I was scared.   Saily, I experienced the
SAME EXACT THING!  Here's what resulted from ignoring it:



When I was approximately 30 years old, I felt these symptoms again (by
then it was a normal occurance for me because it was happening on a
monthly basis or more.)  The next thing I remember was waking up
in an ambulance being told that I just had a grand mal seizure while
ordering a sandwich at the deli.  It was only about 3 minutes
after getting out of my car.  I was fortunate it did not happen
behind the wheel.  The injuries I sustained were a fractured skull
and a subdural hematoma (blood clot between the layers of the brain due
to head trauma), a broken nose, and some minor facial fractures. 
The violent convulsions made me thrash continuously on the hard cement
floor of the deli which caused those injuries.



In case you aren't familiar with exactly what a grand mal seizure is,
it is an episode of loss of conciousness with convulsions.  It
starts with losing conciousness, and falling down, followed by a 
rigidity of the muscles that lasts up to 30 seconds (called the "tonic"
phase) and then a 1 - 2 minute period of violent, convulsions (called
the "clonic" phase.)  It often took me approximately 30 minutes to
an hour after regaining conciousness from the seizure before I could
recognize my own husband or son, or even know my own name!  I had
about 8 more grand mal seizures over the next couple years following
that initial one, until my medication was finally adjusted to keep me
seizure-free.  I am happy to say that my meds are working and I
have been seizure free for 3 years.  I still don't drive, although
I have a valid license that allows me to drive now that my seizures
under control.  I'm just afraid to.



Seizures are due to abnormal electrical activity throughout the
brain.  They can occur randomly, although there have been known to
be some "triggers" associated with mentruation, and rarely from
specific stimulation by light or sounds, or certain medications. 
Sometimes there are only a few muscles involved, for example, one area
of the face or one extremity.  These are called "focal seizures."



There are many different types of seizures that manifest in a number of
ways.  What you are describing is just the same exact thing as I
went through.  I am not a doctor trying to diagnose you.  I'm
simply telling you the similarity of our cases, and that it warrents
immediate attention.  You may not be experiencing a neurological
disorder that is seizure related like I did, but you DEFINITELY have
some neurological issue that MUST be evaluated by a neurologist. 
A neurologist can perform tests to hopefully rule out potential for
seizures and also perform all the tests that  Nurse Vickie (above)
mentioned.  And like she said "everyday you wait could be disastrous in the end." 



In my years working in different ICU's, I spent about 4 years working
in a neuro intensive care unit.  There are SO MANY possiblities
that this could be.  When we talk about brain or nerve disorders,
it is serious business because unlike many cells in our bodies, brain
and nerve cells do not regenerate. So please don't hesitate to get
yourself into a neurologist, and please let us know how you make
out.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.













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