Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
migraines and left hand numbness
Hi,
I'm 41, and I've had migraines all my life (7 years old or so). Few months ago I started to feel some numbness in my left hand and arm.  It seems kind of like a wave coming down from my shoulder or upper part of my arm. I feel it especially in my forearm and tip of fingers.

I just read in an answer to a post about Multiple Sclerosis that a person with migraines for a long time is expected to have some tiny brain lesions with age (40+).

Should I worry about my numbness? Is this a "normal" consequence of my long-term migraines? Should I do a MRI?

I'm a bit scared about this,  

Any suggestion very much appreciated!!
Cancel
2 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
Hi,
How are you? One subtype of migraine headache is called hemiplegic migraine which also presents with a pins-and-needles feeling (often moving from the hand to the arm); numbness on one side of the body ( such as the arm, leg, and/or one side of the face); weakness or paralysis on one side of the body; slurred speech; or loss of balance and coordination. This type of migraine is said to be genetic in nature. Check with your neurologist  to rule this out. Imaging studies such as MRI may also be indicated especially if your last test was long way back. Take care and do keep us posted.  
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Dear Dr. Santos,

thanks so much for responding my question.  I do not associate the numbness with the migraine.  I feel the pins-and-needles in my lert arm and fingers any time. Maybe specially when I'm sitting. Also, I have had these type of migraines since I was a child, but the numbness appeared last year. Does this information rule out hemiplegic migraine? What I would like to rule out - which scares me a lot - is the possibility of it being Multiple Sclerosis, or another neurological or cardiovascular disease.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to answer my question again.

Fernando
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Migraines & Headaches Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
05/15 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1463449675
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Neurology Answerers
620923 tn?1452919248
Blank
Allentown, PA
144586 tn?1284669764
Blank
7530528 tn?1428275172
Blank
TX
1780921 tn?1462244109
Blank
Queen Creek, AZ