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Right sided numbness/pain/weakness

Apr 03, 2010 - 4 comments
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Thyroid



Thought I would post this here... just in case a miracle happens and someone knows what this is or I figure it out myself!

I'm a 31 yr old female that had an episode of aura migraine in 2008 - I had the aura with flashing lights in my right eye (first time I've ever had that although I've suffered headaches and migraines most of my life) and the entire right side of my body went numb. The numbness went off after about 20 minutes. Everyone figured I was having a migraine due to meds I had just started taking (which were immediately stopped, Citalopram/Cipramil). Please note the medication was an antidepressant but I am not depressed or anxious any more - this was all due to my thyroid problem that I didn't know I had at that time.

Since then the numbness came back back little by little and is now currently with me all the time - the intensity varies but it's always there. Some days it's mildly irritating and other days it is deepy painful and leaves me bed-bound. I also experience blurred vision in my right eye a few times during the day. Occasionally the numbness will 'spread' over to my left side but it's not the same as on the right, it's a much lighter numbness.

On my right side I have altered sensations, and it is usually colder than my left side and is weaker, especially with repetitive movements. I've lost the fine motor movement on my right also. I feel like I am wearing a glove and a tight sock on the right side (but sort of like that over the whole side, including my face and head). Even the inside of my mouth and tongue are affected.

It effects the way I walk as I can't feel the ground beneath my foot properly so constantly in fear of falling over.

I suffer terrible migraines with the pain centering around the right temple. I feel mildy dizzy all the time with vertigo at times. I suffer with very bad brain fog and a 'spaced out' feeling in my head, leaving me feeling very detached and like I am watching real life on TV. Fatigue is a very bad problem for me all the time.

Occasionally I will experience crawling sensations on the LEFT side of my face. I have low-normal blood pressure that goes as low as 90/60 at times. My fingernails often turn blue (possibly related to my thyroid condition?).

I've had two MRIs scans and one CT scan, all completely clear with no leisons or anything abnormal. So I'm at a loss as to what is causing this problem.

I have autoimmune thyroid disease which I am optimally treated for (have tried many variatons of the meds) and the meds have resolved lots of things for me but not enough to get a good quality of life back. I've looked in food intolerances and adrenal insufficency but not come up with anything. I'm still investigating some possible vitamin deficiencies but so far most things are coming back ok (I supplement with B12 to be on the safe side).

A short course of steroids made the symptoms LOTS worse and it spread to my left (that reduced once the meds were withdrawn). It's also much worse in the week leading to my period. Occasionally when my thyroid meds are too high it will make it worse also.

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Misdiagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2007.

Underactive thyroid diagnosed by symptoms and antibodies, currently treated with thyroxine (Free T4 and Free T3 top of range).

Conditions ruled out so far: Celiac Disease, Addison's Disease, Pernicious Anaemia, Hypoparathyroidism, MS, ALS, Transvere Myelitis, Stroke.

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by donjoe341, Sep 06, 2010
Cindy, I have most of the symptoms you have. Low blood pressure, low vit. D, neuopathy, muscle pain, dibilitating migraines with aurora, chronic fatigue, and so on. I have a web site that I want you to look at.

www.ilads.org/files/ILADS_Guidelines.pdf - This web site is not the lyme disease guide lines that my government goes by. This is what they should go by as well as your government. Lyme is epidemic and not being treated appropriately.

I am going to my lyme doctor tomorrow to be evaluated. I will keep you informed. Donna


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by LoveBugPugs, Feb 01, 2011
This is too scary!  Have you found out what this is?  My story sounds lots like yours.  Frequent headache mgraines since I was 12, although since I was 13 had delayed gastric emptying symptoms.  Had my son at 28 years old in 2009.  Had my first aura migraine at 3 months postpartum, mine was a multi colored cresant.  Looked exactly like the outer rim of a round diamond, triangular facets and all.  2 nights later had a bout of virtigo, like a second, then a few hours later the world was swaying, I was freezing (in JUNE!) and my body wouldn't stop shaking.  The freezing and shaking lasted days, the swaying feeling lasted months.  Felt crawling sensations on right foot, went away.  Came back worse 6 months later and turned into shooting pain and burning, thennumbness like you describe.  Had EMG, no nerve damage.  Although Autonomic Neurologist wouldn't give me a straight answer as to whether the very small autonomic nerve damage shows up on EMGs.  Jet answers, "they can".  I have a host of other symptoms like fatigue, weaknes, digestive issues, feeling faint, brainfog, detached and every few months get a vibration feeling in my right leg. I went to Mayo and got nothing to show up except low ferritin levels and a mildly abnormal Tilt Tablel test. That's all.  No explainations.  It's been almost 2 years!  If you find anything out, please let me know.  If I find out anythng I will inform you.  

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by ChickenBoo, Feb 01, 2011
LBP - Have you had your thyroid function test properly and looked at the figures yourself?

Just a few days ago I was checked for the condition CCSVI (Chronic CerebroSpinal Venous Insuffciency) and was found to be positive for enough of the criteria to be considered as positive case (even though I don't have MS).

I'm not saying this is the cause of all my symptoms but there's a strong chance there is.

I'll post more about this once I know more.

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by drcrackaback, Apr 03, 2011
I am also very interested in what you have. Please keep everyone posted. I am a chiropractor and have a patient that came to me from the Neurologist that DDx: Stroke ,ALS and MS. Pt S/sx : R-sided numbness, , HA w/ aura for more than 8 years.
No medical physician has been able to figure it out other than DDXing it.  
Test:
4/5 muscle test right side of the body -Upper Extremities in particular., no motor insufficiency during walk nor  an improper gait, however the weakness is stronger in the proximal part of each extremity. No stocking and glove s/sx. No temperature differentiation or loss of. Passed 2 point discrimination test bilaterally.
Cerebellar Test : (+) when pushing the patient to the left, held resistance to the left. Finger to nose (+) and over shot the nose consistently during eyes open. Was slightly better with eyes closed.  (-) findings during diadokinesis. Patient has come to the chiropractor so that we can open up the nerve space and hopefully this allows the body to heal itself. I commend her view on chiropractic, but I would still like to know what I am up against.
Thx
For all those afflicted, our well wishes are with each and everyone of you. God Bless.


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