Thanks for writing in.
There are few possibilities that need to be looked at like Peripheral neuropathy due to B12 or diabetes, nerve compression due to disc herniation in the neck, cervical spondylitis, migraine and stroke and MS.
This requires further evaluation as soon as possible by a neurologist. In the meantime you can take B12 supplements, apply cold compresses to the affected of neck and OTC pain killers to relieve pain and soreness in your neck. Take care!
Thanks for your reply Dr. I forgot to mention in my previous post i am 23, female, non smoker. I drink occasionally not to excess though.
If i had MS would the mri/neurological exam have picked something up (i had this earlier this year) if i had a stroke would i still be experiencing the symptoms a few days later? I think one of the Drs i saw this week would have picked something up?
Is there any chance this can be just something like anxiety? Or by my fibromyalgia?
I also forgot to say, when i say numbness, i still have the same amount of feelings in both sides of my body, so i can still feel everything and i still have normal strength..
Yes if your symptoms were due to MS, MRI and neurological exam would have been positive. MRI shows characteristic white spots in the brain due to demyelination with characteristic distribution.
The symptoms of stroke can last from few hrs to few days. Fibromyalgia and anxiety can both cause these symptoms like numbness and cramps.
Keep us posted on the results of your neurological exam and if you need more information.
Thanks for your previous replies. Luckily i have not had the numbness since saturday/sunday which is great news.
Today, i have been experiencing pain down the left side of my body, from head to toe. It seems to start with my eye stinging (my pupil looked a bit bigger than my right one but both reacting normally to light) then it spreads down my face, down the back of my arm into my little finger then from my hip down my leg to my foot.
I usually get this on my right side. This is what i originally went to the neurologist about earlier this year, he found no problem, neither did brain MRI. GP's seem clueless about it and do not think its serious.
Could this fit anxiety/fibromyalgia?
My anxiety has been quite bad tonight, been feeling very on edge as if i am about to have a panic attack. I admit i am worried about MS
I have fibro and have this same symptom...pain and numbness on my left side. When I get too tired, I get a headache and numbness that goes all the way down my left side. I have had four MRI's of brain and no leisons to show MS. I have had fibro for years(24) and get these headaches..one sided symptoms everytime. Hope this helps.
Thank you, your message definatly helped me. I can deal with the pain, the fatigue but i find it so hard to deal with the numbness, and stroke/ms type symptoms they scare me to death and make me feel so awful
Yes these symptoms can be both due to anxiety and fibromyalgia. It is also important to rule out stroke. It will be better to get a clinical exam done more so if you have a risk factor for stroke like high BP, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, alcoholism.
For your anxiety you can take mild tranquilizer like Alprazolam after consulting your doctor. Also make sure you do some breathing exercises and meditation every day to soothe your mind.