I AM fEMALE OF 41 YEARS, I HAD A STROKE LAST MARCH THAT LEFT MY LEFT SIDE USELESS. I AM CURRENTLY HAVING ALOT OF BURNING AND TINGLING SENSATIONS, I CANT SEEM TO FIND AN ANSWER FOR IT CAN SOMEONE HELP PLEASE?
Thanks for using the forum. I am happy to address your questions, and my answer will be based on the information you provided here. Please make sure you recognize that this forum is for educational purposes only, and it does not substitute for a formal office visit with your doctor.
Without the ability to examine you and obtain a history, I can not tell you what the implications of your symptoms are. However I will try to provide you with some useful information.
In general, burning and tingling on one side of the body including the face can be due to one of several causes. Given that your symptoms on the left side occur in assocation with a headache, a migraine is one possibility; many patients with migraine can experience associated sensory symptoms. Migraines are more common in women, can start at your age, and are typically described as being throbbing, one-sided, associated with light and sound sensitivity and sometimes nausea.
Theoretically (in general, please understand I am not trying to imply that I think you have one of these diagnoeses), a process on the R side of the brain (which innervates the L side of the body), including but not limited to stroke, demyelination such as multiple sclerosis, or tumor are all possibilities. However, in the absence of weakness or any other symptoms, these are somewhat less likely, though a small lesion in one part of the brain called the thalamus could theoretically cause face, arm, and leg symptoms. A CT scan of the brain with contrast also makes these less likely, though an MRI of the brain would be needed to definitively exclude these. If the symptoms occur in episodes, seizures are a possibility as well.
Overall, migraine is one of the more likely causes. Evaluation by a neurologist may be of benefit to you if you have not seen one yet; it sounds like you have had an extensive work-up which is certainly reassuring, but further evaluation by MRI may be indicated depending on your physicians' concerns, and if a diagnosis of migraine is confirmed, then certain treatments that are very effective for many patients are available for this.
Thank you for using the forum I hope you find this information useful good luck.
Thank you. This information is very helpful. The CT I had did not include contrast (I'm not sure why not) but I think I will seek out a neurologist, since I am still having these difficutlites. They do come in episodes, and recently, they have come without the headache.
Thank you kindly!
Hello: I also suffer with burning pain in both arms and legs also down my spine and I also experience a tight band around head and around my abdomen. It feels soooo weird. My head feels also numbed. and the band around my abdomen sometimes is so tight it takes my breath away.