Sudden Numbness and tingling for 2 weeks now does anyone else have this?

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2 weeks ago i was on the phone then my entire left side suddenly became numb and tingly, heaviness also accompanied with severe headache and heart palpations pounding out of my chest

(i have been told i suffer from heart palpatations)

I couldnt explain what was happening i waited a hour to see if maybe i was positioned incorrectly the headache seemed to have eased off but everything else was still there. I called my GP surgery and recieved a telephone call at 6pm to call NHS 24 as they were closing.

called NHS 24 they told me to get to hospital ASAP within the hour so i did when i got in they did a ECG they only saw problem with my heart palpations and my heart rate was between 101-130.

they have told me they have ruled out anxiety attack. did a chest x-ray and did not inform me if all was well so i guessed all was fine.

called GP next day to let her know nothing had changed she refereed me to a urgent referel to neuorology department was then seen by a cardiologist he want's to do a MRI scan instead of a CT scan.

Even he is baffled by what this possibly is he has advised i will recieve a MRI in the next couple of weeks.

sorry for the long story just wanted to get it accurate and hope that i am not alone.b 



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    If it happens again - don't wait an hour and don't waste time on the GP. Dial 999 and explain the symptoms. they are similar enough to be a mini-stroke so they should send an ambo and he paramedic will do tests staright away. Has someone mentioned that as I see you have TIA (transient ischaemic attack or ministroke) at the bottom of your post?

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      hello Eileen.

      Thank you for your reply i completely agree they left me for 4 hours the 2nd receptionist was angry that i told them over the phone my symptoms and a doctor should have been sent to me or they would have contacted emergency services for me.

      TIA  to me means thanks in advance sorry for misleading.

      they did think it was a stroke as my father suffered from Heart disease , blocked arteries , heart attacks (TIA) he later died of heart attack.

      they are not sure what may be wrong with me just nervous to think what it could be.

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      Exactly! At least someone knew enough - shame you hadn't had her first! Paramedics are usually a bit more clued up though!

      Did you emphasise the numb side etc? I discussed it with my husband and he was horrified - those are the sort of symptoms they emphasise in the ads about stroke - you know, the FAST campaign.

      If they thought it might have been a stroke then they should have referred you to the fast-track stroke service and I suspect your GP could still arrange that. At least you have an MRI/CT arranged.

      I do hope someone comes up with an answer for you - and that it doesn't happen again. I'm assuming all the symptoms have gone now? That is the criterion for a TIA - all symptoms resolved in 24 hours. A heart attack is an MI (myocardial infardtion) by the way.

      But next time (hope there isn't one) don't wait - scream for help!!! Good luck.

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      yes i explained to them left side numbness thats all i could really get across i spoke to a very good friend of mine who i updated on the dr calling me back she stated i sounded drunk i had not drank anything but water that day she was concerened i had taken a stroke also.

      no they just told me to go to A&E, yes very happy with the process of the MRI  very fast acting i would say.

      same also erm.... still a slight numbness on the left side but got tingling sensations on shoulder blade other night not sure if related but no more heaviness thank goodness 

      i have just googled that for more information thank you so much for your advice Eileen. i hope you take care

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    MRI on the head or spine?  I've had both and seen a neurologist who did extensive tests without finding a cause. Then to see a neurosurgeon who said to see a neurologist who specialises in neuropathy. They are thin on the ground and to see one involves abut two hours by train. I've to cancel both appointment due to the ongoing strikes on southern Rail 

    I just have numbness in my left foot that came on over the course of a few days in June of last year. It has left me unable to walk unaided outside.

    I gave up on the NHS when finding that I was 611 on the list to see the neurosurgeon with an estimated 40 week wait.


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      They said they wanted to do a all over check incase of muscle issues heart or artery problems due to family history.

      that is disgraceful derek i am so sad to see this happening to you and what a journey for you to travel also.Have they said to incline any source to your problem or are they as we would say "fobbing you off"?

      I recievied a letter from the other day telling me my appointment with the neurologist will be feb 2017 but MRI will be within 2 weeks.

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    I would want to be checked for CIDP. My numbness came on suddenly and the quicker they treat you your outcome is better.
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      Hi beverly its been 2 weeks since its happened and still getting now where have had pertruding veins in both arms but un able to feel pain on my left forearm called GP again .......... nothing just told to sit and wait getting fed up with this now.


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