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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,I visited my GP today with the following symptoms: yesterday I experienced a tingling in my finger tips on my right hand which moved up my arm towards my elbow leaving my hand and wrist numb. Then the tingling moved to my right cheek in my face and my elbows were numb. In my face I could feel a strong tingling sensation (Right side only)... and then this moved to my tongue! all in all this whole process lasted approximately 20-25minutes! Quite a strange and scary sensation really for a 21year old female. My GP referred me to a neurologist but didnt state why... and ideas? xxxx
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   I'm Dr. xxxxxxxxx here
Doctor :   let me read the query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Did yoiu recently indulge in any heavy weight lifting
Doctor :   Or did you rest on your palms for a long tiime during sleep
Doctor :   Do you also have aasociated headaches/ blurring vision?
User :   nope and no. This happened at around 18:00 yesterday evening during which time I had just been sat at a picnic bench and had eaten a picnic with the group of students I work with. Yes, I had a migraine about an hour after this happened
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Did you face these symptoms previously?
Doctor :   The symptoms are more related to nerve compression
User :   I've never had these symptoms before, no
Doctor :   Which is usually common after excessive pressure to nerves or even due to improper sleep habits
User :   what would cause excessive pressure to nerves?
Doctor :   Are you working in a software firm?
Doctor :   Like indulge in excess typing?
User :   No, I work as a senior support worker in a residential school for children/young people with autism and associated disorders.
User :   I use computers very rarely throughout the day
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Then no other causes other than neurological invovlment
Doctor :   Probably there is some motor nerve involvement
Doctor :   Are you facing any weakness in the right side ( upper arm)
User :   yes, my right arm should in reality be my stronger as its the one i use for writing etc... but I struggle to tense my fist tightly and it isnt as strong as previously
Doctor :   As your history invovles no trauma/ no compression/ strain you should be examined by an neurologist for the same and will require an CT scan
Doctor :   To confirm the same]
Doctor :   As there are no other causes other than neurological factors
Doctor :   Which cant be assecesed withou examination
Doctor :   You will also require an nerve conduction test
User :   Ok
Doctor :   Need not worry it could also be a sluugish nerve conductivity whiuch is usually resolved with
Doctor :   Methylcobalamine supplements
Doctor :   But an complete workup is suugested for your welbeing
User :   okay
User :   thankyou for your help
Doctor :   wishing you a speedy recovery
Doctor :   Thanks for ocnsulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   bye
Doctor :   Have a great day ahead
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