Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
170 Doctors are Online

Nerves compression causes dizziness and tingling sensation - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Very Good Posted in: Brain and Spine
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2005
Answered : 2307 Questions
User :   Hi, I am a 28 y/o/female about 2 weeks ago I wasn't feeling well and noticed that when I stood up and moved around I got dizzy and my arms and hands had a tingling sensation. It lasted for a few hours then went away and returned that night. After that day I had a few episodes like that but nothing too bad until last night. I started to get dizzy and had the tingling in my arms and hands again and now today when I woke up it has been pretty constant w/ the dizziness and tingling and now I also have a headache as well. Before it only happened when I would stand up but now it has been pretty much all day and even when I try to sleep. What would be causing this and do you think it could be something serious? I am getting very worried now because the feeling has lasted all day.
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr here
Doctor :   Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here
User :   Thanks
Doctor :   My know exactly which limbs and area is it involved exactly ?
User :   both arms and hands
Doctor :   ok, how is it in the lower limbs ?
User :   ok, it's mostly in my arms and hands
Doctor :   ok, the sensation you are having is called paraesthesia
User :   more when I am moving but even just sitting here I am dizzy
Doctor :   and occurs due to either weakness in the nerves or compression of the nerves
Doctor :   i consider compression of the nerves being the expected cause in you
User :   would I be dizzy and have a headache with that?
Doctor :   since its in whole upper limb i think the compression is some where in the main roots or the spinal cord in the neck and which explains your headache
User :   where would the nerves be that are being compressed? When I close my eyes I also get a weird dizzy feeling
Doctor :   yes, if there is any problem in the neck spine dizziness and head ache can be a symptom
User :   so you dont think it would be anything more serious than that right? what can I do to relieve this?
Doctor :   it could be at the inter vertebral discs ( joining between two vertebral bones )
User :   ok, I do have a herniated disc but this has never happend before
User :   in my back
Doctor :   first i will ask you to get a screening MRI scan of th BRAIN and spine
User :   is this something I should do right away or can I wait until monday?
Doctor :   yes, that says you are prone for a disc prolapse which do present commonly like this
Doctor :   since it has aggravated over one day i would think rushing now would be a better choice
Doctor :   Visit a Neurologist if possible
Doctor :   or go to a GP and get the screening MRI of brain and spine. based on the rep[opts the next modality can be planned
User :   ok, what are the risks to a disc prolapse and what is that?
Doctor :   discs are the plate like structures present between every vertebral bone to reduce the friction between each bone
User :   it has been getting worse as the day goes on esp. the headache
Doctor :   some times either due to infection or stretch the disc do get dislodged a little from there place and compress the nerve roots nearer to them
User :   so you recommend that I go to the hospital now and request a MRI?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   ok, can I do anything myself to relieve the sensation?
Doctor :   Warm compresses may help sometimes
User :   ok well, thanks for your help
Doctor :   massaging the arms can relieve of the sensation to an extent
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   Bye
Doctor :   Take care
User :   thanks
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor