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Numbness on one side of tongue and mouth, weakness - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   For some reason one side of my tongue and mouth goes numb.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   please describe your symptom in detail
User :   every now and then i get a numb feeling one side of my tongue and mouth. Sometimes it makes me feel like the whole side of my body is weak.
Doctor :   since when you are having this symptom?
User :   ive had it for a while..about a year and a half
Doctor :   please provide your age, gender, location, height, weight, details of past medical illness and treatment if any.
User :   it comes and goes, its not all the time
User :   24, female, XXX, 5ft, 62kgs, i have a pituitary adenoma and nearly 2 years ago was treated with a chronic migraine.
Doctor :   ok. have you had any recent neurological examination after you started feeling the numbness?
User :   yes, it was a while ago and i had an MRI but they said everything looked ok
Doctor :   ok. was any EEG done to see any abnormality associated for the numbness?
User :   what is EEG?
Doctor :   EEG is electroencephalogram, to look for brain signals and their abnormalities
User :   no i havent had one
User :   hello??
Doctor :   ok, then I would recommend you to get a neurological opinion once again
Doctor :   and this time request to get an EEG done
User :   have you heard of this happening before?
Doctor :   to make sure the the numbness is not due to underlying problem in brain signals.
Doctor :   yes it can happen if there is either problem in brain signals or if problem with peripheral sensory nerves
User :   ok. i get worried that it may be a stroke. do you think it could be?
Doctor :   it may not be exactly astroke, but
Doctor :   if the EEG picks up any abnormality then
Doctor :   it could signal something similar to stroke
User :   im scared
Doctor :   no, do not be scared, it is only an assumption.
Doctor :   go ahead with EEG to rule out brain signal abnormalities, and a nerve conduction test on affected side
Doctor :   to rule out peripheral sensory nerve problem
Doctor :   incorporate Thiamine in diet, your symptoms should improve
User :   thiamine?
Doctor :   yes, thiamine, it helps in proper nerve conduction, and is easily available in red rice
Doctor :   and in multivitamin suppliments
User :   ok thank you
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   yes i understand
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   thats all.
User :   thank you.
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