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Pain in carotid artery area, burning and numbness in side of face. Sign of stroke?

I am experiencing burning/numb sensations, periodically, in the left side of my face and mostly around my mouth/ lips right now. Occasionally I will have warm-dripping sensation in my left arm/hand/face and pain in my carotid artery area. I fear a stroke but would the symptoms really carry on this long? i thought strokes would strike immediately or faster than this. I know of Ischemic attacks but last month I had this as well, and it went away for a while. I have nerve damage yet I cannot differentiate between a possible stroke, allergic reaction or nerve damage.
Asked On : Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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hello sir,

As you describe your pain is around mouth and lip. According to your symptom I dont think its stroke.But this symptom you describe are more consistent with trigeminal neuralgia i.e inflammation of trigemanal nerve .
Stroke generally present with loss of power though there may be certain uncommon presentation.

In your case this is more suggestive of trigeminal neuralgia.
Answered: Fri, 28 Dec 2012
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