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Heart palpitation,hand and foot numbness - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi doctor, I just want to get some advice on whether I should actually see a doctor soon...
User :   I was rushed to the ER a few weeks ago.. I had heart palpitations, I was disoriented, and passed out for about 10 seconds... when becoming conscious again, my heart was beating really hard and fast, hand and foot numbness, trembling, I went to the ER... the doctor told me he didn't know what exactly had happened but that I'd had some kind of syncope episode. The problem is I still get hand and foot numbness and it's been a month now. Recently I now begin to get tingling in my left temple, should I see a doctor?
Doctor :   Hello.
Doctor :   Let me read your query.
Doctor :   Since when are having this symptom?
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   yeah
User :   the swollen/tingling left temple for about a week
Doctor :   Do you have any other associated symptoms?
User :   yeah tingling scalp, left rear side of the head
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   as of yesterday and today it seems to be decreasing but i just want to be sure
Doctor :   Do you have headache, blurring of vision, etc?
User :   i went to see a cardiologist a week ago also, before this started happening. he told me im too young to have had a stroke, i took a stress test where my heart didnt have any palpitations and an echocardiogram where I'll get my results this tuesday
User :   yeah i was getting fevers that would last about an hour or two a few days ago
User :   but I wasn't exactly sick... saturday i felt like i had a swollen throat on the left side. but other than that no real "flu-like" symptoms
Doctor :   Did you measure the temperature?
User :   i didn't
Doctor :   Can you see any skin change over the temple?
User :   not really
User :   color? or texture?
Doctor :   Like color.
Doctor :   Yes.
User :   not really
User :   or texture either
Doctor :   Give me your age, gender, weight?
User :   25, M, 158ish
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   down from 165ish a month ago
User :   but i'm not sure if that's just from me trying to eat right, drink a lot of water, and be healthy as i can
Doctor :   Do you have any increased heart rate right now?
User :   i dont
User :   i was having heart palpitations for 3 weeks after the "pass out" incident
User :   but the last week or so they've been decreasing. i still get them every once in a while, maybe once a day sometimes twice but not as often or extreme as I was getting them a few weeks ago
Doctor :   Right now?
User :   no, not now
User :   right now heart rate feels normal
Doctor :   tingling in my left temple?
User :   its not tingling now
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   the last time it tingled was yesterday morning for a few minutes. right now it just feels a little bit swollen, i can really feel it when I chew
Doctor :   Does tinging of temple is related to palpitations?
User :   no there's no real correlation
User :   it just happens all of a sudden, and disappears just as fast
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   How long does the tingling sensation lasts?
User :   sometimes 10 minutes, sometimes an hour and a half
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is the swelling soft or hard to touch?
User :   soft it seems
User :   you can't really see that it's swollen, that's just how it feels from my perspective, while I chew
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