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Mild cerebral palsy, headache and numbness on smoking cigarettes - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Im getting these weird symptoms: *numbness/pins and needles in head for around a minute. Followed by pins and needles in calves.
*cold/wet dripping feeling in head/inner ear.
*spacing out
*Trouble sleeping
*Head numbness symptoms get worse if I have a cigerette.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here. let me read what you have typed
User :   Hi
User :   Ok
Doctor :   since when you are having these symptoms?
User :   Im getting the head numbness again actually, its around the front though this time
User :   Just started today, havent found much information on the internet.
Doctor :   please provide your age, gender, location, occupation, height, weight, details of past medical illness and treatment if any.
User :   I am 24, Female, live in XXX, work in XXX Im 5'4" and around 8 stone.
User :   I have very mild cerebral palsy which doesnt effect my day to day life.
Doctor :   ok. apart from th eabove symtoms, do you have any other symptoms?
Doctor :   *the above
User :   I have ear popping from time to time in my left ear.
Doctor :   ok. are your symptoms always worse after having cigarrettes?
Doctor :   since when are you smoking them?
User :   I also experienced the feeling of 'cold sweats' but I wasnt actually sweating.
User :   Been smoking since I was 18, around 5 a day.
Doctor :   the nicotine in cigarettes causes vasoconstriction which could be responsible for all your symptoms
Doctor :   how many cigarettes do you smoke per day now?
User :   5
User :   Why am I only getting these symptoms now?
Doctor :   ok. the effects of nicotine in the body increases with time, so with chronic use the symptoms appear
Doctor :   i would suggest you to have an evaluation done by a neurologist
User :   Ok.
Doctor :   and stop having cigarettes and see if the symptoms improve
User :   Yeah, Ill try that.
User :   Thanks.
Doctor :   it will take almost a month for the nicotine to get washed out of your body.
User :   I thought it might have been something to do with my cerebal palsy, it might get 'worse' with age or something.
User :   So I was a bit worried.
Doctor :   so you have to have patience in that. maintain a well balanced diet and incorporate multivitamin supplements especially thiamine. (vitamin B1)
User :   Yeah, ill do that.
Doctor :   the high nicotine can affect the cerebral palsy though
User :   ok, thanks for your advice :)
Doctor :   so get a detailed examination done
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   Yep, Ill stop smoking, take vitamins and make an appointment with the neurologist
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   No thanks, thats all.
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now.
User :   bye
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