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Nerves compression causes dizziness and tingling sensation - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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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
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