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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi, My upper left body feels numb. It goes all the way from the heart/cheast area out to my finger tips. Almost feels like it's asleep. It does not hurt. I have heart diseases in my family but I am only 28 years old. What could it be? Just worried that it's something with my heart. Have had it for about 20 hours ny now.
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
Doctor :   How may i help you?
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any discomfort associated
Doctor :   Like difficulty breathing/ giddiness/ blurring vision
User :   No it just feels weird. Does not hurt or anything
Doctor :   Your occupation?
User :   No difficulty breathing or anything like that
User :   XXX
Doctor :   Were you invloved in excess outdoor activity or driving
Doctor :   Are the symptoms releived by rest?
User :   A couple of weeks ago I was driving a lot
User :   No, felt it last night and slept but woke uo the same
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Numbness is mostly associated with nerve compression
Doctor :   But in your case there is no ther history of trauma or over strain
User :   Am I too young to have a stroke? Only 28 years old
Doctor :   Considering your family history of heart diseases will suggest you to get examined by an cardiologist
Doctor :   Yes and no history of hypertension you will sure not have strokes now
Doctor :   When was your last annuals done
User :   So what could it be?
Doctor :   It probably nerve compression but on the safer side i am suggesting you an opnion from cardiologist
User :   was sitting on the couch last night. Could a nerve had been pinched from that?
Doctor :   Minimal chances for cardiac pathology
Doctor :   Yes were you in akward position for long
Doctor :   In the sense were not siting upright , were you leaning or bending to much
User :   No sitting up but the couch has a hard spot were I was sitting
User :   Was sitting for about 1,5 h
Doctor :   Ok were your back or shoulders not rested properly
User :   not sure
Doctor :   Ok
User :   so how can you threat nerve compression?
Doctor :   No threats as such
Doctor :   Wy self max 2 days
User :   It has felt the same for about 20 hours. Should it not get worse if it has to do with the heart?
Doctor :   But considering your family history and as iam not able to examine you i am more concerned
User :   wait max 2 days until I go to a doctor?
Doctor :   Yes it will get worse if related to heart
Doctor :   Ya that should be fine
Doctor :   But when you develop sudden pain/ uneasiness/ giddiness/ breathlessness see to that you Visit the ER immidietly
User :   but don't want to go if it's nothing. how long can a nerve compression last?
Doctor :   max 2-3 days
Doctor :   I will also suggest you to do some strech exercises
User :   ok like what?
Doctor :   That might also help easing nerve compression
Doctor :   Back streches and side streches
User :   I did shoulder stretches a few days ago. Could it from that?
Doctor :   Generally the kind of warm up you do before any sports / gym
Doctor :   Did you overdo it
User :   did not think so but maybe...
Doctor :   So relax for two days, no weight lifting and mild streches
User :   so if it does not go away within 2-3 days I should visit a doctor? And if I experience the problems you described go right way
Doctor :   If symptoms doesnt regress then visit an cardiologist
Doctor :   Yes
User :   Ok
User :   thanks
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you ?
User :   no thanks!
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Wishing you a speedy recovery
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