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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi I am 41 and have been experiencing headaches since I had my daughter 11 years ago. These headaches can be very severe at times and I have been taking various medications over the years. I suffered paralysis on one side of my face/neck about 8 years ago and through medication and PT I got over it but the doctors could not determine what caused it. I have recently been experiencing cold sensations on one side of my head and neck although when touched by someone else the skin is very hot as if I have a fever. I am now also getting a numb sensation on and off in my arms and hands. Someone recently suggested that my problems may be caused by the epidural when I gave birth. Do you have any suggestions?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read the query.
Doctor :   Can you describe the headaches?
Doctor :   And how frequently do you suffer from those headaches?
User :   they vary from mild to very severe and can occur in on are or the entire head. sometimes throbbing but most cases they are just constant and the frequency varies. i may have them for a few days straight and then they may come and go over several days. there are onths that i have none.
User :   occur in one area or the entire head
Doctor :   Do you experience symptoms such as blurring of vision, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion associated with the headaches?
User :   i had an MRI last week of head spine and neck but have not gotten the results as yet
User :   blurring of vision, nausea, vomiting - yes, no nasal congestion
Doctor :   Does light and sound worsen your headache?
User :   only on ocassion.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   You reported that you feel cold sensation over one half of the face and neck - do you feel numbness or tingling sensation too?
Doctor :   Or feel pain over the same side of the face/neck?
User :   numbness and tingling have recently started and there is sometimes tenderness of face on the right side
User :   numbness and tingling is in the arms and hands
Doctor :   Do you mean the tenderness, cold sensation, numbness and tingling sensations are restricted to the right half of the face?
User :   yes only the right side.
Doctor :   And the numbness that you report in the arms and hands on which side is it located?
User :   mostly right but on ocassion on both sides.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Since when are you experiencing these abnormal sensations?
User :   the hot/cold and the numbness/tingling started about two weeks ago. the headaches started after childbirth 11 years ago
Doctor :   Are your periods regular?
User :   some months they are and sometimes i skip a month.
User :   i have been back on birth control for three months to help try to regulate them again.
Doctor :   Were your period irregular since the beginning or are you experiencing these irregularities recently?
User :   irrregular for about 1 year.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes, hypertension, thyroid hormone disturbances?
User :   everything else is perfectly fine
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Since I am unable to physically examine your,
Doctor :   it is hard to predict the exact cause for these symptoms,
Doctor :   However based on your description the following are the possible causes
Doctor :   1. Headaches are suggestive of migraine headaches.
Doctor :   You are probably one among the 1% population who suffer from these late in your life.
Doctor :   Are you there?
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