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I got into a car accident a week ago. Since

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Posted on Mon, 25 Feb 2019
Question: I got into a car accident a week ago. Since the accident, I have been getting pangs of numbness (or "pins and needles" feeling) throughout all my body every so often. It's like I feel totally normal most of the time, but once in a while I will suddendly get a sharp pang of "pins and needles" throughout my entire body. It will go away after a fraction of a second.

It is the same "pins and needles" feeling you get when you lay on your arm at night and then you wake up and your arm feels like it is "asleep."

These pangs of numbness do not affect my coordination. I have been going to the gym and I will get them while I am lifting weights or running, and it will not affect my coordination.

It has been a week since the accident. I expected this to have gone away by now. Is this something I should worry about? Should I see a neurologist?
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (1 minute later)
Edit: I forgot to mention that I hit my head when I got into the car accident, and the symptoms I described started immediately after the accident.
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
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Hello XXXXXXX

It is not uncommon after a car accident for people to have pain that shifts around. That said, if you hit your head, there was likely considerable force on your neck too, and while these pins and needle sensations (paresthesias) may go away with time, it is important to get checked. I recommend you go in to see your doctor, and if you can see a neurologist, that would be helpful.

In the meantime, best to not stress your body, take a break from working out until you are given the all-clear.

Please let me know if I can provide further information/clarification.
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (29 hours later)
Thanks for your answer.

Actually, there was not considerable force on my neck. I hit my chin on the airbag when it went off (I am assuming it was my chin because I was bleeding from it, but everything happened too fast for me to be sure). My neck did not snap back and I had no pain in my neck or any other part of my body.

I was afraid I might have gotten a serious concussion or some other type of brain injury. Also, the "pins and needles" feeling happens all over my body (including in my head and face) at the same time, and then after a fraction of a second it goes away (all at once). I am not sure this is consistent with a neck or spinal cord injury, but I was afraid it might be consistent with some kind of head or brain injury.

The best metaphor I can use to describe the symptoms is that it is kind of like if you drop a lamp on the floor, and then after you pick it up, the light bulb stays on but it starts flickering every now and then. There is still a connection between the light bulb and the lamp, but that connection has been disrupted ever so slightly by the impact of the lamp hitting the ground, causing the light bulb to flicker every now and then.

Thank you.
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Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (1 minute later)
Edit: The symptoms have gotten better in the last few days. The "pins and needles" feeling is not as intense as it was earlier on. However, I am still having mild symptoms of it occasionally, and it has been over 8 days since the accident.
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX

I'm glad there has been some improvement. Given that there are still some residual symptoms, imaging of the brain would be appropriate. Was any done at the time of the injury?
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Edit: I forgot to mention that I hit my head when I got into the car accident, and the symptoms I described started immediately after the accident.