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What causes light-headedness and numbness in the arms of a teenager?

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Posted on Wed, 6 Apr 2016
Question: Hello My daughter 20yrs born in Yi Wu China, abandoned and adopted at 51/2 months Calls from UC XXXXXXX scared having following symptoms

After running only two miles (she is an avid runner) the following happened

very light headed
both arms and hands tingling and going numb
legs heavy and buzing
unable to stand or walk
maintains consciousness
happened one other the time went to health center all labs and electrolytes fine O2 sat 95%
today muscles arms and legs feel heavy sore like they had O2 depletion
note on labs she is making numerous small red blood cells but MD not worried

She is otherwise healthy 5' 7" 115lbs very athletic 3rd yr at XXXXXXX Plan Vet School
works equine ICU works in the equine cardiology lab and carries full schedule and has boyfriend

Please Help I am thinking arrhythmia she is thinking spleen
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You need not be worried.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthacareMagic.

I have gone very carefully through your query and understand your concerns. It could be that due to some reason the heart was not able to pump blood adequately. An echocardiography will be revealing in this regard. I do not think that it is due to arrythmia.

Electrolyte imbalance could be another possible cause but that should have already been corrected by now and investigating is unlikely to help. Anyway, asking her to take juicy fruits like citrus fruits should help as they contain plenty of potassium.

Regarding the blood cells, I would insist you to upload the report and I would be able to comment thereafter.

Regards
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (15 hours later)
I do not have access to lab results. Has scheduled a consult with her primary care physician and will come home for tests or stay at XXXXXXX Needs a referral to the best up in Davis/Sacramento.

I cannot thank you enough and tell you how much I appreciate this answer and the service you provide!

Is she dangerously I'll?? Also she donated blood q 3-6months.
Sincere thanks. NPG
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You need not panic

Detailed Answer:
She does not seem dangerously ill but it is very important to get the echocardiogram done. Hard to comment without the reports. Her blood volume should already been replenished by now, after she donated blood. Small red blood cells could be seen in iron deficiency anemia where iron tablets will solve the problem.

Let me know if I could help further.

Regards
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What causes light-headedness and numbness in the arms of a teenager?

Brief Answer: You need not be worried. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthacareMagic. I have gone very carefully through your query and understand your concerns. It could be that due to some reason the heart was not able to pump blood adequately. An echocardiography will be revealing in this regard. I do not think that it is due to arrythmia. Electrolyte imbalance could be another possible cause but that should have already been corrected by now and investigating is unlikely to help. Anyway, asking her to take juicy fruits like citrus fruits should help as they contain plenty of potassium. Regarding the blood cells, I would insist you to upload the report and I would be able to comment thereafter. Regards