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B12 deficiency, slight numbness in hands and legs, fluttering on facial parts, worsens on car traveling. Signs of paralysis attack?

From last 15 days, I am feeling little numbness in legs and hands. My doctor said I have Vitamin B12 deficiency . I am taking vitamin supplements on my doctor’s advice. After taking vitamin supplements, I am feeling better but my right hand still has this problem. Condition worsens when I am travelling in car. While travelling, I feel that I have lost connection with my hands (right hand mostly) and legs and it feels like I am not able to move my legs. But when I try to move my hands and legs, I can move them without any problem. And from last two days, I am feeling little problem with my face as well. Some part of my face automatically flutter for couple of seconds though I don’t have any problem in speaking or eating/drinking. I am very tensed. Are these signs of Paralysis Attack? Please let me know. I am very tensed and I do not want to discuss this with family as I do not want to bother them.
Asked On : Sat, 8 Dec 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Most likely, your symptoms are not suggestive of paralytic stroke. However, in view of your symptoms being one-sided, we should screen for any risk factors for stroke. These include testing for BP, Sugar, cholesterol and homocysteine.

Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause numbness of hands and feet, and it responds very well to treatment.

So, as of now there is no need to worry, but get the blood tested for the risk factors.

Wishing you good health,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad
Answered: Fri, 14 Dec 2012
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