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Experiencing numbness, pins & needles in face and hands

I am experiencing pins and a needles in my face and hands. With slight numbness. I went to the doctors a few weeks ago as I nearly black out. Doctor put it down to migrane. Though I keep getting weird sensations in my face like an electric shock. Please help ?
Mon, 16 Jan 2017
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Hi,

I understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms could be related to trigeminal neuralgia (which would explain the shock like pain in the face). But, trigeminal neuralgia would not explain the pins and needles in both your hands. That is why, I would recommend consulting with a neurologist for a careful neurological exam.

Some blood lab tests are also needed:

- complete blood count for anemia
- blood electrolytes for possible imbalance
- thyroid hormone levels for possible thyroid dysfunction.

A brain MRI would help exclude an intracranial cause that would lead to trigeminal neuralgia.

Hope you will find this answer helpful. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Best wishes,
Dr. Aida
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Experiencing numbness, pins & needles in face and hands

Hi, I understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms could be related to trigeminal neuralgia (which would explain the shock like pain in the face). But, trigeminal neuralgia would not explain the pins and needles in both your hands. That is why, I would recommend consulting with a neurologist for a careful neurological exam. Some blood lab tests are also needed: - complete blood count for anemia - blood electrolytes for possible imbalance - thyroid hormone levels for possible thyroid dysfunction. A brain MRI would help exclude an intracranial cause that would lead to trigeminal neuralgia. Hope you will find this answer helpful. Let me know if I can assist you further. Best wishes, Dr. Aida