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Have numbness in hand and ear, eye discharge. Prescribed Maxgalin and Storvas. Feeling drowsy, weakness.

Hi, I am Seema, aged 36 yrs. For the last 10 days, I am suffering numbness in my left hand and arm alongwith numbness in my left ear and continuous flow of water from my left eye. I went to consult a physician who got my ECG and cervical X-ray done, which were alright. I was asked to get cholestril and TSH done. TSH level was 10.15, as against the highest acceptable level of 5.5. Cholestrol was ok. I was prescribed Maxgalin M 75 and Storvas 10 with Eltroxin 50 mg (I was taking 25 mg for last one yr). When things didnt improve, I went to see a neurologist who got NCV done. He told that I ma suffering with some Canal Syndrome, wherein the main nerve supplying blood to the hand is getting pressed. I need to take same medicines for 6 mnths, else surgery is suggested. Pls suggest as I am feeling a lot drowsy and inactive the whole day and not able to go to office as I am experiencing a lot of weakness. Are the medicines alright ?
Asked On : Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Most likely, you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). In this condition, the medical nerve is compressed at the level of wrist. Blood flow is normal in this condition.

Thyroid disease is a risk factor for CTS.

Maxgalin (pregabalin) is a medicine to relieve nerve pain. As per your description, you do not have pain, you only have numbness. So, maxgalin may not be required. Drowsiness and dizziness are common side effects of maxgalin.

Storvas (atorvastatin) is a medicine to lower the cholesterol. As your cholesterol is normal, then why are you prescribed this drug?

Please discuss these issues with your neurologist.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Sun, 10 Feb 2013
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