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I suffer ongoing dizziness, headaches, light sensitivity, numbness & pins & needles in left arm/ shoulder, also chest pain both sides. Any suggestion?

I suffer ongoing dizziness, headaches, light sensitivity, numbness & pins & needles in left arm/ shoulder, also chest pain both sides. Any suggestion?

Multifactorial: See neurologist to rule out fibromyalgia. See ENT to check your vestibular function. Your pcp can run lab tests to rule out exidental chronic poisoning or vitamins deficiency or cardiac arrhithmias. If after all of the above you are still sick consider major university for further work up. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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21 y/o famale, extreme tiredness, chronic headache, tingling and numbness in left arm and leg, and brisk reflexes in all limps. What this could be?

21 y/o famale, extreme tiredness, chronic headache, tingling and numbness in left arm and leg, and brisk reflexes in all limps. What this could be?

Most Likely: These symptoms are heard in clinical practice everyday. At your age and considering your current environment, you are most likely suffering from anxiety syndrome or possibly chronic fatigue syndrome. However, since you mentioned the brisk reflexes, I have a feeling you are thinking of MS. If you do not get a checkup, your thinking of all of these wild diseases will only make anxiety worse. ...Read more

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Pressure headache and tightness and numbness in left arm for days. Two days ago added dizziness and room spinning sensation. Blood pressure has seemed?

Pressure headache and tightness and numbness in left arm for days. Two days ago added dizziness and room spinning sensation. Blood pressure has seemed?

Headache: Need more information, age, under lying medical problem and medications etc.
If the headache was secondary to elevated blood pressure, it should get better with improvement or normalization of the pressure. Continuous headache ache may be from different reason. Dizziness and spinning commonly from inner ear problem. Of course other causes for that too. Better have it examined by your physician ...Read more

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I have numbness in left arm and leg, persistent headache for 2 months, and today an episode of dropping lip and face numbness. All tests normal?

I have numbness in left arm and leg, persistent headache for 2 months, and today an episode of dropping lip and face numbness. All tests normal?

What tests?: Have neurologist do a careful assessment. Its important to find out what is going on. You need to exclude uncommon causes like venous infarct due to saggital sinus thrombosis ...Read more

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Severe headache with occasional lightheadedness, sudden pain through the left arm, numbness in legs?

Severe headache with occasional lightheadedness, sudden pain through the left arm, numbness in legs?

Radiculopathy and HA: Neck pain and/or pain around the shoulder blades with associated weakness and/or numbness into the shoulder, arm or hand implies a pinched nerve from either arthritis or a ruptured (herniated) disc. May cause muscle tension in neck and "tension" headache. Nonsurgical treatment includes pt (i prefer mckenzie exercises), arthritis meds, and nerve blocks. Surgery if symptoms no better or worsen. ...Read more

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Severe headache with occasional lightheadedness, sudden pain through the left arm, numbness in legs in night. What do you recommend?

Severe headache with occasional lightheadedness, sudden pain through the left arm, numbness in legs in night. What do you recommend?

Check the neck: Pain in the upper extremities and problems with legs can be worrisome for cervical spine problems. You should have a complete neuroligic evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm having problems with my left arm it goes numb and pain in my head goes down my left and I always have a headache?

I'm having problems with my left arm it goes numb and pain in my head goes down my left and I always have a headache?

Many possibilities: That can be a nerve problem, stress or anxiety related, migraine or related headache, and rarely cardiac, especially at your age if you have no cardiac history. It may also be related to a past injury, for example if you are or were an athlete, from inflammation or a disc problem. You really have to get that checked out by someone who can examine you in person and get a better history. ...Read more

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What, if related, would cause severe headaches lightheaded/fainting feeling + tingling/numb in the left arm. Most happen together. For husband.

What, if related, would cause severe headaches lightheaded/fainting feeling + tingling/numb in the left arm. Most happen together. For husband.

Brain aneurysm: An aneurysm in the brain could be a cause of this symptoms. Since a rupture of an aneurysm could be catastrophic he should have an MRI. ...Read more

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I'm a 24 year old female with 2 small children. I always have bad headaches n back probs, but now my left arm/hand is tingling/numb/throbbing?

I'm a 24 year old female with 2 small children. I always have bad headaches n back probs, but now my left arm/hand is tingling/numb/throbbing?

Get checked: Looks like you have lot of stress and probably anxious too. Since you have headaches and numbness and tingling of the arm- better get checked to rule out a neurological problem. ...Read more

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I'm a 24 year old female with 2 small children. I always have bad headaches n back probs, but now my left arm/hand is tingling/numb/throbbing?

I'm a 24 year old female with 2 small children. I always have bad headaches n back probs, but now my left arm/hand is tingling/numb/throbbing?

Why back and head: Always is along time. There are too many causes to be specific but I wonder if a chiropractor might find out if you have a thoracic syndrome and why a young women would have persistent headaches and back pain. ...Read more

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I'm a 24 year old female with 2 small children. I always have bad headaches n back probs, but now my left arm/hand is tingling/numb/throbbing?

I'm a 24 year old female with 2 small children. I always have bad headaches n back probs, but now my left arm/hand is tingling/numb/throbbing?

BE seen: You may have a neck disc problem that is leading to the arm symptoms. Yo need to be seen. Also consider additionally acupuncture and chinese medicine. They can provide pain relief and over time help your body heal. ...Read more

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I'm a 24 year old female with 2 small children. I always have bad headaches n back probs, but now my left arm/hand is tingling/numb/throbbing?

I'm a 24 year old female with 2 small children. I always have bad headaches n back probs, but now my left arm/hand is tingling/numb/throbbing?

Get checked: Looks like you have lot of stress and probably anxious too. Since you have headaches and numbness and tingling of the arm- better get checked to rule out a neurological problem. ...Read more

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Sudden severe headache. Vomiting. Left arm feels numb and painful at same time. Heart beating fast.

Sudden severe headache. Vomiting. Left arm feels numb and painful at same time. Heart beating fast.

Is this something: New or have it for a while? Have you seen neurologist and diagnosed with migraine? If this not the case, please see your doc /neurologist and evaluated urgently. Best case scenario could be migraine but could be something else. Good luck ...Read more

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Headache followed by left leg numbness, then left arm numbness. Confusion. Panic. Almost a feeling of unreality. Should I be worried about a TIA?

Headache followed by left leg numbness, then left arm numbness. Confusion. Panic. Almost a feeling of unreality. Should I be worried about a TIA?

Not really: Sounds like you may be suffering from a type of headache we call hemiplegic migraine. It would be very unlikely at your age to be having tias. ...Read more

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Bad head ache, left arm and leg gets numb, heart beating twice as fast, feeling light headed when standing, lower right side of back hurts (cant lay on)?

Bad head ache, left arm and leg gets numb, heart beating twice as fast, feeling light headed when standing, lower right side of back hurts (cant lay on)?

Head ache: I suspect a good part of the history is missing. We have no other information about you such as your medical or mental health history, any trauma. Do you have any other symptoms such as light sensitivity, fever, nausea, shortness or breath, etc? We also don't know how long the symptoms have been going on. I suggest you consult your doctor for a physical exam and possible X-rays and labs. ...Read more

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Lump on backside of head numbness on left side, face, arm and leg. With that headaches, but where the lump is on neck area causes dizzness and pain?

Lump on backside of head numbness on left side, face, arm and leg. With that headaches, but where the lump is on neck area causes dizzness and pain?

Need surgical eval: These symptoms - suggestive of spinal cord being compressed - need evaluation to rule of cancer or growth causing these symptoms. The other explanation could be herniated disc but you need further evaluation and this is very serious so get evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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Numbness in left arm itcy and swollen?

Numbness in left arm itcy and swollen?

Need checking: Swollen arm = needs to be checked by your md.
This could be an allergic reaction or cellulitis/infection and sometimes a blood clot. ...Read more

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How to prevent numbness in left arm after doing weights?

How to prevent numbness in left arm after doing weights?

Be seen: If you are having numbness during resistance training, you should be evaluated to be sure that you do not have a compression syndrome being aggravated by exercise. Please see your local doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Numbness in left arm and thumb?

Numbness in left arm and thumb?

Considrr: Might be carpal tunnel or even C-6 radicular problem. Testing can give answer ...Read more

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Numbness in left arm and hand?

Needs eval: Numbness in you extremity can be caused by some nerve being pinched somewhere from your spine - neck area down to the arm. Some numbness can also be associated with heart disease and ischemia, or even be symptoms of early stroke/mini-stroke, etc. Your numbness needs to be evaluated as soon as possible. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat pain and numbness in left arm without going to the doctor?

Splint: Splint for the wrist, moist heat, massage, vitamin b6 and coenzyme q10 each 100mg 1x/ day.

If there is no improvement you could wind up with permanent nerve damage. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sharp pains in my left armpit every 2min. After the sharp pain subsides there is some numbness in left arm. Why?

I do not know: I do not know why you are getting the pains every 2 minutes, but pain and then numbness may signify a nerve being irritated or "pinched" and you should see a dr. For an evaluation to assure you do not have any vascular issues affecting you nerves in your shoulder/armpit area, or a pinching nerve as stated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Periodic numbness in left arm that comes with short chest pains and me gasping for air. All conditions come and go. What's going on?

Periodic numbness in left arm that comes with short chest pains and me gasping for air. All conditions come and go. What's going on?

Chest pain: Chest pain should always be taken seriously. You should get checked by a cardiologist to rule out if its a heart attack. If these symptoms do not resolve immediatly, you need to goto the er to check if you are ok. With this history and symptoms u may have a heart condition. ...Read more

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Fiancee has chest pain, numbness in left arm, and is very out of it. He is saying he's seeing blurry. Bp 142/97. Can't afford er. Should we go anyway?

Yes to ER: You are describing features suggestive of typical angina which in turn could indicate a cardiac etiology such as coronary artery disease and heart attack. Time is key in these instances. ...Read more

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Having numbness in left arm and pulse is 80 beats per Minute having little bit of chest pain off and on I am forty years old woman?

Having numbness in left arm and pulse is 80 beats per Minute having little bit of chest pain off and on I am forty years old woman?

Go to ER: If you have chest pain and arm numbness, please go to the ER. It may be nothing, but it's better to be safe than sorry. If your arm is numb, don't drive, call 911. ...Read more

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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

Numbness is a clinical finding in which one is unable to detect stimuli such ...Read more