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Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) & Valium prescribed after acdf for pain or spasms. After 10 days none present. Only have cough & intermittent numbness. Is it ok to stop meds?

Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) & Valium prescribed after acdf for pain or spasms.  After 10 days none present.  Only have cough & intermittent numbness.  Is it ok to stop meds?

Good for you: Glad to hear acdf (cervical spine surgery) has worked out for you with no pain or spasms for 10 days. At 10 days out, valium & Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) would be used as needed. If there is no pain, insomnia, anxiety or spasms, there is no good reason to take these. Persistent cough, numbness, difficulty swallowing should be reported to the spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Numbness Or Tingling (Definition)

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I have s-curve scoliosis. My lumbar curve is 54 deg. I have had intermittent numbness?

I have s-curve scoliosis. My lumbar curve is 54 deg. I have had intermittent numbness?

Scoliosis: That is a pretty severe curve. Any idea about recent progression? If neurologic symptoms worsen, and the curve magnitude worsens, you may need to have an orthopedic spine surgeon discuss surgical options with you. Please go see my mentors at the rothman institute in philadelphia. They are the best! good luck! ...Read more

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Is intermittent numbness in the face cause for concern?

Is intermittent numbness in the face cause for concern?

Maybe: Numbness is most often a cause for concern and could mean an underlying medical problem/pathology in the face or brain. The numbness being intermittent is better than being constant. Consult a neurologist. ...Read more

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Good Morning, I'm experiencing intermittent numbness in my right pointer finger at the tip. The nail bed becomes pale & lasts under 5 min. Thx?

Good Morning,
I'm experiencing intermittent numbness in my right pointer finger at the tip. The nail bed becomes pale & lasts under 5 min. Thx?

Numbness=perception&: complex with many possible reasons. However paleness (vs. pink) nail bed always=result of color of red blood cells in capillaries close enough to surface to see. So if nailbed becomes pale (without outside mechanical pressure to oppose blood flow) then this clearly represents a change in blood flow to capillaries in the nail bed, ? advanced arterial disease, Raynaud's syndrome &/or ?ed O2? ...Read more

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I have multiple sclerosis since ten years. Srarted homeopathic treat ment sice two months. Now suddenly have intermittent numbness in palm and feet?

I have multiple sclerosis since ten years. Srarted homeopathic treat ment sice two months. Now suddenly have intermittent numbness in palm and feet?

Homeopathic healing: I agree with dr. Baker that your professional homeopath should be able to place these symptoms in the context of your treatment. Your case should have been taken deeply, your entire history explored. Sometimes old symptoms can recur on the path towards healing. If they're completely foreign to you, they could be related to the remedy. Collaborative care with your neurologist would be wise. ...Read more

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I had an acdf c6-c7 with allograft last June. I have intermittent numbness to b/l pinky/ring finger and r arm pain for the last 10 days...related?

I had an acdf c6-c7 with allograft last June. I have intermittent numbness to b/l pinky/ring finger and r arm pain  for the last 10 days...related?

Possibly not: If it just started 10 days ago, likely not from the C6-7 level given the distribution of symptoms too. Your surgery was about 1 year ago. So it is likely your new symptoms is coming from the level below your prior surgery, or from your ulnar nerve most likely from your elbow. Go see s spinal specialist for advice. ...Read more

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Can small nerve fiber neuropathy cause "intermittent numbness"?

Can small nerve fiber neuropathy cause "intermittent numbness"?

Yes: Sensory symptoms of small fiber neuropathy are highly variable. Common complaints include paresthesias, dysesthesias, and insensitivity to pain. Paresthesias are abnormal sensations. They are often described as numbness, burning, cold, prickling, pins and needles along with other symptoms. ...Read more

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What could cause intermittent numbness (not pins and needles but rather funny/odd feeling) in a demarcated area of left side of forehead?

What could cause intermittent numbness (not pins and needles but rather funny/odd feeling) in a demarcated area of left side of forehead?

Tingle: Could be irritation of the supraorbital nerve. Make sure you've had your regular cancer screenings recommended for age. Very very rarely numbness in single nerve location on face is a presenting symptom for cancer. Very rare. ...Read more