Courtesy of Michelle Clos Michelle Clos, age 45, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her 30s after an episode of facial numbness. She cut back on her hour workweeks when fatigue crept into her life, and now finds that napping can help prevent dizziness and feelings of instability when walking. But she can still run 5Ks with energy management and gets great joy helping other people with MS achieve their goals.
Numbness is often accompanied by tingling or a pins-and-needles feeling. It may affect patients across cancer types. This partial or complete lack of sensation may develop in one or more body parts, especially the hands, feet, arms or legs.
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Thoracic outlet syndrome TOS is a syndrome that can cause any combination of pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, sensation of coldness or, sometimes, a more general feeling of discomfort in portions of the upper body. The area above and behind the clavicle collarbone from the neck to the shoulder forms an "outlet" through which blood vessels and nerves pass before they enter the arms to supply them with circulation blood and oxygen and sensation pain and feeling. The underlying cause of the compression itself can vary. It may be the result of an extra rib known as a cervical ribhypertrophic enlarged muscle or scar tissue, or abnormality of muscles in the neck.
Fibromyalgia is a set of signs and symptoms that occur together A sign is what the physician finds on examination; a symptom is what a person reports to the doctor. Although fibromyalgia may feel like a joint disease, it is not a true form of arthritis and does not cause deformities of the joints. Fibromyalgia is not damaging to the body, but it may be a chronic condition.
A year-old Caucasian female presents to the emergency department ED with a complaint of facial numbness that was isolated to her left cheek. She described a tingling sensation in her left cheek that began approximately one hour prior, which she noticed while drinking coffee and having her breakfast. Concerned that she might be having a stroke, she drove herself to the ED for immediate evaluation.
A stroke is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical care. Knowing the signs of a stroke can help save your life or the life of a loved one. The signs of a stroke appear abruptly.
The body's nervous system is divided into two major systems; the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is also divided into two major parts, the somatic nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. The somatic nervous system consists of peripheral nerve fibers that send sensory information to the central nervous system and motor nerve fibers that send signals to skeletal muscle. The autonomic nervous system controls smooth muscle of the viscera internal organs and glands.
Numbness refers to the loss of sensation in any part of your body. Most causes of facial numbness are related to compression of your nerves or nerve damage. There are some symptoms related to facial numbness that warrant an immediate trip to the doctor.
The hearing loss may be noticed as a diminished ability to understand spoken words, particularly in difficult listening conditions as with telephone use. Although hearing loss with diminished speech understanding is relatively common in older individuals with both ears affected, the hearing loss and reduced clarity that is more pronounced in one ear should prompt an evaluation by your doctor. With acoustic neuroma, hearing loss is often accompanied by ringing in on ear-- "tinnitus". The hearing loss is usually subtle and worsens very slowly over a period of time.