Loss of sensation in any part of the body is called numbness. It is usually caused by damage, irritation, or compression of one or more nerves that supply the numb area. The conditions that cause numbness are neuralgia, radiculopathy, peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal cord injury, stroke, and fracture.

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I had a left-side numbness issue, and my report shows an arachnoid cyst and left vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I was admitted to the hospital with left-sided numbness. They took me as a stroke patient and did a bunch of tests. I told them I did not have a stroke, and they sent me home. After coming home, I looked at my report and searched the internet. Some terrifying stuff was there. They were...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Pramod Patil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sorry to hear about your suffering. The first thing is not to get panic. I need to have an excellent detailed history of yours. I would keep two differential diagnoses depending upon the information you provided. One is transient ischaemic attack, and the other is se...  Read Full »

Does my MRI report suggest compressive myelopathy due to disc herniation?

Query: Hello doctor, Kindly review and interpret my MRI scan report. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The main cause of the numbness of your fingers is compressive myelopathy at C4 and C5 level due to disc herniation. It means that a part of the interverte...  Read Full »

Why do I have numbness on the right side of my neck and right arm since three weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had numbness on the right side of my neck and right arm for three weeks. During sleep, I get a spider-like feeling all over my head and neck that I cannot control. Also, my right arm was numb when I woke up this morning. I have taken the tablet Paracetamol. However, the pain is...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your symptoms suggest a bulging disc in the cervical vertebral column causing radicular nerve pain in the arm and shoulder. I suggest you consult a neurologist for a physical examination and to perform a cervical spine X-ray study. A cervic...  Read Full »

Is pain and weakness in the knee while walking associated with multiple sclerosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been referred to a neurologist by the general practitioner but the appointment is six weeks away and I am worried.I would like to know if this sounds like MS and what scans I might likely to have? The complaint started with numbness in the distribution of the femoral nerve two w...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read carefully your question and would explain that your symptoms do not seem to be related to multiple sclerosis. So, just relax and do not worry about it. In my opinion, your complaints are related to apossible bulging disc in the lumbar vertebral column, which i...  Read Full »

I woke with numbness on one side and weakness. Is it a stroke?

Query: Hello doctor, I am looking for a second opinion on a possible stroke. Can anyone look at MRI scans online? I had symptoms of "wake up" stroke. I woke up with complete numbness on the right side, unable to make a fist, weakness when trying to stand, dizziness and confusion around dates (I did not kno...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read carefully your question and would explain that your symptoms could be related to migraine or a possible seizure. A stroke cannot be excluded, but it is really less likely with a normal MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). I would like to directly review your MRI ...  Read Full »

My clavicle is fractured. What is the reason for my numbness near the fractured site?

Query: Hi doctor,My clavicle is fractured. When I consulted a doctor, I forgot to mention the numbness of my shoulder. I did not undergo any surgery. I have attached my reports. Should I be concerned?  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gayakwad

Answer: Hi,Welcome to the reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), your fracture is not displaced. If there is an extensive or radiating numbness to the affected hand, consult your physician for physical examination.  Read Full »

I have been having numbness in my left hand and fingers. What could be a reason for it?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been having numbness for the last few days on half of my left hand and little finger. I was working in an IT company. I think it happened because of my eight hours of work time as I placed my hand on the table using the keyboard for a long time. I have used the hand strengtheners...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome back to I understand your concern. The numbness is mostly due to pressure anesthesia of the nerve. Try to change hand posture. Avoid long sitting in one position. Get your vitamin B12 and D3 levels checked as deficiency of these can also cause similar symptoms. Thank you.  Read Full »

I am still experiencing numbness and paresthesia following the infraorbital nerve damage in a conservatively managed maxillary fracture. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,The infraorbital nerve was damaged with subsequent numbness in its distribution following a fracture of the maxillary sinus and infraorbital canal that occurred five years back. The fracture was managed conservatively because it was only mildly dislocated. But till now experiencing numb...  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand the pain and concern. The dentist or the surgeon's first attempt will always address a fracture conservatively. However, while operating on a fractured segment, the nerve decompression is a sensitive and tactile aspect. In addition, the nerve has ana...  Read Full »

I am experiencing spine issues, and swelling of hands after my brother hit me. How can I recover from this?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-years-old male. I am weak and thin (I also have bleeding piles). The day before yesterday, my elder sibling punched me several times on my below back neck region around the upper spine portion. After receiving beatings, I was numb (like I did not feel anything for five minu...  Read Full »

Dr. David Rosenberg

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your situation and will surely help you. I fear your traumas are more severe than you might think. So please, see a proctologist to check your piles and the rectum. Bleedings out of the anus are always alarming, and I want you to be checked as...  Read Full »

I am suffering from numbness in my toes, and my left ankle also hurts. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am overweight but in good physical health. But sometimes my knees hurt, my left inner hip feels like it is locked, and my left ankle sometimes feels like it needs "popping." I have been experiencing this problem for the past few months, usually once a week. I wake up thinking there is...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms could be suggestive of a pinched nerve or tarsal tunnel syndrome. Neuropathy is much more different than your symptoms. I recommend consulting with your attending physician and performing nerve conduction stu...  Read Full »

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