HomeAnswersNeurologynumbnessI have light headedness and my head has been going numb. Do I have intracranial hemorrhage?

Are light headedness and numbness of head symptoms of intracranial hemorrhage?


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Published At September 18, 2019
Reviewed AtSeptember 26, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been lightheaded or unsteady for the last month. My entire head has been going numb a few times and sometimes the sides of my head. I had a cat scan to rule out bleeding, and it was negative, but I feel like I should get an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to check. Do you think I could have an intracranial hemorrhage?

Answered by Dr. S. Riaz Ahmed


Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have the paroxysmal symptom of vertigo possibly secondary to labyrinthine dysfunction. Did you have symptoms of upper respiratory illness recently? There is no need to panic as it is not related to bleed inside your brain. If symptoms persist, you can start Stugeron tablet 25 mg (Cinnarizine) twice a day for one to two months. You can start doing some vestibular exercises. These simple techniques will strengthen your vestibular system, but you have to be regular in it. I hope you will be better soon. The probable cause may be secondary to post viral labyrinthitis. Investigations to be done are Dix hallpike test to determine site. The differential diagnosis include central vertigo. The probable diagnosis is chronic labyrinthitis. Treatment plan include 1. Stugeron (Cinnarizine) 25 mg bid for one to two months. 2. Vestibular exercise. Preventive measure is to avoid walking alone on undulating surfaces.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. S. Riaz Ahmed
Dr. S. Riaz Ahmed


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