Before my own MS diagnosis, numbness was one of my primary symptoms years after an attack of optic neuritis. It was a bit vague, as numbness can often be difficult to explain. Some people might use the term numbness to describe abnormal sensations, a loss of sensation, or weakness and paralysis. Numbness might involve pain, temperature, light touch, vibration, or positional awareness as well.
Numbness may come and go. After experiencing partial numbness (hypesthesia) on the left side of my face for many months after diagnosis, I now only experience facial numbness when I’m especially rundown, tired, fatigued, overheated, or fighting an infection. Numbness becomes a barometer that lets me know when I’m overdoing things.
Numbness is often associated with other symptoms such as tingling (pins-and-needles), weakness, pain, difficulty walking, and increased risk of falls . When a person experiences complete numbness (anesthesia), delayed reaction to harmful situations such as de...
When my hands and feet started hurting about a year after I finished chemo, my oncologist said I had, " Taxol toes ." She went on to explain that a more accurate term is peripheral neuropathy, which means nerve damage in the extremities--hands and feet.
My hands and feet felt like they were asleep. I frequently dropped things, and I had trouble walking on uneven terrain and steps because I wasn't getting accurate information from my nerves. For some people neuropathy can be severe enough that they have to go on disability.
If you are going to be taking a taxane chemo drug like Taxol or Taxotere , you should ask your oncologist about possible precautions to reduce the chances of getting peripheral neuropathy.
The Mayo Clinic suggests eating a diet rich in Vitamin B-12 foods like meats, fish, eggs, and fortified cereals. Some oncologists prescribe B vitamins, but be sure to talk to your oncologist before taking any supplements because sometimes they can interfere ...
Neuropathy - axillary nerve
over part of the outer shoulder
Shoulder weakness , especially when lifting the arm up and away from the body
Signs and tests
Your health care provider will examine your neck, arm, and shoulder. Weakness of the shoulder may cause difficulty moving your arm.
The deltoid muscle of the shoulder may show signs of muscle atrophy .
Tests that may be used to evaluate axillary nerve dysfunction include:
and nerve conduction tests -- will be normal right after the injury; should be performed several weeks after the injury or symptoms start
or x-rays of the shoulder
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