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You’ve developed a strange little numbness and tingling in the fingers of your left hand. It doesn’t really hurt, but it’s just.... odd. Maybe the tingling goes away on its own and you don’t think about it again. Or maybe it sticks around and even starts to slowly grow so that now your forearm is numb, too. Do you call the doctor? For some tingling fingers.... There are many possible causes of numb fingers. Let’s assume that you didn’t just break your fingers; because if you had, you’d be in the emergency room seeking medical attention. The numbness could be caused by (but less frequently) frostbite, leprosy, or rare genetic disorders, such as Haim-Munk syndrome or hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies . Do you have diabetes? Pernicious anemia? Hypothyroidism? Peripheral vascular disease? Lupus? Raynaud’s syndrome? Guillaine-Barre syndrome? Cervi...
For your health here is something that people who have both diabetes and another disease can push their insurance companies to provide. It’s a telemedicine device and data management system called the Commander that can save them money and might also save your life. It comes from Cardiocom LLC in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The same company offers the GlucoCom Telemonitoring System, which last November I wrote about here . That GluoCom system is similar but simpler than the Commander. The GlucoCom meter and the AutoLink telecommunications device is geared toward people who are just tracking their blood glucose levels and storing them in a secure online database. With that system you can give access to your doctor or others whom you want to see how you are doing. In November, Cardiocom’s Tom Backman came to Boulder, Colorado, where I live, to show me the GlucoCom system. He is the company’s western region sales manager working out of Highlands Ranch, south of Denver. This morning he came h...
Yesterday I had blurred vision to my right field of vision in both eyes followed by a slight headache, then numbness and tingling to the right side of my head. The ED doc said it was a tension headache. Are these common signs and symptoms tension headaches or migraine? Should I go to a neurologist for a second opinion? Kimberly.
The symptoms you describe are not typical of tension-type headache. Take a look at Tension-Type Headaches - the Basics . They are fairly common Migraine symptoms. You can find information about the possible phases of a Migraine attack and the potential symptoms in Anatomy of a Migraine .
If you're already seeing a neurologist, getting his or her opinion would be the way to go. If you're not, chances are that you'll need to wait for an appointment. In that case, start with your family doctor.
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