Tingling/Numbness of left hand

knollseie Community Member September 17, 2007
  • Since my last migraine a week ago, I've had periodic but frequent episodes where my left hand tingles/goes numb accompanied by minor headaches.  Normally when I have a migraine, my left hand goes numb/tingles for an hour or so.  Has this happened to anyone else and should I be concerned with the periodic tingling?  I've recently moved to Norway and don't have a doctor yet.
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  • Anonymous
    Kelsi
    Feb. 08, 2014
    I Have these same symptoms. A month to 2 months apart. 4 times since last spring. None really the year before and I had 3 the year before that. First my vision then my hand and my mouth. Around this time I get sort of disoriented. It's sort of like I know what I want to say but my words come out in the wrong order. I also have a hard time making sense out of...
    RHMLucky777
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    I Have these same symptoms. A month to 2 months apart. 4 times since last spring. None really the year before and I had 3 the year before that. First my vision then my hand and my mouth. Around this time I get sort of disoriented. It's sort of like I know what I want to say but my words come out in the wrong order. I also have a hard time making sense out of what others are saying. I'm totally awake when this happens. Not slurring and not mumbling. I get a slight headache. Nothing like you'd expect a migraine to be like. Sometimes I get really hungry after. When I wake up I'm usually nauseous. I feel confused and uncomfortable for days. Neuro says it's a complicated migraine. He prescribed topamax. I Haven't taken it. I'm scared to take such a serious med. Plus it's so expensive. What if they were wrong and it's not a migraine? Anyone else take this?
    • Anonymous
      Jacki
      Feb. 15, 2014

      This is exactly what has been happening to my 16 year old daughter for the last 5 years. Have you gotten any new answers or testing??

  • Bennyropington
    Jan. 24, 2013
    I've recently got back into boxing, after a long lay off. I got caught recently with a hard punch, to the left side of my head. My peripheral vision went blurred an sparkly within minutes. Then the headache came, followed by a numb pins an needles type of sensation, which seemed to flow from my left hand thumb, into each finger, until it reached the side of...
    RHMLucky777
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    I've recently got back into boxing, after a long lay off. I got caught recently with a hard punch, to the left side of my head. My peripheral vision went blurred an sparkly within minutes. Then the headache came, followed by a numb pins an needles type of sensation, which seemed to flow from my left hand thumb, into each finger, until it reached the side of my left hand. Then it disappeared. At the same time, my front teeth/pallet and tongue all had the same feeling. After my next boxing match (coming up soon), the gloves are going on the shelf for good.
    • Teri Robert
      Health Guide
      Jan. 24, 2013

      Given all the evidence coming out about blows to the head leading to sometimes permanent damage, I think that's a wise decision, Benny.

       

      Wishing you well,

      Teri

  • Anonymous
    J Guest
    Apr. 11, 2011

    I have the same left wrist tingling when I get migraines.  I've had migraines since I was 5 years old, but only started getting the vision aura at 16.  I never experienced the tingling until after I had a brain injury when I was 23.  Now, I take medicine for epilepsy.  My epileptologist told me the tingling was not likely a seizure or seizure...

    RHMLucky777

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    I have the same left wrist tingling when I get migraines.  I've had migraines since I was 5 years old, but only started getting the vision aura at 16.  I never experienced the tingling until after I had a brain injury when I was 23.  Now, I take medicine for epilepsy.  My epileptologist told me the tingling was not likely a seizure or seizure related, though the two feel similar in that both my migraine hand tingling aura and my seizures start on the left side of my body.    Usually, the order of the symptoms for my migraines goes like this:

     

    1. (sometimes) I will feel tingling in my lower back on the left side or feel tingling behind my left scapula on my upper back.  This tingling lasts a few seconds, and I only experience it or recognize it for about 1/2 of the migraines I have.  This is when I know the wrist tingling is coming up next and a migraine will follow.

    2. (or the first symptom about 1/2 the time)  I have intense tingling/burning in my left wrist.  I've timed this many times while it's happening and it lasts 5 minutes, give or take a few seconds.  Usually while the burning/tingling is happening I grow very anxious, like it will spread into a seizure.  It never has in the 6 years I've been on anti-seizure medicine, but most of the time the tingling frightens me so much that I am unable to do anything else except concentrate on it going away and taking deep breaths.

    3.  15-20 minutes after the tingling, I have a vision aura.  As I said before, I only started having this visual aura from age 16.  I'm 29 now.  The aura looks like someone put a desert mirage in front of my eyes or like I'm looking through a kaleidescope, usually it's worst out of my left periphereal vision.  Electronic screens or images are intolerable to look at, but I can focus on a given spot in the real world if I need to.

    4. 10-30 minutes after the aura is gone I get a bad headache.  It does not feel as localized as some other people I know who have migraines.  My headaches feel like a dense fog all across my brain, though it tends to be worse in the front part of both sides.

    5.  I become nauseated during the visual aura or when the headache comes.  The naseau lasts for a few hours even after the headache is gone.

    6.  The migraine hangover.  After the headache pain is gone, I usually feel foggy and poorly for 12-24 hours, or until after a second night of good sleep.  I call this the migraine hangover.  I am able to perform everyday tasks and work during the migraine hangover but am uncomfortable.

     

    The tingling is frightening and everyone (3 people) I know who has experienced this is very afraid while it is happening.  When it happens to me, I try to remind myself that this is part of the migraine process and that it will pass within 5 minutes.  This self-soothing helps me get through this phase without falling apart.  Once, the left hand tingling happened while I was at a dinner/job interview with several other people, the hiring partner and his wife.  I had to pretend like everything was okay, though I was experiencing the tingling (and fear). It eventually passed without anyone noticing my quietness for those 5 minutes, and I went home without looking like a freak out.

  • Anonymous
    caitcoffey
    Jul. 31, 2009

    I actually experienced the same thing a few days ago. I was scared cause I started having blind spots and blurred vision and only felt better with my eyes closed but the headache was still there..then my left hand started going numb beginning with my fingers toward the outside of my hand..just wondering if maybe you figured out what was wrong?

    • Anonymous
      khudson
      Aug. 06, 2009

      Exact same thing happened to me in that order.  Eyesight, headache, numbness, I think I then got nauseated because of the blurred vision.

    • Anonymous
      kgf
      Aug. 11, 2009

      Ya this always happens to me as well, slight off vision and then my left hand starts to go numb followed by a pretty bad headache around my eyebrow. I have always just figured it was a migraine, but i hope its not something more? The first time it happened i called my local doctor and she didnt seem to think it was anything more then just a normal migraine. ...

      RHMLucky777

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      Ya this always happens to me as well, slight off vision and then my left hand starts to go numb followed by a pretty bad headache around my eyebrow. I have always just figured it was a migraine, but i hope its not something more? The first time it happened i called my local doctor and she didnt seem to think it was anything more then just a normal migraine. 

    • Anonymous
      confusedme
      Sep. 22, 2009

      I have have had had the same thing in that order.. minue the headache and am also curious if anyone has been able to alleviate the symptoms other than just waiting it out?  The vision impairment lasts about 20 min and the hand numbness about 5.

    • Anonymous
      Stan
      Nov. 24, 2009

      My son has the numb hands frequently.  An old prescription drug Epidrin has been extremely effective if taken within the first 5-10 minutes of onset, worthless as the half hour plus range.  Miss the initial window, and a full blown migraine usually hits hard.

    • Anonymous
      Steve in Tampa
      Dec. 08, 2009

      I am not trying to freak anyone out here, but I googled exactly what's been going on with me...Sep 09' I started noticing my left hand (just the middle, ring, and pinky...at first) and the tingling occasionally going up to my elbow. Also, I started having the worst headaches of my life (I was thinking associated with stress), cuase I'm going through a...

      RHMLucky777

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      I am not trying to freak anyone out here, but I googled exactly what's been going on with me...Sep 09' I started noticing my left hand (just the middle, ring, and pinky...at first) and the tingling occasionally going up to my elbow. Also, I started having the worst headaches of my life (I was thinking associated with stress), cuase I'm going through a pretty nasty divorce...though I'm a healthy 36 yo male that has never had headaches. So, yearly I have to get hearing tests for my occupation, and apparently the hearing in my right ear dropped considerably. Considerably enough that I did not notice and the Ear Nose and Throat Doc suggested an MRI, and after my MRI results today I have a "cystic" legion a bit bigger than a golf ball in the brain. I will be going to a Nerosurgeon to figure out what's next. Also, some other things that I definitely DID NOT experience with having this "cystic mass" are nausea, and vision abnormalcies. Just thought I'd share in case your guys' drs are giving you the "migraine" story...food for thought and I hope I haven't scared anyone.  

    • Anonymous
      Angela
      Jun. 17, 2010

      I was having all these same things happening to me today i was at work and i started just getting the reg. headache feeling then it went down to my neck... The the blurred vision started and when i got home... My left hand went numb and now this has never happened. Five minutes later my mouth started getting numb like i had novicain in my mouth... Now i dont...

      RHMLucky777

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      I was having all these same things happening to me today i was at work and i started just getting the reg. headache feeling then it went down to my neck... The the blurred vision started and when i got home... My left hand went numb and now this has never happened. Five minutes later my mouth started getting numb like i had novicain in my mouth... Now i dont kno if i have to worry about this i am only 20 yrs old and i have had the migraines hitting me really hard these past three days but this is the first time ever with the numb feeling... any help?

    • Anonymous
      twi
      Jul. 06, 2010

      same thing happened to me too, 1st numbness in my left arm then in my left mouth, then migraine and now i have blurred vission and about to faint. can anyone pls help us. im kinda scared.

    • Teri Robert
      Health Guide
      Jul. 06, 2010

      PLEASE call your doctor. All of this could be from a Migraine, but it could also NOT be from a Migraine. It could be something more serious such as a stroke. Nobody, even a doctor, can tell you what's going on via the Internet. You need to be seen by your doctor to be safe.

       

      Please see your doctor, then let us know how you are?

       

      Teri

    • xavier
      Oct. 01, 2010

      ive had the same thing happen 3 times this past year. First the tingling and/or numbness in the left hand and then the numbness hits my mouth area. The first time it happened I panicked and called for an ambulance. The doctors at the hospital couldnt find anything, except to mention they believe it is caused by the arthritis in my neck. The next two times it...

      RHMLucky777

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      ive had the same thing happen 3 times this past year. First the tingling and/or numbness in the left hand and then the numbness hits my mouth area. The first time it happened I panicked and called for an ambulance. The doctors at the hospital couldnt find anything, except to mention they believe it is caused by the arthritis in my neck. The next two times it happened I just waited it out and the numbness went away. It is scary though, and I am scheduling another Dr. appt.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jul. 02, 2009

    this has recently started happening to me too. Also my left hand.. one time the numbness spread to my mouth,  sort of novacaine fresh from the dentist feeling.. my aura phase passed about twenty minutes ago and the numbness started at right about the same time. I had mri's done and have seen a nourologist, he said it was called a "rolling migraine"?...

    RHMLucky777

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    this has recently started happening to me too. Also my left hand.. one time the numbness spread to my mouth,  sort of novacaine fresh from the dentist feeling.. my aura phase passed about twenty minutes ago and the numbness started at right about the same time. I had mri's done and have seen a nourologist, he said it was called a "rolling migraine"? or something like that in which the migraine moves to different parts of the brain, essentially it is an aura but in your fingers if that makes sense? He said it was nothing to worry about, but i would definately look into it just to be sure.. your circumstances could be different than mine.. I thought I might put your mind at ease a little though and reassure you that you are not the only one with these symptoms.. call a neourologist, i couldn't hurt. good luck.

    • Bheki
      Mar. 19, 2014

      I woke up in the morning with a numbness in my left arm . everyday it happens to my fingers. I'm afraid because I' dibetic hypertension. I am using an insulin.

  • Anonymous
    Lauren Delory
    Aug. 27, 2008

    This just started happening to me like 15 minutes ago. My left hand is completely numb and my lips and tongue went numb too. I often have frequent migraines, but nothing like this before >:/

    • Teri Robert
      Health Guide
      Aug. 27, 2008

      Lauren,

       

      Please call your doctor about this. It may be Migraine, but only your doctor can be sure. You don't want to assume it's Migraine if it's not. It can be very difficult at times to distinguish Migraine symptoms from stroke symptoms, and we always want to be safe.

       

      Teri

    • Janice M
      May. 22, 2014

      I just had my left hand and tip of my tongue go numb and tingly, after having a migraine start with the aura about 2 hours ago.  I have had the aura and some head ache before, but never this tingling.... very scary.  It has subsided now, but I'm unsure if i should be doing something to hopefully avoid having this happen again.... any suggestions? ...

      RHMLucky777

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      I just had my left hand and tip of my tongue go numb and tingly, after having a migraine start with the aura about 2 hours ago.  I have had the aura and some head ache before, but never this tingling.... very scary.  It has subsided now, but I'm unsure if i should be doing something to hopefully avoid having this happen again.... any suggestions? 

       

  • Anonymous
    F
    Nov. 21, 2007

    Hey,

     

    I just wanted to comment that the same exact thing happens to me, too.  And now I'm currently experiencing a few chest pains.  And, sometimes if I touch my eye the wrong way, or put on lotion, etc., my eye will start twitching, too...for a while, and then stop.

     

    Anyhow, I'm still googling this until I can get in with a doc.

     ...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hey,

     

    I just wanted to comment that the same exact thing happens to me, too.  And now I'm currently experiencing a few chest pains.  And, sometimes if I touch my eye the wrong way, or put on lotion, etc., my eye will start twitching, too...for a while, and then stop.

     

    Anyhow, I'm still googling this until I can get in with a doc.

     

    Thanks,

     

    -F

    • Anonymous
      F
      Nov. 21, 2007
      (my "left" eye -- just wanted to make that distinction.)
    • Anonymous
      S.A.D.
      May. 09, 2008

      Did you find anything out about this? I had the worst headache of my life last night, after two incidences of aura. At the end of the first aura and start of the headache, I experienced tingling and numbness in my left hand traveling up my arm a bit. This sensation left after a few minutes, then returned for about the same duration after the second aura. The...

      RHMLucky777

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      Did you find anything out about this? I had the worst headache of my life last night, after two incidences of aura. At the end of the first aura and start of the headache, I experienced tingling and numbness in my left hand traveling up my arm a bit. This sensation left after a few minutes, then returned for about the same duration after the second aura. The past few months, I've been having chest pains that the doctor was unable to explain, and I also have had benign fasciculation syndrome (body twitches and pain) for a few years now.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Sep. 17, 2007

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    Any new or unusal symptoms should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible. Moving is never easy, and add to the mix finding a new doctor can be quite daunting. It would be in your best interest to find one as soon as you can.

     

    Thank you for creating a SharePost.  SharePosts are a form of blogging,...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    Any new or unusal symptoms should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible. Moving is never easy, and add to the mix finding a new doctor can be quite daunting. It would be in your best interest to find one as soon as you can.

     

    Thank you for creating a SharePost.  SharePosts are a form of blogging, and there are many things you can do with them. You can share an experience, suggest something that's helped you, use SharePosts as a Migraine and headache journal, and many other things.

    We also have a discussion forum that you may want to check out. Especially if you have questions or are looking for information, you may find the interaction on the forum to be quite helpful. To get to the forum, just look for the orange box marked "Manage" and click on the Migraine Forums link. Because our forums are maintained by a third party, you'll need to register for the forum. You can use the same information you used to create your community log-in if you like. If you want to go directly to the forum, you can click HERE.

    Along with your personal "My Home" page and the discussion forum, you'll find links to a great deal of helpful information on the main page of our site, http://www.MyMigraineConnection.com.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to post them to the forum or send me a message through my profile.

    Welcome again,

    Nancy Bonk
    MyMigraineConnection.com Expert

    PS: If you receive this message from more than one of us, please excuse the overlap. Thanks!

    • Anonymous
      connie
      Dec. 24, 2012

      i have a question..im 54yrs. old and have been having a bad headache and numbing in left arm for about a week now. what can this mean? im worried about this.

    • Teri Robert
      Health Guide
      Dec. 25, 2012

      Hi, Connie,

       

      This could mean any number of things. It could be a Migraine, but it could aso be something more serious, such as a stroke. Nobody can really tell but a doctor who can examine you in person.

       

      Please be safe and see your doctor. Hope everything is OK. Please let me know?

       

      Teri

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