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Q: my left hand keeps going numb along with my left side of my face

I went to the hospital because my left fingers and hand went numb. before leaving to the hospital the left side of my face went numb as well. I am in my first trimester of pregnancy so I am worried if it could affect my baby. the doctors could not find anything wrong. I get headaches almost daily and the doctors may think that could be something. but there was no diagnosis. does anyone have any information they could pass along to me as why my left side is going numb?

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Eileen Gray, Health Guide
9/ 1/08 8:38am

Hi 1sttimemommy!

 

Are you getting Migraines, or headaches? Does the facial and finger numbness come when the headache does, or at any time?

 

This could be a lot of things. It could be part of a headache disorder, see Migraines: Where to Start. It could also be a nerve problem. I have had numbness in my face and hands when I pinch nerves in my neck area.

 

You should make your doctor aware.

 

Good luck!

Eileen

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Teri Robert, Health Guide
9/ 2/08 11:30am

1sttimemommy,

 

Do you mean you went to the emergency room? You need to follow up with your own doctors. Particularly, you need to follow up with your OB/GYN regarding your concerns about the baby. We can't tell you if your symptoms were from a Migraine or headache, so you really do need to follow up. Please call for an appointment today?

 

Would you please come back, and let us know how you're doing?

 

Best,

Teri

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Dean, Community Member
10/ 3/08 1:13am

hi i get this before a head ache (migraine) my tougue goes numb to and i cant speak

feels like a stroke i guess. only one side ,face arm . this happened to my wife when she was preg to and came up with no problem and she has never had one again , this was 14 years ago

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abuchner, Community Member
7/10/09 2:15pm

I am a 23 year old Male.  I just recently started a weightloss regiment that includes diet and daily bike riding for cardio excercise.  About 20 minutes ago the tip of my index finger went numb.  I thought it was weird but when it didnt immediately go away and in fact started spreading I got very nervous.  It first spread to the middle finger and then to the ring finger and finally the entire hand went numb/tingly.  I started to freak out when the left sidde of my face (cheek, lip, eye lid and tongue) went numb as well.  I tried calling my neighbor, a neurologist, but got his machine and as I was leaving the message  noticed the numbness in my face going away and the numbness in my hand moving up into my arm (elbow to wrist).  The feeling slowly came back and I have no numbness anymore but I am left with this HORRIBLE head ache. Any idea what this could be?  Sounds similar.  Is this a migranie?  I've never had one before. 

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daniel, Community Member
9/28/09 5:56pm

okay im a 13yr old male and tht happen to bc i hadent ate tht day but i went to my doctor and he said it was symptems of a migraine starting so if it happens again you are getting a migraine and if it occours often then you need to go to a nerve specalist or a brain specialist and get it checked out

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bullhead, Community Member
11/26/09 5:32pm

That exact same thing happens to me when I get a BAD migrane, it sucks so much!  I get aura too... at first im so blind in one area of my eye I cant read ANYTHING.. then it turns into a zig zaggy thingy and changes shape throughout the duration.. it lasts about 30-45 minutes on average and usually during or after aura I get numbness in my tongue face and arm/hand.  its freaky, then the next thing is a pounding headache, worse then ANY headache I have ever had...the next day if I cough or laugh it still throbs.. super inconvinient too.. :(  hope you figured out what it is..

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mkallday, Community Member
10/10/11 3:49pm

what was it? I keep having this similar problem. My thunb will get number and it moves to finger to finger and then my face goes numb, once it even hit my throat. Works its way to my whole hand then up my arm. I'm 31 and get migranes. But I don't think it's migranes.....no way. It is not always my left hand sometimes its my right. When it hits my face that is when its scary...doctors don't know why...

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dawn, Community Member
6/19/10 1:02pm

i get this every time i have a migraine my left hand left side of my face and the left side of my tongue goes numb i hate it im also in the first trimester of pregnancy and have had these types of migraines for as long as i can remember iv got 3 children and it never effected any of them just made me feel very tired!

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6ten, Community Member
8/19/10 12:57am

I REALLY DON'T HAVE AN ANSWERE, SO MUCH AS IT IS ACOMENT.  Zi HAVE THE SAME THING,, IT HAPPENS VERY RARELY, MAYBE A FEW TIMES A YR.   I HAVE GONE TO THE HOSPITAL A NUMBER OF TIMES.  IT HS BEEN HAPENING SINCE MY SOPHMORE YR OF HIGH SCHOOL, i AM NOW 29.  FIRST MY VISION GETS VERY BLURR,,KIND OF,, I CAN'T FOCUS, ENOUGH TO EVEN READ SOMETHING RIGHT N FRONT OF ME. THEN THE FINGERTIS GO NUMB, AND TINGLE AN IT THEN THE FACE, AND TONGUE AND NOSE,, ITS THE WORST THING.  IT HURTS LL NIGHT OR, DAY  DEPENDING WHEEVER IT STARTS, AND THE NEXT DAY, WHILE IT IS MOSTLY GONE, IT STILL HURTS MY HEAD TO LOOK DOWN.  I AM A PROFESIONAL ATHLETE, AND I THINK SOMETIMES, OVERWORKING, AN UNDEREATING BRING IT ON,, BUT OTHER TIMES,,I DO NOTHING AND IT JUST HAPPENS,, GOO LUCK.  BEST MEDICATION I'VE EVER HAD FOR IT THOUGH,,, IMITREX,,, WORKS WWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOONDERFULLY

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Wesley, Community Member
2/ 1/11 1:16pm

Hi

The same thing is happening to me since I was in high school; left, sometimes right hand go numb then it slowly move up along my arm till in my throat, face and tong after that I lose my eyesight partly and then it start to effect my speech as well and then the headache. It hit me again yesterday after gym for the 1st time in 10 years. I recently started working out in the gym again and have a history with an neck injury. Over train divinity trigger it, after training it takes about 20min then it start. I10 years ago the doc gave me a couple of things that I should look at like taking it slow in the gym and keeping record of what I'm eating and so on. I found that the only thing that triggered it was, overtraining, coffee. Orange juice  and not eating something before gym.  By looking out for those I kept it away for 10 years. So I think it can be a nerve or something that we eat that the body don't agree with that trigger the migraine and, the num part before the headache is just part of the migraine.

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LeahMarie, Community Member
3/ 8/14 9:23am

This happened to me yesterday! I too am in my 1st trimester and was worried about the baby. But this isn't the first time it happened. After a reproductive surgery I had I was put in estrogen and that is when it started. Every time it happened it got worse. First it was a little blurred vision, then blurred vision and a little headache, next blurred vision lasting longer and a migraine. That's when I went to the ER. The only thing they could think of was the estrogen, so they stopped it. Yesterday it started with blurred vision, a horrible migraine then left hand numbness and tongue numbness. The only answer I got is the increase amount of estrogen we produce during pregnancy. Hope this helps. 

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