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numbness tingling all leftside?

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numbness tingling all leftside?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.
It will help if you could provide some further information.
Could you clarify what is meant by numbness?
Do you mean that you do not feel something that touches you on that side, such as a pin prick?
How long have you had these symptoms?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

starts head,across chest,shoulder,down aem,complete leftside of body.had it about 18mts on and off,could last up to hour

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
Some people use the term "numbness" to refer to a pins and needles sensation, similar to the sensation when a leg or arm "falls asleep" in certain positions. But the term more properly refers to a loss of sensation, either partial or complete. Are you experiencing the former or the latter or something else?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

latter...pins neddles sensation....and mmy side goes into sort of spasm....

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
Very good.

Of the two, the pins and needle sensation is less worrisome. True numbness is typically a more serious problem with the nervous system. A pins and needle sensation can have other causes. The medical term for the pins and needles sensation is paresthesias.

There are several possibilities to consider in this situation.

Although paresthesias also may have a neurologic basis, the fact that the sensations are intermittent and transient also speaks against there being a neurologic basis for the symptoms. There are a few conditions that can cause recurrent transient neurologic symptoms, such as migraine headaches. Certain neurologic conditions can cause intermittent symptoms, but they would typically last longer than you are experiencing.

There are some metabolic conditions that can also cause such symptoms, such as diabetes, hypoglycaemia, thyroid disease, or electrolyte abnormalities.

It is also possible for transient paresthesias and tingling to be caused by certain psychologic conditions, such as anxiety or hyperventilation.

If you are already known to have one of these conditions, then it is most likely that the symptoms are due to the known condition. But otherwise, it would require a proper evaluation to determine the exact cause of the symptoms.

If I can provide any further information, please let me know.
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
This question appeared again with a status of awaiting expert action, but I do not see a follow-up question.

If you intended to ask a follow-up question, it must have been lost in the system.