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My daughter is 19 but woke up on Monday with the right side

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My daughter is 19 but woke up on Monday with the right side of her numb. she banked her head when she went to bed on Sunday. thinking she may have trappe a nerve I took her to see an ostoepath on Thursday as it hadnt improved. since then it has got worse . now her lefft hand has become numb/
. also were it is effecting her feet on the right hand side she fell while our last night and also dropped several of her drinks. it hurts when she lift her right arm.
What did the Osteopath say was the diagnosis?
What treatment was recommended?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
none he couldnt find anything wrong and suggested that if it didnt improve to seek medical advice. he did find that she had a little bit of scaring at the top of her neck but this ws an old injury as my daughter does Irish Dancing and has competed heavily over the last 7 years. but does not dance at the moment
First, he is correct that persistent symptoms should be properly evaluated. I can comment on the most common concerns and some home interventions that can be tried, but if these symptoms do not resolve quickly, she should pursue a proper medical evaluation.
If the Osteopath did not find any significant abnormalities on exam, the most likely medical condition that could cause numbness in a 19 year old would be either musculoskeletal inflammation or a pulled muscle that is pressing on the nerves that are not functioning well. The site of the old injury would be the most likely location for musculoskeletal inflammation. There also are inflammatory conditions within the nervous system, but these are less common. In older persons, vascular disease would also be common, but would be very uncommon in a 19 year old.
She can try using an over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, which can relieve inflammation and its associated swelling. It also may help to apply ice packs and moist heat to the area of the old injury. Ice helps to ease swelling and moist heat helps to relieve inflammation.
If these home interventions relieve these symptoms, then no further evaluation or intervention is necessary. But if the symptoms persist, then it would be appropriate for her to see her medical doctor.
If I can provide any clarification, please let me know.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
she is already taking ibrufen and this hasnt improved. I suppose what I want to kmow is does this need to b taken to A&E or is it ok to leave untill monday to see our local doctor. she cant put ice on it as she is hyper sensitive to touch on her right side
Generally speaking, someone with focal numbness or weakness should be checked quickly. However, an evaluation by an Osteopath would typically discern worrisome findings that would warrant an urgent evaluation, and the Osteopath apparently did not identify any such findings, so it would be OK to wait until Monday.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
ok thank you
You are very welcome.
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