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Question: Facial numbness with dizziness


 po349rt - Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:01 pm

I have been having episodes of facial numbess around the lip and cheek areas. I also have times when I am feeling dizzy or light headed. The dizziness occurs if I am standing or lying down and a change of body position does not seem to help. I have now noticed for the past several days a numbness in my right index finger and thumb. I also seem to be having GERD episodes at night while trying to sleep. Is it possible this is all it is?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:22 pm

User avatar Hi there -

There are two equally likely causes for the numbness you describe, along with the numbness in the radial aspect of your right hand: this could be due to unwitting hyperventilation (very likely and very common); this happens usually due to anxiety and/or faulty breathing patterns, and can cause these very symptoms along with lightheadedness, dizziness, etc. Sometimes dizziness (vertigo, often caused by an inner ear problem) can trigger the faulty breathing and perpetuate itself this way.

The second possibility would be something involving the central nervous system (CNS), and this should be ruled out by a healthcare provider. It should be fairly easy, on a face-to-face basis, to differentiate between an anxiety or vertigo-based problem (easily treated or managed) and a CNS problem, which could be more complicated and require additional testing.

I hope this is helpful to you. Please follow up with us here as needed.

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