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Question: face/ leg/ hand numbness thyroid malfunction


 rose821 - Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:02 pm

I was a 23 year old healthy girl afterThree months ago i strain my neck twice also hurt my spine because i felt down. one night i felt a hot electricity though my left side of my neck went through my head. I started going very frequently to urine to the bathroom.I went to emergency room because my whole entire face went numb, tongue numb and extremely dryness also muscle shaking. They said nothing was wrong that it could be viral infection after two moths the symptoms the same. I went to my doctor he said my thyroid is high he said there is malfunction in my pituitary gland i was sent to neurologist I told him all the symptoms also newer one that started to appear my both leg numbness, tingling in my hip/buttock all the time also in my lower spine there is inflammation also you could notice a big lump like if something have slide. every time when i sit down i feel a pressure in my lower spine also in the head cause me horrible pain. catscan of the head came ok .the dr did mri without contrast of my neck it was ok. now i am going for the brain without contrast. my question if there could be a herniated disk in my spine compressing my nerves that is causing my all my symptoms also the thyroid to malfunction. also what about my pressure of my head my neck pain weakness If it possible that herniated disc spine affect my head causing pressure or something else is happening just help me out let me know which test should be done to known what is going on with me please help me I'll appreciated it
 John Kenyon, CNA - Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:14 pm

User avatar Hello -

This is difficult to asses, because there is always the possibility of an unfortunate coincidence where some disease process happens to present itself just after some physical trauma or other illness. However, it does seem all this follows your neck and back injuries, and it is very reasonable to guess most if not all the symptoms are due to this. They do not sound like thyroid-related symptoms, but that could well have been going on already without any symptoms and may have been diagnosed more or less by accident. The injuries to your neck and back definitely could account for the symptoms, and among other neurological tests that need to be done to determine where the problem lies would be a nerve conduction test and electromyelogram (EMG). Cervical injuries certainly can often cause severe headaches as well as neurological symptoms below the level of the injury. You may well have more than one spinal injury from the sound of things. You may need to go for a second opinion or have a consult with a neurosurgeon in order to get a better diagnosis than you've gotten so far (which has not been very well considered, it seems).

I hope this is helpful to you. Please follow up with us as needed.
 tyaunn - Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:10 pm

I started taking adipex now i have a numbness in my left hand is this cause from adipex
 John Kenyon, CNA - Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:28 am

User avatar Hi tyaunn -

While Adipex (phentermine) can have a whole lot of sometimes pretty disturbing side effects, unilateral numbness in an extremity isn't one of them. If this doesn't resolve quickly I'd have a doctor check it out, and by all means advise him you're using Adipex, but there's no direct connection between this drug and that symptom.

I hope this is helpful. Best of luck to you.

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