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Question: Whole body numbness - transient ischemic attack, mild stroke

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 twinkptrp - Wed Jan 22, 2003 10:34 am

Hello, doctor!

My friend told me that she was awaken last night by this pins-and-needles sensation all over her body (except the head part) and lasted for a couple of minutes. she was claiming that she might have experienced a mild stroke ( transient ischemic attack). but i have thoughts about it, since manifestation of a stroke is almost always hemilateral. could she be right? what other diseases present this kind of symptom?or is this only brought about by too much stress? I was thinking of a heart/vessel problem. By the way, she's only 31 y/o and has no previous history of any kind of illness. Please enlighten us. Thanks in advance.
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Wed Jan 22, 2003 2:11 pm

User avatar Dear guest,

Thank you very much for using our website.

Being 31 and a female and having a heart condition is rare although not unheard of especially if the patient has other risk factors like diabetes, family history of heart dieases, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, lack of exercise.

The symptoms that your friend had are non-specific and can represent symptoms of lots of diseases. Having a heart attack while having this sensation is uncommon but could happen although with your friend age and gender i would suspect very much.

If you or she are still concerned then the best way of action should be to seek medical advice at her doctor's office and have a stress test done.

About a transient ischemic attack, it does not have to be on one side of the body and the symptoms are not typical of a transient ischemic attack as well in this case.

i would worry if this recurrs but if it does not i would not worry about it.

Once more, thank you very much for using our website and hope this helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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