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I woke up this morning and my left arm and left side of my head is numb. What should I do? Is this a syptom of a possible stroke?


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replied April 8th, 2008
Mens Conditions Answer A3891
Symptoms of stroke can vary depending on the location of brain damage and the progression of that damage. If stroke damages motoric zones of the brain cortex or motoric nerve roads, there will be paralyses or cramps of some muscles. If sensitive parts of the brain cortex or sensitive roads are affected there will be numbness present or sensitive hallucinations. If the cerebellum is affected, the dominant symptom is dizziness and vomiting. Headache, vomiting, stiff neck and photo-phobia are present in case of subarachnoid hemorrhage. If important nerve centers in the brain trunk are affected, for example breathing centre, asphyxiation and death occur.


Single numbness of one arm and half the head can rarely be due to stroke . Stroke is usually manifested by more dramatic symptoms.


If that numbness doesn’t disappear for one day you may want to consult your GP and, if necessary, a neurologist.



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