Prolonged numbness and tingling

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   Posted 1/1/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnosed with Bipolar and anxiety and have been taking meds for the last 5 years.

My question though is do any of you experience the numbness and tingling of anxiety for days at a time without letting up.  Meaning numbness and tingling for 24 hrs +

My tongue tingles but lasts for days, sometimes weeks. My scalp goes numb for weeks, the right side of my body feels tingly and is weaker for a week or so and then returns to normal. Its just weird things like that.

I will be driving to pick up my daughter from school and then all of a sudden nothing looks familiar and I have no idea where I am.  The doc said I was just not paying attention to where I am, WTH?!

I have been to my doc, had blood tests, MRI and everyone has said I am healthy and all my symptoms are anxiety related. SO anxiety related issues only happen on one side of your body and lasts for weeks at a time with no let up?

I have a hard time believeing its anxiety when my life has never been better.

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   Posted 1/1/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

I have heard of members with numbness and tingling, but I do not remember it being only on one side. Also you mentioned you will be driving and all of a sudden not know where you are.

I would suggest seeking a second opinion as there may be something other than anxiety causing these problems.

It also sounds like your doctor is blowing off your concerns  which does not seem to be a lot of help to you.

Keep posting and Happy New Year.


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   Posted 1/1/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi MellyMell,
Welcome to Healing Well, you will find that this is a great community - there are very kind, thoughtful and helpful people here. 
I actually have been experiencing tingling in my right hand and wrist in the last few days.  I don't remember doing anything to hurt myself that would cause this.  I have been very stressed lately and maybe it is the Anxiety and/or Bipolar causing it, I don't know.  It hasn't gone away, so I'm just putting up with it because I just don't feel like going to the doc for this.  I see the doc enough times for other things and - *sigh*.
I really don't know what to offer you for advice except that I would go with Kitt's advice and seek a another opinion.  I hope you are able to find some answers soon and are able to get this problem resolved.
Please keep posting and let us know what you find out.

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   Posted 1/3/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
hi mel,i have one sided numbness and have had it for years...mine is mostly always on the left side so u can imagine how scared i heart attack,stroke etc...anyway i have been to the doctor many times and they dont know why...and like i said i have had it a longgggg time so im guessing its anxiety sad hope this helps!
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   Posted 1/3/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I get numbness/tingling in my right arm/leg---- it could be "nerves"---I don't mean nerves/anxiety---I mean your nerves along your spine? My right arm has been tingling/numb on/off since May. However, the past 6 weeks or so---my right arm has gone numb to the point where I cannot grip a steering wheel/computer mouse/vaccuum/etc.. without it getting ice-cold and purple.... I am in the process of getting this checked out now (well---waiting for appts. in the next couple of weeks)----but, have back problems too----I have had some anxiety issues since May-----and I am wondering if I "injured" my nerves b/c of my anxiety? Does that make sense----I am so tense ALL of the time---my muscles are constricted all of the time--I wonder if I hurt myself--thus, my arm is numb b/c of the nerves in my neck/spine.

OK--long winded---:)

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   Posted 1/27/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi MellyMel

I also have numbness and tingling on only one side, my left. Sometimes it will start with my lip, and move to my eye, and then it will be my pinky finger, and then my had will feel funny.This usually lasts for days, or weeks, until I come out of my anxiety. I went to the ER for this once and had a cat scan, and the dr told me it was anxiety. They gave me a instant pill, and yup, it made it go away, or maybe just knowing the cat scan was ok made it go away, i dont know. I just wanted you to know that even though its not listed in all the symptoms of anxiety, this could happen too. Good luck

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