Numbness in Left Side vs Right Side: Is there a signifance?

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/19/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been experiencing a lot of tingling and numbness mainly in my left arm and left leg. Occassionally (a few times a week) it will occur in both sides but most of the time it is the left. 
Is there a significance to tingling that predominantly happens on one side vs the other? 
Thanks again to everyone for the help and support! smurf

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   Posted 9/19/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Capa

Well typically, in ms, the symptoms will be one sided, but CAN move to the other side or be in both sides at once. For example, u may have u'r left arm and leg affected this time, but maybe next time both legs. It's so hard to know what to expect since ms is so random at times, but most likely u'll begin to see u'r 'typical' patterns. As u said, normally left sided. Hang on friend. This is so very frustrating and hard to get u'r head around, but eventually u'll feel more in control and have a better sense of what is happening.
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   Posted 9/19/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
My symptoms are mainly on one side (left) and have remained that way since I was dx in March 2007.
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   Posted 9/19/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your replies! Sometimes it is nice to know that this is a typical MS symptom and that I am not losing my marbles.

While I wouldn't wish these symptoms upon anyone it is also a bit comforting to know that I am not alone and that there are others out there who understand! Thanks again! :)

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   Posted 9/20/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I am primarily right sided on most all my numbness & spasticity issues.  However recently I've developed left sided foot drop which is a peculiar thing.
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