I went to the emergency room twice with slurring speech and nerves in the left side of my neck and head causing numbness and both arms having numbness and tingling in them and I was dismissed by the doctor both times, all he said was "It's just a fibromyalgia flare up." I don't think having numbness & slurred speech has anything to do with fibro, I have spinal curvature that is causing some of the pain, a pinched nerve, and a sprained knee causing the rest. I was told by someone with fibro that it's not fibro causing this.
Hello Stiff Steph
You are correct Fibromyalgia (FM) does not cause these symptoms. Your description of your symptoms sound as if you have what is medically termed a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) layman's term a mini stroke. Symptoms of a TIA are:
Weakness or clumsiness of a hand, arm, or leg.
Difficulties with speech.
Difficulties with swallowing.
Numbness or pins and needles of a part of the body.
Brief loss of vision, or double vision.
The symptoms last for can last from 2 minutes up to 24 hours.
Does any of what I have said sound familiar to you? If so, you need to see your Dr urgently for further investigations and treatment.
In itself, a TIA does no harm or permanent damage and the symptoms soon go away. However the cause of a TIA can be serious. If it happens again always go to the ER. Don't wait for things to get better as they may not. Always ER asap.
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