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numbness in head
Posted by: Linda
Date: April 24, 2002 3:33 AM

My son experiences numbness on the left side of his head above his temple. There are no headaches or pain with the numbness. It comes and goes at random. Could the cause come from high blood pressure?

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RE: numbness in head
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 24, 2002 3:49 AM

Recurent numbness in any part of the body reflects dysfunction of the afferent nerves (those carrying sensation impulses to the brain or spinal cord). There can be any number of causes, some or which are: loss of blood supply to the nerve, physical damage to the nerve, malnutrition, metabolic disorders (e.g. diabetes), and B6 and B12 deficiency. The full exam usually brings out the most probable causes and from there lab tests can usually help pinpoint the problem.

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