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Wed May 25 00:07:59 UTC 2011

Sudden feeling warm from the neck and head with head numbness sometimes with pain/headache, is this from neuropathy?
Asked By: snookieru  
Category: Neuropathy

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2011-05-26 17:47:53.0

Good Afternoon SnookierU; Thank you for consulting with dLife. You inquire of the potential cause for "sudden onset of neck and head warmth, some numbness and accompanied by pain and headache." These are not usually the signs or symptoms attributed to most common of neuropathy, however, each person is individual and this could be a neuropathy which has affected: the heart or possibly blood vessels,~ merits a check with the doctor immediately. Have you check the blood glucose when this occurs? When you speak of numbness and headache, is there risk for stroke/or blood pressure related complications? If any rights true, and there is potential, contact your PCP promptly.

Neuropathy or nerve damage, can affect the nerves outside your brain and spinal cord or referenced as peripheral nerves. Technically, there are 3 types of peripheral nerves: motor, sensory, and autonomic. If damage occurs to motor, voluntary movements can be difficult, muscle can become weak and movement is impaired. Sensory refers to feelings of touch; sensory nerve loss limits the sensation of pain, hot, cold, smooth, rough, soft, or hard identification. Lastly, a neuropathy referenced as 'autonomic' can affect involuntary body functions, i.e. breathing, digestion or other body organs normal activities.

Consequent, the symptoms you describe are more akin to blood pressure concerns. Numbness within the scheme of diabetes, is mostly associated with a neuropathy that affects the hands and feet, or referenced as distal symmetric poly-(many) neuropathy, and occurs on both sides of the body.

Blood pressure/or potential autonomic neuropathy cannot be ruled out as a problem, I must defer to your PCP for evaluation! Regards, Sue

Answered By: Susan Throop
Accreditations: RD, CDE, MA
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