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Nervous System Problems - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 if you think you may be having a stroke. If you can't get an ambulance, have someone drive you to the hospital. Do not drive yourself.

Signs of Stroke

  • Sudden weakness, numbness, tingling, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body.
  • Sudden changes in vision.
  • Sudden trouble speaking.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.
  • Sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches.
  • Sudden problems with walking or balance.

Call a doctor if:

  • Symptoms of a stroke were definitely there and then went away after a few minutes. This could be a sign that a stroke may soon occur. It's important to see a doctor right away.
  • You develop tremors, tics, or other unusual movements, such as a walking (gait) change or mouth smacking.
  • You have coordination problems, such as dropping things, tripping, or falling more often.
  • You have vision changes.
  • You have changes in hearing, taste, or smell.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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