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When should I see my doctor for sudden numbness on one side of my body or trouble seeing or speaking?

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If you have sudden numbness on one side of your body or trouble seeing or speaking, get medical help right away. These are signs of a life-threatening stroke.

If your symptoms are out of the ordinary for you and last for more than a day, make an appointment to see your doctor. She can talk to you about what you’re feeling and do some tests to see if your issues are because of MS or another health problem.

From: Could I Have MS? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 9, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2017

SOURCES:

Britt Stone, MD, neurologist, Baylor Scott & White Health, Round Rock, Texas.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is MS?” “Fatigue,” “Vision problems,” “Speech problems,” “Pain.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page,” “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Multiple sclerosis: Q&A,” “Avoiding dehydration, proper hydration,” “Dizziness,” “Aging and Your Eyes,” “Acute vs. chronic pain.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Neuropathy.”

National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease: “Hypoglycemia.”

CDC: “Postural hypotension: What it is and how to manage it.”

Nahin, R. , August 2015. The Journal of Pain

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 9, 2017

SOURCES:

Britt Stone, MD, neurologist, Baylor Scott & White Health, Round Rock, Texas.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “What is MS?” “Fatigue,” “Vision problems,” “Speech problems,” “Pain.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Multiple Sclerosis Information Page,” “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Multiple sclerosis: Q&A,” “Avoiding dehydration, proper hydration,” “Dizziness,” “Aging and Your Eyes,” “Acute vs. chronic pain.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Neuropathy.”

National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease: “Hypoglycemia.”

CDC: “Postural hypotension: What it is and how to manage it.”

Nahin, R. , August 2015. The Journal of Pain

Reviewed by Neil Lava on September 9, 2017

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