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According to studies; Numbness refers to decrease or loss of sensation or feeling in your hand or fingers. Often, hand numbness may be accompanied by other changes, such as a pins-and-needles sensation, burning or tingling. Your arm, hand or fingers may feel clumsy or weak.

Hand numbness is usually due to pressure on the nerves or blood vessels leading from the wrist, arm, or fingers. Often it is related to carpal tunnel syndrome where excess pressure is placed on the middle nerve extending from the carpal tunnel area. Sometimes numbness in the hands is associated with stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, or simply poor circulation. 

Diseases affecting the peripheral nerves, such as diabetes, also can cause numbness, although with diabetes similar symptoms usually occur first in your feet. Your doctor will need detailed information about your symptoms to diagnose the cause of your numbness. A series of tests may be needed to confirm the cause before appropriate treatment can begin.

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Pins and needles sensation is referred to as a feeling of prickling or tingling that is common when you have been in the same position too long, or slept on a limb. In these transient causes of pins and needles, it is the result of too much pressure on a nerve. Pins and Needle is a normal sensation, but prolonged and repetitive experience of it needs a visit to a nerve specialist or neurologist. In most cases, a pins and needles sensation is just your nerves telling you that you need to get more blood to that part of your body. #pinsandneedle #numbness #pain #handpain #neuropathy #tingling #nervedamage #nervepain #nervespecialist #nervedoctor #winnielimkhoo #nerve #specialist #neurologist #manila #philippines #health #tips #advise #lifestyle

High blood pressure is defined as a systolic blood pressure above 140 mmHg and/or a diastolic blood pressure above 90 mmHg. Systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts. Diastolic blood pressure is the minimum pressure in the arteries between the heart’s contractions. You will be classed as having high blood pressure if yours is consistently above 140/90 mmHg.

The stress that high blood pressure causes on all your blood vessels makes them weaken and predisposes them to damage. The heart also has to work double time to keep your blood circulating.  Once the blood vessel weakens they are more likely to block. Our brain depends on a nourishing blood supply to work properly and survive. But high blood pressure may cause several problems to the brain, including:

  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA). Commonly called a ministroke, It is a brief, temporary disruption of blood supply to your brain. It's often caused by atherosclerosis or a blood clot — b...

High blood pressure is the single most important risk factory of stroke. It causes about 50% of ischemic strokes and also increases the risk of hemorrhagic strokes. High Blood Pressure is actually a very common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease and stroke. You can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage to blood vessels and your heart continues and can be detected. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.

Knowledge and understanding is key to controlling high blood pressure. Most people with high blood pressure have no signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure readings reach dangerously high levels. In some cases; high blood pressure may have headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds, but these signs and symptoms aren't...

A blackout is described as a period of unconsciousness or lack of awareness when you are unable to recall what happened or what you did. Blackouts may occur as a result of brain damage, drug side effects, excessive alcohol consumption, or disorders affecting brain function, such as epilepsy. Fainting, also known as syncope, is a term used to refer to a blackout. Conditions that can cause syncope include cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rate or rhythm), abnormalities of the heart muscle or valves, or a condition called postural hypotension, in which a person faints after standing up quickly from a lying position and there is insufficient blood flow to the brain at that point.

Blackouts can also be due a recent traumatic event, in which case you may forget everything that happened right before or right after the event (anterograde amnesia). Unexplained blackouts, or blackouts that appear to be due to injury or trauma, should be evaluated by a neurologist.

It is often difficult to diagnose migraines. In fact half of the people who have attacks that fit the meaning of migraine, haven’t been diagnosed by a doctor. However, migraine is the most common type of headache that leads patients to seek treatment for the symptoms.

If the family doctor or general practitioner can’t help identify what’s causing uncomfortable symptoms, it might be time to see a specialist. Neurologist – a doctor trained in diagnosing and treating disorders and diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles. Neurologists examine and treat the nerves in the head and neck as well as diagnose problems with memory, balance, speech, thinking and language. They focus on treating people with migraines and have seen many patients with headache disorders.

When people think of headaches and neurologists, they think of migraine. Certainly migraine is a common neurological problem. Neurologist treat the full spectrum of headache disorders, including tension type headach...

The truth is that snoring is a common condition that occurs to men and women of all ages. Snoring occurs when sleeping and the airways in your head relax enough to narrow, this increases the speed at which you breathe out and affects the air pressure in the airways. This change of pressure means that the soft walls of the airways are sucked inward and close, thus causing vibrations when air is forced through by heavier breathing. 


Evidence has shown that once you start snoring, it will only get worse without treatment. Since snoring weakens the muscles in the head and neck, it becomes harder and harder to keep the airways open and the snoring only increases.

The ultimate key to control the problem on snoring is a simple lifestyle changes. Exercising more to lose weight will alleviate pressure on airways. Stopping smoking will prevent the irritation of nasal tissue, decrease swelling and stop the build-up of catarrh, all this will help regulate your breathing and reduce snoring. Avo...

Migraine is a fairly common condition, affecting about 20 per cent of females and 6 per cent of males in their lifetime. Although it can come on later in life, this is unusual. About 90 per cent of migraine sufferers have their first attack before they are 40. Migraines may be rare, or strike several times a month. During a migraine, you may experience:

  • Pain on one side or both sides of your head

  • Pain that feels throbbing or pulsing

  • Sensitivity to light, sounds, and sometimes smells and touch

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Blurred vision

  • Lightheadedness, sometimes followed by fainting

Stress and migraines often go hand in hand. You can't avoid daily stress, but you can keep it under control to help manage your migraines:

  • Simplify your life. Rather than looking for ways to squeeze more activities or chores into the day, find a way to leave some things out.

  • Manage your time wisely. Update your to-do list every day — both at work and at home. Delegate what you c...

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