Numb Hand

This post is for those of you who in the medical field, know someone in the medical field, or enjoy the medical field (even if you aren’t in it).

Starting last Friday (about 6 days now), the back of my left hand has been numb. The feeling is markedly different than if I had hit my funny bone. I would not describe the feeling as a tingling or pin pricking. It is similar in feeling to when the dermis is numbed with Emla Cream. There is little or no pain associated with it and there was no history to indicate why this might happen. The only other symptom is an on-again/off-again pain in my elbow.

I had a similar experience with the same hand over the summer, so this is the second time this has happened. In my previous experience, it resolved it self in a few days.

Taking ibuprofen has not had any discernable effect.

The area highlighted within the red region are where I notice the numbness. The area highlighted within the yellow region is where it feels the most numb.

Source: Henry Gray (1825–1861). Anatomy of the Human Body. 1918. The mucous sheaths of the tendons on the back of the wrist.
Click image to embiggen.

I’ve been to the health center to see a doctor. She has no idea what it could be and recommend that I go see a neurologist. I was somehow able to setup an appointment to see a neurologist tomorrow, so that’s what I’ll be doing in the morning.

But Wait! There’s More!

When we last left our hero, he was recovering from what was purported to be a case of pertussis followed by an ear infection. If you thought story ended here, you would be wrong.

The Health Center wanted me to come back in today or tomorrow so that they could make sure my lungs were clearing up and that my ear infections were on their way to recovery.

We ended up getting out of class a bit early today, so I went over to the Health Center to get checked out. Well, my lungs ended up sounding worse, the nurse practitioner even left me listen to them.

It was time for a chest X-ray.

I was sent over the ImmediaCare Urgent Care Clinic where they listened to me breath some more and then took pictures of my chest. Another doctor (well, he was actually an EMT) came in and also listened to my breathing. There was some chatter in the hallway and then they determined through some sort of scientific means that I had Pneumonia.

They put me on a nebulizer for about twenty minutes and then discharged me with three (!) short-term (i.e. 10 day) prescriptions. So I’ll be enjoying Avelox, Prednisone, and ProAir HFA.

So, with a confirmed diagnosis, I really should be getting better now.

Also, next time I get sick, I’ll be taking bets on what the final diagnosis is.

Image source: MedVarsity: Chest X Ray AP&lateral views showing pneumonic consolidation in Rt Lower lobe. So no, not the actual picture of my lungs.

The Fun Continues

I went back into the health center today because I was vomiting again (I basically cough so much/hard that I end up throwing up). They think that I might have had Pertussis, which the aforementioned regimen of Azithromycin would’ve taken care of.

New symptom now though! Clogging of the ears and sometimes a ringing in the left ear. Conclusion? Ear infection! Oh man, how lucky am I?

Another round of antibiotics, Amoxicillin this time. It should also help clear the rest of my lungs out – since they’re still sounding a bit weezy. In any event, I should starting feel significantly better within 48 hours.

Getting Better, Almost

I’ve been sick with a nasty flu/cold/congestion for the last couple weeks or so. I’ve been into the health center four times in the last three weeks now. They decided it was finally time to put me on antibiotics. So I’m on a five day course of Azithromycin. If my lungs don’t clear up my Wednesday, they want me to come back in. And if I’m not feeling significantly better by next Monday, I should also come back in.

Here’s hoping to success.