• Numbness

    Asked by woodcrafter on Wednesday, March 13, 2013


    The only thing that seems to come and go numbness since a brain tumor and cancer
    the numbness only affects the right side .it starts the my right hand works it way the my face ,the weird thing the it only hits the right side of my tounge,lips,and nose. lucky it only lasts for maybe 15 - 20 mintes. has any anyone experance the after after having brain tumor surury. It been just over 5 since radition . exuse my why typo I got over the one episode has I wrote this..

    3 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Hello, I am an oncology nurse and I think I can give you some insight until someone with a similar experience responds. I can tell you that a lot has to do with the location of the tumor and that not only surgery, but radiotherapy can also cause neurological deficits. It sounds like your surgery must have been done to the left side of your head if the problems you are experiencing are to the right side. So I don't know if your meningioma was in the location of the parasaggital region, the falcine, or possibly the sphenoid ridge. Another thing to consider is whether this arose from a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis type 2, which will affect the nervous system, and also what nerves might have been involved with your tumor. I can see from your post that you are having some dexterity problems, and it sounds from your description that they are transient and not permanent deficits. One other thing to consider is that sometimes the culprit is scar tissue. It is interesting to note that with treatment of brain tumors, malignant or benign, the number one cause for seizures is the scar tissue. I can imagine that for you this must be very frustrating at times but the great thing about the brain is that although the cells do not regenerate, they do learn to adapt and find a way improve functionality. I have to commend you on attempting a post even at the point where an episode has just subsided; that shows great determination and resolve and I think after awhile, you will find a way to overcome any issue you are facing at this moment. Sometimes the best medicine is a dose of patience, but I can also say with confidence that what you are experiencing is not that uncommon with meningiomas. Best of luck to you and I hope someone answers your post soon. You might also try asking that question on the American Brain Tumor Association website and I have attached a link there. Be patient, I think you are articulating your thoughts very well. Like life...we just get better with time. Great job, Carm Rn.


      over 5 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Numbness on one side of the body could be a sign of a stroke. My husband has had 2 of them. See the following website for symptoms: http://www.stroke.org/site/PageServer?pagename=SYMP . If you have any of these symptoms you should call 911 immediately.

      over 5 years ago
    • kamoore's Avatar

      Following my second surgery I was having episodes of numbness in the L side of my face and L arm and hand. My Dr wanted to increased my seizure meds which initially didn't help but then he changed me from Keppra to Dilantin and I have not had another episode. I didn't want to believe it was a form of seizure activity because it left me unable to drive for another 6 months but the fact that it stopped as soon as I was on Dilantin mad me realize it probably was a form of seizure. Mine lasted about 5 minutes each and I had 5 episodes in 4 days before changing meds then none since. I would discuss it with your neuro surgeon or neurologist. Good luck.

      over 5 years ago

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