When should I call my healthcare provider?

Call your healthcare provider if you experience any numbing or tingling feelings in your muscles, or if you suddenly cannot move a muscle or body part.

Also, call 9-1-1 right away if you have any of the signs of a stroke. A stroke is a medical emergency and effective treatments are available, but they must be started within a few hours after stroke symptoms begin.

The American Stroke Association uses the word F.A.S.T. as a guide to identify a stroke and call 9-1-1:

  • F: Face drooping
  • A: Arm weakness
  • S: Speech difficulty
  • T: Time to call 9-1-1

These other symptoms, all of which come on suddenly, may appear separately or in combination with F.A.S.T. signs:

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  • Sudden numbness of face, arm, or leg, usually on one side of the body.
  • Sudden trouble with vision in one of both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden onset of headache with no known cause.

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