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.