26. No One Expects Pins and Needles In Your Chin
Have you ever sat for too long and started to experience that tingling sensation in your leg? It’s a horrible sensation, especially when you get up and blood starts to flow back into the area again. Many people describe the condition as feeling like pins and needles being inserted into the skin. But a patient that Oamob was working on described the sensation in their chin of all places, and then it feeling entirely numb. How does that kind of thing happen? It is a rare disease with a pretty straightforward name.
“I literally google ‘Numb Chin Syndrome’ on my phone – I was surprised to find it was actually a thing, but the only search results are random case reports from decades ago. […] there was one or two cases where the patients happened to have leukemia. I mentioned this to the intern in a vain attempt to claw back some brownie points, but I didn’t expect them to stop and look at me. It turns out that the guy’s only past medical history was that they had had leukemia years ago. So it turns out the numb chin was a really rare sign that their cancer was coming back and had deposited in the narrow bony canal where the nerve to their chin lives.”