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JASON W
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   Posted 8/12/2005 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
New to here, but i have looked elsewere for answers.
 
Used to be that i would get a wierd sensation of numbess in the top or sides od my head. For about the last two weeks i have had a full tingly sensation that spreads from around my ear to half way up my scalp and on the upper jaw and cheek. When i used to get the numbness i would self adjust my neck and it would go away. This sensation comes and goes several times a day. It does not seem to be triggered by anything.  Some times i can feel movement and even notice that the movement moves the classes on my face. today i can feel what seems to be my heart beat in the side of my face. My face almost feels like the sensation that you get when you go to get your wisdom teeth out and they stick you with that medicine.
 
I am 26 years old, i am overweight. I often get a stiff neck and probably have arthritis in the neck. I am currently working out a few time a week. I do not have blurred vision or dizziness. I only feel this pressure and the movement in the side of my face as well. Any ideas?
 
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tysmyboo
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   Posted 8/12/2005 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Are you on any medications? Do you have any pain???

It sounds like it might be a pinched nerve or something that might actually be going on other than a headache or migraine since it is fixed with a manipulation of the neck (chiropractic type)

Give us a little more information and I will be glad to share any insight I have....Have you seen any doctors?

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JASON W
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   Posted 8/12/2005 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   

I am on medication for ibs. the adjusting of the neck no longer helps to make it go away. it seems to come and go and my girl is an rn. She actually listened to me today. she rubbeed my neck really hard. it seemed to offer some temp relief. I have no pain. Just the sensation of fullness on the side of my face and i can feel movement like a pulse. or sometime just random motion activity. I have had some anxiety issues in the past. I originally described the feeling as numbness but now feel like it a swelling instead. I did the other night adjust my neck and felt some movement and then my left face went numb. tonight it is the throbbing with no pain that i feel above my left ear. occasionaly i might feel a sharp pain for maybe a moment. i feel like my ear needs to pop but it doesnt. this feeling covers my upper jaw, cheek temple and ear areas. Some one said pressure head ache. When i think head ache i think pain. Is this wrong? If it is a pressure head ache. why is it only on the left and what can i do to get rid of it?

 

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   Posted 8/13/2005 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Jason...

Check back tomorrow...I am exhausted and need to pull a few books...

I am going to do some research and see what I can find for you ok!?!

It's not ringing any OBVIOUS bells right off the top of my head. No doctors visit though?

Sara

Hang in there for now...have you taken any anti-inflammatory over the counter meds? put some ice on it in the mean time...to keep any swelling down (15 minute increments)



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JASON W
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   Posted 8/14/2005 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for looking in to this. Today i was at walmart and they had a health chart thing. THe diagram of the head showed what was called the temporal muscle. the whole area in which this covers is where i am experiencing this pressure. today it was there all day and then tapered off in the evening and is now back at 11.16 so it was gone for about 4 hours. I have also been having leg pain. My calves feel like they are balled up. anyways. i am going to try to go to sleep
 

tysmyboo
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   Posted 8/15/2005 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   

Jason,

Please go see a doctor. I am doing some reseach here..but this is not a "usual" thing that I am familiar with...it sounds like something more with the nerves etc and not like the migraine, tension, cluster headaches that I am familiar with. I don't want to scare you...I just want to make sure that you get taken care of.

I am still looking to see what I can find as far as specific info...

Sara

Hang in there in the meantime


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JASON W
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   Posted 8/16/2005 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I appreciate your help. My mother seems to think it might be a tooth or something like that. I went to the Er yesterday but there were so many really sick people there and i dont have any pain so i thought that i would wait until today to go back so i gave up my spot. I have started taking biaxin to kill any infection that might be there as well as i was taking advil to see if that helped with the pressure, it seemed to help out somewhat. I will probably go to the doc tommorow. Thanks again. Jason

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   Posted 8/23/2005 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Jason,
I have suffered from migraines since childhood.  During my teenage years, I started getting jabbing pains in my head, usually over my right ear, that felt like someone was sticking me with an ice pick.  If I had several of these, I knew a migraine was coming on.  Years down the road, the frequency of the pains decreased, but they now could hit me anywhere on my head.  The pain is so intense, I immediately freeze up and grab for the point that hurts.  It only lasts a few seconds, but it is really awful. 
 
A lot of your symptoms sound like they are muscular, coming up from your neck.  You may not be aware of how much stress you may have locked up in there.  You may want to investigate an anti-anxiety medication, muscle relaxer, and/or a good massage therapist.  I had a huge hump between my shoulder blades for years that was just accumulated stress from a stressful job and a bad marriage.  As soon as I got away from those things, and with the help of a divorce and a few good neck rubs from my Dad, the hump and the accompanying discomfort went away.  Of course, once I released all that tension, my migraines got worse, as they tend to do when you uncork the bottle.  Oh well.
 
My best advise is to start a notebook and keep track of each time you encounter some noteworthy occurance.  This will be very helpful, and over a period of time, you may see patterns develop.  Track date, time, symptoms, mood, environment, stress level, what you ate that day, what medications you took, etc...anything that might be relavent to the event.  This information should also help you when you see a doctor.
 
Best of luck and let us know how it goes.
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   Posted 8/26/2005 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I woke up this morning with numbess in my lower lip on the right side - through out the day I noticed that it is also on the right side of the back of my head and also my right ear (the top part). I initially thought that I slept weird but it is now 9:30 at night and it is still the same... I have been searching the internet and this is the first place that had similar symptoms. I was on a website that listed herpes encephalitis as a concern but then when I was seaching under that the symptoms were not the same ... (I was diagnossed with ADD recently which is what I thought my increased forgetfullness was attributed to)... I was also diagnoes with herpes within the past year. So I don't know - herpes encephalitis does not say anything about numbness but I do have herpes and am forgetful... ugh.. any advice...

Thanks,
gigiliz

Richard61
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   Posted 9/6/2005 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Me too - Doc you've got an epidemic on your hands.
 
Google brought me and and I too have scalp and facial numbness. In my case rather fleeting numbness that radiates from the back left quarter of my scalp around to include my jaw and left cheek - all left side.
 
Seems to be triggered by odd things: sometimes coughing or even clearing my throat. Sometimes no apparent trigger although for a period of time I'd experience it many mornings after getting in the car to go to work and always in the same place - about a mile from the house.  That was pretty wierd.  Now it's not that predictable and more often is associated with coughing or some over movement to the head. Similar condition for maybe 15 years so guess I'm not too worried about it. 
 
Not painful and usually lasts about 15 seconds although there is sometimes a lingering feeling of tightness in the back of the head something like a small boil or pimple  - although there's nothing actually there. 
 
I grind my teeth - that's a suspect activity and may be involved.  I'm 61 in generally good health and I've often wondered which speciality would be most interested in this - where to begin or is it anything that even needs investigation?
 
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desilu
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   Posted 8/31/2006 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   

 

I just wanted to share with jason ware that just when I was reading your comment on what you've been feeling, I was feeling just that.  I am in my late 30's and just a few weeks ago I began to feel numbness on part of my head, and that wierd sensation on the face.  I went to get a MRI and they found a legion on my brain which indicated MS.   Sooooo you might want to request that MRI.  Wish you the best.


bkbyrne
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   Posted 9/5/2006 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys,

I have been suffering with feeling of numb cheeks. Thought it was sinus but xray showed up clear. My neck is aslo stiff, feel like my head is too heavy for my shoulders...if that makes any sense! There seems to be trigger points in the back of my neck(base of my skull, below ear) Its very tender and really sore too touch.

Recently I've been getting blurred vision, particularly after playing sport. Also get a throbbing headach.....which sounds like migraine.

Today I read about Sternocleidomastoid syndrome. Has anyone heard of it??

The symptoms seem similar to what I am suffering. My sore neck and shoulders are keeping me up at night and as a result I feel tired and drained pretty much all the time.

thanks,

Barry

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   Posted 10/20/2006 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   
This sounds familiar.
Years ago I started noticing a strange numbness on the side of my face and I went to the doctors about it. It really puzzled him but said it could be symptoms of migraine. I didnt really hbeleive him and just forgot about it basically.
Over the next few years I started experiencing Auras and other strange symptoms which I am now pretty certain are migraines.
I am going to my doctors again in the next few days with a few prints from this forum to see what he can do for me.

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/21/2006 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Does this sound similar to what you are experiencing?

What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?


Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), also called tic douloureux, is a chronic pain condition that causes extreme, sporadic, sudden burning or shock-like face pain that lasts anywhere from a few seconds to as long as 2 minutes per episode. The intensity of pain can be physically and mentally incapacitating. TN pain is typically felt on one side of the jaw or cheek. Episodes can last for days, weeks, or months at a time and then disappear for months or years. In the days before an episode begins, some patients may experience a tingling or numbing sensation or a somewhat constant and aching pain. The attacks often worsen over time, with fewer and shorter pain-free periods before they recur. The intense flashes of pain can be triggered by vibration or contact with the cheek (such as when shaving, washing the face, or applying makeup), brushing teeth, eating, drinking, talking, or being exposed to the wind. TN occurs most often in people over age 50, but it can occur at any age, and is more common in women than in men. There is some evidence that the disorder runs in families, perhaps because of an inherited pattern of blood vessel formation. Although sometimes debilitating, the disorder is not life-threatening.

The presumed cause of TN is a blood vessel pressing on the trigeminal nerve in the head as it exits the brainstem. TN may be part of the normal aging process but in some cases it is the associated with another disorder, such as multiple sclerosis or other disorders characterized by damage to the myelin sheath that covers certain nerves.
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   Posted 10/22/2006 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
do you have high blood pressure? my headaches are right next to my ears and temples. Ive been waiting for someone to post with headaches there and your the only one. I dont think its the teeth. I think something is wrong with my ears even though the doc says there isnt.

My headache is non stop. I mean ive had a headache for a month and a half without it going away and doc doesnt seem too concerned

cmgiancola
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   Posted 10/24/2006 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
tt,
You need to get a new doctor! If your doctor thinks there is nothing wrong with you afyter having a headache for a month and a half, then your doc should not have a degree.

kie
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   Posted 11/1/2006 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
you need to go to your doctor and if he says there's nothing wrong, you need a new doctor! (they're not gods, they don't know everything) have you gone to a neurologist yet? it may be symptoms for another type of illness or disease. look up the symptoms and see if you find any matches for other illnesses and ask your doctor to do some tests.

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   Posted 2/4/2007 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband has had dizziness for 2 to 3 yrs. now and has been to ENT and Neurologist. They did a MRI or Cat Scan that showed a hole in his brain that had been there for years. My husband thinks it came from falling off a diving board and hitting the cement before going in the pool when he was about 5 yrs. old. Anyway, he had to retire early from being a paramedic because of the sensations when he drives, etc. Now he has started being really fatiqued and has some numbness around the back and sides of his head. As he says there are bad days and not so bad days. He has learned to avert his eyes to help with the dizziness, but the
numbness concerns me. He thinks because he had the test done 2 yrs ago that they are probably the same.
Any suggestions as to who he should see or what this could be. I am new to this site and would really appreciate hearing from someone with these symptoms and a dianoses. Thanks.

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   Posted 2/17/2007 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnoised with Occipital Neurolgia. I ve experienced facial & ear tingling. Ocaasionally when I lay down on one side my whole side will tingle. I ve also had neck pain for months. My neuro said Ive tightened up my neck mucsle so much it had damaged my greater occiptial nerve. This could have been caused by stress , sleeping uncomfortable , or by grinding my teeth at night . Along with this I ve had scalp pain in my right side of my head. Ive been dealing with this for months. Ive had MRI's of my head and cervial spine and anything major ruled out.
In the begining I did the chiroprator for 2 months (no help) then was referred to PT, (no help) the my GP told me to try massage thearpy, thats helping. I also have received 2 injections of an anti-inflammatory in my head (nerve) to help calm down the nerves inflammed from my tightened neck muscle. A take a muscle relaxer occasionly (dont like side effects) but was highly recommened by neuro to use it for a little while. I hope I helped rather then confused you!
goodluck to you !!
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   Posted 2/18/2007 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   

padukey,

Was wondering about your facial tingling you have.  I have this and it is brought on by neck movement, and I do have alot of discomfort in the occipital region, I suffer from left sided migraines also.  No doctor ever said occipital neuralgia, I have burning, tight feelings alot of time also in the back of my head.  Do you get this?  Every doctor that I have been to says the neck can't cause problems in the face.  My cervical MRI showed a bulging disk at C-3, brain MRI was also normal.  Chiros didn't help me either.  Do you ever get the pain in your temples and across your forehead?  It feels like a ache and tightness.  Thanks!! Jen :-)


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   Posted 2/22/2007 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Jen.

It took lots and lots of doctors until I was diagnoised! I would get occasional migraine symptoms,but alot of scalp pain. It does feel like a burning tight feeling in the back of my head, But only on the right side (the same side my neck hurt.)It felt sore to touch my scalp, almost like the feeling you get when you hold your hair in a ponytail to long and tight then take it out.

It took a neurologist to diagnose with this 5 months later (It took that long just to find a doctor to refer me. )But the majority of the doctors I had seen had related this problem to stress. A lot of tension is held in my neck. And for the tingling in my face , My neuro says it is related to my neck , because my neck muscle is pressing on my greater occipital nerve that will cause these feelings. In your case your bulging disc could possible be hitting a nerve? I would suggest a neuro and maybe physical thearpy for your disc. I never had any luck with chriopractors.

I hope I was some help, Please respond back and keep me updated !

Thanks,
Carrie
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   Posted 2/26/2007 2:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ,
I need some help for my husband, Donald . For about 5 days, he has had pain in his jaw, cheek, forehead, and throat. All of the pain is on his left side and it changes and moves around. It is sporadic and until Friday night he was just using the heating pad for the pain. Friday night he started using Vicodin . He refused to go to the dr. about it , but finally consented on Friday night. Of course, that left a whole weekend of waiting it out. He would not go to the ER. He says it is not numbness. Could this be some type of neuralgia? He has epilepsy. It is controlled with meds. He also has migraines off and on.
Thank you very much for any information. Marcey
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   Posted 3/3/2007 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi corvettelover,

Sorry I have not been around, my puter has been down, I hope your husband is feeling better! Tell me did the Vicodin work and take the pain away?

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   Posted 3/4/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Ann,
Yes, it goes away , but temporarily. He has a dental appt. on Wed. Won't go to a reg. dr. , so I hope he's right , for his sake. He took a vicodin this morning. We've been married for 38 yrs. , so you'd think I would have some sway over him, right?! eyes Oh well, he's still my sweetie, though.
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   Posted 3/5/2007 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
This thread of discussiond has confirmed that I am not crazy, psychosymatic or a hypochrondric. I have been experiemcing bouts of numbeness and tingling down my left face, jaw, arm and leg for 2 months now. I have gone to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack or a TIA. I have had a MRI and MRA of the brain and a Cervical CAT scan which shows some degenerative disc disease. I have been to a neurologist, cardiologist who put me om MICARDIS for high blood pressure under stress, an endocrinologist ( thyroid may be a little hypoactive) and a orthopedist who has just referred me to a pain managemt Dr. who is reading my report and will get back to me. I get a little nervous when these episodes happen. I have tried to use a orthopedic memory foam pillow but that just seems to make the problem worse. The Occipital neuralgia comes close to what I am experiencing. Has anyone received any other confirmation of their symptoms. THANKS
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