babyboomer, I have been getting terrible burning, throbbing headaches in the back of my head for 8 years now, 2 years after the headaches started, I felt the weird facial stuff start. At first it felt like a spider, bug, or a hair going across my face, now its more of a pressure feeling that sometimes buzzes.
I take xanax, and it seems to help some. I had a brain MRI and also a cervical MRI, the only thing found was a bulging disk, that I didn't know that I had, and also I have no curvature in my neck.
I hate the facial feelings the worst, and sometimes it will do this weird feeling on the side of my head. I know that its going to bother me when I can feel tension in my shoulder or occipitial area. I have not been diagnosed with anything yet. Neuro says they are cervicogenic migraines.
The headaches started about 3 months after I was involved in a car accident. I get the tingling in my back, and also in my legs. I fear so bad that its MS or something worse for that matter.
When this happens in my face, it doesn't hurt, there is no numbness, and it only lasts for a few seconds. I have it everyday, it makes its appearance at least 20-30 times a day.
I think the xanax helps to a certain degree because it has mild muscle relaxants in it, I dunno.
Pain specialist gave me injections, it didn't help, now she wants me to try Lyrica. Too scared.
Your not alone, I have been through pure heck for 6 years now. All the docs that I talk to says that the neck problem shouldn't cause the facial stuff. Well, its really weird that I can raise my arms and when I lower them the buzzing feeling will start, or when I put my head back to look up, it will do it. It is definently aggravated by movement, which makes me believe that something is triggering it. I can actually push a certain area on the side of my neck and the tingles or buzzes will start. Weird. Your not alone. I know how you feel. Jen
BRAIN TUMOR... I had the same numbness in my face and head. The doctor thought I was experiencing a stroke. I did a cat scan and it was then they found the tumor in the pons region called the clivus. I was sent for an MRI and found to have a large tumor in the clivus, later found to be a clival chordoma. The tumor was compressing the brain stem (where the central nervous system is located, the cause of the numbness). I had the tumor removed and a small portion of it was not resected, but I have had no problems since than, other than some nerve damage on my right side. I have yearly checkups since chordomas tend to grow back at something like 80% recurrence rate.
So I would check that out as soon as possible.
i wanna start by saying thanks for looking,site is very helpful.here we go well today friday sept 5 2008
i felt a weird sensation on the right side of my head!
half way up and somewhat above ear!
anyways for the most part ive been active and somewhat healthy.
with in the last year ive gained atleast 40 ponds,
im now at about 220 or so.ive always been 180 ponds.it may or maynot have something to do with this.
im not sure but ill throw it in there,ive been doing some bathroom remodel and found behind 2 walls
there had been a water leak.when the walls were taken down there may have been some moldyness,
it was wet on the lats that the drywall attaches to.
it may or may not have anything to do with it
but if it continues i will go to the doctors office.
before today everything was good but i noticed
the slight nubness later in the day.dont feel any pain but it does feel a little uncomfortable.you get kind of scared especially when you have a wife and 3 kids!
thanks for reading.
I am a 37 yr. female. I am in basic great health and I do not exercise like I should. I am border line overweight by 5 lbs. I was in a major car accident in 2004, but walked away without a physical scratch. I have a stressful life, just like everyone else. Between marriage, kids, grandkids and full time job away from home, pretty stressful. Then I get home to another full time job. I started experiencing numbness on the left side of my head in 2006. It will last for hours at a time. Sometimes it flows into my lower left jaw and cheek. Occassionally my lips. I read someone else would self adjust their neck for relief. I do the same thing, it used to help some, but it doesn't anymore. But still feel the need to pop the neck. I have been to my primary doctor and a neurologist. I have had, CT Scans, MRI, EKG's and nerve tests. They all come back negative. They keep wanting to test me for something they can't diagnose. I know it is necessary, but the whole time I feel like I know that it is all stress related. So I stopped going. I stopped having this problem for months after I left my job in 2007 and started a new job. I thought that was the answer. Hey all better.... WRONG....as soon as my husband lost his job, I had to find another job and we took custody of my grandson in July and still no work for hubby. We are way past on bills and to top it off....we are in a gas shortage. So hey guess what came back for a visit?! You guessed it, the head numbness. My shoulders are tight and sore and my head just aches with this numbness. Sometimes a hot flash will pop, I guess, in my head and it feels so strange. Like a blood vessel popped. Anyway, I hate that so many other people are out there with the same symptoms. I don't know if I have anything or not or if it is just stress. I am going to the dr. tomorrow for a physical and tell him the numbness is back. Maybe he will prescribe Lexapro or something to settle my nerves and relax me some. Hopefully, it will work.