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jphsr
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   Posted 3/9/2007 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
hello i have gone through all the same test and probally a few more you have and i also have had the same results they tell me that everything is within normal parameters but they can not tell me its normal when mine seem to be getting progressively worse with each episode i have me last one i lost the right side of my face ,the use of my eye and my right arm for four days and they put me in physical therapty to help me regain the streanght in my arm....so no your not alone in this just keep positive and looking forward for what will help you good luck jphsr

Jenny R.
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   Posted 3/9/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   

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

 

 

 

 


HormoneJ
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   Posted 3/9/2007 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Jenny, if your doctor says facial stuff can't come from neck problems, he has obviously forgotten his basic anatomy and physiology class. But to be fair, general doctors don't get much training in muscles and fascia; they are trained in drugs and surgery and "illness". See my notes in "Strange Headache". Read the link for headaches.

Lots of people have bulging disks and have no problems. So it's probably not that. The car accident most likely caused the neck muscles to tighten and spasm and the affect can feed on itself so that it can't quite heal.

Find a good manual therapist and some deep tissue work done. CranioSacral, myofacial release, lymph drainage, neuromuscular release (NMT). However, I must say that even though I'm trained in a number of these, it took me almost 3 months of headaches before I figured out that it was muscular and another month to get any relief. I had too many doctors telling me too many things and got very confused and forgot my OWN training. So I'm doing deep work now and have had the first real relief I'd had in a long time. I truly hope it continues because the neuro simply handed me drugs and sent me home. He's doing the best he can with what he knows.

Good luck,
Jeanne

Jenny R.
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   Posted 3/9/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
HormoneJ, I read the information before on the round-earth website.  It is very interesting.  I did 12 weeks of physical therapy back in the fall of 2006, it seemed to help alot.  Its very frustrating when you get told that the neck problem can't cause problems in the jaw and facial area.  I truly know that mine is triggered by tight, sore neck pain.  If my neck doesn't feel tight then the tingling, etc, isn't there.  The same as there is no ear pain when my neck isn't bothering me.  Thanks for the info!!!  May we be pain free!!!  Jen yeah

silver52
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   Posted 4/3/2007 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been having athe numbness on the left side of my face sometimes no pain but hen apin in the ear jaw eye and scalp areas. At times incapacitating. Last time out of work 2 weeks on pain meds. Tegretol, Lyrica. Vicodin 750 and baclofen. My nurologist says trigmminal nuralgia. Has scheldued me for nerve blocks this month. It has subsided, but stil numbness and eyelid feels heavy. I did not have these problems until 2 months after I stared receiving Remicade injections. My arthritis doctor doesn't say either waay if it could be the drug, but isteade has increased my dosage and frequency of injections. Has anyone else had these symptoms that is on Remicade? One time the tingling went from side to side and the ear area felt as if you touched it with a hot iron.

mscactus
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   Posted 4/17/2007 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All..

Susan from Australia here... I am also experiencing numbness in mainly the left side of my face. I have been under a lot of stress after losing a son to cancer a couple of months ago, but this strange numbness started about a month ago. My husband took me to the ER and they did an ECG and blood tests and told me to go home that is was from stress. I have multiple episodes of this on a daily basis.. it usually starts as a ringing noise in my left ear and then my ear goes numb. The numbness spreads on part of my cheek and up the back of my head to my forehead. Other times it spreads down my neck (front and back) and down my shoulder to my arm. It is really scary. It has happened on both sides, but mostly is on the left side only. I have a doctors appointment this afternoon as my husband is very worried by this as well and feels that some investigation needs to be done, which I agree to. It certainly does sound to me like it could be occipital related though.

momtobkandsd
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   Posted 4/22/2007 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 38, had a ischemic stroke in early 30s, migraines at least once a month to once a week. While I was pregnant with my 7 year old son, I noticed tingling on the right side of my scalp, like it was asleep. I had never had this before and it worsened over the span of several weeks. It would spread around to the top of my head and side of my face and sometimes there would be pressure in my temple area. I told my ob/gyn about this and he laughed it off. I had a couple of major migraines toward the end of the pregnancy. When my son was 4 months old, a neurologist ordered an MRI because I had gone to him after the birth for migraine treatment, but was also having numbness in left hand. The MRI revealed the stroke, which left me with a 1cm dead space on the right side of my brain. I suspected the tingling had been some kind of warning signal of the stroke, for which they found no cause nor do I fit any at-risk group. My head had not tingled since, despite continued migraines, until a couple of weeks ago. It only does it on the right side ...sometimes just in the area over my ear, sometimes spreading to the top of my head and around to my face even making my eye feel strange. Also, my temple will feel like too much blood is pumping through for some of this. It is lasting longer and longer. I do not have a neurologist in the new state in which I live, but from reading some of this I know I should make an appointment. I've just been scared of what they might find. It has had me very worried.

momtobkandsd
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   Posted 4/22/2007 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems some of you have obvious neck problems with your numbness. I do not and it only stays on my head. I have had it make the top of my ear lobe burn and hurt and right now it is making my right eye lid feel a bit droopy. I do not have a headache, though, just some sinus pressure. Rubbing my neck or the area of the head that is tingling/numb does not seem to help. I have been making sure to take an aspirin a day. I take no other meds except generic sudafed for sinus swelling/pressure.

drica4k
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   Posted 6/25/2007 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I too experience numbeness on my scalp on the right side. It happened to day while I was sleeping.I felt it then I scratched my scalp and could not feel it. Does anyone have any idea what this could be?

Sanders
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   Posted 6/27/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 19 years old and one day i woke up with my right side of my head hurting, I thought that i had hit my head prior to that day so i didnt think that it was a big deal.  A few days later my head was still hurtuing, well come to find out that the crown area and down to my neck on the right side was swollen.  It took me 2 weeks to get the swelling down, but it moved to above my right ear.  That took about a week for the swelling to go down.  After all the swelling was gone, the whole right side of my head has been numb. My head has been numb for a straight month and a half and i don't know what to do. Does anyone have any ideas?
 
~Sandy

Marty
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   Posted 1/20/2008 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 41 and have really mixed feeling about what's going on with my health. I stated getting some numbness in myleft side of my head and face. I just started a new job and I have really really good insurance. Well I had a MRI and thyey told me I teste would suck too!d out for possible MS so now they wantr me to go the a Neurologist. The thing is if I dodn't have good insurance would they have told me to take an asprin and get some reat? I feel ok amd I donate blood a lot and my blood is really healthy. So I don't think I have MS but I will go see someone to check out the MRI results. Sometimes I wonder if when they see your insurance they  see $$$ and test. test test!? Or who knows maybe I do have MS and that suck too!

Drazil
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   Posted 3/25/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this site also. I found it from a google search for scalp numbness. I just experienced it for the first time today. I hurt my ankle last night, so I don't know if there is corrolation. I have no pain, but when I scratched my head, I noticed that I was numb on my left side, just above my ear. It feels like when my arm falls asleep. It is strange, and has been constant since noon. (that is when I noticed it). I am not sure if this should be something to worry about. I am otherwise healthy, and just turned 30 this month. Should I be concerned? There is no pain, just numbness.

fspilot
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   Posted 6/22/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello people.
 
I also found this forum while looking for some info about numbnes on the side of my head. at first i tought it was the sing of a stroke, so this past friday when i had an episode of numbnes and dizzyness, i went to the ER, while waiting, i got really sacred and my heart whent up to a 150. so they rushed me to a room, and slowed my heart with medications, i told the doctor that i was afraid of a stroke, sice i've seen so many people die from them. she told me i was too young (i turned 22 this past february) and told me that my heart was ok and i just had a tachycardia attack. they released me but i got another episode and i had to go back (sad because i dont have insurance) but my heart rate when down before i got there, i was more calm. the doctor gave me a medication for the tachycardia but the numbness on my head and dizzyness whas still there. they only performed EKG test for my heart, and blood test, everything fine. but no test for my head. so i found this forum yesterday night (and thanks a lot, since reading, i'm more calm and i slept for the first time since friday)
 
In my job my shoulder tingles and the side of my neck, i also have the same symptoms in the middle of my back, thats the way i know that the dizziness is comming. but i never tought it whas because of a pinch nerve. last night after reading this conversation i took an ibuprofen from my wife, and my symptoms including the numbness and dizziness whent away :-) . So i'm pretty sure now is a pinched nerve since i have posture, back pain and neck pain problems. all the symptoms started 7 months ago when i got a new job using a computer, and i have to be standing up almost all day with my right arm in an uncorfortable position.
 
I still want a doctor to examine my head to rule out a stroke. i'm going to get health insurance this week but is not going to be effective until July 1. Any recomendations? postures? massages?
 
Thanks for starting this post, i feel very calmn now

Annuk
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   Posted 6/22/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi fspilot,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry to hear about what you are going through! Unfortunately there are no specific tests for headache, any test that are done like MRI or blood tests, these are taken to rule out anything else that might affect the headache.

It sounds like the numb feelings you have had in your head understandably induced a panic attack! You really need to see a Neurologist, preferably one who is a Headache Specialist to ascertain what is going on with you.

Please let me know how you get on?

take care

Ann
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Soakin_N_Kerosene
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   Posted 7/4/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Just yesterday I started feeling the numbness on the right side of my face and scalp. I don't know how to explain it. It feel like when you get chills the sensation of tingling and the numbness you get afterwards. I think mine is due from lack of sleep but I slept in today and should of felt better but I feel about the same. I'm epileptic also so I would love to know if this has to do with this too.

rprentice_1975
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   Posted 7/6/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Jason,

 

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.

Rodney Prentice


bonjo4257
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   Posted 7/15/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I am now 50 yrs old and at 47 after being on several deppression medications I started to suffer from severe migraines. They would last from 2 to 10 days straight. I now heard thar possibly Wellbutrim and Cymbalta may possibly cause this. I have had several MRI'S and have 9 lessions on my brain and demyalating disease. Does anyone know of this? I am now pending SSI disability. Please help me!!!!

junior1
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   Posted 9/5/2008 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   

hi everyone!

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.


davisdawg14
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   Posted 9/24/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey all:

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.... yeah 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. confused 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.


texas23
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   Posted 3/4/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
A month ago I had a TIA with the tingling in my right arm and my face drooped like belle's palsy. I have had 2 MRI's, a spinal and a brain scan. Everything came back fine. Numerous test with cardiologist, neurologist, and neurologist surgeon. Now, I am having symptoms of tention in the shoulders and upper neck, looking like I am anticipation of something happening and I can feel this coming on. My doctors don't think it's anything but I need some help if anyone could help me. The symptom's last 15 to 20 minutes. When the episodes happen I don't want to be around anyone and I look like I anticipation of something going to happen, and my thoughts are cloudy. The doctor's have ran every test on my heart to make sure it wasn't that and the test came back fine on my heart. I feel like the doctor's are over looking something and I really am tired of this happening and feeling this way. If anyone could suggest anything or help I would appreciate it. :

krmais
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   Posted 10/20/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello.  Im a thirty nine year old female and have been experiencing alot of the same symptoms as many of you.  I found you through google search when I entered head numbness.  Two years ago the left side of my face went numb.  I felt like I had been to the dentist.  It lightened up, but stayed in my check and lips.  about 6 months later it returned, but this time it was the top and sides of my head and my eyes included.  I went to an eye doctor who said they were fine and my reg. doctor chalked it up to stress.  This has persisted and now I have numbness on the left side of my left leg from the knee to the top of my foot.  I have cloudy thinking on and off and extreme pressure on my head.  I have no insurance andam desperatly trying to finish my degree to get a job where I can afford insurance before I head back to the dr. for tests.  If anyone has any info. that might help......PLEASE>>>>>>>>>>>>PLEASE........PLEASE don't hesitate to send it!!
 
Thank you
Kim

newuser555
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   Posted 11/1/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
My neice hit the back of my head with a toy 2 days ago and the back of my head is numb, I have no signs of dizziness or headaches. This might be a mild consussion. Does anyone think I should see a doctor or just let this ride out? Any thoughts?

Thanks

Cranio1
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   Posted 12/2/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

I've had similar symptoms for a couple years. It first started as a tickle in my right chin, but later spread to a tightness in my right cheek. At the time I got a brain, jaw and spine MRI done which revealed nothing remarkable. They also did a spinal tap to rule out MS. The symptoms got unbearable (tight pressure in face, burning on my right side) when working with my right arm on the computer so they also did an EMG(?) on my arm which also showed nothing. I have no sharp pains, and numbness only sets in if I let the pressure build up by continuing to work on the affected side. This is also completely dependent upon posture and muscle activity. I sleep fine and am usually symptom free until I start to use my arm, trap and neck muscles heavily or after eating something. It actually feels fine when I eat, the symptoms start usually about 20 minutes after.

Without any other ideas, I changed my diet, started an exercise and stretching program and saw a TMJ specialist who made me a mouth orthotic. These seemed to help a little, but to not aggravate any inflammation I started working on my left side which was tough at first but I got used to it. I did research into trigger points and found several on my SCM and trap muscles.

Fast forward two years and oops all of a sudden I have similar symptoms on my left side. These actually start with a tiny pain in the back of my left skull then turn into numbness down my arm, and when really aggravated will turn into the tickle in my left chin and tightness in the face - curious that I get other symptoms first on that side.

I immediately sought out a neuromuscular therapist and new chiropractor. I am doing all the exercises and nutrition suggestions they gave for a month, seeing them regularly, but have only noticed a minor improvement in my left side. The right side chin tingling and facial pressure has not gotten any better. Symptoms are non-existent when I leave their office after treatment but slowly return throughout the day.

I am a high stress person and worked on a computer sometimes 12 hours a day with terrible posture and my shoulders jammed up into my head. Symptoms are always MUCH worse when I am thinking about them or depressed or panicky. They virtually go away with a glass of Gin or a valium tablet. The neuro therapist believes it is stress on my neck muscles that have aggravated the nerves in my neck and face. I am inclined to believe it is a muscle and nerve stress issue because I have no symptoms when sleeping and for a while after waking, feel fine for a few hours after a massage and can mostly eliminate symptoms with a muscle relaxer or valium.

Anyway, what I need advice on is if I should be patient with their therapies or if I should go back to the neurologist for more expensive MRIs. I can make sense of the problem spreading to my left side because I worked under the same stress and bad posture as I did when the symptoms appeared on the right. But I'm concerned about the possibility of a tumor or a disease having been missed and possibly being more evident on an MRI now? Also, I really hate the idea of getting stuck on an anti-depressant or anxiety medication but am at the point now where I think I'd benefit from it. My internist prescribed an anti-depressant which I haven't taken but doesn't think more tests are warranted.

Thanks.

amanda b
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   Posted 1/28/2010 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
hey guys 27 years old and  i have  the same tinggleing and numbness on the right side of my face
this started about a month ago im not sure what to do i do know im going to the docs tomarrow to see what he can do for me
its also a bit of relef to know that there are otheres going though this also (meaning im not alone) and i have someone to talk about it with
 
    thank you all hope to hear back
                                 Amanda
 

JC ONE
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   Posted 4/5/2010 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
? I HAVE BEEN HAVING NUMBNESS ON MY LEFT UPPER SIDE OF MY HEAD AND HAVE BEEN SLEEP A LOT MORE THEN NORMAL about 7 TO 8 HR OF SLEEP? LET ME ADD THAT AFTER 29 YR I WENT TO MY DOCTOR AND HAVE BEEN TAKING D-AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO I RAN OUT OF MED TWO WEEKS AGO AND SAW A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE BUT THE ONE THING THAT I CANT UNDERSTAND IS WHY MY BACK OF MY HEAD WHERE I HAD A CONCUSSION AT SPECIFICALLY IS NUMB AND IS IR-RATING ME? I KINDA FEEL DUMMER IN A WAY? THANX JC
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