Strange head sensations, tingling, cooling or burning sensation and almost wet feeling

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batty25
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   Posted 9/20/2011 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
This is my first time posting in here and I know that there are some similar posts regarding head tingling and anxiety. I recently (4 weeks ago) had my first panic attack. It wasn't bad like most are that I read about, I just had the heart buzzing, tingling sensations in my chest and left arm and got really scared. I was told to go on medication (Celexa) but I had a very adverse reaction to it so I decided instead of taking medication I would start changing things in my life...sleep better, eat better, start yoga and meditation, walk at least 30 minutes a day, and will be starting an anxiety workshop next week, etc. All was going pretty well (I was still having some on and off chest pains and arm numbness) until a few days days ago I started getting a strange sensation in my head that matched the "Tingly" feeling of when I started taking the Celexa. I thought it would be short lived but it's lasted 3 days now. It feels hot sometimes, cold sometimes but its always there. It's not necessarily a pain, more of a discomfort. Sometimes it feels like I can feel a liquid type feeling inside of my head and around my ear. It's only on the right hand side and originally started right above my right eyebrow and has now moved back to the right backside of my head with the goose bump tightening sensation on my scalp, like how you would feel if you had some strands of hair pulled. Is this similar to other anxiety head sensations? My doctor said she thought it was a migraine (though I didn't have many symptoms of a migraine-no light/sound sensitivity, nausea, etc.) and gave me a shot yesterday and a nasal spray to try, but both of those things didn't really seem to do too much. I'm really hoping that this is just a body side effect to the anxiety, if not then I'm worried...

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/20/2011 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi batty and welcome! How long ago did you stop taking the Celexa? Did you do a slow wean, or stop abbruptly, because I am wondering if this could be a withdrawl symptom, of residual s/e? I would ask your dr. regarding this possibility.

If it does turn out to be an anxiety symptom, then of course the more you focus on it, the more it could persist. It is great that you have made a solid game plan to get anxiety relief, and following it should really help to decrease your symptoms...so stick with it:)

You may also want to have a look into our Anxiety Resource Guide (main page 3rd post) It has some great links to relaxation and breathing exercises. If you practice these daily, they will bring down your over-all stress levels and reduce symptoms. There is also a lot of information to help educate about anxiety and panic disorders that you may find helpful.

I hope that you will find that this is a great place for sharing, information, and support. Please feel free to post anytime, and let us know how you are doing soon.

Take care,
Scaredy Cat
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

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batty25
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   Posted 9/20/2011 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and thanks for your response! I was only on 10mg Celexa for 8 days so my doctor told me it would be okay if I stopped taking it cold. I stopped and didn't turn back. All of the bad effects I was experiencing (severe nausea, vomiting, sweats and insomnia went away within 48 hours of me discontinuing it) but the smaller headaches stuck around on and off but would only last for an hour or so. It's been 2 weeks tomorrow since I stopped taking the medication but I thought since it was out of my bloodstream that I wouldn't have withdrawal symptoms anymore?

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/20/2011 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, probably not...but I am not really knowledgeable about meds, so maybe someone else may be able to shed some more light on this later...

One thing you may want to do is to check out this site:

www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtml

It is the most comprehensive list of symptoms I have seen around, and you may find your head sensation listed there.

If after focusing on your relaxation/coping mechanisms for another week or so, and you are still having a lot of trouble with this consistently, then ask your dr. again for a consultation regarding it.

Chances are though, that it will pass:)

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 9/20/2011 1:47:19 PM (GMT-6)

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