Numbness, tingling sensation in face, scalp

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   Posted 4/9/2012 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had ongoing numbness, tingling sensations in my face and head for months.  It comes on and off.  I've been having it now for about 3 days and it's driving me crazy.
I've been searching these symptoms and have found that it can be caused by stress.  This is interesting to me as I've been struggling with anxiety for years.
I would appreciate anyone responding with thier own experiences.  I was worried that I had some type of nerve problem.  I would have thought it was a stroke if it wasn't my entire head, face, scalp and neck.
Although it's not painful it is very uncomfortable and makes it difficult to sleep.
Any advice would be great.
M :-)

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   Posted 4/10/2012 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mich,

You are correct in that this is a fairly common symptom of anxiety. Even though you have had anxiety for sometime, it is not unusual for new symptoms to pop up unexpectedly...I also get new symptoms still, or older ones that reappear after a long abscence.

If it was something to do with nerves, I would guess that it could be from a neck/nerve compression issue? I have numbness in my arms sometimes from brachial nerve compression. I do stretches to relieve it.

You would have to see your doctor to be sure if it persists, or gets worse.

Try doing some breathing and relaxation exercises to get some relief. These brings down over-all levels of stress and should lessen anxiety symptoms. If you need some ideas, check out our Anxiety Resources .(main page)

I hope that you are feeling better soon. Post anytime with us!:)

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   Posted 4/10/2012 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
These symptoms are typical of anxiety but to ease your mind, please make an appointment with a doctor. It helps to have a full medical work up so that you can be assured that you are dealing with anxiety issues. After that some CBT and relaxation exercises are helpful to calm the tingling/anxiety. Hang in there. You are not alone. You'll find tons of support on this board.
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   Posted 4/10/2012 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mich,
I have these symptoms as well, plus others like anxiety, panic attacks ect, This can be contributed to something neurological your right. A neurological bacteria called Lyme is what many are discovering they have. U do not have to b bitten by a tick to contract this rapidly emerging infectious disease! pls look into this. There is no reliable testing for this. many of the symptoms change and come and has a symptoms check list. good luck.

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   Posted 7/16/2013 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, I too having been feeling this sensations and I am scared! I feel it on the left side of my face in the cheek area and I feel this tickling feeling like someone is running a piece a thread across my face. It comes and goes thats for sure and I do feel it sometimes in my head/scalp. I just had hip surgrey in April and just came back to work this month and everyday is a struggle sometimes for me to get thru it all! Sometimes I get a tickling feeling in my mouth, which makes me think it's my Allergy again. I too go on the internet in search for help from anyone that feels these things. Sometimes you can learn from someone else.....please talk to me and make it better....I know I'm not alone....

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   Posted 7/16/2013 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I also get the tingling sensation all over my body whenever I'm anxious or nervous. Like when I'm walking on a bridge and I imagine myself falling will send shivers down my spine. I also get the tingling sensation in my arms like my hair is standing up and it feels like there's a lot of needles which have the same feeling you get when a part of your body go numb because of restricted blood flow and the feeling that comes after it. I also get the crawly sensations in my scalp like there's something moving there but actually there isn't. It's like the feeling when you go pee. Anxious people get this often due to being consciously or subconsciously sensitive with things happening to our body and the thinking of "what if something worse". I had the crawly sensation in my scalp before for weeks but eventually went away. It didn't went away completely, it comes and goes for me. It can last a day or two depending how anxious I get.

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   Posted 1/10/2014 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi traylln. I am fighting the same thing with my Lyme disease. Tingling in my left cheek area and sometimes my head/scalp. This post is from the summer but have you ever been tested for Lyme disease ? U can inbox me if u like!
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