Is this anxiety? head tingling... anyone else get this?

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/20/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm new to this and a little nervous... i have to admit i feel silly. doctors scare me so i thought i'd try this approach.
i have tingling sensations in my head kind of like pins and needles, a rushing feeling really - i've even woken up to them. i feel like i should be fainting and freak out and think i'm dying. i experience no other pains anywhere else, no breathing problems, they seem to go away the busier i am and only come up once and a while. i keep getting told there is nothing wrong with me... blood pressure on the low side of normal, not missing any vitamins etc etc. if i get cold compresses and calm down they go away slowly but they're scaring me. does anyone else experience this? am i just freaking out over nothing?
i also have muscle twitches (just like an eye twitch) that come and go all over my body (not all at once, but name it and i've had one there) and have to eat every couple hours. again - apparently nothing wrong. no MS symptoms either.
does anyone have any advice or similar experience?

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   Posted 1/20/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep just tension making your scalp muscles contract. The sensation is nerve sensation :)
massage the trigger points at the base of the skull and see if that helps at all, I get them a lot
but I know now which nerve is responsible for which (nerve conduction tests on your face have advantages see lol)

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   Posted 1/20/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum.  Do not feel nervous, you are doing fine, just browse the forums and post wherever your comfortable.

Your tingling is normal for people having anxiety issues.  You are not losing your mind.  Many of the members experience this same sensation.

Good advice by Lilly...................stay with us and keep posting.
Gentle Hugs, Kitt

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   Posted 1/20/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome!
I've had the tingling scalp symptom quite a bit and as you said it comes and goes.  I learned that the tingling was just a muscle tension thing, and as long as you've been checked out by your doctor, it's absolutely not dangerous.  Once I stopped being terrified of it, the constant tingling went away and now I only get it once in a while if I'm really stressed or over tired.  The muscle twitches, sound to me, like muscle tension as well.  I'm glad that you found us here and hope you will continue to post, it is so comforting to hear from others who know exactly what you are going through!!!

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   Posted 1/22/2008 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you so much, i really do feel better. its amazing the amount of comfort that can be had in relating to someone rather than a pompous man in a white suit telling me to get over it and go home :)

Jan Marie
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   Posted 1/22/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I have lived with head and leg tingling for twelve years and I STILL get puzzled looks from many different doctors in white coats!!

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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I also am new to this, and found this forum whilst googling pins & needles or tingling in the head.
I have been getting for the past 3 weeks, pains in the head, not headaches as such, but like a pressure pains, in various parts of my head. These have been happening every day, so Yesterday
i visited my GP. She put it down to muscle spasms or tension. She asked me if there were any other symptoms, which there hadn't been. However, last night I woke up with what I can only describe as a numbness or tingling in my right hand side of my head and face, and my nose felt like it does when you have visited the dentist and had an injection to numb the gum.My whole right hand side of my head and face was tingling and numb.Also down my arm and into my fingers. I was really scared, and coudn't sleep again then for the rest of the night. I have had it still today, but is now not as bad as it was last night.
Does this sound like Anxiety? I didn't realise I was tense or anxious, I am however having a bad time in work at the moment, due to a heavy workload, so maybe this is the cause.
This seems like a great site by the way, So glad I have found it.
Thanks Guys,

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 2/22/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay I am glad to know this is normal also.

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   Posted 2/22/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome!

yes, I get this too, and I get it in my fingers too (when I forget to breathe especially)...I find it's pretty common among us anxiety people and NO you are perfectly normal, trust me.  You are in good company here.

I would suggest (up to you though) that you talk about it with your doc, they can be helpful sometimes and it is NOT anything to be embarrased about.

Welcome again!! 

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