I have the same facial numbness! I, too, was CONVINCED I was stroking out. I have had it now, on and off, since July. It initially lasted almost 3 weeks, then it went away finally, but came back again during one of my 'bouts' of panic last month. I had a CT scan on my head and chest in July (when I first started having the numbness). I WAS FINE! Like someone else said earlier, a stroke does not take that long to take effect! It would've happened already, trust me. I was sent home for anxiety and with a 'script for Zoloft.
Here's something to think about:
I truly thought that my face was NUMB. However, I still had all of my motor abilities (i.e., I could still smile, etc.), so I ruled out Bell's Palsy (my S/O actually had it twice; he couldn't move anything). I had a couple of tests (I'm assuming to rule out stroke) done in the ER the night of my CT scan. Stick out your tongue. Does it stick straight out, or does it sag to one side? Hold up your arms straight in front of you. Does one side not go up as high as the other (drastically lower, that is, not a few millimeters difference! lol)? Take a Q-tip and break it in half. Close your eyes and have someone prick you with both sides of one of the halves of the Q-tip (i.e., have them poke you with the 'sharp' pointed end, and then with the softer, cotton end). Have them switch up the sides of the Q-tip randomly, and in random areas of your face. See if you can feel them poking you. See if you can differentiate between the sharp and the soft pokes. If you can get most of them right, you aren't truly 'numb'.
I also just got back from the dentist yesterday (had to get my cavity filling replaced), and when I got the shot, I noticed that it is a different 'numbness'. My face doesn't feel NUMB like with the anesthetic. It feels more closely to the 'asleep' feeling your feet/hands get sometimes, though not quite so 'pins and needles'. But I just know now that it isn't TRULY numb. Just some things to think about.
I know it scared the crap-ola out of me when I first noticed it...so I am not trying at all to downplay your fears. But I hope that my experience has made you feel a little more at ease. Many people also told me it was because I was hyperventilating, thought I really wasn't. BUT, I do believe that if NOTHING ELSE, the anxiety EXACERBATES the sensation. Sure, maybe the INTIAL on-set wasn't anxiety-related, HOWEVER, the more you fixate on it and think about it, the more pronounced it becomes and the more longer it dwells. Try to get your mind off of it, and hopefully, in a few days, you will notice that it has gone. Maybe not completely...maybe at first it will only be gone for a few moments, then minutes, then hours....but eventually you will notice that 'hey, my face wasn't numb just a few sec/min/hours ago...'. And don't be terribly surprised if, when you DO realize that it has gone away, for it to come back again...because you have just begun the fixation process again. As long as you don't feed into it, it will go away in it's own time. It no longer scares me as much as it once did (and believe me, I was TERRIFIED at first). lol, no now I am scared about my heart. Ah, if it isn't one thing it's the next...whaddya gonna do? :shrug:
I hope that helps, if only a little.
1st, thank you to everyone for helping me on this but i think Cece nailed it rite on the head and reading her post has made me feel ALOT better.
the "numbness" is getting better.. i have noticed breaks in it and yes its really not a numb feeling ,but its what i call it. i can feel it but its just different, between numb and asleep.
Cece,i know what ya mean...when i get over my face thing im sure there will be another symptom i can obsess over. ive gone the heart route so if ya have any questions let me know .