A 30-year-old female asked:
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hit my head and injured neck. hurts at base of skull. face numb and tongue numb on right side. could this be damage or facial/cranial nerve?

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Dr. Mohammad Ashori
15 years experience Family Medicine
Cervical spine: That sounds suspicious. Unlikely to be injury to facial nerve but could be issues with cervical spine. I would recommend getting seen for this and possibly having MRI of neck done or at least a thorough exam.
Answered on Apr 16, 2017
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Dr. Ira Katz
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The facial nerve comes out of a few different spots (it has a few branches) in the front of the face. It does start from a "spinal nerve" so a cervical neck injury like above depending on nerve injured can cause pain in multiple locations as these are bigger nerves that give branches to others. So, I agree with the above, but you could have damaged the facial nerve at its start and others as wel
Dec 17, 2016

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