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A 26-year-old female asked:

Are numbness and tingling different things? i get head tingling and cheek tingling (one side?

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Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 23 years experience
Numbness, tingling: Great question. It is also complicated because it depends on how each person feels and describes a sensation (and can overlap). Typically numbness refers to a decrease in sensation, while tingling usually refers to a pinprick like sensation. An example: your arm "falls asleep" by being in an atypical position for too long. It may feel numb at first, but as it returns to normal, may feel tingle.
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