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I have numbness down right side of face and head. Did I sleep wrong or something happened to my nerve?

I have numbness down right side of face and head. Did I sleep wrong or something happened to my nerve?

Depends: If the numbness doesn't last very long then it might be caused by pressure on the nerve while sleeping. If this lasts longer than a few minutes then it could be something much more serious and it should be carefully evaluated by a specialist. ...Read more

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The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Tingling and numbness in one arm and side of the face. Is it from sleeping wrong position?

Tingling and numbness in one arm and side of the face. Is it from sleeping wrong position?

Possibly: That could certainly do it - it's called compression neuropathy. Your weight can cause temporary dysfunction in the peripheral sensory nerves on the side on which you are lying. If that's the case, it should resolve within several minutes of moving around. Heavily sedated people (like from alcohol, drugs, or medicines) who don't move in their sleep can have longer lasting symptoms. ...Read more

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I am having numbness on the left side of my head. It feels like the left side is sleep. What could be causing this?

I am having numbness on the left side of my head. It feels like the left side is sleep. What could be causing this?

Likely not serious: Most causes of head numbness, as contrasted to facial numbness, are benign. Commonest causes are compression/irritation of occipital nerve (sensory nerve to scalp only) often secondary to neck spasm or upper neck arthritis. Other common causes are vascular headaches (typically migraine). Facial numbness can be a symptom of actual or impending stroke. ...Read more

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I've had a severe headache on the left side of my head for 4 days. Pain in my left eye, numbness in my face. Otc meds do not help. Can't sleep.?

I've had a severe headache on the left side of my head for 4 days. Pain in my left eye, numbness in my face. Otc meds do not help. Can't sleep.?

Severe headache: For a persistent severe headache, I would recommend that you call your primary doctor. Your symptoms may be related to a stroke...
If you cannot get a timely appointment, then go to the er for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm feeling extremely tired despite getting 8 hrs sleep a night, falling asleep during day. Episodes of numbness over top of head on left hand side.?

I'm feeling extremely tired despite getting 8 hrs sleep a night, falling asleep during day. Episodes of numbness over top of head on left hand side.?

Quantity vs Quality: While you're describing an adequate quantity of sleep, you may be suffering from poor quality sleep, for instance, sleep apnea, which can lead to inappropriate sleeping during the day. Numbness is more worrisome and needs to be evaluated by your Family Doc. If it happens again (especially w/loss of strength), call 911 & get thee to an ER to evaluate for possible stroke (remember FAST). ...Read more

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Hey I got head numbness on right side and neck muscle tight during sleep and I have been diagnosed with multilevel of degenerative disc disease?

Hey I got head numbness on right side and neck muscle tight during sleep and I have been diagnosed with multilevel of degenerative disc disease?

What is the question: You have not asked a question. However, a 26 year would not likely have enough degenerative disc disease to cause your issues. Get another opinion. ...Read more

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Fell asleep in a chair w/ neck tilted to the right & down. When I stood up the right side of head went numb for a sec. Is this serious, I had no pain?

Fell asleep in a chair w/ neck tilted to the right & down. When I stood up the right side of head went numb for a sec. Is this serious, I had no pain?

Probably not: Most likely a little pinching of a nerve when in that position. As long as it cleared that rapidly and you have no other symptoms, then you are probably ok. If any symptoms return, then seek medical opinion. ...Read more

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On the left side of body and face I have felt, numbness, burning sensation, and pain. Along with difficulty concentrating and sharp decrease in sleep?

On the left side of body and face I have felt, numbness, burning sensation, and pain. Along with difficulty concentrating and sharp decrease in sleep?

Hard to tell: It's important to speak with your primary care doctor or neurologist - your symptoms sound like pain from one of your nerves. The difficulty concentrating and decrease in sleep can simply be from the pain you're having. If your pain is being treated, or if you're seeking help for it and it's hard to treat, concentration and sleep problems could indicate anxiety and/or depression. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I've had a numbness like falling asleep senstation on right side of head comes and goes for a month and a weird twitching on left temple. Stress?

I've had a numbness like falling asleep senstation on right side of head comes and goes for a month and a weird twitching on left temple. Stress?

Unclear: Since you are being treated for a sinus infection situation is more complex. Pay attention to what part of right head goes numb. Nerves to anterior skull are different from nerves to posterior skull. The fact that you are young and symptoms are on opposite sides of head makes possibility of concerning illness less. Stress can cause non-specific, wierd symptoms; but caution when infection. ...Read more

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When I sleep on my right side and wake up my right side of my head feels numb. Is this bad?

When I sleep on my right side and wake up my right side of my head feels numb. Is this bad?

Numbness: Hello, numbness is a condition where a nerve that provides feeling or sensation becomes compressed. Your numbness could be from positioning where your neck or skull is compressing nerves. It's always a good idea to check with your family doctor for a complete evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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The right rear side of my head gets numb while I sleep.

Occipital nerve: I'd guess you're compressing your right occipital nerve or depending on the level of your cervical fusion (it'd have to involve c2-c4 in some fashion) you're compressing one of the upper cervical nerve roots. ...Read more

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Numb on left ear and side of my head after sleeping on my girls leg. Anything to worry about??

Numb on left ear and side of my head after sleeping on my girls leg. Anything to worry about??

If you must: I would expect full sensitivity to return within a few hours. Placing unusual focused pressure on certain areas makes the nerves quit sending location signals. They return when the blood flow returns to normal. Almost everyone has experienced this with a leg falling to sleep from position. ...Read more

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After sleep a numb bottom part of my ear and lobe on my right side. No area on my head or face is numb. How long till feeling returns? What can I do?

After sleep a numb bottom part of my ear and lobe on my right side. No area on my head or face is numb. How long till feeling returns? What can I do?

Numbness: It is most likely you just laid on it wrong while you were sleeping. My bet is that it will be improved and back to normal within a few hours. If it lasts until tomorrow, or if anything worsens, I would see your doctor. ...Read more

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Left side numb, feelin pressure from left side of head as if fallin-in when sleeping. Slight lightheaded &weak. Norm MRI from event like this 3 yrs ago

Left side numb, feelin pressure from left side of head as if fallin-in when sleeping. Slight lightheaded &weak. Norm MRI from event like this 3 yrs ago

Depends: May be as simple as migraines. But there are major nerves running through your head. These can be affected by conditions such as sjogrens or lupus. Consider a talk with a neurologist. ...Read more

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Do I have nerve damage because my hand feels numb? I’m a 45 year old male of average height and weight. A week ago, I fell a sleep with my right hand behind the back of my head. I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was numb with no feeling. Wit

Do I have nerve damage because my hand feels numb? I’m a 45 year old male of average height and weight. A week ago, I fell a sleep with my right hand behind the back of my head. I woke up in the middle of the night and my arm was numb with no feeling. Wit

Nerves: Nerves can get pinched by sleeping in funny positions, and this can result in temporary (and sometimes longer-lasting) numbness and weakness. A google search for the term "saturday night palsy" will reveal a "textbook example" of a not-so-common, but very well-recognized, nerve compression syndrome (in this case, of the radial nerve). Also, one of the contributing factors of carpal tunnel syndrome (pinching of the median nerve) may be hand position during sleep.

Other things can also cause numbness of the hands. Determining the cause involves a careful physical examination (which most doctors should be able to perform, but many cannot or do not), and sometimes requires special tests (including electrodiagnostic testing -- see my health guide at the link below) which probably get done more often than necessary.

Left undiagnosed and untreated, hand numbness can get worse, can become associated with weakness, and eventually cause inability to use the hands.

Indications that a doctor is qualified to diagnose the causes of hand numbness include board certification (such as by the american board of psychiatry and neurology and the american board of electrodiagnostic medicine). It is also a good idea to ensure that the board certified physician is the one who actually performs the examination, rather than a physician extender (pa or other) who is merely supervised by the physician. A thorough examination for hand numbness includes checking the strength of the major movements at each joint in the affected limb (fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, in this case), checking sensation in the entire affected limb up to and including the neck, checking reflexes at several points (forearms and both sides of the elbows at least), and checking coordination. This should be in addition to a general examination of the other limbs and major organs.

For more information, check:

http://patients. Aan. Com/disorders/

http://www. Aanem. Org/education/patient-resources/common-disorders. Aspx. ...Read more

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I sleep with my left hand tucked under my head. My hand goes numb during the night. If I keep it at my side it does not. It also goes numb when I am holding a phone to my ear. Also, I have three trigger fingers when I wake in the morning. That stops late

Nerve compression: These symptoms sound a lot like typical carpal tunnel syndrome which often occurs at night and with certain activity like holding a phone or driving. An evaluation from a hand surgeon can easily determine if this is suspected and confirm with ultrasound or nerve studies. A high percentage of patients have trigger finger as well if they have carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Feel numbness in my hands during sleep. Also during sleep I feel sometimes as if there is numbness in my head. I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20mg for anxiety?

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Feel numbness in my hands during sleep. Also during sleep I feel sometimes as if there is numbness in my head. I am on Prozac (fluoxetine) 20mg for anxiety?

Prozac (fluoxetine): If recently started, dose adjusted, or taken late at night, very possible minor effect. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I feel a little tired as a result of late sleeping habits. Today when I was having lunch I felt a 2 second strong head numbness. Is it from tirdness?

I feel a little tired as a result of late sleeping habits. Today when I was having lunch I felt a 2 second strong head numbness. Is it from tirdness?

Not enough data: An entire history of your sleep habits needs to be obtained. Also a history of alcohol etc. Consumption, diet, work any otc meds. Young single males usually keep poor sleep habits and party. Depending upon how fast you may be driving in the fast lane lab work may be needed to check for anemia or vitamin deficiencies. Also make sure you are drinking enough fluids. Could be nothing but depending? ...Read more

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I was sleeping (my back to roof, tummy to bed, head turned left) then had numbness in my whole body I couldn't move, what is it? I'm afraid, I had anxiety

I was sleeping (my back to roof, tummy to bed, head turned left) then had numbness in my whole body I couldn't move, what is it? I'm afraid, I had anxiety

REM sleep: Its possible you woke up in rem sleep given that you didn't have trauma or other causative factors
blink your eyes when you wake up feeling paralyzed you will snap out if it
if it happens a lot get a sleep study with mslt
again we are assuming other causes have been ruled out. ...Read more

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I have numbness, tingling and pain in my face, feet and arms. My feet fall asleep several times a day. My eeg, emg, brain and cs MRI were negative. Why did my nerve tests show normal?

I have numbness, tingling and pain in my face, feet and arms. My feet fall asleep several times a day. My eeg, emg, brain and cs MRI were negative. Why did my nerve tests show normal?

? diagnosis: Seems you have gone through many tests without final answer. You could possess a small fibre neuropathy, which might explain all of your symptoms, but best to see an expert neurologist with experience in this area. There are other possibilities such as even fibromyalgia, or metabolic issues, and medication rxtn. ...Read more

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What can be causing my eyes to go red randomly that is not allergies, sleep disorder, or eye strain. Could this be a head injury or thyroid issue?

What can be causing my eyes to go red randomly that is not allergies, sleep disorder, or eye strain. Could this be a head injury or thyroid issue?

Dry eyes: Please consider seeing your eye doctor. It's unlikely that thyroid or head injury is causing random red eyes. A common cause is dry eyes, but it could also be other things. ...Read more

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My right side of my head and face feels numb should I be concerned no pain it just feels like its asleep?

My right side of my head and face feels numb should I be concerned no pain it just feels like its asleep?

Numb head: Since you didn't share anything about yourself including your age let alone your medical history, I would advise you speak to your parents or your doctor. ...Read more

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The right side of my head has been going numb and feels like its asleep what could be causing this? I also have headaches when its numb

The right side of my head has been going numb and feels like its asleep what could be causing this? I also have headaches when its numb

See doctor: Numbness with headache is an indication for imaging. First your doctor will determine what type of headache you have. Headaches have many causes. See the list on the picture. I suggest you see your physician and discuss a plan to determine the cause. Your doctor might order imaging of brain and optic nerve exam to rule out serious conditions. ...Read more

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Had lower incisor left tooth extracted tuesday. Still having sharp pains in ear of that side and face/jaw still hurting. Feels numb after sleeping.

Had lower incisor left tooth extracted tuesday. Still having sharp pains in ear of that side and face/jaw still hurting. Feels numb after sleeping.

Lower incisor: There appears to be more involved in your mouth than just the lower incisor.
Call your dentist or the surgeon for a follow-up examination. ...Read more

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