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Headache on the right side, in front with tingling sensation on scalp like pins and needles. Is it life threatening?

Headache on the right side, in front with tingling sensation on scalp like pins and needles. Is it life threatening?

Maybe? Maybe not?: Migraines can present with a variety of symptoms, even stroke-like symptoms. I'd talk with your doctor to find out if this is benign or something more serious. An MRI of the brain may be helpful. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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The top of my scalp feels like a mild burning sensation along with pins and needles. It just started recently. Should note I'm having sinus issues?

The top of my scalp feels like a mild burning sensation along with pins and needles. It just started recently. Should note I'm having sinus issues?

Need details: If the area that is tingling involves more of the forehead to the scalp which is to the hairline region and no further then, the sinus problem may be related. If you're referring to the entire REST of the top of the head behind the hairline all the way back you may have irritation of a nerve root. If you'd like to send more info. To www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi I can help either by email or consult ...Read more

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A needle scratched and pierced my scalp although the wound looks healed I experience severe scalp pains n headaches after one year what can I do?

A needle scratched and pierced my scalp although the wound looks healed I experience severe scalp pains n headaches after one year what can I do?

Need more informatio: If it was just a punctured wound and the wound has healed, then your headaches are probably not related to your injury. But if you had any associated head injuries like head injury with cerebral concussion then it might be post concussion headaches. I will suggest you consult your doctor to find the cause of your headaches. ...Read more

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Daughter complains about scalp feeling of burning, itchy, pin/needle feeling. Scalp is clear and healthy, but hot to touch. What is this?

Daughter complains about scalp feeling of burning, itchy, pin/needle feeling. Scalp is clear and healthy, but hot to touch. What is this?

Skin Irritation: This is a non-specific complaint for an 8-year old. Reassure her. Check whether this is from new shampoo, hair spray etc.

If not going away in 1 or 2 days, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I feel this tingling on my scalp like someone is poking me with tons of needles. I have really long hair so I didn't know if that could be causing it?

I feel this tingling on my scalp like someone is poking me with tons of needles. I have really long hair so I didn't know if that could be causing it?

Depends: It sounds like a paresthesia. Paresthesias are abnormal sensory symptoms characterized as tingling, prickling, pins and needles or burning sensations. What is causing the paresthesias may need to be worked up. I would go to the doctor. A whole range of conditions can cause this. The last patient I had with this symptom ended up having shingles. ...Read more

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Dr. I have SLE. My scalp has developed sores that have now hardened but causes pin and needle pains that are almost unbearable. Is there something?

ER: With SLE you need an urgent medical evaluation in person not only for the sores but for any underlying neurological process. Stay calm and get seen please. Good luck. ...Read more

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I sometimes awake from sleeping and my head/scalp feels like it has fallen asleep. It will get pins and needles and be fine again. Whydoes thishappen?

I sometimes awake from sleeping and my head/scalp feels like it has fallen asleep. It will get pins and needles and be fine again. Whydoes thishappen?

Head sleepy: How long does that go on for? . Are u on any medications? . Any other symptoms? . I will be more than glad to give advice if more info., otherwise recommend u see your family doc. Soon. ...Read more

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Folliculitis type sores all over scalp 5 yrs. No pres. Meds, lotions, shampoos or creams clear it. Now stings. Like needles poking my scalp.

Folliculitis type sores all over scalp 5 yrs. No pres. Meds, lotions, shampoos or creams clear it. Now stings. Like needles poking my scalp.

Be specific: Send question again with list of all meds by name and dose. No answer is possible without exact knowledge of all past and present therapies. Why the huge dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine)? If you have not seen a dermatologist already, you should do so. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with pins and needles on the left side of my head/scalp like the feeling when your foot is sleeping and you can't feel it. What can it be? The feeling came back slowly when I moved my neck.

I woke up this morning with pins and needles on the left side of my head/scalp like the feeling when your foot is sleeping and you can't feel it. What can it be? The feeling came back slowly when I moved my neck.

Occipital neuraglia?: The occipital nerve comes out of the upper part of the spine. You may have slept with your neck twisted, or maybe you had an old neck injury? If you put pressure on the upper nerve roots you can get a 'sleeping nerve' feeling in your scalp.
If it doesn't come back, don't worry about it. If it persists, do some gentle neck rang of motion exercises if you know how, or get a PT referral. ...Read more

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I get a sharp shooting pain in my neck into the back of my head it makes my toung numb and gives me the feeling of pins and needles on my scalp?

I get a sharp shooting pain in my neck into the back of my head it makes my toung numb and gives me the feeling of pins and needles on my scalp?

Neck pain: You MAY have a pinched nerve. Please see your doctor. He/she will help you figure out what is happening and treat accordingly. Have you ever had any trauma to your neck? Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Scalp on back of head red and sore rash. 2%D72 inches. Causing puss build up in hair. Like stabbing needles. Suggestion what it is??

Scalp on back of head red and sore rash. 2%D72 inches. Causing puss build up in hair. Like stabbing needles. Suggestion what it is??

Folliculitis: This may be an infection of the hair follicles and since there is purulent drainage, warm soaks followed by application of an antibiotic ointment like Bacitracin is the usual treatment. If the area swells, increases and becomes more painful and tender, see your physician for possible antibiotic pills and/'or incision and drainage if needed as it would be treated like a small boil. ...Read more

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I keep suddenly getting a strange needle prick like sensation all over my body, like loads of needles pricking me in various places all over my body?

I keep suddenly getting a strange needle prick like sensation all over my body, like loads of needles pricking me in various places all over my body?

Need more info: A physician will need some more information about your medical history and any other possible symptoms. This could be as simple as dry skin or medication side effect or as complicated as liver, nerve or kidney dysfunction. Consider a virtual consult with Health Tap Concierge. ...Read more

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I keep getting the sensation of needle pricks and numbness on the soles of my feet. Pinched nerve?

I keep getting the sensation of needle pricks and numbness on the soles of my feet. Pinched nerve?

Maybe: There are a few things to consider initially. A "pinched nerve" is one. Neuropathy from things like diabetes (or pre-diabetes), alcohol & a few other conditions could be an issue. You might have a foot problem such as a morton's neuroma or plantar fasciitis (which is often painful). This is a partial list; a good history, exam & possibly some testing could narrow things down & give some direction. ...Read more

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I have burning sensation and pain on my arms while I am sleeping. Also, during day time I have burning, prickly pain, needle me where by bicep &ticep?

I have burning sensation and pain on my arms while I am sleeping. Also, during day time I have burning, prickly pain, needle me where by bicep &ticep?

Nerve problem.: Burning, prickly sensations usually indicate some sort of nerve problem. A burning or numb sensation in the hands and arms is often from carpal tunnel syndrome. If your symptoms are more in the upper arm (biceps and triceps), there may be a pinch on the nerves in your neck, which is called radiculopathy. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor- you may need to see a neurologist and have a test emg. ...Read more

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I am a heart attack and stroke victim of 2 years. I am getting needle prick sensations in my left foot. It seems to happen only at night. What is it?

I am a heart attack and stroke victim of 2 years. I am getting needle prick sensations in my left foot. It seems to happen only at night. What is it?

Neuritis: Has nothing to do with your heart attack and probably not your stroke either. This is a typical symptom (called paresthesia) of peripheral neuritis. There are many causes. The most common is diabetes but the list includes at least 50. Treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Got pins and needles and prickly sensations all over had this for two months blood test done all ok what could it be?

Got pins and needles and prickly sensations all over had this for two months blood test done all ok what could it be?

Depends which tests: No specific problem comes to mind but blood work could help rule certain things in or out along with a thorough medical examination. Before, completely believing that "blood test done all ok" is actually accurate can you specify which tests were done and exactly what the results were? Also, tell us if your symptoms are concentrated in certain parts of the body as opposed to "all over? ". ...Read more

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Hi, I am experiencing unbearable and irritable prickly sensations on scalp, neck and all the way to my ears, this happens when ever I touch my hair?

Hi, I am experiencing unbearable and irritable prickly sensations on scalp, neck and all the way to my ears, this happens when ever I touch my hair?

Itchiness: You need an evaluation by your GP to exclude any dermatitis and hair and scalp issues but more importantly to exclude any nerve related issues. ...Read more

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Excuriating pain in neck and back. Can't sleep muscle relaxants and pain meds not working. Throwing up, burning, pins and needles pricking sensation?

Excuriating pain in neck and back. Can't sleep muscle relaxants and pain meds not working. Throwing up, burning, pins and needles pricking sensation?

See neurologist: You should see a neurologist asap. If you have lost equilibrium, get to E.R. These all can be symptoms of nerve issues. Many causes, many solutions. Be sure you are drinking enough fluids - if you can keep them down - to eliminate any dehydration issues which might be affecting your chemistry. Good luck, and do not wait. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes from a needle prick?

Can you get herpes from a needle prick?

Herpes simplex: If the needle had first touched another herpetic lesion and then immediately pricked you, yes that could happen. ...Read more

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What might cause a pins-and-needles sensation?

What might cause a pins-and-needles sensation?

Nerve compression: This is usually due to a disturbance of a nerve by compression from an external force or some internal dysfunction like a disc protrusion or swelling along the path of the nerve. Other causes include diabetes, and chemotherapy. Most can be stopped with massage or readjustment of the position of the involved limb. If persistent see your family doctor for analysis and treatment. ...Read more

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How common is exposure to HCV from accidental needle pricks?

How common is exposure to HCV from accidental needle pricks?

Hep C exposure: In hospitals, accidental needle sticks are becoming less common, but in the community, the number is probably rising due to the increasing incidence of opiate addiction. If you get stuck by a needle, you should contact your doctor to see if you need to do any testing. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do for a pins and needles sensation in middle back?

What can I do for a pins and needles sensation in middle back?

Unsure: If it comes when you move your neck, then you have lhermitte's phenomenon, and you need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have pins and needle sensation in your head?

Nerveorvitamin: Pins and needle must be checked by a neurologist and take b- complex good dose or get b levels and blood sugar checked some tims low thyroid can give this feeling. ...Read more

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Sewing needle prick wound with little blood after 24 hours, is there risky not cover the wound to touch things?

Sewing needle prick wound with little blood after 24 hours, is there risky not cover the wound to touch things?

Tetanus shot: I hope that you are up to date on tetanus immunization. While the risk is remote, it is not a bad idea to get a booster shot of tetanus if your last dose was more then 10 years ago. Otherwise a needle prick would seal itself in a day or so. ...Read more

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All ten fingers feel like they have multiple splinters in them. I have dug around with a needle to find nothing. What is causing this sensation?

All ten fingers feel like they have multiple splinters in them. I have dug around with a needle to find nothing. What is causing this sensation?

Nerve Sensations: This sure does sound like a response to meth-amphetamines. If you do not use amphetamines then this is an abnormal story and I would recommend you get to your doctor urgently. If you do use amphetamines your brain is not working well and you cannot trust what you are sensing. Please get to someone to help you get off of this very dangerous drug. ...Read more

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I have crawling and tingling sensation all over my body a particular scalp and back, I did complete evaluation but no cause diagnosed. What to do?

R/O DYSESTHESIAS: DYSESTHESIAS ARE ABN SENSORY NERVE IMPULSES. You need a through exam and lab testing. Especially evaluation for MS/CNS LYME/CNS SS/CNS SARCOIDOSIS. A full lab W/U and auto-Immune W/U. MRI OF BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD. LP FOR MBP & OLIGOCLONAL BANDS. If all of this has been done and is normal. It may be secondary to FIBROMYALGIA. I would recommend a GF diet and trial of CYMBALTA v LYRICA V SAVELLA (milnacipran) ...Read more