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What does it mean when the back of your head tingle and numb?

What does it mean when the back of your head tingle and numb?

Many causes, ? nerve: There are many causes of these symptoms, most of which are harmless but irritating. One possibility is a phenomenon called occipital neuralgia, where the occipital nerve that wraps around the back of the skull to the scalp gets irritated. This can be treated by a neurologist if the symptoms are intrusive enough.

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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more


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What can tingling on the top of the head mean?

What can tingling on the top of the head mean?

Several possible: Causes: electrolyte imbalance, rash, zoster, neuralgia. Would need more information and an in person exam to get an accurate diagnosis.

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What does it mean if I have a tingling sensation in my head?

What does it mean if I have a tingling sensation in my head?

Sensitivity, anxiety: Sensation in the scalp is mediated by the trigeminal system, which can cause tingling in the head, even soreness when combing your hair. What activates the trigeminal system? Stress, tension or migraine headaches, gum or tooth disease or recent dental, or a tight headband. The trigeminal system gets stirred up easily by these and other things, but usually comes down in days to weeks.

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What does it mean if I got a tingling sensation after I hit my head?

What does it mean if I got a tingling sensation after I hit my head?

Bruising: The nerve endings in your scalp are bruised and don't be alarmed. Worrisome symptoms include passing out, vomiting, seizure, weakness on one side of your body, increasing headache etc. (imagine those boxers getting punched incessantly in ten rounds of boxing and most of them just do fine. Now if you are hit with a golf club, that's another story). Take care!

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I have had migraines since I was young and I have had one for 3 days it is gone for the most part now but my head is tingling what does this mean?

I have had migraines since I was young and I have had one for 3 days it is gone for the most part now but my head is tingling what does this mean?

Residua: Tingling and numbness are common with migraine. Irritated nerves take time to recover. Face and hand numbness make persistent for a few days. Numbness neck and shoulders can persist as well.

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Took 2 doses cednifir for sinusitis. Have tingling/ prickling/crawling sensations on top of my head. Is this normal? Does it mean it's working or not

Took 2 doses cednifir for sinusitis. Have tingling/ prickling/crawling sensations on top of my head. Is this normal? Does it mean it's working or not

No: Regardless of the mechanism for your symptoms, you should stop it and ask your doctor to provide a substitute since there are several even better options for treating sinusitis.

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Recovering nicely from bell's palsey. Just noticed a slight tingling same side top of my head/scalp. Does that mean the nerves are regenerating?

Recovering nicely from bell's palsey. Just noticed a slight tingling same side top of my head/scalp. Does that mean the nerves are regenerating?

Paresthesias: May be indicative of nerve irritability associated with re-innervation and peripheral sprouting, but could instead merely be a transient event associated with new nerve fibre sensitivity. Either way, no cause for alarm, as most likely associated with resolution of your problem, .

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What does it mean when you have ringing in left ear and tingling throughout your left side head too toe?

What does it mean when you have ringing in left ear and tingling throughout your left side head too toe?

See a doctor: I recommend seeing a doctor so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms.

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What do these mean? Symptoms: light headed, black out/seizure where you can't move but feel a tingling, fever, migrain

What do these mean? Symptoms: light headed, black out/seizure where you can't move but feel a tingling, fever, migrain

Go see a doctor now: If you haven't yet been evaluated then you should get in for an evaluation immediately. What you describe could be a number of things, some of which are serious. I would start by either seeing your primary care doctor or a neurologist.

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In your opinion, what does frequent tingling in the back of the brain/head mean? Tumor? Weekend excessive drinking related? (I'm going to doctor)

In your opinion, what does frequent tingling in the back of the brain/head mean? Tumor? Weekend excessive drinking related? (I'm going to doctor)

Usually tension: Regional dysesthesias in that area are almost always due to tension. Look inside yourself and learn why you are tense and why you resort to alcohol.

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Hi I am having tingling in feet and hands, left side back of head has tension headache also left eye has occasional floaters. Please let me know what this could mean?

Hi I am having tingling in feet and hands, left side back of head has tension headache also left eye has occasional floaters. Please let me know what this could mean?

It could mean...: ...that you should see your Physician or Urgent Care as soon as possible. You need to be evaluated, especially in light of your neurologic symptoms. Please make arrangements now.

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What does it mean when you get a tingle feeling on the top of your head. Doesn't hurt or anything just feels weird. Is it normally? Get checked?

What does it mean when you get a tingle feeling on the top of your head. Doesn't hurt or anything just feels weird. Is it normally? Get checked?

Scalp Tingling: Probably nothing to worry about. But do have your scalp checked to make sure no infections (tinea). A dermatologist would be a good physician to see and who can examine your hair, scalp and take any samples if necessary.

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What does tingling down the side of the face mean?

What does tingling down the side of the face mean?

Many things: Basically this is caused other by irritation or compression of the nerves of the face or by something in your brain. Sometimes this is very simple and sometimes it is not. The exact pattern, association of other symptoms, risk factors and timing helps docs to figure it out.

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The whole left side of my mouth if tingling. What does that mean?

The whole left side of my mouth if tingling. What does that mean?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.

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When doing visualisation to help the subcontious mind I feel tingling in my feet what does this mean?

When doing visualisation to help the subcontious mind I feel tingling in my feet what does this mean?

Visualization Tingle: I have worked with so many patients with chronic pain that get great help with various relaxation and meditation practices. These are affecting the central nervous symptom and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous symptoms. It is not surprising that areas of neural tension, anywhere in our bodies, can give off signals of change. Dr Rich Blake Consider it a great sign of healing

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What does tingling in my upper lip mean?

What does tingling in my upper lip mean?

Infra orbital nerve: The skin of upper lip is supplied by infra orbital nerve which is branch of maxillary branch of trigeminal nerve. The nerve may be pinched somewhere in its course. See a neurologist.