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Can stress cause numbing in the face?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Horacio Capote
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: It Can
Talk to your doctor. Certainly anxiety & stress can cause facial numbing but so can vitamin deficiencies, trigeminal nerve problems, transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes), and a variety of other illnesses.
Your symptom must be evaluated in the context of what is going on in your life plus a thorough physical exam.

In brief: It Can
Talk to your doctor. Certainly anxiety & stress can cause facial numbing but so can vitamin deficiencies, trigeminal nerve problems, transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes), and a variety of other illnesses.
Your symptom must be evaluated in the context of what is going on in your life plus a thorough physical exam.
Dr. Horacio Capote
Dr. Horacio Capote
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Stress can causes many physical symptoms: headaches, stomach aches, back aches, skin rashes, itching, upset stomach, tight throat, muscle tension, jaw clenching, etc etc.
Numbness is less common but certainly possible. Numbness and tingling around the mouth or in the fingers is especially characteristic of hyperventilation. See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hyperventilation_syndrome.

In brief: Yes
Stress can causes many physical symptoms: headaches, stomach aches, back aches, skin rashes, itching, upset stomach, tight throat, muscle tension, jaw clenching, etc etc.
Numbness is less common but certainly possible. Numbness and tingling around the mouth or in the fingers is especially characteristic of hyperventilation. See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hyperventilation_syndrome.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Stress & Face Numb
When you are under stress, adrenaline is released into the blood stream causing the heart to race and blood vessels to selectively supply muscles that help with the fight or flight response.
Blood vessels of the face and head narrow and restrict nerve function, leading to facial numbness.

In brief: Stress & Face Numb
When you are under stress, adrenaline is released into the blood stream causing the heart to race and blood vessels to selectively supply muscles that help with the fight or flight response.
Blood vessels of the face and head narrow and restrict nerve function, leading to facial numbness.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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