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"Muscle Spasms" possibly pinching a nerve.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 5, 2007
  • 06:10 AM

For years now, i have had instances where i turn my head to one side and i get a very intense, sharp pain up from the base of my neck to the back of my head. When they occur they hurt extremely bad and sometimes cause my tongue to go numb. My doctor said they were muscles spasms because i slept wrong or something. However, i sleep on large, soft pillows and wake up in the same manner i did when i went to sleep. I just wonder how can muscle spasms cause my tongue to go numb? Maybe the muscle is pinching a nerve? This event happens several times a day, everyday.

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  • I have had the exact thing happen to me for the past 11 years and 2 doctors looked at me like I was crazy when I told them that the back of my head and sometimes my tongue would go numb. Finally and recently, I had a doctor actually manually push at the base of my skull and he could see the look of pain on my face and he said he could feel that something wasn't "right" and he noted how tense just my one side was on the upperback and neck. He sent me for an ultrasound. Apparently my muscular structure is causing my muscles to press against my cranial nerve everytime I tense up or turn my neck wrong and that activates the burning, itchy feeling, and tingling but overall numb feeling that I have been experiencing intermittingly for more than a decade. He sent me to physical therapy 2 to 3 times a week for a month to 2 months in hopes that it would help. Hopefully it does because when this happens, it is a horrible feeling. I understand exactly what you are going through. Good Luck.
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