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Burning sensations in back of head and severe burning on face

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 7, 2006
  • 02:27 PM

I have recently been having trouble with severe burning sensations on my face. This comes on suddenly and can last for a half hour or longer. It also causes me to get a headache if it lasts long enough. The only relief I have found is to apply something like a frozen can of fluid (coke, sprite can) to my face and just rub it around on my face until the burning starts to go away. If I can stop the burning then my headache starts to subside. I also have been having trouble with this strange burning sensation in the back of my head. I do not know if the two are related. The back of my head just feels tingly or strange at times. I normally do not get many headaches so I don't know what this could be related to. I have been diagnosed with panic disorder and am taking an anti anxiety medication for this. Could anxiety be the cause of these things? I am 34 years old. Thanks for any input.

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  • I don't know if this helps you but I've had similar symptoms and will tell you what I found out. I had extreme burning sensations in my face mainly, also felt hot all over sometimes. This first happened after starting an anti-anxiety medicine that the ER prescribed for chest pressure and shortness of breath, which they diagnosed as anxiety, but which I felt were symptoms of something else. Even when I stopped the medicine, the burning continued. I found out later that I had high ketones in my urine, which seemed to happen when the burning in the face was the strongest. I found out much, much later that I had an infected (painless) root canal, and when the tooth was pulled the burning lessened a lot (I still get it although not as bad).
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
    • 08:37 PM
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  • Sadly I do know what you are experiencing. People/doctors think I am nuts. I again have nothing to show them, but I feel that burn/rush of pain and at times it is so bad I feel it in the back of my head. It also can give me a headache. I don't get headaches regualary either. I don't know it's cause, but I am close to discovering. I believe I have new food allergies to nuts. I have noticed this happens about 5- 10 minutes after eating nuts. It can be severe.I know taking magnesium helps to calm the whole process down, every time. But that is no way for me to live. I love nuts and have always eaten many varieties through the years. I am investigating the possibility of having leaky gut syndrome there by having undigested proteins causing my allergic reaction. This can be caused by many antibiotics which I also have had through the years and most recently doxycycline for blepharitis. (which didn't help by the way)
    seekandfind 3 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 02:03 AM
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  • Hi I have the same problems. All of this started with chronic sinusitis leading to two sinus surgeries. It seemed any time I ate anything with wheat or sugar - my face would burn and I would get headaches that turned into migraines. I had terrible pain and chronic dull pain in the base of my skull - back of my head.This is what I know - I was diagnosed with Occipital Neuralgia from a nuerologist. He is working on fixing the nerves damaged by infection. He is doing nerve blocks, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, and a neuro med.The chronic pain in the back is going away. Now I still have the facial burning but I can stop the headache.I wonder if it is related to Frey's Syndrome where eating flavorful things makes your face get stimulated instead of your saliva glands. I also have saliva gland pain when I put food in my mouth. I also have a high ANA. So far - no Lyme, no Celiac, no Menigitis, no Lupus, no RA, no Wegeners - Lots of testing.Anyone else?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
    • 02:24 AM
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  • I also recently started having this problem facial burning then a migraine follows i can not get relief for either
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 5, 2011
    • 02:24 AM
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  • I have similar symtoms. I've had several visits with my doctor and they kept treating me for TMJ. I told him that I would like to have a MRI done. He sent me for the MRI and was surprised to find out that I had a mass on my pituitary gland which is located below the brain. The headaches, the burning and tingling in the base of my skull, tingling and numbness on the right side of my face, along with ear pressure and ear aches, eye site weakness and droopiness with my right eye, mood swings, anxiety attacks, weight gain and the list goes on. I even had weird sores appearing which I thought was from gluton sensitivity. The pituitary gland controls all the hormones in our bodies. And pituitary mass's can be found in men and woman. I am scheduled to see a neurologist next week. :rolleyes:
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