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Numb Face

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  • Posted By: SarahBell
  • February 20, 2010
  • 10:55 AM

Since the end of January I have had a numb face. It varies in intensity and for the most part covers the nose end, nostrils and cheeks. At the moment my chin is also numb.
Both sides are affected.
At first the doctor thought it was an allergy so I have been taken off the tablets I was on for my tennis elbow (Flamrase - diclofenac sodium and co-dryamol) and given an antihistamine.

The antihistamine made no difference (have tried two)

Yesterday I noticed that despite blushing not all my cheeks were red. There was a clear distinction with the bottom part of my cheek (more or less below cheek bone) being red and above being pale still.


A long term thing was getting bashed on the head about 7 years ago and this caused me neck pain for which I was given the same combo of meds as above (diclofenac sodium and co-dryamol) and a session of physio. The pain re-occurs intermittantly especially if I spend a lot of time with my head bent forward.

I have had an x-ray on my hands last Feb to see if I had signs of arthritis, and I have had a test for rhematoid arthritis this year along with gallons of bloods to check everything else including vitamin deficiency and these have all come back fine. I have a weak grip in my right hand especially and some mild joint pain from time to time.

With my recent tennis elbow I have had some numbness when using a mouse in that hand, so I have learnt to use the mouse in my other to avoid further strain. My tennis elbow appears to be improving through rest at the moment.


Hope that's not too long... And I do have a hospital appointment a month away at Adult Medicine but I also have 4 cancelled appointments up until now which has led me to post here.

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  • My tennis elbow isn't. It's because of a neck problem. I've got neck stretches from the physio which do the trick to cure it.My numb face has now been seen by the doc who did some basic nerve response tests and then sent me for a neck xray and blood tests including various complement ones.He's written angioedema? on the form - but I've not had any hives/rash just a numb face...
    SarahBell 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • This link may help:http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/numb face.htm
    maggiemay 68 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks - I've been reading my way through that over the last few months. As the numbness has been there every day since the end of january for it to be an allergy (If I understand what angioedema to be) then it's either the cats, porridge, coffee (the only things I eat/drink every day) But I've had two lots of antihistimines and all they do is make me fall asleep on the sofa in the afternoon.It's quite interesting having something that now the tennis elbow pain is gone, is non painful ... just annoying. I'm glad I don't have to go to work on the bus though as I tend to pull faces when the numbness gets worse to try and relieve the feeling. (It doesn't work but makes me feel better trying)
    SarahBell 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • My tennis elbow isn't. It's because of a neck problem. I've got neck stretches from the physio which do the trick to cure it.My numb face has now been seen by the doc who did some basic nerve response tests and then sent me for a neck xray and blood tests including various complement ones.He's written angioedema? on the form - but I've not had any hives/rash just a numb face...my doctor claims that i have angiodema as well. occasionally my upper lip swells. it becomes huge, sore and looks awful like i was beaten or like i got lip injections. the last 6 months or so I have only had one out break and there is no reason for this outbreak. However about two weeks ago my face on the right side went numb. From the chin to the forehead from the nose to the ear. It feels like I just went to the dentist. I am also experiencing numbness in my right arm. This should be fun!! Dont let your doctors blaim everything on angioedema... its like sids... when they dont have anything else to say about your situation, they blame it on that
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  • I'm just not on top form at the moment. This morning I've pulled a muscle in my shoulder/back and am in serious pain. Can't bend over without being in extreme pain and it hurts when I breath in.
    SarahBell 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've been to my dentist today and he was suprised I'd not been referred to one to check it's anything dental... but my teeth and all spotless and he took some xrays to double check.He looked at the xrays and says they're fine - but remembered he'd suffered from a numb face and blotches (I have none of them) but he said they'd been told it was cos they don't use rinse aid in the dishwasher - and it went away when they started using that.So I've filled up the rinse aid thing on the dishwasher and we'll see! Quite intriguing for him and he wants to know if it works!I'm back at the hospital the day of the UK elections which will be fun!
    SarahBell 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • A further update... my family planning nurse took advice from the doctor and moved me onto a different pill... I was on marvelon. She said it's unlikely to be that but it's worth changing it.My optician had nothing to say about the numb face (Just been a week or so of routine checks) but my reading glasses need to be stronger. :)Still numb face since topping up rinse aid...
    SarahBell 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • My c1 esterase tests weren't back, but my xray was.xray is normal. But he's discharging me without seeing the blood test results - basically " as it doesn't bother me" they're not going to investigate further.I'm quite upset by this.IT DOES BOTHER ME - I've had a numb face since the end of Janurary. It's not normal and I want to know what is it.Is it so wrong to want to know what's causing it?
    SarahBell 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Sarahbell..You said that you have numb face and a new vision problem.We can read this case as an injury in the 5th cranial nerve(THe Trigeminal Nerve) so you can do an examination to it..Your tennis elbow problem might be a second problem especially that is in one side..I hope you recover health soon..
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  • Thanks - it's how to get someone to investigate further for my numb face.After my BP was up again and discovering a family history of high blood pressure my nurse sent me for diabetes test, cholesterol test and liver function tests as well as an ECG.I will have to ask the nurse when i go again whether the other c1 blood tests are back too.It's just so frustrating - he was dismissive of the neck xray "it wouldn't be that causing it anyway" and ignoring the blood tests - meaning they were both a waste of time and money.I've got an appt in less than a fortnight so I shall return! :)(Should there be a smiley for a numb face?)
    SarahBell 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well the results for c1 are normal.Been signed off by physio for my tennis elbow in my neck as I can manage that ok with the exercises she's shown me.So now what?Back to doctor and ask what happens now?Can I insist on a referral and who should I see?
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  • I've been back to the GP and she's writing to the hospital - she wasn't happy with no diagnosis either!However it's getting worse - I now have a numb tongue (Has happened a few times over the last few days) and I've realised my nose is getting really numb too.It's been a few weeks since I went to the docs - just wondering how long I should wait before going back and telling her it's getting worse.
    SarahBell 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • One neulogy appointment and MRI later.After my initial exam the neurologist said I had ankle clonus, unsustained and finker jerking .... He sent me for mri of brian and neck.Letter to GP says I have normal brain parachyma and spine does not show any signal changes.There was an incidental finding of a popyl in the left maxillary antrum, and fluid signal in the left mastoid. He suggests referral to ENT.(I've been dizzy for a week before the mri and still am a month later) So could a polyp cause a numb face?And am I right in thinking the fluid on the mastoid could be what's making me dizzy?(am on meds for the dizzyness)
    SarahBell 11 Replies
    • February 11, 2011
    • 06:11 PM
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  • The dizziness lasted about 6 weeks. The ENT man decided he didn't want to do my nose after all - which I'm glad about:he had suggested a third septoplasty, SMD and a middle meatal antrostomy..So that's it I think. End of trying to find out what it is.The dentist I saw recently said it could just be some sort of neuralgia and if it was keeping me awake at night then there would be drugs available otherwise it's probably just putting up with it.Ah well. Whilst I'm frustrated I spose I should be grateful it's nothing serious.I will be putting my hands up in the air from time to time though to assure myself that I'm not having a stroke... One neulogy appointment and MRI later.After my initial exam the neurologist said I had ankle clonus, unsustained and finker jerking .... He sent me for mri of brian and neck.Letter to GP says I have normal brain parachyma and spine does not show any signal changes.There was an incidental finding of a popyl in the left maxillary antrum, and fluid signal in the left mastoid. He suggests referral to ENT.(I've been dizzy for a week before the mri and still am a month later) So could a polyp cause a numb face?And am I right in thinking the fluid on the mastoid could be what's making me dizzy?(am on meds for the dizzyness)
    SarahBell 11 Replies Flag this Response
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