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Facial numbness/Burning sensation

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 8, 2007
  • 01:59 AM

I have looked everywhere to find information about possible causes of facial burning and facial numbness and happened upon this site. I hope that someone else out there sees this and might be able to relate. I have had (on and off for about 10 years) burning sensations on both sides of my face (right next to my eyes and around the top of the cheek bone). About two years ago my left eyelid started to droop a bit, not a lot, but enough to be noticable. I attributed it to the many eye surgeries I have had during the past few years due to diabetic retinopathy. Now, about 3 months ago, the area above my left eye (sort of the top corner of the eyebrow and down a bit) has become somewhat numb, and i seem to notice once in awhile that I'm slurring my S's when i speak. The front part of my tongue had felt numb for a few days awhile back, but now it does not feel that way. There was one day in particular when the burning sensation was very present, the numbness above my eye got worse and my tongue (the front of the tongue) was numb....all of this happened at once and lasted a few days. Now the numbness comes and goes, and sometimes spreads across my forehead to the other side of my face, and I still slur my S's once in awhile. I also feel numbness around my lips on occassion. The other morning I woke up and my left ear was numb. i have not yet gone to see a neurologist (i have an appt set up for 2 weeks from now). Perhaps someone has experienced something similar?

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  • For the past year I have experienced the same thing. I have numbness/tingling in my face (both side of my cheeks and chin). Sometimes the tingling goes down to my throat and neck. My GP sent me for an MRI to rule out MS and Lyme disease. The tests came back normal, as well as my blood work. I have an appointment in two more weeks for a general check-up and my doctor will run more tests. I also went to see my dentist as I have had several root canals done. Dental work/damage has been ruled out. I’m getting worried about the unknown…. Best wishes. Denise.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 11, 2007
    • 04:00 AM
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  • Dee Dee,Recommend you check to see what filling material was used in your root canal. There are some dentists using a filling material named Sargenti paste, N-2, RC-2B, RC-2W, that contains a powder form of formaldehyde (paraformaldehyde). Proponents of this material claim it is not harmful but the FDA has never approved it because they have not proved to the FDA that it is safe. There are numerous studies and articles out there that talk about the effects from it, including delayed reactions. Teeth are porous and the fumes from the formaldehyde can leach into the surrounding tissue. The AAE is the American Dental Association's recognized regulatory board for root canals...see their position paper on it at http://www.aae.org/NR/rdonlyres/14F3726F-DA2D-4155-97E9-D0201E690B17/0/paraformaldehydefillingmaterials.pdfAsk your dentist for your records and look for yourself to see if any of the above names are mentioned. If your dentist uses it, he won't tell you because it is considered malpractice. Those who use it..deny it....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 10:18 PM
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  • Hello, I am a 24 year old female who for the past month have been experiencing facial numbness and tingling as well. It is a sensation like as if I was applying "icy-hot" on my cheeks or like when you have been numbed by the dentist for a filling and are coming out of it. It comes and goes and my face does not turn red. I have not noticed a connection with any foods I eat, so I don't think it is a food allergy. Any suggestions as to a possible diagnosis or what I should do?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 07:53 PM
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  • For the last week and a half, I have been having numbness that moves around my face. It started in my lips and it has extended all the way to the ears, usually on one side at a time, the numb and sometimes the forehead. I have been sledding a lot out in the cold, so I thought it might be from the cold, but I can't imagine that lasting this long. I also have chronic sinus problems, so I was hoping it might be that. I saw my GP and she thought I might have a viral sinus infection, though I can't imagine that causing these symptoms. I'm really getting scared. (I'm a 40-year-old female.)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 06:58 AM
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  • Above, when I said "the numb" I meant "the chin."
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 06:58 AM
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  • hi I seemed to have problems with my left side for the past few years. about 3 years ago i had a numb patch on my left thigh which physio seemed to help, the doctor also noticed that my left side was weaker than my right side and sent me for more physio. A couple of months ago i got bells palsy on the left side of my face and was back in physio for that. Now i can feel the weakness in my left side again. my left hand and arm shakes alot more that the right and feels considerable weaker if i am carrying things. has anyone heard this and are the symptoms connected or is it just coincidence? Thanks,:)
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  • This could be something serious so don't just disregard it but I Have had the sem problem for several years and have had every test done. Then it happened my nervous breakdown. It started with facial numbness which was being caused by hypervenilating and not knowing it. So anyhow facial numbness can be due to anxiety.
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  • Hi my name is Paul, I got c difficile 3 years ago, was on antibiotics to get rid of it, and now for the last 3 years I have got some of the worst symptoms I have ever got. My face does not feel real anymore, It always feels so numb and my lips are numb too, I get like cold/hot flashes right in the tissue of my face, on the top of my skull it feels very scratchy and itchy and numb, whatever it is it is definately chronic and definately progressive, I am very scared and I really don't know how to treat this symptom. I have got my doctor to do all kind of testing, but most of it has come back realatively normal. I have had a lyme serology test,that was fine, MRI was ok too, they did notice a few lesions on my brain but they said that the lesions were not causing these problem. I basically don't know what to do I just don't feel normal anymore and I am not Happy with what is going on with me, I just don't know where to turn to or who to talk to, I know I said It before, But I am quite frightened by what is going on. Does anyone have any clue out there as to maybe what is gonig on. Thank-any one who replies.
    paul31 1 Replies
    • November 16, 2007
    • 11:33 PM
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  • ok i to have had this but mine started a long time ago about 10 years ago and i was feaking out over this. I have had all tests seen many doctors and for some reason it went away on it's own. Now it's been gone for about well i would say 8 years but now for some reason it's back and it feels way worse than it was 10 years ago. It sometimes drives me nuts, however i did not know that anxiety could play a big part in this as my doctor has informed me with this and told me to go get massage therapy. Sorry for the spelling if it's wrong.Anyway I have read some internet chat forums and just about all symtoms from men and women have all had the end result's as neck or back problems and or anxiety. So for the most part I guess it's nice to know that it's not as Serious as we think and it can be treated.So hang in there and try to get some exercise as i think will help as well.If you have anything to add please let us know as this is one of thoughs things were we can worry about it and i'm sure that this will not help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 18, 2007
    • 05:30 AM
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  • Hi my name is Paul, I got c difficile 3 years ago, was on antibiotics to get rid of it, and now for the last 3 years I have got some of the worst symptoms I have ever got. My face does not feel real anymore, It always feels so numb and my lips are numb too, I get like cold/hot flashes right in the tissue of my face, on the top of my skull it feels very scratchy and itchy and numb, whatever it is it is definately chronic and definately progressive, I am very scared and I really don't know how to treat this symptom. I have got my doctor to do all kind of testing, but most of it has come back realatively normal. I have had a lyme serology test,that was fine, MRI was ok too, they did notice a few lesions on my brain but they said that the lesions were not causing these problem. I basically don't know what to do I just don't feel normal anymore and I am not Happy with what is going on with me, I just don't know where to turn to or who to talk to, I know I said It before, But I am quite frightened by what is going on. Does anyone have any clue out there as to maybe what is gonig on. Thank-any one who replies.I am always in favor of the simple and obvious explanation and solution. If the simple stuff doesn't solve the problem the it is time to dige a little deeper and get complicated. Based on the infomraiton you have provided, have your doctors ever test for a vitamin B defeciency? Yuur intestines abosrb this stuff from your diet, when you have diarrhea for extended periods of time your body cannot abosrb, so your body will deplete what sotres if any you have. Some fo the Vitaman B's are critical to nervous system functioning (e.g., sometime Bells's palsy is due to vitmamin defeciency). Vitamin B pills and sublingual tabs are good for maintenance and supplements, but if your body is in critical shape, you need your GP to give you a shot. They should definnietly test you first for a defeciency.
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  • Just a thought - Have a neurologist look into Trigeminal Neuralgia. I have atypical trigeminal neuralgia and get the same burning sensation on my left side at least an hour a day. Its worth a try...
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  • Just in case any of you still check this...Sounds like some of you may have a condition calls Bells Palsy. It is treatable and can go away, but I'd still see your doctor. Major symptoms include numbness and drooping in the facial area.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 16, 2009
    • 08:09 PM
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  • I have had the burning in my face and head for the past 3 to 4years. I get these flare ups maybe 2 or 3 times a year and it feels as if my face and head is inflammed! It drives me crazy! I can't function when this occurs. Ive been going to have acupuncture done which really helps. But that can be quite costly depending on how long it takes to make them go away. I have an MRI scheduled for tomorrow. I will let you know how that comes out. Im a 41 year old mom with 2 amazing kids and a supporting husband.
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  • I am amazed so many others have experienced this problem. I was in a head on car collision two years ago, since the accident I have chronic pain in my right side of body head to toe, herniated discs in my neck and back. One morning I woke up three months after the accident with severe numbness in my face on right side, it felt like I just walked out of Dentist office, I was freaked out by this. I had another brain MRI which came back normal but the Neurologist could not determine the cause of problem. The numbness comes and goes and lately has been much worse, today my face feels sore, tingly and itchy and the redness is around the front of my ear, my ear and to back side of my neck up behind my ear, looks like a sunburn? The numbness goes from my forhead to my chin on right side of face, I also get that tingling feeling on my scalp, although it feels like it is the inside of my skull not on outside. Bizzare to say the least, I am going to seek another neurologist's opinion.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 1, 2009
    • 10:29 PM
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  • Hi, I was wondering if any of this included any rash that could be felt forming simply because my face started to take on a burning sensation at the same time my chheks went numb.It didn't last lng, maybe 15 minutes. My head itches like mad and I have bumps/blister type bumps on my head. I have had more and more frequent hot flushing as well.Were any of these symptoms like yours as well?ok i to have had this but mine started a long time ago about 10 years ago and i was feaking out over this. I have had all tests seen many doctors and for some reason it went away on it's own. Now it's been gone for about well i would say 8 years but now for some reason it's back and it feels way worse than it was 10 years ago. It sometimes drives me nuts, however i did not know that anxiety could play a big part in this as my doctor has informed me with this and told me to go get massage therapy. Sorry for the spelling if it's wrong.Anyway I have read some internet chat forums and just about all symtoms from men and women have all had the end result's as neck or back problems and or anxiety. So for the most part I guess it's nice to know that it's not as Serious as we think and it can be treated.So hang in there and try to get some exercise as i think will help as well.If you have anything to add please let us know as this is one of thoughs things were we can worry about it and i'm sure that this will not help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 25, 2009
    • 03:19 AM
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  • Hi, I was wondering if any of this included any rash that could be felt forming simply because my face started to take on a burning sensation at the same time my chheks went numb.It didn't last lng, maybe 15 minutes. My head itches like mad and I have bumps/blister type bumps on my head. I have had more and more frequent hot flushing as well.Were any of these symptoms like yours as well?This sounds like a herpes flareup. I would ask your doctor for a herpes antibody bloodtest.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 6, 2009
    • 02:15 AM
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  • I had the same burning and numbness in my head and throat. Suggest all to have a MRI of their head. They found 4 Meningioma Brain tumors. One is the size of a marble
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 26, 2010
    • 09:29 PM
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  • I've been having some of these same symptoms, but mine starts off with me losing my side vision,going from one eye to the other. then the burning starts in the temple area of my head,and then my cheek bones feel like their on fire. Face has gone numb a couple of times. this usually last bout 30 mins. Go to the eye Dr. tomorrow. If anybody has any new info. on these symptoms please let me know. I'm really worried about this.
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  • Hi, I have been searching for the problem of hotness, tingling and pain in my friends' face. I just came accross something that may warrant a visit with a reputable chiropractor. The web site said it could be sensory nerve damage or pressure on the nerve directly or to a spinal attachment to that nerve. I sure hope you all will get relief with this recommendation. dianne
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  • Sounds like it could be Bell's Palsy
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