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Head Tingling, Numbness-vertigo...related???

Hi all, well this is going to be a long post. Here's the deal... I am a 37 year old female having extreme difficulty in finding a doctor able to make a diagnosis or help with treatment. I have seen my family Dr. (an internist), who has referred me to an ent (appt. Is still two months out) and a neurologist. The following is a list of symptoms and know test and their results.

My symptoms began in early oct. Of 2004, the onset was a 24 hour episode of severe vertigo. Within a few days following the vertigo (with no incident or accident) my neck became stiff and sore with tingling and numbness in my head. After two months with no relief is when I began seeking medical attention, beginning with a chiropractor for the neck and tingling (assuming it was a pinched nerve). The chiropractor did not help after numerous visits over a two-month period. My Dr. Then sent me to the neurologist. He presumed the tingling, numbness and neck pain was not related to the vertigo. He was primarily interested in the vertigo. Additionally I have aura migraines occasionally with no onset of headaches. Symptoms he noted of interest include the following: vertigo, tinitus, aura migraines (prior, during and following vertigo) and bouts with diarrhea. He preformed nerve tests, mri's, hearing tests, balance and vertigo tests. All tests came back normal. He did prescribe a medication (sorry, I forgot the name) that is actually for epilepsy, but might help with the numbness, coldness and tingling. It did help, but after three weeks caused depression. I stopped the medication at that point. Here's where I am at to date. Although the head tingling, etc. Ceased for a month or so, it is back with a vengeance. It is an all day, every day thing, the only thing that comes and goes with it, is the intensity and the movement of the tingling. Sometimes it is only at the very top of my head (also sore spot there on occasion) other times it radiates into the left side of my cheek and slightly into my forehead.)
also to note, the vertigo is becoming severe in its frequency and duration. What started as a one to two hour episode happening once every six months or so over the last four years, easily treated with dramamine, has increased to the last episode three weeks ago lasting 10 days. (with two relatively good days within that time frame) no medication helped. Dramamine, advant(sp?), a 10-day steroid pack, the motion-sickness patch, or an anti-anxiety medication I can't recall the name of either.
There was initial hope that this was all due to something called benign positional vertigo, but the symptoms apparently didn't match and the positional treatments did not affect any change. They have also considered menerige's disease (spelling?) not to be confirmed or ruled out just unlikely at this time. Also probably not ms, no signs of that in mri.
Obviously, I am relieved that nothing appears to be life threading, no tumors, no lesions on the brain, etc. However, the symptoms of the neck soreness are still occurring, the tingling, coldness, numbness is both annoying and at times sore and the vertigo episodes have me on edge and concerned every time I feel even slightly off balance for fear of being bed ridden for another week. Please help, I know i've rambled and given you a lot of information to digest, but I am at a loss as to who to turn to or what to do. My family and my business (all of which I love) are suffering too. Any help or suggestion would be an enormous help!

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replied August 3rd, 2006
It has been a long time since you posted this, but I just wanted to let you know that I have the same symptoms too. Mine started about 1 month ago, after a neck adjustment from the chiropractor. I have a nerve conduction test scheduled next week. I also have tmj. I don't know what it could be but it is ruining my life.
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replied March 4th, 2012
dizziness and migraines caused by desk work and constant compute
It has to do with the disks in your neck and back...There is no cure accept exercises and anti inflamatories. It is an epidemic now because of the high stress business world and sitting at a computer is the worse thing fornthe neck,back and eyes. Doctors don't tell u this because they don't want to say "u should quit your job" but thats basically what u need to do ifnu are sitting in one spot..otherwise u will be in triptans,antodepressents and antiinflamatories fornthe rest of ur life
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replied June 8th, 2009
I donot know if you have found an answer yet but I have the same thing!!!! It has been going on for 4 damn years and no medical doctor or specialist will listen to me, everyone wants to write it off as an inner ear problem which testing proves that it is not!!!! I have had the cat scans, been to ear specialists, neurologist, heart specialist etc and no one can figure it out...none of the inner ear meds work (serc, dramamine, gravol etc) The only thing at the moment that is keeping things somewhat under control is taking 3-5 naprosyn a day and ativan at night of course this also means I am popping zantac like it was candy and after all this it only keeps the vertigo down to about 1 episode per week!!!!!!It is definately ruining my life as I knew it to be, I am very active work 2 jobs and play sports and I am reduced to constant fear and anxiety of the vertigo justcoming back each and every day!!!! Really for the love of god we can send a man to the moon but we cannot figure this stuff out!!!! IT IS HORRIBLE
angi 2009
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replied June 26th, 2009
bizzer...I have gone through a spell of imbalance and vertigo. All tests inconclusive,however.I looked up side effects of zantac last week and I quit taking it.I seem to feel better each day!!! Look into it.marz
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replied December 5th, 2011
Numbness to head
I've been taking Zantac for awhile now and didn't notice anything unusual until now.That's if Zantac is the cause. The top right part of my head feels numb and I'm having tingling sensation to it. Starting today I think I will discontinue taking Zantac and see if the numbness will go away. Thanks for the heads up on Zantac!!!
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replied March 12th, 2010
vertigo
I just woke up one day last week and fell out of bed, spinning, then focused, and it stopped,(vertigo)and no tingling,at first. Now, a week later tingling getting annoying, looked up online and found that some little balls that are connected to the bottom of the inner ear are conected through a jelly like substance,and they become disconnected, and float the wrong way (or something like that)
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replied March 14th, 2010
dizziness & numbess upon standing & walking
i am having same issue. standing up, got dizzy and almost past out at work. left in ambublance to hospital. did cbc,cat scan, mri, ekg and all normal. eeg to be scheduled. i was previously told from dr before due to numbness issues of other extermeties such as toes and pains in shins i complained of before that I may have periphel neuropathy. none of that has been spoken of since the dizziness started again. i had 2 episodes while in hosiptal that where almost seizure like where i got dizzy, got numbing sensation over my body, got disoriented and was unresponsive for short time period. i was able to hear those around me but unable to respond back.body got weak and numb and couple min later head was clear again. very strange feeling. now everyday, i stand and i get dizzy. the longer i stand, the increase in numbness overcomes my body so i have to sit down for fear of passing out. i still have no answers.
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replied March 28th, 2010
Vertigo or Not??
I had a scary time last night for the first time. i got out of bed around 3am to go to the toilet. As I was sitting there my eyes were moving to the right back and forth to follow the spin. Once I got up i felt so groggy,and dizzy and hanging on to anything in my path feeling insecure and a fear of collapsing , only to find my bed again. 2 hours later i did the same thing and it seemed to have got worse. I was lying in bed waiting to pass out or waiting for it to dissipate. It took me 2 hours to get back to sleep again after wondering if I should call an ambulance. Stirring with thoughts of despair.. I woke 2 hours latter and it had gone. To my relief. However still feeling quite fragile.
I have said to myself this passed week to see a chiro as I could feel pressure in my head and slight headaches forming in front of the pc at college. I hardly ever get a headache.
Anyhow after that experience, well, it scared the s--- out of me, and I will see my chiro every 3 months as one should.
My god I hope it doesnt return tonight or any other time, and I hope its nothing for me to worry about in the future! Its a weird thing and you have totally no control over it.
I am a single parent with one boy and if it were to become serious well that would suck. Wouldnt it.. Cant afford to get ill.
Thanks for listening. Sonja
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replied April 11th, 2010
Re: dizziness & numbess upon standing & walking
papogirl24 wrote:
i am having same issue. standing up, got dizzy and almost past out at work. left in ambublance to hospital. did cbc,cat scan, mri, ekg and all normal. eeg to be scheduled. i was previously told from dr before due to numbness issues of other extermeties such as toes and pains in shins i complained of before that I may have periphel neuropathy. none of that has been spoken of since the dizziness started again. i had 2 episodes while in hospital that where almost seizure like where i got dizzy, got numbing sensation over my body, got disoriented and was unresponsive for short time period. i was able to hear those around me but unable to respond back.body got weak and numb and couple min later head was clear again. very strange feeling. now everyday, i stand and i get dizzy. the longer i stand, the increase in numbness overcomes my body so i have to sit down for fear of passing out. i still have no answers.
. I now had eeg done and have to go back May 7 for a 48 hr study eeg test. Lucky me, i get to go home mothers day weekend with electrodes hanging all over my head and go back the 9th to get them taken off. I hope to have answers soon. Neurologist said depending upon results, next maybe a spinal tap then i may have to see a heart specialist to check to see if it is a lack of oxygen somewhere causing my dizziness and other symptoms. the other day in the shower my head felt like everything was in fast foward while my eyes were seeing everything in slow motion. I had to get out of the shower for fear of passing out. I have been off of work for over a month now.
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replied May 10th, 2010
Head tingling, dizziness
Has anyone taken the drug Lupron?
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replied May 11th, 2010
I am a 41 yr old female who suffered a great deal of trauma in an accident 1995. Since then I developed fibromyalgia and have severe chronic pain. I take a lot of medications, have migraines and sometimes suffer with depression. I have been trying to fight it, and it is extremely frustrating as I am very active and enjoy running. I developed tingling and numbness in my head within the last year. It seems to be in the back of the head or side mostly, but is cold and tingles. I found that I have a brain lesion, (which was small, and I am not sure related). I also have severe degenerative disc disease. This is what I have found is causing the numbness and weird tingling feeling. There is no cure that I know of, but it might help some of you who are wondering what the heck that is. No, you do not have anything crawling under your scalp. If you have ever had a neck or severe shoulder injury..see how bad your discs have degenerated. My damage covers my entire cervical spine. Good luck to all. I hope if gives you some answers.
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replied October 17th, 2011
Thanks for the information was scared something was crawling under my scalp. Did have a car accident maybe that's the problem. So far Dr. Haven't gave me a diagnose. also now I don't have insurance. Sick and tire of going to the DR. and not get a answer. If anyone get information please let me know.
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replied August 5th, 2010
Well I am glad I am not the only one. Woke up 10 weeks ago with vertigo, nausea, facial pressure. Was worse in the morning at first and now pressure has subsided but now almost continuous vertigo, occasional scalp tingling, headaches mostly in the afternoon, neck occas. uncomfortable. Neck whipped on amusement park ride 2 weeks before symptoms started. It seems worse with focusing or head aimed down. Walking seems better. ENG was negative, negative CT sinus. Now it's off to a neurologist. I do NOT want to visit a chiropractor. I am desperate and do not want to have any surgery. Brother also died of a brain tumor. Anybody heard of natural rememdies to help nerve regeneration or nerve damage?
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replied September 4th, 2010
Hi I am 24 years student. I had problem of TMJ on left side , started a 2 years ago and now I am experiencing tingling on left side above ear (almost inch). I had experience of this feelings and slight heaviness of scalp on that side almost 10 to 12 times a day. I went to see the neurologist and he said everything was ok. Then orthodentist took Xray of my Jaw and give me some suggestion. But now the situation is like that I have tingling almost 24*7 days and with heaviness on above left ear in scalp. I am really scared ...Are there any suggestion?
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replied September 9th, 2010
dewflower
9/09/2010
62 yr old fairly healthy, no high blood pressure, no high cholestral, I do have epilespy that has been under
control for 11 yrs.Depakoate 500mg x2 aday, lexapro 20mg,for depression caused by depakote, 1.25mg Premarim,Prozac 20mg, now 75mcg synthroid added today.
am retired, a widow, should not have stress but I put it on myself.I find I am having a balance problem, I
tend to go backwards when I squat to work in the yard,
also when I go to sit down & also when I rise to start
walking. No dizziness, some ear ringing, I have had this for years, has to do with allergies.
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replied March 21st, 2011
I too at my wits end! I've woken up now and again with vertigo, its even come on during the day unexpectedly but this isnt my main concern. I have a coldness, tingling and pins & needles sensation in the back of my head (sometimes feels like rain dripping down). Sometimes it spreads to my face, down my arms and into my fingers and have no idea whats causing it or what it is! The past 2 months I've woken with severe headaches, luckily pain killers are helping but I dont want to live on them! Today I have spent that last 4 hours searching the interent and I think I've finally found something..... Head tingling/ paresthesias:- The skin sensation of partial numbness or "pins and needles" or a type of "burning", "tingling" or "creeping" sensation of the skin, is known as a "paresthesia". Symptoms may start as a tingling (paresthesia) and change to a numbness, or there may be a combination of decreased sensation (numbness) but with heightened sensations at certain times or with stimulation. Any type of tingling, burning, or numbness is usually a symptom related to a sensory nerve being damaged, diseased, or injured. Causes depend on the exact location of the paresthesia sensations, but typically include a physical nerve injury type condition (e.g. a nerve entrapment or some type of pressure being applied to a nerve directly or to the spinal attachment of that nerve), or a disease condition affecting the nerves (e.g. neuropathy, diabetic neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and others). Having these sensory symptoms in multiple locations, or the recurrence of similar symptoms in different locations is a hallmark symptom of multiple sclerosis, so your doctor will likely ask about the past history of similar symptoms to assess the likelihood of multiple sclerosis as a diagnosis (see symptoms of multiple sclerosis). Any of these tingling or numbness symptoms are more than just annoying; they can indicate a serious medical condition and require prompt medical diagnosis by a professional.


I will be printing this out and taking it to my doctor, maybe....just maybe it will help finding the answer to our problems.

Good luck

Kerry x
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replied March 21st, 2011
40 year old MALE here reporting with the same symptoms. Mine started as a headache in the back of my head 6 weeks ago, felt like a weight was pulling my head backward. Then the vertigo started that evening. Now my head tingles all over, pain still radiates from the base of my skull, weakness/fatigue in my limbs. Dr first diagnosed sinus infection and low testosterone, but been on antibiotics and testosterone for 3 weeks with no improvement. I keep telling myself "it will just take some time for your body to get back to a healthy level." This has caused severe anxiety and panic attacks as it feels like I'm about to pass out or fall over all the time. I'm called upon to give presentations at work, and these symptoms won't allow it. This thing may cost me my job. And my young boys are suffering too because dad just isn't up to any activities with them. I'm hoping and praying for a solution. May you each find relief from this. I'll post if I find an answer.
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replied October 26th, 2011
found somewhat an answer to brain tumor symptoms
ok, same symptoms... Diagnosed as psuedotumor cerebri. Not a common thing. Headaches instant, thru the eye, ears ringing, instant dizziness that lasts 10 to 15 minutes, feels like glugging in my head sometimes, pressure, sometimes fingers and legs tingle. so thought I was dying, brain tumor or MS or something... This is a build up in my head of fluid, is not all the time but is often, neurologist did emg, mri, memory test... results normal except poss psuedotumor, sent me to an optomtrist who did an exam and a periphiral vision test, and said yep - go back to neuroligist and poss he would prescribe something for pressure. I have fibromyalgia, and thought my body was torturing me again... which it sort of is. lol, good luck
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replied March 12th, 2012
Dizzyness, numbness, and tingling
I know all of you are going to think I'm crazy, but my son had a friend when he was in elementary school that had a lot of your symptoms and also some blackouts. She was very sick for years and couldn't even attend school. I ran in to her mother a few months back and she said last year that they had figured out what it was and fixed it and now she is fine. Ready for this??? She had a filling in one of her teeth that was infected and the infection was causing all her symptoms all thoes years. They had the filling replace and put her on antibiotics and she's fine. Have your fillings and caps checked.
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replied October 21st, 2012
I've had and continue to have the same problems as others with tingling, etc., and have no answers to this. However, I may be able to help with regard to virtigo, at least the type caused by the formation of tiny crystals in the inner ear. This is quite common, is nothing to worry about and will normally correct itself by 3 weeks at the latest even if nothing is done about it. However, there is an exercise recommended by my doctor that can accelerate the recovery, in as little as a day. The exercise is simple, takes only a few minutes and can be done as many times in a day as you want. Go to the following web page and look under "BPPV Maneuver": http://www.livestrong.com/article/154515-v ertigo-home-exercises/
I hope this works for you.
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