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Facial numbness!

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#1 Eos


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Posted 12 February 2009 - 03:22 PM


I am a bit in the panic mode. I have facial numbness!!!! It happened twice so far. The first time it was just my right upper lip. Today it was my right upper lip, cheek and my right eye feels like it was swollen. Both times it started with a simple tingling and then developed into numbness and tingling. The first time I also has spasms in that area just before it went away. It came back 3 times that day. Today it went away and now it is back in my right lower jaw. I hope this is nothing, just a response to stress maybe?

Anybody else experienced this before? I could not find anything about this being connected to scleroderma -- is this a known symptom? Help anybody?

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 09:03 PM

Hi, Eos

I am not a doctor and even if I were would not be in a position to make a diagnosis without examining you and looking at your history. The fact that you mention the lower jaw makes me think of TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint) involvement which can be related to Scleroderma according to our Dental Involvement page, though numbness isn't specifically mentioned in this eMedicineHealth article on TMJ. There are quite a number of conditions which involve facial numbness so it is important that you check with your primary care physician to find out the source of your own difficulty. Do let us know what you find out.
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Posted 13 February 2009 - 04:35 AM

Hi Eos,

I am experiencing a tingling, numbness feeling right now and it goes from the right side of my mouth to the side of the right eye. This is something I have experienced for several months and I did mention it to my doctor the last time I was there, but she didn't seem too concerned. It feels like there's a pulling in the eye. Lately the eyes have been burning also. I do not have any problem with the jaw area. I contributed it to the skin getting tighter and that was probably why I was having this feeling so I'll be anxious to see if anyone else responds to this.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 04:58 AM

Call your doctor now and get in to see them if you can't get in go to the ER. I hope all is okay. Take care and keep us updated.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 05:42 AM

Hi Eos,

I get facial numbness and tingling quite often. Sometimes with a Raynaud's attack (I get Raynaud's in my face, usually my mouth and tongue), TMJ acting up, or even with a migraine. I understand it can also occur due to perimenopause and other things. Anxiety is also a frequent cause of numbness/tingling, which is called "paresthesia". I also get paresthesias in areas of skin tightening, which precede any visible changes by weeks or even months.

Keep in mind I don't have any medical training at all; not even as a custodian in a medical center. So you can call your doctors office, ask for the nurse, and ask them if you need to be seen. They should be able give you screening questions, and let you know if and when to see the doctor about it.
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Posted 13 February 2009 - 08:10 AM

Hi Eos,

Shelley provided alot of good information for you to look through.

It IS disconcerting when new symptoms arise and yet the causes aren't easy to figure out.

In preparation for some dental work, I received the "usual" injections to numb the area. Unfortunately, that area is STILL numb, so I'm thinking a nerve was damaged.

I also have Trigeminal Neuralgia, which happens to have nerve paths on either side of the face. It happens to follow the nerve path on the left side of my face. This can be triggered by anything and is very painful.

I also have TMJ, but I notice it's more problematic in my jaw, than causing numbness...for me.

Shelley also suggested that you could make a phone call to your doctor's office. At any rate, please keep us posted?
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Posted 13 February 2009 - 12:30 PM

Hi Eos,

There are many things that can cause facial numbness (some have been listed by the other posters) and I agree that your doctor would be the best place to go at this time. (Always better safe than sorry)

When dealing with numbness of the face you can try doing a "grimace" test. Simply look into the mirror and frown as hard as you can and look at your face. Do both sides look the same or is one more relaxed than the other? You can then try raising your eye brows (the look of shock), do both eyebrows raise?

If the answer is no then there is probably nerve involvement, and once again it can be from many different conditions such as Bells Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, a small stroke or a pinched nerve.

Dry, gritty eyes with facial numbness can mean that you are not blinking enough or producing the right kind of tears. You can use artificial tears (not simple saline, it has no lubricants) to make them more comfortable until you can get to your doctor.


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Posted 13 February 2009 - 02:51 PM

Hi Eos,

I've had tingling and numbness along the right side of my face from the upper lip, along my nose on the cheek, and under the eye to the outer corner. Sometimes just putting on chapstick makes the tingle go all the way to my eye! They haven't actually given me a definite diagnosis yet so I can't say whether this is just a coincidence, damage from repeated cold sores, Sjogren's, scleroderma, or what! Either way I totally sympathize but think you should definitely get it checked out soon. Call an ambulance if you begin having weakness (facial drooping), difficulty speaking, or any of those symptoms elsewhere.

With good thoughts,


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Posted 13 February 2009 - 04:10 PM

Thank you everybody for your support!!! It went away...I told my rheumatologist before the first time it happened, and she did not seem concerned. She however nearly a heart attack when I mentioned I am thinking of complementary Chinese medicine, to add to my western medications. She was offended!!

I think maybe it is just stress or anxiety?? Or maybe my skin tightening, I feel so much pressure on my cheeks lately.

I have had eye spasms before, they went away and then the facial numbness happened. I don't think there is paralysis, like it would be in Bell's palsy, so I hope.

If it happens again, I will call my rheumatologist's office asap. I will see her in a few weeks, I will mention it again and see what she has to say this time.

Thank you all!