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Unread 03-20-2011, 10:02 PM   #1
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Walking in Target with my wife and noticed that i had a tingling feeling in my head. This seems to be happening more often. Seems to be in same two spots in my head head. Usally on left side of head more. What is this?
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Unread 03-20-2011, 10:11 PM   #2
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I get a tingling sensation, usually on the left side, sometimes the whole left side, other times, just the left side behind my ear. I have attributed it to a circulation issue caused by inflammation in my upper neck. It is a surface tingling, as if it is the skin or just below the skin. Similar to the tingling you feel when walking into a cold area.

I have learned to try to ignore it. It has never caused any other problems.

btw, Circulation on and in the head are symptoms of concussion when the vascular system has lost some circulation controls temporarily. The circulatory control system in the head is very complex and sensitive. When they do functional images of the brain, they usually track blood flow or metabolism. The blood flow will slow to some areas and increase to others.
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59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan AM, 500 mgs noon, and 500 mgs PM.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


"Be Still and Know That I am God" Psalm 46:10
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Unread 03-20-2011, 10:41 PM   #3
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yes it seems to be right under skin. Also feels like a headache in that area,dull pain type headache

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Unread 03-21-2011, 09:45 AM   #4
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I have the same thing...behind my left ear...and back of the head...sometimes at the top of my head too.

Mark...is it brought on from doing things...walking..talking, tv computer, reading?? basically anything using brain power?? Or is it just coincidence that its happening randomly?
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Unread 03-21-2011, 10:02 AM   #5
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I am not sure what causes it. I think it has to do with blood flow. There are two arteries in the neck that provide some of the blood to the brain. The vertebral arteries are in a position where they could be impacted by inflammation in the neck.

For me, this tingling tends to correlate to my neck being out of a straight position, like sleeping or napping with my not supported in a straight position. I don't get this sensation very often any more. I have had lots of work done on my neck by a chiro and PT.

When I mention this to doctors, they don't seem interested in it as a useful symptom for a diagnosis.

But then, what do they know about concussion? As I noted before, the song says,,, The head bone is connected to the neck bone, but maybe the doctors never learned this song in med school. LOL with angst.

My best to you.
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As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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Unread 03-21-2011, 08:55 PM   #6
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I had a severe head injury over 40 years ago and I still have wierd sensations. I've had tingling, crawling sensations and the worst was the feeling of what felt like cold water dripping on my head. Most have subsided but even after all this time I'll sometimes feel like a bug is crawling over my head. Sometimes my head feels tight and it just hurts to the touch. None of these sensations started until months after the injury.
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Unread 03-22-2011, 09:18 PM   #7
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Default Had neck surgery about six weeeks ago

Had cervical spinal fusion on c4-c5. Neck muscles are tight. Maybe after doing some pt on neck will help, still have to wait a few weeks before starting pt. Then see if still get tingling in head after some pt
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In our area, the neuro/ortho doctors start PT within the first weeks. They want to avoid scar tissue formation and other stiffening problems. You might check around for a PT with experience in Post-fusion therapy.
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As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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Unread 03-23-2011, 07:51 PM   #9
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Just stopped wearing neck brace (soft collar) this monday. Then will find out when pt starts. I have been going to pt plave on and off for the last 2 and half years. They are outpateint pt for the hospital where i had neck surgery
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I have that too. I call it 'worming' in the back of my head where my head hit the concert. My neuro doctor told me it was nerve endings.
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