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Face Numb and getting worse!

Postby countyfan » Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:29 am

Hi,
Having got a laptop for Christmas I have now rediscovered this forum (Just in the nick of time too-before I completely LOSE IT!)
As well as other FM related problems, mentioned on other threads, I have been getting episodes of facial numbness over the past couple of months. At first I didn't worry too much, as have read that it can be a symptom of Fibro, however, over the past couple of weeks it has become almost constant and I think it might be starting to affect the way I speak (people keep asking me to repeat what I just said)
Went to see GP on Friday before Christmas and although she is sympathetic, she proceeded to rapidly dismiss any other possible causes eg Bells Palsy or a stroke! I hadn't even considered those...What she did suggest though, was that it could be related to herniated disc at C4/5-for which I am awaiting surgery. She has written to spinal consultant to try and speed up the wait as I was told in September that it was over a year.
Has anyone had experience of this sort of constant facial numbness and was it put down to Fibro or are there other possibilities apart from those I've mentioned?
Thanks in advance for any help or advice anyone can give and wishing you all a more positive 2013 than 2012 has been :shock: :-?
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Re: Face Numb and getting worse!

Postby Flash » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:45 pm

Hi, yes I know how you feel. I have disc problems, 3 prolapsed discs in the neck. I have arthritis in the neck too and both problems have caused nerve damage.

My jaw goes numb, it also goes on around the joints of the jaw, close to my ears, my cheeks feel fuzzy, not quite numb. I also have problems with my tongue which keeps feeling like it wants to push forward from the back like a gagging reflex. Numbness also occurs at the back of my neck, aross the tops of my shoulders, down the middle of my spine between shoulder blades and up to the back of my head which un nerves me to say the least

I have been reading a lot into F/M and links with nerve damage and this kind of thing just emphasises it to me as vagas nerve damage. Symptoms are spot on with what we experience and is caused by the things that people on here say they have had i.e car accidents, glandular fever etc. Arthritis and disc degeneration in the neck are going to cause problems that seem to affect many parts of the body because the vagas nerve is connected to those very same areas.

I hope you get to see the specialist soon, it seems a long time to wait. Take care.
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Re: Face Numb and getting worse!

Postby shazq » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:26 pm

Hi
I have never had any problems with my face. Hope you hear from the consultant soon. :hugs:
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Re: Face Numb and getting worse!

Postby disco dancing kar » Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:41 pm

Hi countryfan i have had numbness in face and feeling in back of head on and off for 3 years since i have had fibro, always told docs and pain clinic,said due to my fibro,not so bad at moment since having accupuncture in neck and shoulders for spasms, at pain clinic,going to keep accupunture up once a month as it is helping with problem, that and new meds pregabalin,hope you feel better soon and sort your numbness out. happy new year kar.
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Re: Face Numb and getting worse!

Postby countyfan » Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:57 pm

Hey,

Thanks for the replies. I really appreciate knowing that I'm not the only one with these symptoms. I have GP appointment on Friday so am going to see if she can try and speed up the consultants waiting list time. I put off agreeing to have the op for so long that I wish I had agreed sooner, as I would have been further up the waiting list now!

Anyway, such is life... One of my friends gave wristbands instead of cards for Christmas and mine says 'Have faith and Be happy' so am making that my motto foe this year! :lol:
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Re: Face Numb and getting worse!

Postby shazq » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:10 pm

countyfan wrote:Hey,

Thanks for the replies. I really appreciate knowing that I'm not the only one with these symptoms. I have GP appointment on Friday so am going to see if she can try and speed up the consultants waiting list time. I put off agreeing to have the op for so long that I wish I had agreed sooner, as I would have been further up the waiting list now!

Anyway, such is life... One of my friends gave wristbands instead of cards for Christmas and mine says 'Have faith and Be happy' so am making that my motto foe this year! :lol:


:goodluck1: with your appt.
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