I am a male, 68. About 35 yrs ago I started having numbness in my head. I cannot relate the start of it to any event in my life. It is not a pain/ache. It’s like a slight pressure, a foggy numbness feeling in the front part of head, eye level, on both sides of the head. Sort of like someone would feel without a nights sleep. It is mostly through out the day. Sometimes light, sometimes strong, sometimes, but not very often and for a short time, it would be gone completely and I would not know why.
I thought I might have a brain tumor. I went through a lot of tests and head CT scan, no tumor was found and the docs. said that it is probably do to stress. I have lived a good life, I had no stress. I then went to a Chiropractor. No help. After that I told myself that if nothing can be done and it is not life threatening I would just live with it and make the best of life.
I do not have sinus problems, dizziness, or nausea. Not affected by the weather. I do have ringing in my ears at my age. I also take med for high blood pressure Years ago I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s Phenomenon. As I say this I am thinking that I have never had a doctor discuss Raynaud’s with me concerning the numbness in my head. About a year ago, a doc. stated that I might have Sleep Apnea. The sleep test showed that I did. I had great expectations that this would be the end of my head numbness. After 6 months of using the CPAP mask I still have the head numbness. I am not giving up. I think that the CPAP will work, I now wake up because I have to go to the bathroom 5 or 6 times a night. Next week I am going to an Urologist. If he can somehow do something so that I do not have to get up many times a night I hope that I can then get a good nights sleep. And also get rid of this head numbness.
I hope my story is helpful to those with this head numbness/pressure problem and also helpful to the MedHelp Doctors.
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Further brain imaging can be done with a brain MRI which is a more sensitive test than a CT scan.
An ENT referral can also be considered to exclude sinus disease, which can lead to the symptoms you describe. Imaging the sinuses can be done with a CT scan.
I would consider a neurology or ENT referral at this point to discuss these options.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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