About 4 years ago while lying in bed I noticed my head would get numb, a falling asleep feeling, while lying on it. It happened only that one night. About 3 months ago it happened again, but for about a week and only while lying on the back of my head on the pillow. Well, now, it is doing it again, but worse (for about two weeks now). It now happens while lying down on my pillow rather it be on the back of my head or side of my head. A few nights ago I noticed it getting worse. Normally I would feel it coming on so I would lie on my side and it would be ok. Now, that doesn't work and my head still falls "asleep." I sometimes have to sit up to get it to feel any better but it doesn't really work. I woke up today with a slight feeling of numbness and I got up and it has now been 2 hours since I woke up and the back of my head still has a tingling/numbness/coldness feeling to it. What is this? I'm a 27 yr old stay at home mom. 110 pounds. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I will be making an appt soon.
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There is a chance that you have compression of the spinal nerves in the cervical spine region. This can happen due to overuse of computers, work involving straining of neck, herniated disc, canal stenosis, bone disease, spondylosis, poor posture etc. A MRI of the cervical spine and nerve conduction studies may be required. Please consult a neurologist. The treatment is to remove the compression. You have to discuss the best treatment option with a neurologist, which can range from medication to physiotherapy to traction, cervical collars or even surgery. Alternatively you can visit a chiropractor or a physical therapist and learn some exercises which you can do to relieve the compression, but consulting a neurologist is a must.
Use a hard bed to sleep. Avoid a pillow. Roll a towel and place it under your neck while sleeping on the back and between head and shoulder when lying on the side. Initially this will be uncomfortable but with time the acupressure will do wonders. Use an analgesic cream or spray. Anti-inflammatory drugs help.
Since I cannot examine you and know other related conditions you may be having, nor is a detailed history possible on net, I have listed the various possibilities that should be looked into. Please consult your PCP for primary examination followed by proper referral.
I have a very similar "problem" and have read some worrying articles linking this to MS. However, I also had a prolapsed disc about 4 years ago and had never experienced this numbness in the back of my head before so am hopeful it is caused by that. The MRI showed the disc prolapsed on the LHS (L4/5) which is the side of my head I experience the numbness on - is this consistent with/likely to be caused by the damage to the disc? The disc itself doesn't tend to give me too much trouble anymore, though is very sensitive and likely to flare up whenever I over do it when running/Zumba or after high impact exercising but the numbness in the back of my head at night never goes away even when my back doesn't hurt. Any advice would be really appreciated as a numb head is a very strange sensation! Many thanks and good luck to fellow sufferers!
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