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Dr. Natasha
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Following a serious head injury, I had a craniotomy in February.

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Following a serious head injury, I had a craniotomy in February. They made an incision just back from my hair line, from just above my right ear, up to the centre of my forehead. I have been left with a loss of touch sensation in my scalp, together with a tingling, gripping feeling, which is always moving and changing. My question is, could the incision have damaged, or even severed, a branch of the supra-ocular nerve? Would this have been anticipated, or even inevitable? The numb area seems distinctly demarcated, extending back from the incision scar to the crown, about 2-3 cm wide, and feels slightly oedematous when pressed. I have no headaches, and have a confident sense of the annoying sensations all being OUTSIDE the skull. I am 65 years old, otherwise fit and well, with no other neuro symptoms at all. Yours sincerely, ***** *****
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 3 years ago.

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ABSOLUTELY

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the surgery can definitely traumatize superficial nerves

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And so they cause this type of pain, also known as neuralgia

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another possibility worth exploring is neuralgia coming from the one of the nerves in the neck, which innervate the head

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sometimes you may have a spinal narrowing (stenosis) or herniated disc which can cause similar pain

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You may want to get a MRI of the neck

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