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Waking up with numbness feeling of parts of the head

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Waking up with numbness feeling of parts of the head
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Dr Basu :

Hi there, This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist. I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr Basu :

Numbness at the back of the head can be caused by the nerve compression at cervical spine.

Dr Basu :

If you have arthritis in the cervical spine than cause compression of the nerves.

Dr Basu :

Cervical spine xrays are good starting point.

Dr Basu :

Physical therapy of the cervical spine will help.

Dr Basu :

Vitamin B12 deficiency, diabetes, thyroid disorder are other possibilities.

Dr Basu :

Migraine is another condition that can cause numbness of the head.

Dr Basu :

menopause also can contribute to you symptoms.

Dr Basu :

Following medications are proven beneficial:

Dr Basu :

1. Amotriptyline 25 to 50 mg at bedtime daily.

Dr Basu :

Or 2. Gabapentin 300 to 900 mg daily.

Dr Basu :

Vitamin B12 supplement 2000 mcg daily also should help.

Customer:

I was worried in case it was a first sign of a stoke! my blood pressure is normal as I take tablets to control it.

Dr Basu :

unlikely since you do not have any other symptoms.

Dr Basu :

stroke will cause other symptoms as well.

Customer:

However its very strange it only happens on the odd occasion but its either at the front or back a feeling similar to pins and needles but in my head

Dr Basu :

ok

Dr Basu :

that is expected with nerve compression.

Customer:

When I wake up I find it very difficult to walk on my feet they are so tender and then once I get going the pain seems to disappear.

Dr Basu :

Pain in your feet is a separate issue.

Dr Basu :

This is also known as plantar fasciitis.

Dr Basu :

Inflammation of the foot tissue.

Dr Basu :

you should see a podiatrist.

Dr Basu :

Foot stretching exercises will help.

Dr Basu :

Please follow these exercises shown in the link below:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM02897

Customer:

thank you this is the first time I have used this service and I think it is fantastic I will sleep tonight as last night when the numbness occurred in my head I was really scared to go to sleep in case of a stroke or another problem. Many thanks 1

Customer:

Can I ask another question ?

Dr Basu :

very welcome

Dr Basu :

yes you can --a brief one

Customer:

One of my eyes gets really sore and red in the corner mostly when I am tired. The doctor gave me eyes drops which I think were antibiotics but the redness and pain comes back when I am tired?

Dr Basu :

Probably dry eyes related.

Dr Basu :

You can try using artificial tear drops.

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