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Strange pulsation on my face, causing me more anxiety, PLS HELP
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imamess123 posted:
For the past year, there has been a strange, bulging pulsation on my left cheek, near my mouth. It's like a pulsating bump (small pea size) on my face that beats along with my heart rate. My doctor has never seen or heard anything about this, so it's been driving me crazy. He said something about the oxygen flow in that area is just stronger... I have a bad habit of biting my inner cheeks, but he said that can't be it..

This all started around the time i started a new job, dieting and exercising, ended a long term relationship, experienced irregular menstruations.. I'm assuming it's from stress, but is there anything i can do to get rid of this??? I'm such a mess right now, can anyone help??
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Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
As you mentioned, there have been a number of major changes in your life and, I agree with you that this may be stress related.

I'm not sure what is happening with your cheek but I'm not an MD and it has been checked out by Ayour physician, so I can only think that it might be, also, stress-related. You did mention that you have a nervous habit of biting your inner cheek and this may be some trauma that has resulted from that.

I would think that you could do several things which would be helpful to decrease your level of stress and also to remind you to stop biting your cheek. First, take a look at our Tips column and try out several of the suggested solutions you'll find there. I would recommend both the relaxation breathing and the exercises which we have provided. Exercise is an excellent way to decrease stress. Relaxation breathing will begin to work for you immediately.

As to the cheek biting, I would suggest that you try something that behavioral psychologists use; a rubber band around your wrist. Each time you find yourself biting your cheek, snap the band as a reminder to stop. Also, when thoughts come into your mind that begin to upset you and cause you to become anxious, tell yourself to "STOP it." This is a technique called thought stopping and it can work well.
 
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imamess123 replied to Patricia Farrell, PhD's response:
Thank you for the response! Luckily, I've been able to quit the cheek biting this week. It seems to be helping a little. Do you know what type of doctor I should see for this unusual problem?? Internal medicine doctor?? For some reason, the pulse bulges out more after i eat dinner and in the evening...
 
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ssssbtss replied to imamess123's response:
Hi,
I just googled "pulsing bump on face" because I was just shocked to see the exact same thing you describe above on my face. I am 53 and starting to see some sagging in that area of my face but exactly where you are describing your pea shaped pulsing thing I am also seeing it on my face..... and just on one side. It shows up during certain facial expressions. I noticed the pulse tonight for the first time when looking through a magnifying mirror yet can still see it without. WEIRD! I see you wrote this a couple years ago and was wondering if you got any resolution or explanation about it? I do not notice myself biting the inside of my lip.
 
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ttootell responded:
I have a suspicion that this is a vericose vein. I have the same thing - first noticed it a few years ago in a tanning booth... you know, the face light has a cover that's a bit reflective. With the heat in the bed, the bump pulsed like crazy! It seems to be worse now - perhaps bigger, or simply just more to the surface. Of course, like every American woman, I'm crazy-stressed and not taking care of myself. But, I'm headed to a dermotologist or medical spa for an evaluation. It's got me a bit worried... sometimes it seems to tingle or itch, and it's certainly noticeable now. Not hard like a Cancer lump might be... but I'm still a bit nervous. It's heartening to hear that others might have a similar thing, so maybe it is normal/treatable/removable.
 
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rosyro replied to ttootell's response:
Hi. Let me know what you find. This has been my experience with a similar thing. I am a 29yr old white female in very good health. Has anyone found what this could be? About 2 years ago I was on honeymoon and woke up one morning thinking a spider had bitten me on my face. I had a small pea sized lump just above my lip on the left. I also noticed it was pulsating in time with my heart beat. 2 years later it is still there and causing some discolouration on my face and seems to have grown a bit. It is only much more visible in certain lights but I notice it all the time. I have been to 2 skin specialists, had an ultrasound and then thought it must be a vascular problem. So I went to a vascular surgeon who thought it was a start of an AVM (arterior venus malformation). Which I was very stressed about. So he sent me for an angiogram just to make sure, and they found it was in fact NOT an AVM. So now I am back to square one because no one seems to know what it is! I have been told to watch it and see how it develops but I don't want it to get worse plus the constant pulsing I see in the mirror is driving me insane coupled with the discolouration on the face and the fact that sometimes I can feel it twitching or becoming itchy. It's weird! I have been told that it's not dangerous but anything that someone can help with regards to treatment would be appreciated!
 
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sickofsick52 replied to rosyro's response:
see the dermo dr and tell him to cut it off. Dr's can be so stupid and dumb. After it's off the lab will test it. Even a lay person knows that
 
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imamess123 replied to sickofsick52's response:
Wow, I'm surprised to hear others are also finding small, pulsing bulges near their mouth.. I started this thread over 2 years ago, and I still haven't found a treatment. I actually just started embracing it since the doctor said it's not harmful. The only treatments I really tried was acupuncture, which didn't help.. I may also try the dermatologist, but I'm pretty sure this problem is more than just skin related...

Mine pulses/bulges more when I'm stressed, fatigued, or drinking alcohol.. but it's pretty much always there. Mine doesn't itch or have any discoloration... I'm wondering if it has to do with my diet switching from vegan to pescatarian. There are many things that could have triggered this problem, it's very frustrating..
 
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delasol replied to imamess123's response:
hello same thing has been happening with me! Regarding the pulseing in the cheek i have had it for the last couple yrs still hasnt gone away, it stresses me out when looking @ it been to the dr more than a few drs they say its the facial artery that is superfacial at the surface? and theres nothing that can be done about it:( im scared that it's gonna get worse i beleive this occured over an enormous amount of stress build up, thats the only thing i can think of what and why this happen???
 
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An_247847 responded:
That is so funny, I have the same thing! When I am under a lot of stress (which is often) I have the same type bump but on the right side of my cheek by my mouth. You can see it pulsating, I also get this huge vein on my top forehead that bulges out when Im under stree=ss
 
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Scout24 responded:
Thanks to all who have posted. This is the beauty of social networking related to healthcare. I've been dealing with a similar issue--facial pulsing on the right side just above my lip. I've felt it off and on for a week or more, and notice it's worse if tired, too much caffeine, etc. Could be aggravated by stress--like all health issues. Feel muscles around my eye tensing and I can tell there is increased blood flow--so glad someone mentioned AVM and found it negative. Not sure even where to seek help--IM doc will just send to neuro--wondering if anyone has found it related to seizure disorder or teeth grinding. I woke up one night with my lip curling like my Lab when she's having a dream--not fun but I'm still alive Keep sharing information -- maybe we can figure it out
 
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Tamska responded:
I have noticed exactly the same pea-size swelling on my left cheek, near my mouth, which pulsates. I noticed it only couple of weeks ago and figure it has to be a blood vessel making it's presence felt for some reason.
 
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beerking replied to Tamska's response:
I am soo happy to here that I am not the only one this has happened to! I've had the same thing since I was 15 and the doctors said that they had no idea what it was but that it was not harmful I'm 24 now and it seems to have stayed the same if anyone finds a way to remove or stop this please post it for as much as I try for it not to I have built a complex over it and want only for it to go back to normal!
 
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DMCB11 responded:
Hi! I am sorry to hear of your problem, but maybe we can help each other to deal better with it.... I have the same problem. I think it is due to the fact that I was going for electrolysis on the upper lip area and I think there was an injury of some sort. I went to a vascular surgeon and he told me that I am fine and I must have always had it. I told him it wasn't the case and that I feel it may be related to the electrolysis. He felt it could be a possibility. Anyway, I really dislike having it a lot too, sometimes to the point of obsession! But I am learning to deal with it. I feel like people look at it and wonder, "What the hell is that"? It does make me feel self conscious. It is a pulsating artery. The Doctor said he thinks it's best I try and ignore it and not to do anything about it. He told me I could definitely find a plastic surgeon to try and fix it, but I am too afraid it may make it worse or really screw up my smile! Ok well I hope i helped you somewhat. No one is perfect, there will always be something someone wants to fix. I feel the Doctor I saw was right. It's best to ignore it as long as you are not in major discomfort or pain. Also, I am an RN if that helps, not that I know everything, but I like to play it safe because it is a possibility surgery can make it worse. Just focus on what you like about your appearance and don't try to be perfect. I am sure you're a nice person, like me
 
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Sarah4567 responded:
The body-mind relationship is a wonderful and strange thing. I've been dealing with anxiety for a long time and I've felt many sensations that can virtually never be explained medically. I hope you can find a way to stop thinking about this issue and force yourself away from it. Last night I was obsessing about something at around 3am. And then I started talking to myself (internally). I said " sarah, you have a choice to think about this or not. You are in control, and you have the power to leave it alone." I left it alone for a bit, enough to get some more sleep. But I wasn't entirely successful. Still,in think its a step in the right direction. I feel proud of myself that I gained some relief by reminding myself that I am more powerful than my obsessive thoughts. I hope you feel better soon