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face numbness and pain
62granny posted:
for two months now I have progressive numbness of the bones in the left side of my face,including the palette, left jaw upper teeth, eye socket etc at the same time my mouth is very sensitive. it feels like I have been hit in the face by a two by four. I am under treatment for bone mets resulting from breast cancer. My oncologist sent for MRI (neg) then to a nerve specialist Lime disease test Neg and cat scan neg next is a spinal tap any ideas? sure can use some help!
RedBear2005 responded:
My apology for the delay in my response. I somehow missed seeing your posting until just today. It is of course possible that you are dealing with a side effect of any medications being used for your bone metastases. However, I also suggest that you see a neurologist for original workup, with the tentative working hypothesis that you might also be dealing with a neuralgia of the 5th cranial nerve (trigeminal neuralgia), a related facial disorder such as Eagle syndrome (though Eagle usually presents as sharp pain rather than numbness) or possibly a slow-growing brain cyst or tumor. Onset symptoms of these disorders can include progressive numbness on one side of the face and head forward of the ear. Especially with a history of bone cancer, you need the MRI conducted at the maximum available resolution: 1-mm thin slice procedure with post-procedure 3-D reconstruction, performed both with and without contrast agent. Feel free to come back and talk when you know more. Regards,
multifocal responded:
I also have a similar problem. I have tingling on the left side of my face similar to the feeling i get after going to the dentist and the shot is wearing off. I also have pain and burning on the left side of my head. And a serious ringing in my ears. the numbness goes from head to tow on the left side of my body. Anyone have a clue what may be causing this?

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