The 12 Most Likely Causes of Facial Numbness

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There are several possible causes of facial numbness, also known as hypesthesia. Most of these causes can be traced to a problem in or affecting the trigeminal nerve.


It is one of twelve cranial nerves and is one of the most widely distributed nerves in the head. The cranial nerves can be categorized as two main nerve types: those that control motor responses such as blinking, chewing, or eye muscle movement, and those that respond to the sensations of taste, smell, hearing, and touch.

Numbness is an absence of the sense of touch. The trigeminal nerve, which as the name implies has three branches, controls both the sense of touch in areas in the face as well as the motor function associated with chewing. Damage to this nerve could, therefore, make chewing difficult, if not impossible, which would be a condition of paralysis. Some sufferers of face numbness also experience numb lips. Or it could create either a “pins and needles” sensation or a loss of feeling in parts of the face. Of the twelve facial nerves, it is usually considered number 5.


Several of the more well-known facial nerves are the oculomotor nerve (number 3), which controls the external muscles of the eye, the olfactory nerve (number 1), which relays the sense of smell to the brain, and the auditory nerve (number 8), which controls balance and hearing. The facial nerve (number 7) does not relay a sense of touch. It controls the muscles used in facial expressions and should not be confused with the trigeminal nerve, despite its name.

It becomes apparent that if several of these nerves are damaged, a number of different symptoms might be experienced. That is, of course, a somewhat unlikely event. Damage to the cranial nerves in the central nervous system would most likely cause a combination of numbness or paralysis in various parts of the body. Facial numbness in itself would usually be traced back to the trigeminal nerve and that nerve alone. Damage to the facial nerve or a dysfunction of that nerve, such as can be the case with Bell’s palsy, can cause paralysis of the facial muscles but seldom results in numbness.

The Anatomy of the Nerve

It was mentioned earlier that this nerve has three branches. If only one branch is affected, only one part of the face will experience numbness, pain, or some other nerve-related condition. In almost all cases, only one side of the face will be affected because there are two of them, one branching out from each sides of the central nervous system.


The upper branch is called the ophthalmic branch. This branch supplies sensation to the forehead, most of the scalp, and parts of the front of the face. The middle, or maxillary, branch services the cheek, the top lip, the upper jaw and gums, and the side of the nose. The lower, or mandibular, branch supplies sensation to the lower lip, jaw, teeth, and gums. One of the more unusual types of numbness in the facial area affects only the chin, in which case it is the mandibular branch that has been adversely affected by some condition.

There are approximately 12 primary causes of facial numbness plus the catch-all idiopathic cause where the face can become numb but the cause or causes remain unknown. Some of these causes will result in temporary numbness, some will cause a permanent loss of sensation, and still others can result in alternating periods of numbness or partial numbness together with periods during which normal sensations are felt.

Primary Causes of Facial Numbness

1) Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is under-active and consequently fails to produce an adequate number of certain hormones required by the body. Hypothyroidism upsets the chemical balance the body is constantly attempting to maintain. Over time, hypothyroidism can lead to a number of adverse health conditions. There are many different symptoms that can be experienced by someone who has a hypothyroid condition, numbness to the face or other parts of the body being only one of them. Many different organs can be affected by hypothyroidism so it should come as no surprise that the nervous system could be affected as well. Numbness does not necessarily indicate hypothyroidism, but there have been cases where hypothyroidism has been found to be either a primary or a contributing factor to the numbness. The numbness itself has also been diagnosed as being a symptom of the condition.

2) Shingles

Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus.


It generally affects only adults and only those who have been infected with the chickenpox virus during their youth. If shingles does strike, it normally strikes only once, although in about 1 out of every 20 cases people will experience shingles more than once. Shingles typically appears on a part of the body and on one side of the body only. Its symptoms are usually present at or near the surface of the skin, but the condition can occur anywhere in the body, in rare cases even affecting vital organs. Shingles can occur in the face – facial shingles – and can cause nerve damage which usually tends to be temporary. The symptoms can be facial pain or numbness, either of which can last for several months if the trigeminal nerve has been affected. Shingles can be treated with medications to lessen the symptoms until the condition goes away on its own.

3) Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia, or TN, often occurs when a blood vessel exerts too much pressure on the trigeminal nerve where it exits the brain stem. This pressure, which can be constant or off-and-on, tends to wear away the protective sheath that surrounds the nerve. TN can also be caused by a tumor and is sometimes one of the side effects brought about by multiple sclerosis. The primary symptom of TN is pain, which is often sharp and can eventually become debilitating. Numbness can also at times be a major symptom, a symptom which, while disconcerting, can be a great deal more bearable than pain.

4) Stroke

Numbness experienced in the face or along one side of the body is one of the lesser known symptoms of a stroke. Stroke symptoms are usually thought of as facial drooping, weakness in an arm, slurring speech and sometimes the development of a sudden limp. When numbness occurs in the face as a result of a stroke, it can represent a somewhat dangerous condition. This is not because the numbness itself presents a danger, but because the symptom does not tend to be associated with having a stroke and when a person suffers a stroke time is of the essence. As is the case with other parts of the body following a stroke, only one side of the body is usually affected. In this case, only one half of the face or a part of one half of the face is apt to go numb. Since a stroke affects the brain, however, it is likely the entire trigeminal nerve will be affected and either the entire right side or left side of the face, but not both sides, will suddenly go numb. In many cases the type of stroke involved is called a lacunar stroke. This is a stroke that occurs deep in the brain and typically only affects sensations and not movements.


5) Nerve Tumors

A neuroma is a growth or swelling affecting a nerve. Roughly half of all neuromas occur in the head or neck region, although facial neuromas are actually quite rare. They are so rare, in fact, that they are often misdiagnosed. When facial neuromas do occur, they are almost always benign. Nevertheless, a neuroma that places pressure on a nerve that is responsible for transmitting sensations to the brain can cause numbness to occur in the face. This depends, of course, on which branch of the nerve is affected.

6) Transient Ischemic Attack

A transient ischemic attack, or TIA, produces symptoms similar to that of a stroke except the symptoms, which can include numbness in one side of the face, tend to be temporary, usually lasting for only a few minutes and seldom longer than an hour. A TIA is in itself not particularly dangerous. The main danger behind this type of attack is that a person who has experienced one is usually at a much higher risk of experiencing a stroke later on. A TIA can, therefore, present an opportunity to take preventive measures to lessen the chance of experiencing a stroke at a later time. Common TIA symptoms are weakness in the muscles of the face, temporary paralysis of the facial muscles, or numbness. It is possible to experience more than one TIA and, should the symptoms last for 24 hours or more, it is usually considered a stroke. A TIA is different than the much more common ischemic stroke in that, while a blood clot in the brain is the major cause, the blockage is brief and does not cause permanent damage. These blood clots either move up from the heart or are caused by cholesterol buildup in an artery which can lead to the formation of a clot. A TIA is sometimes referred to as a “mini-stroke.”

7) Hemiplegic Migraine

A hemiplegic migraine is a somewhat rare type of migraine. It is a severe type of migraine with aura. When a hemiplegic migraine is experienced, the symptoms often mimic those of a stroke, with muscle weakness, paralysis, or a feeling of numbness occurring in one half of the body. Numbness can occur in an arm, a leg, or one side of the face. At times pain is experienced rather than numbness. Pain, weakness, or numbness is often accompanied by other symptoms of a migraine with aura condition. Hemiplegic migraines appear to be primarily genetic in origin. Three genes have been shown to have a definite linkage to the condition. Defects of mutations in one or more of these genes can result in a limiting of the body’s ability to make a certain protein needed for clear communication between nerve cells.

8) Trauma

There are two types of trauma which can cause numbness. One of them, and perhaps the more obvious of the two, is injury where the trigeminal nerve or one of its branches has suffered some physical damage.


This could cause a number of different symptoms, but a loss of sensation is one of the more likely ones. The other type of trauma results from a branch of the nerve becoming compressed. This is akin to sleeping on one’s arm with the result that the arm “goes to sleep,” a somewhat uncomfortable condition usually consisting of an initial numbness followed by a “pins and needles” sensation. Sleeping in an awkward position is one of the leading causes of trauma to the nerve and can result in facial numbness that, while temporary, can sometimes last for several hours or even longer.

9) Numb Chin Syndrome

A special type of numbness involving a part of the face is a result of the numb chin syndrome, so-called because of several factors involved. The chin tends to be affected rather than other parts of the face because the nerve innervating the chin, the maxillary nerve, is the only part of the nerve affected. While the primary cause is trauma, other causes of this syndrome can be much more serious as they involve either tumors or cancers. Cancers are especially serious because they may have invaded the jaw bone, although there are many other cancers which can lead to this particular symptom.

10) Multiple Sclerosis

The fact that one of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, or MS, is numbness felt in one or more parts of the face should not be too surprising in that MS is a disease that affects the brain, the spinal cord and, of course, the nervous system. Early stage symptoms of this disease have a tendency to come and go and do not always point to MS as the cause. Many of these symptoms, facial numbness being a case in point, can easily be caused by another condition or disorder. Numbness in one part of the body or another, and especially in the face, tends to be one of the first symptoms experienced by a person who has MS. This numbness can progress over time for several hours and even for several days before it subsides, only to return at some later time.

11) Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy refers to disorders of the peripheral nerves. The term once commonly used for these disorders was neuritis. This tended to suggest the presence of a single type of disorder, but there are a host of different conditions, well over 100 at latest count, that can contribute to this disorder. Insofar as the face becoming involved is concerned, peripheral neuropathy is a kind of catch-all condition since there are so many nervous system disorders that could conceivably cause numbness on one side of the body, an arm, a little toe, or the face.

12) Focal Seizures

In general, seizures affect major parts of the brain. Focal seizures on the other hand affect only a small part of the brain. Symptoms of focal seizures, sometimes called partial seizures, often primarily involve the face, producing twitching, abnormal facial movements, or numbness. The causes of these seizures can be complex but are usually described simply as a “mixing up” of electrical signals in the brain. These seizures can be simple or complex in nature and typically last anywhere from just a few seconds to several minutes.

Sometimes numbness can come about as a result of depression, feelings of acute stress, or panic attacks. When one of these conditions is the case, the numbness is said to be the result of a psychogenic condition. Brain tumors can be yet another cause of these feelings of numbness.

In summary, the causes of facial numbness can be quite large in number, yet the condition is not all that common. In most all instances, only one side of the face or a part of one side of the face will be involved. These symptoms can be transitory, long-lasting, or repetitive. A feeling may, in some cases, be a temporary, one-time occurrence. At other times the numbness may be symptomatic of an underlying condition that can be quite serious. As is the case with many symptoms, the duration of the symptom, its severity, and whether or not it appears to be chronic will determine if medical attention or advice is needed. One of the greatest dangers lies in the condition known as a transient ischemic attack. It is not dangerous in itself but is often misdiagnosed, if diagnosed at all, and is an indication that the person affected is at a somewhat high risk of experiencing a genuine stroke later on.

111 COMMENTS

    • I have Lyme and I have varying degrees of facial numbness and mild Bell’s Palsy. I also have numbness of varying degrees elsewhere.

      • I recently had Bells Palsy. I felt ok for a few weeks then developed mild facial numbness and heaviness in my jaw area. I also get lightheaded and have alot of neck pain. I was tested for Lyme but it came back negative.

  1. VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE. I AM FEELING NUMBNESS ON RIGHT SIDE OF FACE, AND TIPS OF FINGERS ON MY RIGHT HAND. I AM 66 YEARS OLD, AND DIABETIC. ARE THERE ANY EXERCISES, OR TREATMENT FOR THIS NUMBNESS CONDITION

  2. I am 33 year old, have a 4 year old kid. Suddenly, I have stared some dizziness while doing small house hold work too, and then after a week or 10 days I started feeling numbness on my half forehead, and right side of my face including eye (like eye is becoming heavy, numb…don’t know how to express !!!).

    If someone have any suggestions, then please provide me (any exercise, any special diet, any yoga !!! )

    Please help !!!

    Anticipating positive reply from someone !!!

    Regards

    • I have the same thing on my left side.
      Half my lip? Forehead and left eye numb. I get dizzy and also have tingling going down my side.

        • I experienced the same symptoms for years. Told migraines, hemiplegic migraines, neuropathy, etc. Tuned out to be a clotting disorder called sticky platelet syndrome. Supposedly rare, but I bet more likely undiagnosed. I’ve had innumerable TIAs, a stroke, and heart attack. I’m 31 years old. Most doctors think it’s like other clotting disorders. Clots are caused by adrenal or ADP or both. Mine’s both. Usually episodes are brought on by stress, too much caffeine or other stimulants, or woman’s cycle/pregnancy/birth control. Check it out, it can’t hurt.

          • Hi,
            I found this thread trying to find out what my facial numbness is. I feel it from my neck, ear, cheek, temple and over my eye on my left side, and also in my left leg, with a strange feeling inside my left thigh. The facial numbness gets instantly worse stress, and some coffee (some I’m fine with – sometimes decaf is worse). I sometimes feel like my pulse is strong in my neck at that side too. I also have had a retinal branch occlusion with macular edema – sometimes referred to as an eye stroke. It has gone on for a few years, and is gradually getting worse.

    • I would start with drinking 2 cups daily of nourishing herbal infusions. Id try stinging nettle and oat straw. They may buy them organically in bulk online. I Add 1 cup of one of the above plants to a quart jar and top full with boiling water. Put top on and let set 4-10 hours. Strain plant material and drink infused tea and we can mix flavor heat and cool as we like. This provides a basis for healing and optimal nourishment. Best wishes

    • Hi,
      Same thing happened to me 10 days ago. My tingling sensation started 3 days later and it was only on my left side of my face. I was wondering if you can tell me if your symptoms are gone. I did an MRI of brain and some blood work. Everything came back good. I hope you are feeling fine. I will appreciate a reply

    • I had this same problem two years ago and was later diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines which causes the facial numbness till your eye closes in its on.

  3. Roohi, You should really go and see a doctor. Only they can truly diagnose you and tell you what to do. You should also do this now.

  4. I have been experiencing numbness at my forehead, the are between my eyebrows and the top area of my nose for the past two days and is it something that i should be worrying about

    • I have had the same numbness as you for over twelve months, but only when I rest back propped up in bed or sitting in a lounge chair. Any help I am sure it comes from my,spine area

  5. My only suggestion would be to have your dentist check you for TMJ problem. usually is caused from a motor vehicle accident or fall with a whiplash type injury.

  6. So I just turned 17 and for the past 3 days I haven’t been able to taste anything, my left eye wont shut easy (Even though for some reason my eye has always been a bit open when i sleep) and when I smile big the left side will droop, also, when I open my mouth wide enough to eat food, my jaw has a popping type pain to it causing me to stop eating, I’ve been to my doctor too much the past year and a half to want to get this looked at, I’ve had my gull bladder removed and have had an ongoing throat infection (Or something along those lines, tonsils have been swollen and every time im sick limit me for what i eat and produce a white substance) for 7 months and been on medication for it twice but never goes away. I’m really out of options and have no idea what’s going on with my face, Please help, I’d appreciate any feedback or advice, or even a solution 🙂

    • My 14 year old Daughter is having similar symptoms… her right eye doesn’t close wher she blinks and her eyes obviously get dry so she’s having to use eye drops and protect that eye. Also when she crinkles her nose that side doesn’t move and her top lip on that side is numb.
      I took her to see her doctor today and he gave us a referral to have some blood work done to text for herpes which sounds crazy to me and also a referral to see a neurologist.
      I hate not knowing what’s wrong with my child and not being able to help her.
      Hoping we find out it’s nothing too serious and that she gets better soon.

    • Think Lyme disease with Bell’s Palsy. If the test is negative, ignore it. Poor testing and physician ignorance delayed my diagnosis 20 years, leading to serious health problems and disability. Try testing at IGenex. Expensive but your future depends on it. And don’t let anyone tell you there is no Lyme where you live. Lyme has been found everywhere on earth except Antarctica. Also, test for coinfections. A single tick can carry over 100 disease causing organisms. I have 8 that we know of. Also, see a doctor knowledgeable about tick illness; a “lyme literate” MD, not an infectious disease specialist. There is usually a vast difference in how each view these infections and treat them. Please don’t delay.

  7. On the evening of 26 July 16, while playing cricket the ball hit my right eye and the part of face just below the eye. Since then I have lost sensation of touch on my right side of face and nose. I want to know is this permanent or temporary? And if temporary by when will the sensation get back to normal.

    P.s. The impact was quite hard as I was experiencing double vision for about 12 hours and eye had gone completely red.

    • Mr Abhinava. Do u have numbness on whole right side or just the area below the eye and side of the nose? Your symptoms are that of a Right Infra orbital nerve paresthesia due to hit by ball. The numbness is usually temporary but takes time to get back to normal.In case u had a fracture of the bone in the infraorbital area then it would be necessary to get it evaluated as the nerve could have been trapped in the fragments, in which case the paresthesia (altered sensation as in your case) will take much longer but seldom permanent.

  8. i have been searching for answers since last November when my lips became numb. Over the last several months, the numbness has gotten worse and has spread (both sides of face, specifically: lips, above lips, chin, under chin, and now creeping up to and including my nose. My neurologist ordered brain stem and brain MRI (to rule out numb chin syndrome) and thank heavens, it showed nothing abnormal. I had a spinal tap on Friday, awaiting results. I have had melanoma twice in the past, and recently had two micro thyroid cancer tumors removed (teeny tiny things…1 mm and 3mm~thyroid still intact). Any ideas?????

  9. I am experiencing a numbness in the face, forehead and bother sides of the face. What’s irritating about cut is, it feels like tiny bugs are landing and crawl-OMG on my face. This sensation of numbness also feels like Novocaine is wearing off in my face. There is an itch involved and fine bumps on my arms.
    This has lasted for 3 days and doesn’t seem to be easing up. What do you recommend, if anything?

    • I have the same symptoms as you describe but mine is pins and needles and numbness in my bottom lip down to my chin and the itch that you describe like bugs crawling on that area. I also have a swelling on the inside of my lip.

      Did you ever find out what was causing your symptoms?

  10. I apologize for not proof reading my earlier comment. Error Corrections:
    1) both sides of the face , 2) irritating about it, 3) landing and crawling on my face. Thank you!

  11. I am a 70 year old woman. In November 2015, my whole face and mouth suddenly went numb and I started getting a variety of intermittent pains and aches in those areas. I have been seeing a neurologist and a rheumatologist who say that I have trigeminal neuropathy. An MRI showed that my trigeminal nerve is inflamed. They think that it is caused by an autoimmune disease, but I do not have enough symptoms to be diagnosed with any one disease. So, at the moment, they are calling it a connective tissue disease. A few months ago, my hands suddenly started swelling and my hand and wrist joints have enlarged and I have a lot of pain there and in my upper arms and back of one knee. The rheumatologist says it is polyarthritis/rheumatoid arthritis, even though my RA factor is only slightly elevated and my CCP test was negative. Does anyone else have bilateral facial numbess and mouth numbness with pains and difficulty chewing and speaking? None of the treatments has given me any improvement other than being able to chew a little better. My sense of taste has gotten worse. Also, two weeks ago, I came down with my second episode of shingles (the first one was about 15 years ago). They think it was brought on by the physical and emotional stress of my disease(s), but I am wondering if it is related to a new medication (methotrexate) I had just started. Luckily, I started an antiviral right away and stopped the new medication, so caught it before it got really bad. Once the rash clears up, I am supposed to resume the methotrexate, so am worried.

  12. Hey, I’m 15 years old and only the side of my face and my jaw are numb.. I’m jw, is it very possible that I have cancer in my jawbone like the article said?? Cause I’m starting to freak out…..

    • I would find someone that treats TMJ- it can have a lot of symptoms. I had so many things going on 3 years ago that all the doctors said it was NOT TMJ. But they are so so wrong! I am just starting with a dentist that knows about it. My own dentist did not diagnose it! Good luck.

  13. Yesterday while spring cleaning and doing washing I had extreme pain in my face , forehead , lips and gums and became nauseus. I took a painkiller and had to lay down with hot bean bags on my face and head for relief. Today after normal chores i feel my lips and cheeks pulling stiff. Had to rest and put a bean bag on mybface again for relief. Can somebody please help

  14. This is a seemingly comprehensive description of possible causes and symptoms of facial numbness. I believe it is therefore a good general guide to helping identify possible conditions independently prior to clinical examination. It is sometimes possible that patients might have combinations and variations in symptoms described in these classifications. Overall, an excellent collection, and much credit is owed to the contributors.

  15. Bottom lip, centre only. It goes numb, tight and I get pins and needles. No other symptoms. I’m guessing lack of sleep and stress. The doctor looked at me weirdly when I complained of the numbness. It’s annoying and quite painful, and can last for hours.

  16. I have this numbness also and was at the dentist who said I have Eagle Syndrome, named after the man who detailed it first. The ligaments under the ear harden and extend and can cause all kinds of symptoms. I have it on both sides and if it gets worse will see about surgery. Also have neck problems. It seems to go unnoticed by the average dentist even though its right there in the xrays.

  17. I am experiencing symptoms that left side of my face and lips numbness, tightness since 6 months. Every time when I lay down or if I stay in a cold room with AC, the symptom appeared.
    What caused that?

  18. same condition of my father( 84years old) ,also has difficulty in speaking due to numbness in lower lip.please suggest some remedy/cure.

  19. HI Adam,

    How well is your blood sugar being controlled? Sounds like it could be diabetic neuropathy, but without seeing your Dr. face to face, it’s only guesswork. If diabetes isn’t well-managed, you could develop neuropathy and so many other issues, as you probably well know. I wouldn’t delay seeing my endo regarding this.

    Blessings to you.

  20. Started Oct 2015 The right side of lower part of my face,lip gums ,half my tongue and cheek are tingling and numbness sensation . Had an MRI, neck adjustments. Physical,blood work, and to dentist. Fast forward to July 2016 and now it is my entire right side including in hair and right arm hand and foot on and off. Second MRI, TRIGEMINAL NERVE AND BRAIN STEM all clear as of 8/26 no fuStarted Oct 2015 The right side of lower part of my face,lip gums ,half my tongue and cheek are tingling and numbness sensation . Nothing more from neurologist, going back to chiropractor he said I have a reverse neck I have been 2 wks now *** ANYONE ONE ELSE HAVE THIS,

  21. I have intermittent tingIng on my left neck and face, to my lower jaw. No pain, just tingling and it goes away in a few mins only to return. Started a month ago when in California on holiday. I also have numbness on my left side leg in the morning. It goes away and returns when laying in bed before sleep. Should I be concerned?

  22. Beverly,

    What is reverse neck? I just recently starting having little spells of left side face tingling and numbness and trying to figure it out went to MD yesterday and they ruled out Bell’s Palsy and TMJ,

  23. Beverly,

    What is reverse neck? I just recently starting having little spells of left side face tingling and numbness and trying to figure it out went to MD yesterday and they ruled out Bell’s Palsy and TMJ.

  24. I started to get numbness on the left side of my face about 5 years ago. My doctors told me it was migraine with aura (however I’d rarely get a migraine following or before)
    In may after a lot of stress the left side of my face dropped I looked like Id had a stroke, the numbness has been almost constant since and the dropping off the face comes and goes.
    Iv been put on antidepressants which are supposed to help with neuralgia however they’ve done absolutely nothing.
    The neurologist I went to see told me again it’s migraine with aura, discharged me and then sent me an MRI appointment.
    My sister is currently being tested for MS so I am definitely thinking the worst.
    All I would say to anyone is make sure you go to the doctor, I feel like mine just want me to be quiet and get on with it but I will kep pushing until they are adamant it’s just migraine….

    • Your story sounds a lot like mine,the numbing on the rights side I’ve had for about 3 years now,my doc without doing any tests prescribed antidepressants I didn’t take them,I told him I will not take a med till all possible test are taken he sent me to a neurologist he said I’m having migraines again wanting to just give me antidepressants,no other tests,the numbing is all the time my right temple at times gos across right eyebrow its consistent never gos away some days heavier then others,I have a bump in my neck near the spine where your neck and head meet i feel it’s a result of a car accident I was in 5 years ago but accrued about 2 years ago I have asked if that can be what’s causing this and I have been told no I’m frustrated is it possible to have migraines 24/7,no headache,no depression,I don’t have any other symptoms that’s why I think it’s my neck causing the numbing but if it’s not my neck then I’m afraid it’s the beginning/warning sign of something else,is it? And if so what could it be? Idk

    • Look at my response to Roohi’s June post near top of comments. Sticky Platelet Syndrome clotting and TIAs are often precipitated by extreme stress. Good luck.

  25. Can you tell me how everything turns/turned out? My whole left side of my face has been numb for three days now, including my mouth and tongue. I get pressure behind my left eye every 30 mins or so. I don’t get auras though.

  26. I have had numbness on one side of my face for a couple days now. My cheek and one side of my upper lip has had a tingling numbness feeling. What could this be and what caused it. I have woke up past couple mornings to my arm being asleep also on the same side.

  27. I was on a car accident 2 months ago and now I sometimes get dizzy and my left part of my face gets numb sometimes. I had a cut above my left eye and can’t feel anything in that area of my face and part of the top of my head.they did have to take a piece of glass from my cut and almost needed stiches.

  28. I am 26, experiencing a numb upper lip and tongue, accompanied by the inability to blink properly. I can fully close my left eye, but it’s like the muscles on my right eye are weak, and I have had a mild headache all day. Still researching.

  29. I’m 22 and I woke up yesterday morning with the left side of my tongue numb, now it’s spread up my cheek around my eye and forehead and down my chin and lips two days later. It’s not fully numb though, as if the dentist has numbed me and it’s in the latter stages. I also feel quite dizzy when bending over and my left ear has been quite itchy. Really hoping someone can shed some light on this…

  30. Comment (required)
    Mine is not a comment but I m looking for help.
    It almost two years now, at first I had a terrible head and later had left face numbness of late it has developed some slight pressure behind my left eye, my check, my nose, and my left lips. I can not use my left side to eat properly. When one looks at my face, they can Hadley notice any thing.
    I did a first brain scan it showd that I have a FISTILA.
    The second brain scan angiograghy show hypoplastic A1 segment of right anterior cerebral artery and intracranial portion of left artery.
    Nowadays my left eye would show me blared vision when I look at my phone for too long.
    Please help.

  31. Experiencing numbness chin area had seen dentist to rule out teeth issues. Seeing ent then probably neurologist. Dentist feels like may be shingles. I had shingles about 10 years ago.

  32. After reading this article, I’m sure I have Hemiplegic Migraine. Although I have little pain, numbness and tingling can be very troublesome. It does seem to be worse when I am stressed or worried and can spread from the left side of my face to my left arm and even along the surface of my left leg in extreme cases.it disappears for some time and then comes back usually mid morning and stays most of the day. I find sleeping makes it go away on most occasions.

  33. My question is after a fall on my face – my nose is is semi-numb and so is my 2 front teeth – do u have an answer?

  34. My father has numbness though out his whole face it started with his ear cleaning it got infited one side went numb it traveled across his face affecting every part now it’s going to his eyes it’s getting harder for him to eat talk breathe through his nose no taste he has had a number of test mri cat scans they don’t know what is wrong and they don’t seam to want to find out we don’t know what to do from here

  35. April, Reverse neck is the curve of your spine in the neck. Mine is curved in wrong direction but I have gone to all chiropractor appointments and nothing.Now my right arm has numbness and tingling. I am now having my vitamin B12 and D checked and dr was testing for inflammation because my face and arm nerves should not affect the other.

  36. Hi,
    I’m 32 yr. Old & starting yesterday morning the left side of my nose was number, & has continued on to today. Now this morning, I found that my left bottom lip is going number, feelings are unusual. I’ve got an IVC FILTER that is imbedded, don’t know if that has anything to do with it? I am under alot of pressure all the time & stressed out almost every day!
    Scared Please help

  37. Long story short… 3 years ago I had a painful bout of optic neuritis. Clean MRI. B12 was way low at 146. Fast forward to the end of July 2016 I have sudden eye pain. (My b12 is normal because I self inject) I am diagnosed with iritis uveitis and trochelitis and given tapered oral steroids that didn’t work, another dose that failed and finally a steroid injection in the eye. Within 48 hours I was in horrific pain with huge unilateral lymph nodes and glands ( same side as my bad eye). ER said swollen nodes on CT but blood showed no infection. It has been 4 weeks and I have awful unilateral pain and numbness on chin and lower lip that radiates toward the jaw. Clean MRI again. Blood work is always normal. Being treated for Atypical Shingles and pain and my is not decreasing. I have been miserable for three months and I want to rip my head off. Help

    • Here I am. In still alive. I have been to an optometrist, an opthomologist, a neurologist, a Neuro- Ophthalmologist, an ENT, 3 different dentists and pain specialist. 6 months with the same numb chin. Every doctor tells me that I need to go to Mayo. Mayo wants to take me on but they won’t take my insurance. I live 2 hours from the mayo clinic. It kills me to know that a cure and answer could be right in my own backyard.

  38. Hi, I had my gallbladder out 7 months ago and was left with acid reflux. For about 3 months now after I eat my face and head go numb and it lasts for s long time. I also get a cool sensation in my eyes, ears, nose and throat…..it then changes from cool to burning. Does anybody know what this could be??? Thanks

  39. Woke up one morning 2 weeks ago with a stiff neck.Next morning I woke up and the left side of my face was numb like the dentist had given me a shot for a cavity.Cannot close just my left eye.Left side of my mouth doesn’t work normally.When I drink coffee it falls out of my mouth because my lips don’t close.Also have very bad pain in my left ear.Everthing messed up is on the left side of my face.

  40. 39 years old. Numbness on my right side of face. Forehead, eye, cheek, ear, chin.. even half of tongue.

    It’s been 9 weeks and lots of frustration. I’ve had blood tests to rule out Lyme, shingles.. etc. An MRI for a possible tumor. Checked with dentist for a possible infection. Acupuncture to treat.

    Nothing seems to help

  41. 39, female. Left side of my face numb. From chin traveling up along my lips, nose, under eye and out to my ear. Have had blood tests, MRI on neck and brain, my ANA’S came back positive but am at a loss on what it is. See neurologist and rheumatologist but so far… it’s a mystery. So anxious… what is going on?!?

  42. 5 days ago I stated with numbness in my cheek all the way to my lips only left side at first I was told it could be street since I was working 12 to 15 hrs a day but I took 4 days off and still the same I went to doctor and she said problably I have a infection since I have a fever blister she gave me antibiotic pills for 2 days and another med and if did not go away she was going to do a MIR

  43. I have cervical stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, osteoarthritis, and tarsal tunnel syndrome and while I was sleeping last night my jaw and right side of my face up to my eye. Each time I lay down on my back my arms, legs, toes, fingers go numb. And pain with it.

  44. I just had an episode where the left side of my lips and tongue went numb. I did the stroke test ,smiled for my husband ad recited my ABCs. All the was fine it lasted only 15 minutes or so and slowly dicipated. Any guesses as to what that could have been about. It scared me.

  45. I’ve told 3 different doctors about my left cheek and lip being numb for days at a time, the basically laughed at me, I guess because I’m in excellent shape otherwise, very disappointed and concerned

  46. On 12-31-16 I fell face first into the corner of a freezer. The impact was hard enough to make me black out for a few seconds. My face made contact with the corner of the freezer just below my cheekbone, about halfway between my ear and nose—pretty much dead center on the left side of my face. I hit hard enough that I bounced off, hit it again on my right side/knee, before falling to the floor (wet lenolium floor and boots don’t mix when you’re as graceful as I am) Swelling began immediately, and by the following morning there was a lump on the side of my face the size of a tennis ball. I also experienced a severe headache and nausea, but I didn’t think it was bad enough to warrant a trip to the dr. since I have no insurance. Now, the pain and swelling are mostly gone, but that side of my face is still droopy. When I smile the muscles are partly unresponsive- it looks more like a one sided smirk. And I’m having some sensation that can best be described as a twitch or a tugging of the muscles in that area. Is there any advice on how to treat this, or any idea how long this can/should last? It’s been 6 days, and I’m beginning to worry.

  47. Im 28 year old and ive had 3 children. Yesterday my left cheek started twitching. Not long afterwards the right side of my face felt weird. i noticed while i was putting on lipgloss that i couldnt smile all the way and its hard to open my mouth all the way. about a couple hours later i got a severe headache. it went away but since then i keep getting headaches off & on. i still cannot smile all the way. i have blurred vision at times. the thing is the blurred vision & dissiness is very common for me. i was told i have mild seizures. but this time is different. the right side of my face is not really numb bc i can feel to touch but its heavy i guess is the best way to explain it. ANY IDEAS?

    • oh yea and i have a sharp pain on my left top cheek bone. right under my left eye. i just went to dr yesterday concerned about a knot on my left side of my neck. which they said is swollen lymp nodes.

  48. I experienced numbness around my face and nose 3 years ago . All I can remember was I experienced chest pain that lasted for an hour and I went to the ER and was told I had acid reflux . But right this moment I am feeling okay but there’s still a little numbness around my nose area.

  49. I remember I experienced facial numbness and my nose become numb I think that’s the sign of panic attack because I’m so sensitive . And I believe I might develop stroke in the future finger crossed that it won’t happen.

  50. Sounds like everyone has the same symptoms and there are no answers for what is happening. I too have the numbness in left side of face and forehead. MRI without contrast is good, no drooping. Palsy is not it and not the sinuses. My doctor keeps trying to prescribe me anti-depressants for anxiety and nerve pain. Have tried a couple and they have worse side affects than what I already have going on. I am not depressed and I have very little pain. There is no explanation, the dentist is my next stop and then the eye doctor.

  51. I was diagnosed in June 2016 with both small cell lung cancer and stage 0 Breast Cancer. Both found in routine scans. Both biopsied and both needed treatment. So here it is.. I was tested elsewhere and the ONLY thing found was a brain aneurysm – behind/above my left ear. So I do the lung treatment 2 chemos mon 1 tues and 1 wens in a 12 week time so treatment m t w. then the following 2 weeks off…x 4 and 34 days radiation during it. The result was…Yay! Remission is given to me on Monday of Thanksgiving week, I was elated. – In about the middle of the chemo….I started to feel this numbing like I had novacane in the right side of my face – NOT very Painful..but lots of pressure on my jaw bottom teeth – gums, it felt like an elastic bank was being snapped on my face/chin – WELL I ASKED my ONCOLOGIST, AND he more or less said he has no clue…I distinctively asked him if it was cancer of any kind of cancer in the mouth and once again he said NO!!! I also mentioned I did some looking for an answer online and I read in an explanation somewhere that if someone presented it to their dr it sometimes meant there was an underlying issue possibly much worse and perhaps cancer. I went to my reg dentist and he checked with every instrument in his dental arsenal and even did a panoramic film/images and NOTHING SHOWED! Ok so I am in the middle of chemo and radiation therapy and just lived with it and all of the sudden it went away. Again I was told remission Monday of Turkey week and Weds before Thanksgiving the discomfort was back and this time lots of pain, unbearable pain. He prescribed oxi 5’s and I was on my way to a CT scan of my jaw in the same hospital. Half and hour after the scan he called me to up the pain med and told me there is a mass and made an appt for me to see a ear nose and throat doctor. – A real nightmare..from there I saw an oral surgeon an then a 3rd dr. the chief of oral surgery at UConn Health Center in Farmington CT for a consult. He agreed he could do the biopsy and it would be a surgical biopsy and it was in a very hard place to get to that no one could possibly go through awake. It was also putting risk to it if it was cancer. So I have a pre op surgery physical, and also I was simulated the same day for the brain radi mask. ANYWAYS..the biopsy results were sent to my oncologist ad he had me come in…and he sat me down and told me – READY……IT IS SMALL CELL LUNG AND THERE IS SOMETHING THEY CA DO BUT, ITS BASICALLY GOING TO KILL ME IN 4 TO 6 WEEKS!!!! F ME!! so. HERE I AM>..3 WEEKS IN….WAITING TO DIE! I a 56, I am married and I have a 30 yr old son. I am so pissed!!!!!

    • Oh my gosh Nancy this made me cry. I am so sorry to hear what you have been through. I was on here looking for answers to why I smell burnt toast and having lots of dizzy spells and pain in my teeth to be told by doctor the next time I smell burnt toast they will do a brain scan…… nothing like time could be of the essence lets do it now or anything. I don’t know what is going on with me and reading your post none of it seems to matter. I hope you get quality time with those you love. Sending you lots of love during this tough time from a stranger in Australia.

    • I’m so very sorry to hear that no one can EVER really know how that feels and shouldn’t ever have to I will keep you in my thoughts always… Oxox…… Just tonight I got a feeling of numbness from my left nostril down to my upper lip left side left eye seems not be focusing very well and my hands will not stop going numb in my face it felt like I had the dentist shoot me with an extremely large dose of morphine this lasted about 20 minutes in my face my hands right now are so now I’m using the speak now feature which is very hard because I still I’m having problems with my lips I’m a picker Packer for eBay and have noticed when I bend over it is hard to stand straight up with a feeling in my lower right side of my back that eventually goes to way but is becoming extremely irritating week ago I found a lump in my breast try to make a doctor’s appointment but my boyfriend had his two-year-old son and he gets up every morning at 4 o’clock with his daddy take me to work so I cancel the appointment for the breast examination until it is time for him to go back to his mother’s just so the little man didn’t have to get up early again like I said the numbness has subsided from my face but my hands are still not working should I be concerned and go to the ER or should I just make another appointment and wait the first time any of this ever happened I am 39 years old

  52. A few days ago I experienced a numbness across my forehead, when I touch it it feels like I have lost sensation but I am aware that I am touching it by some slight sensation, but not much. I have had a a headache and a bit of a stiff neck, not sure if it is stress or something else.

  53. I am 37 years old and just in the past week I have been having numbness and tingling in the right side of my face below my eye and into my jaw. But my right eye feels heavy when this happens. For the most part it comes and goes within about 5 minutes but seems to be happening more often and lasting a little longer each time. I have rheumatoid arthritis and also SLE (lupus).

  54. Recently i flew back from boston to cali. I fly a lot but this time i has a massive pain in my sinus. It has now been a week of headaches and numbness all day everyday. The most numb part starts above my right eye. The left eye feels fine. The numbness above my right eye continues to be numb down the passage to the top my head all the way to the back of my neck. It is a line of numbness not an entire side. As if the numbness is coming from some connection to the nasal pa

    • Passage above my eye. It has been staying the same numb and headaches come and go. I do not smoke cigs and i socially drink only every other week if that. Any ideas?

  55. I experienced numbness of my nose for 3 years now am I sick Jesus or probably it’s the PROBLEM of my wisdom tooth I don’t know that part is really sensitive

  56. I am 45 years old 2/8/17) and began experiencing numbness down the exact centre of my face… From just above my eyebrows, down my nose and into my lips… both bottom and top lips but not into my chin. It also seems to affect the tip of my tongue

    In November 2015 I had my C5/C6-C6/C7 fused but my facial numbness began in spring 2015… my husband and sister noticed I wasn’t acting “normal”… and I couldn’t speak for nearly 3 hours… my memory and speech is still a bit wonky… I know what I want to say… but I can’t recall even the simplest words. An MRI and several ct scans were performed and no sign of a stroke.

    Since the fusion the facial problem is there and I have expressed my concerns to the neurosurgeon but he doesn’t seem to be concerned.

    The numbness is becoming ever-present… and can lead to a headache but doesn’t begin with a headache.

    It even affects the way things taste… ugh!!!

    Now what do I do? What type of doctor is next? I’ve seen 4 neurologists and all 4 told me nothing is wrong… and as I mentioned above my neurosurgeon doesn’t seem to be concerned…

    (This is “unrelated” but it is…)

    I mention the facial numbness EVERYTIME I see him and/or his P-AC whom I dislike… (his P-AC is the one I dislike… she also “reviewed” my lumbar spinal MRI that was not ordered by her of the neurosurgeon… she then told me that “there’s nothing wrong” with your lumbar spine, when in fact the previous MRI which was done by that office and it showed L4/L5 showed bulging and that it was “drying”. The new MRI also shows the previous problems AND that my L5/S1 has also began showing problems… and that L5/S1 show congenital fusion

  57. I got punched in the left eye recently and a nose bleed followed immediately, it later developed to black eyes with blood in it. I saw a Dr and he put me on some drugs and told me to check back in a week. It’s not up to a week and I feel numbness on the top of the left side of my upper lips and like it’s falling. I’m scared and worried as to what might be happening. I also get one sided headaches on my left side and sometimes I feel light headed.

  58. Since June of 2016 I have had a periodic swelling along with numbness of the right side of my lip and the lower part of my cheek. The swelling comes on quickly and lasts approximately 24 hours. Thought at first it was an allergic reaction, but cannot come up with a trigger. It happens about every 4 to 7 weeks. Anyone have any ideas? I’m stumped and so is my internist.

  59. I`ve been sick for awhile. The symptoms all went away except the cough. All of a sudden I felt numbness on my face; nose down and gets worse every hour and in another area. I`m wanting to know what I should do. It’s never happened before. What can it be? Please help. Age 17.

  60. Three weeks ago I woke up with sharp pain in my left shoulder blade after sleeping on our sofa. Three days ago I began experiencing numbness in my heart. Today I’m experiencing numbness in my heart and the left side of my face. I have stenosis of the neck and went through a peroneal craniotomy for a tumor on my brain and left eye. Is this numbness due to that prior surgery?

  61. I woke up this morning and have no feeling in the left side of my mouth. It feels like it is frozen but looks normal. I have pain down my left arm and shoulders and my wrist and hands have no fèeling.

  62. Today I had a neck adjustment at a chiropractor. About 10 mins later I felt my top lip tingle when I looked in the mirror of the car it was white. It has spread to my jaw and teeth. Almost 9 hrs later still the same. Its on both sides.
    It feels like dental drugs that have nearly worn off.kind of freaking me out.

  63. In march I started feeling twitching on my left cheek and later on 14th April 2017 I felt stiffness on my left side face cheek and some pain below left side ear with fever, Doctor told me that I am having Parotid gland infection and he gave me 3 days intravenous course after which it got healed and I felt better later after 7 days I started again feeling burning sensation on my cheek and Doctor gave me Gabapentin. Now I still have pain on my cheek and feel slight numbness on my cheek. Now Doctor advised me Brain MRI.

    Does anyone have similar symptoms?

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