Weird Symptom?

by Lynn

I have been diagnosed with TMJ. I was wondering if a weird tinggling sensation on the top and back of my head is a symptom of TMJ. It comes in waves. It feels like the top of my head is falling asleep. I have been very stressed at work this week.

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Weird Symptom
by: Eric Cerre, NMD

Hi Lynn,

You could google the book Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, by Janet Travell, MD. You can access the book and go to Chapter 9 Temporalis Muscle and Chapter 15 Splenius Capitus. It may have pictures that will show the symptoms you maybe experiencing. Then you would have to find someone who specializes in myofascial pain in your area.
Hope this helps.


Eric Cerre, NMD

Tingling on top of head
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Lynn,

If you search on Google with this keyword "Tingling on top of head stress", you will find several webpages talking about people just like you with this symptom.

It's probably due to stress from what I read on those webpages. One person with a diagnosis from her doctor said that the tingling is caused by Seritonin. I'm not the expert in this area, so my recommendation would be to see your physician.

There might be some medications that can help.

The common comments on those webpages seem to talk about the tingling coming from stress, and anxiety, or panic attacks. So, I think you already know the answer to your question.

To answer more completley about your TMJ. I don't look at being diagnosed with TMJ as being the focus for people. Because the cause usually is stress. So, I would say that in most cases, if you have pain in the TMJ's, jaw, or sinus, then you have symptoms in the TMJ and surrounding areas, and the diagnosis would more accuratley would probably be..."stress" issues to uncover and address.

To further give you a diagnosis example, your underlying main or primary diagnosis might be stress at work and lack of exercise. It might be those two things with some headache trigger foods that you might be eating/drinking.

So, evaluate your habits and factors that cause you stress, then you just might see your TMJ symptoms go away.

Good luck Lynn.

Dr. Spainhower


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