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What causes tingling at back of the head?

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Posted on Sat, 12 Jul 2014
Question: After Chiro adjust 2 weeks ago I develpd tingling back of head and sometimes cheeks. Urgent Care gave me Pregnazone 5 days 2 a day. Still have it. No headache

Enclosed are results of X-Rays showing Multilevel facet jt osteroarthritis, left sided forminal stenoses, bony facet hypertrphy at c3-c4, c4-c5 and c5-c6
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Methylcobalamin supplements needed.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The tingling at the back of the head is due to the nerve root compression due to foraminal stenosis.
In addition to Pregnazone that you are already taking you need Methylcobalamin supplements to take care of your mild symptoms. Do get it prescribed in proper dosage from your physician.
Cervical isometric exercises and traction or TENS are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles and decrease the nerve root compression. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist.
Hot fomentation helps in relieving acute symptoms.
You can avoid using a pillow.

I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (1 hour later)
Thank you Dr. Praveen-Tayal. The Pregnazone course was already completed. Your response helped to ease my fears. Anytime your head or face tingles it could be a bad sign although I don't have headaches. We will follow your direction.

Have a great night and thank you again.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You are welcome.

Detailed Answer:
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (23 hours later)
Good Afternoon,
In looking at the x-ray results could this also cause weakness in the legs?
Something interesting is that at night once in bed I do not have any problems at all. I tried not using a pillow last night as suggested and my head continued to tingle. I do have a pillow designed for necks so I decided to use it and the tingling went away.

I do have a Dr. Appt on Friday although it is with the GP. I'm sure after testing he will refer me out but in the meantime I wanted to ask if Leg Weakness could be a part of this.

Thank you,
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
No. Not due to cervical cause.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
The leg weakness can not be caused by nerve compression at the cervical spine. It can be due to spondylottic changes in the lumbar spine or due to Vitamin B 12 deficiency. You can get the levels checked and consult a neurologist for further testing.
Yes you can use the pillow designed for your neck. Doing a regular physiotherapy will also help.
Regards.
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Brief Answer: Methylcobalamin supplements needed. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. The tingling at the back of the head is due to the nerve root compression due to foraminal stenosis. In addition to Pregnazone that you are already taking you need Methylcobalamin supplements to take care of your mild symptoms. Do get it prescribed in proper dosage from your physician. Cervical isometric exercises and traction or TENS are beneficial to maintain the strength of the neck muscles and decrease the nerve root compression. Neck and upper back stretching exercises, as well as light aerobic activities, also are recommended under the guidance of a physical therapist. Hot fomentation helps in relieving acute symptoms. You can avoid using a pillow. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal