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Could lumbar scoliosis cause face tingling due to nerve pinching?

For a few days, I have experienced intermittent tingling along the right side of my face. It usually starts in the neck, then goes up to my jaw and beyond, even to my ear lobe. No pain, just a tingling. At first I thought a spider was crawling all over the lower right side of my face, or that hair was swiping that part of my face (but my hair is very short, so that s not it!). I also have severe scoliosis (lumbar) with a compensatory hump on my right shoulder. Could this be related, maybe with nerves being pinched a little?
Fri, 14 Nov 2014
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The compensatory hump COULD be part of the problem....COULD be....but the lumbar curvature.....no relationship to what's going on in the face. And it's not NERVES that are being pinched that's causing the face thing...it would specifically be the sensory portion of the trigeminal nerve (CN V) in which a small portion of it dips down into the upper cervical cord before making kind of a U-turn and coming back up to innervate structures in the neck and face. So that tingling in the face COULD be related to the hump in the right shoulder which could be twisting the upper spinal cord where that cranial nerve travels everyday to work and as a result causing your symptoms.

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