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What causes tingling sensation in the left side of the face?

I am 74 year old, last month iwent to my GP with a lot of discomfort with tingling and burning feeling on the left side of face ,lips chin, tongue ,and the od short sharp in ear lobe. the pain is at a low level that I can tolerate . I am healthy and fit and not takin any medication
Ted Gleeson
Mon, 29 Jun 2015
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Hi Dear,
Welcome to HCM.
Understanding your concern.

Thanks for your query . The symptoms you mention in query are clearly indication nerve disorder . The most probable cause of your symptoms is trigeminal disorder . This could also be possible that this is initial stage of condition known as trigeminal neuralgia .

Sometimes such symptoms can also occur due to lack of blood supply to concern part or vitamin B12 supplement . The Doctor will treat accordingly.

So i would suggest you to consult neurosurgeon or oral surgeon for proper diagnosis and to rule out condition like injury to neck shoulder arm that is responsible for nerve dysfunction or issue related with blood supply as in case of atherosclerosis . Doctor will take history and examine physically .Doctor may also order MRI of face and neck region to find out nerve injury or compression.

Doctor may prescribe anticonvulsant drug (carbatrol) , muscle relaxant like baclofen , recommend facial exercise or physical therapy of face .

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari

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