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"Hat on Head" Feeling?

LumpyLLumpy Posts: 103
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Boy have things changed in the last 36 hours. I was doing okay and then it all broke loose and now I am extremely miserable. Neck pain, arm pain, hand pain, etc, etc. Nothing new there, just way more intense. ~X(

One new and strange thing to me is my head. My scalp feels tight and kind of numb. Its that feeling you get when you wear a hat all day and take it off. It feels like it is still there. My cheek feels kind of numb, too. My therapist once asked me if I ever had the "helmet head" feeling. I didn't quite know what she meant. Probably she was talking about this. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this a normal cervical spine symptom?

PS: Don’t worry. Not a stroke or anything like that. Not paralysis. Just numb.


  • Sorry Lumpy I know what you mean though. I explain it like a rubber band or that my skin feels as if it has shrank. I get that on my arms/hands constantly (like I am wearing support hose on my hands :O) silly) and only sometimes on my head.
  • Lumpy my question to you is...do your symptoms come and go, like what you said above they got really bad, some days I hardly have any then I will get a terrible bout of pain for like two or three days straight...I am very new to this, waiting for the MRI of my C spine any input would be greatly appreciated...thanks
  • Jessie, Yes, they come and go and I believe, in my case, it is directly related to a specific angle of my neck. When I sit at the computer at work all you-know-what breaks loose. My NS said certain neck positions possibly cause the herniation to press more on the nerves. I'm on day 2 of the worst I've felt to date.

    I would think intermittent symptoms would be more likely too be treated successfully with conservative treatment. Hope so, anyway. Hope your MRI results are encouraging.

    Well, JulieA, my wife would really be surprised if I described it as support hose on my head. :))( I'll stick to the hat metaphor. It does feel like my skin shrunk, but it only lasts for an hour or so. Nice to know I’m not completely crazy.
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