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Numb tonuge-one week post op on open neck surgery

TurtleTTurtle Posts: 161
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I still have a "numb" area on tip of my tonuge. I put numb in parenthesis because it really feels like I have burnt it but it is not painful-just bugs me to no end. It tingles and feels fat. I read one other post here about it in spine-health, bit there were no replies and was wondering if other neckies have had this happen and whether this will be permanent or temp. I have called my surgeon but he hasn't called back yet. Thanks in advance!


  • I hope your Surgeon gets back to you soon. I had nose surgery twice and had a numb nose and top of mouth and upper gums. I was told it would leave in 6 months. I know it's not the same surgery. Was your tongue numb at the hospital? Are you taking any new meds? I hope others who've had neck surgery will come along and share. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • ANd I told the nurse as soon as I could, but she said it was probably from the anesthetic. When the doctor came in soon after I did not memntion it at the time because I believed the nurse. Now I know it isn't from that and an effect from the surgery. Now my question to the surgeon-is it temporary of did he damage something?

    I think I could live with it but I'll probably need an OCD med to make me get over the constant rubbing I do because it feels so weird!
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  • Hi Turtle! Yes I did have a numb tongue after surgery. Just as you described. I asked my surgeon why. His reply was that the tube was probably laying on that area of my tongue. I believe that it lasted a good couple weeks. It's hard to remember exactly but all of a sudden it wasn't numb. Now the area above my insiscion is still numb. He says that may never come back as so many nerves were cut. It doesn't hurt or bother me, it's just an odd feeling that there is no feeling there.
  • and my tongue is getting better. Tip is still numb but not tiggling as if I burnt it, so the nerve that was moved must be healing.

    I'm glad I wrote this post so others will not be shocked if they find their tongue numb after neck surgery. I found on the Internet there is a nerve in the neck that controls feeling and movement of the tongue so it is not uncommon for numbness to occur if it is damaged or moved. Surgeon never told me that, now you know.
  • I just had low back surgery on 01-09-09 and my tongue has been numb since. I just called the doctor's office to ask about it when I found this web site. I have never heard of anyone having a numb tongue after surgery. I just figured my tongue got caught between my lips and the tube and the circulation was cut off. It's driving me nuts!!
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  • The tip of my ongue remained numb for at least a month and half, or a bit more. But 3 months post-op it has recovered. I don't recall the day I woke up and it was normal. One day I was still brooding over it, then I wasn't. I hope yours will too. My doctor didn't know what to think of it either. I think it was a temporary effect due to the massive swelling at the inscison site. I looked like I had a linebackers adam's apple!
  • I am so thankful for this forum:) Last night I started having a burned numb inflamed tongue feeling..I looked at it and it was red down the middle and the normal white tongue stuff on the sides..It is not a horrible pain but a discomfort, and weird looking...It seems like a few have had similar experiences...any advice would be appreciated...I'm thinking it was from the anesthesia...oh the strange things that happen to your body during/after surgery..I'm just a bit scared...thanks
  • I had outpatient surgery yesterday and woke up with numbess on the tip of my tongue. The nurse said it was because of the tube. I thought it would be gone overnight but after reading these posts I now suspect it will last a while. I once had one whole side of my tongue numb after my wisdom teeth were removed. This is common with dental surgery as they cut nerves that lead to the tounge. Most people recover but sometimes they don't. I went back to the dental surgeon at that time and he had me take some special vitamins. I think it was more of a placebo because he could see that I was pretty bothered by it. It took about six months but the nerve eventually repaired itself. This last event is much less bothersome and I suspect it will self-correct over time.
  • It is now 8 days after my outpatient surgery and the tip of my tongue is still numb. It was like that from the second I was out from under anesthesia. I didn't mention anything at first because I had many other things to be concerned with and I thought it was normal. But at my follow up 2 days ago I brought it up. The anesthesiologist came in to talk to me about it and had never heard the complaint before, but wasn't too concerned. He assumed it had something to do with the breathing tube. I was face down during surgery, so he explained how they are unable to monitor my face during surgery.

    I am happy to have found this forum. It is comforting to know that I am not crazy and this is a slightly common problem. I hope my tongue is back to normal eventually, but it seems worse-case scenario is 3-6 months. Now I have hope that it isn't permanent.
  • I had a hysterectomy 9 days ago. An area in the middle of my tongue, not quite at the tip has been numb ever since I woke up. The doctor, nurses etc have acted like this is very odd but have guessed that it is from the breathing tube. It has a tingling sensation so I have assumed that feeling will come back but was starting to worry as I did not expect it to take this long. The other postings have erasures me that it should eventually return.
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