Can Migraines Cause Tingling and Burning on the top of my head?


Asked by dwstull81

Can Migraines Cause Tingling And Burning Sensation On Top Of Head?

For the past 5 months, I have had slight pain on the right side of my head along with burning and tingling sensation on the right side of head and jaw. The tingling and burning sensation is sometimes on top of my head as well.

I have been to two neurologists that say that this is chronic headaches along with paresthia. Has anyone experienced this? There is not one minute in the day that I am not tingling and burning near my right side of my head, jaw, or on top of head. The only time the pain stops is when I go to sleep and when I first wake up. The tinging and burning starts about an hour after I wake up and continues until I fall asleep. I have had lab reports, hormone tests, thyroid tests, mri of brain which all have been normal. I had a cervical spine mri that showed stenois on the right side. However, both neurologists believe that is not causing my pain. Any stories, thoughts, or suggestions of what to do from here would be helpful



Did the neurologists you saw give you any diagnosis more specific than "chronic headaches?" There are over 300 headache disorders, so "chronic headaches" doesn't really tell us much.

Paresthesia is defined as an abnormal or unpleasant sensation often described as numbness or as a prickly, stinging, or burning feeling. It's sometimes described as, "pins and needles." I often experience paresthesia in my face, hands, and arms during a migraine attack.

Paresthesia is a fairly common symptom of migraine, but having paresthesia isn't enough to arrive at a diagnosis of migraine. I'd suggest looking at Anatomy of a Migraine for information about the four possible phases of a migraine and their potential symptoms. If you're experiencing other symptoms, makes note of them, then have another discussion with your doctor. If this paresthesia your're experiencing is a migraine symptom, it shouldn't be so constant unless you're having constant migraine attacks.

In any case, a more definitive diagnosis is in order. Remember that there's nothing wrong with getting a second opinion. Also, it's worth noting that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a migraine and specialist, please see Migraine and Headache Specialists Listings

I hope this information is helpful and that you find answers and relief.


You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.