Weird sensations in head


Do you often experience weird sensations in head or experience them occasionally? Do these sensations often herald your normal daily life processes? Weird sensations in head often can be too much disturbing and get a person panicked. What can be the causes of weird sensations in head? There are some common and non-serious issues and some are concerning causes for weird sensations in head. These weird sensations in head can be defined as numbness, tingling, burning sensation, or pins and needles etc.

This article will guide and inform you about the common and uncommon issues of weird sensations in head and all the necessary interventions and important takeaways.

Contents discussed in the article:

Common causes of weird sensations in head

  • Stress or anxiety

  • Sinus and respiratory infections

  • Headache and migraine

  • Substance misuse and medications

  • Injuries to the head

  • Diabetes

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Simple partial seizures

  • Autoimmune conditions

  • Occipital neuralgia

  • Stroke

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Less common causes of weird sensations in head

  • ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian response)

  • Some infections

  • Poor posture

  • High blood pressure

  • Electrolyte imbalance

  • Brain tumor




When to see a doctor



Common causes of weird sensations in head:

  1. Stress or anxiety: Stress is caused by release of stress hormone or cortisol and should have been on and off but life of nowadays demands consistent bombardment of stress hormones within the brain with a number of side impacts, one of which is paresthesia due to extra blood flow to the area by these excess hormones. So in the event when you’ve ever inquired yourself “what are these weird sensations in head,” it can be the result of stress and anxiety from a high-pressure environment.


  1. Sinus and respiratory infections: Sinus infections caused by cold, and other viral infections cause a person’s sinuses to end up inflamed and irritated. As the sinuses broaden, they can put weight on encompassing nerves. When this happens, it can trigger head paresthesia or weird sensations in head. Treatment may involve over-the-counter medications, conservative treatments like cold and warm compresses, or steam can offer assistance to diminish irritation and soothe the pressure on the nerves and treat the weird sensations in head.


  1. Headache and migraine: Other common causes of weird sensations in head or tingling include certain sorts of headache like migraine, cluster headache. Cluster, eyestrain, and pressure migraines may all trigger a shivering/ tingling sensation perceived as weird sensations in head due to changes in blood pressure and blood flow. Migraine auras are defined as an episode before actual migraine headache and may involve weird sensations in head or tingling.


  1. Substance misuse and medications: A person who has employed on recreational drugs or drinks may encounter weird sensations in head and in addition to that anti-convulsants and chemotherapies can be cause of weir sensations in head or tingling shivering sensation.


  1. Injuries to the head: Injuries can damage the nerves inside the head or outside and can cause other associated symptoms like facial paralysis where the facial muscles do not work properly or the person may feel tingling or weird sensations in the affected part.


  1. Diabetes: Diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot secrete enough insulin or the cells of body do not respond to insulin and results in two types of diabetes called as Diabetes Type I and II respectively. This results in high levels of glucose in the blood and causes a number of symptoms one of which is tingling or weird sensations in the extremities and may also result in weird sensations in head and face also due to the damage of nerves in the area.
  2.  Multiple sclerosis (MS): Multiple sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease of autoimmune origin and involves the central nervous system and thus affecting the nerves can be a cause of tingling in any part of body including weird sensations in head.


  1. Simple partial seizures: Simple partial seizures can occur in a person with epilepsy and the person doesn’t lose his/her consciousness as this type of seizure doesn’t involve the whole of brain but a part of it. Instead of losing the consciousness the person may have weird sensations in head or tingling in face that may last for minutes.


  1. Autoimmune conditions: This is a condition where the body is attacked by its own immune system by considering it as foreign and thus results in a number of systemic manifestations depending on the disease and the condition involves the nerves as well. The involvement of nerves can result in weird sensations in head or tingling.

Some diseases that cause tingling or weird sensations in head are as follows:

  • Lupus
  • Sjogren syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gullian- Barre syndrome


  1. Occipital neuralgia: Occipital nerves are the nerves that run on the both sides of head from the neck to the top of the head and come to stop almost near the forehead. These nerves carry the sensation for the top and back of the head and any irritation in these nerves can cause tingling or pain in the area. Occipital neuralgia is a condition where these nerves in particular are irritated and results in weird sensations in head.


  1.  Stroke: Stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is stopped due to bleeding or ischemia. This loss of blood supply deprives the brain of oxygen which can damage the brain.

Symptoms of stroke in addition to tingling, numbness or weird sensations in head are as follows:

  • Confusion
  • Face droops on one side
  • Problems of vision
  • Tingling or numbness in the body including head


  1. Trigeminal neuralgia: Trigeminal nerve is the fifth cranial nerve and runs in the face and head region like jaws, teeth, forehead, cheeks and any irritation in this nerve can cause intense pain alongside pain tingling sensations or weird sensations in head.

Less common causes of weird sensations in head:

  • ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian response): This is a recent discovered phenomenon and these brains shiver/tingling are produced due to ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Exceptionally small inquire about has been done in this area of neuroscience, but ASMR could be a shivering within the brain caused by hearing a particular sort of sound such as whispering or finger  tapping i.e., distinctive sounds that can trigger the response.
  • Some infections: These infections are seen to affect the nerves in head and damage the nerves and this can lead to tingling or weird sensations in head.

These infections can be viral or bacterial and may include:

  • Shingles
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Lyme disease
  • Encephalitis
  • Poor posture: Poor posture during sleeping or sitting can affect the nerves in head and neck region by putting a pressure on them and as a result cause tingling sensation or weird sensations in head.

d) High blood pressure: Although not common but can be an indication of blood vessels being damaged and blood flow to the nerves being compromised resulting in tingling sensation or weird sensation in head. This is a hypertensive crisis and tingling and numbness in face or any part of the body should be addressed by a physician as soon as possible.

e) Electrolyte imbalance: Weird sensations in head or tingling can due to hypocalcemia, hypomagnesemia. Immediate correction can be required to treat the condition.

f) Brain tumor: Tumors in the brain that compress the nearby nerves are seen to produce these weird sensations in head. These tumors can be benign or malignant and if the symptoms appear like vision problems, weakness etc. see your doctor and get intervened as soon as possible.


Diagnosis has to be made by a proper history and physical examinations. History related to medications, diseases is a must. Likewise it varies for each disease where in addition to history and examination, blood tests and imaging are helpful. Diagnosis if made early will help in progression of the condition at that stage and may require minimum intervention.


Treatment will be based on the underlying cause and which ma range from home remedies and conservative treatment like maintaining the posture, heat compressions, steam, active lifestyle, rehabilitation to medications and surgery.


Prevention always has been better than cure so it is better to prevent these weird sensations in head from occurring and the associated symptoms by adopting:

  • healthy diet and lifestyle
  • stress management and therapies
  • avoidance of allergens to prevent sinuses from getting clogged due to infections
  • maintaining sleep schedule
  • education and campaigns for drug addiction

When to see a doctor

There are benign and some potential worrisome causes of weird sensations in head and all of them are not to be addressed by your doctor but if:

  • sensation lasts for longer than usual
  • is associated with pain
  • is associated with other symptoms like vision problems, nausea, severe headache
  • following trauma
  • confusion
  • uncontrolled blood pressure
  • no obvious known cause


All of these tingling sensations, numbness or weird sensations in head are not dangerous but if you have an underlying disease and its associated worsening symptoms or the pattern of these weird sensations has changed in intensity or frequency you may need to take heed of it and see your physician to avoid any permanent damage and definitely to receive an early intervention.



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