Numbness in face – cheeks, mouth, jaw and neck area

Dear Stephen,
I ordered your book Healing Lyme. In between I have a question regarding my lyme. I have had lyme for 1 year and 4 months now. One of my symptoms is that I get an numb sensation that is sometimes bad, other times not so noticeable, in my face – especially my cheeks and mouth area, jaw and neck – akin to the feeling of having had anesthesia from the dentist. It scares me and is unpleasant and I would like to know what this is, and what to do about this? Sometimes I also experience a similar sensation in my head, like brain freeze or something, along with fatigue, brain fog, blanking out, muddling up words, etc. Any help would be appreciated.

Stephen’s response:
I have had that problem myself in the past. It took a long time but I found that in my case it was a combination of two things. The first was a recurring sinus infection that, oddly enough, presents sometimes as that kind of numbness. The second thing was an upper molar on the left side where a root canal had occurred. The problem there was that the root of that tooth is very close to a nerve that runs through the face. When the dentist performed the root canal on that tooth, he overfilled the root. The mercury amalgam broke through the tip of the root and the broken part of the tip and the amalgam were too close to the nerve which, over time, began causing an inflammation in the nerve. Once I had the tooth pulled (which I hated to do) the problem began to recede. I treated the sinus infection as well and have not had that problem in some time. Given that you have lyme, the problem may also be related to either lyme or coinfection bacteria affecting the nerves in the face. Knotweed root can help slow that down considerably.
share and enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Twitter
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Print
  • PDF
  • email
  • RSS

10% off at 1st Chinese Herbs Mountain Rose Herbs

posted on May 10, 2012 in eyes/ears/nose/mouth, Symptoms

Trackback URL:


  • vee

    May 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I have experienced the exactly same numbness over my cheeks, neck, head, lips. It came along while on 10 months of antibiotics for lyme disease. I was then taking knotweed in high doses and other herbs from Healing Lyme for about a month, then changed my protocol to kill candida. My numbness drastically improved after another 4 weeks. I still get it, but its much better. In my opinion, candida causes very similar problems as lyme and combination of these two makes it very difficult to differentiate the origin of the problem.

    • Paige

      June 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Vee, I have almost identical symptoms. Just wondering what your Candida protocol was.

  • cocolyme

    March 5, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Hi all,

    This is the first time I find Lyme patients mentionning a very similar problem to mine! Feels very reassuring.

    My problem is that I feel CONSTANT numbness but of varied intensity throughout the day on my RIGHT side of the face, especially the upper part including the eye, the cheek, the forehead. I know it gets really worse when I get tired and when I get stressed and also when spending too long on the computer (maybe the position is akward for lyme body!) but sometimes it also gets extremely numb and very uneasy for no reason.

    I have started Buhner’s Cats’ claw protocol for 2 months and have started feeling better. I will introduce the other herbs soon once I receive them.

    I was also wondering which Candida Protocol did you follow Vee please? And how are you doing today?
    I have Candida, Borrelia, Chlamydia, Mucor Racemosus and Aspergillus Niger :(

    My numbness happered very suddenly after a MASSIVE headache I suddenly felt like a shooting rocket going down from the top of my head to my feet leaving my whole right side entirely numb. This was 2 years and a half ago already!

    Any one experienced something similar?

    • tina rhode

      March 19, 2015 at 6:39 am

      Yes, when I was first bitten by the tick, after 6 weeks (and the Dr. not allowing for the diagnosis that I suspected) I got really bad vertigo for two weeks, and as that was resolving my right eye started to feel droopy and the right side of my face/head went numb-I took Chinese herbs for it at the two month mark, before I took the one month antibiotics, which helped but not resolved, here 10 months later still struggling. In my case the numbness resolved but my eyes still bothered, eyebrow twitch sometimes. I kept saying to the Dr. “my face is numb” but no response. Best wishes.

Leave a reply

Please do not use this comment section to submit a question to the Buhner Healing Lyme column. Please click here to submit your question. The comments section is reserved for dialogue related to the topics covered in the Q & A posted above. Thank you!

* means field is required.