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Head/scalp tingling

Hey guys for the past 5 months I've been having this strange sensation in my head/scalp. Sometimes it feels like it's tingling, then will feel like light pins and needles sensation, sometimes a warm feeling, sometimes it feels like goosebumps. It's really hard to explain, it's not painful just very scary. I've been to the doctors 3 times and had a blood test which came back fine. The doctor tells me it's nothing to be concerned about and is refusing to send me for other tests like mri. Doctor prescribed me anti anxiety/depression pills and I've been taking them for 2 months now but they don't do anything. This is a very annoying sensation to live with. So my question is, is it anxiety? Any information would be much appreciated
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You mean a doc gave you pills that treat anxiety or depression without diagnosing you?  Frankly, few general practitioners can diagnose anxiety or depression unless it's really obvious or it's a long-standing problem.  It's not that easy to tell a chronic problem from a short-term stress.  A psychologist or psychiatrist is better trained to do this diagnosis, with psychologists studying the most psychology of any health professional.  You don't mention what pills you got, but don't stop taking them abruptly.  They are not easy things to take.  Okay, that being said, you would know it's anxiety if you chronically think anxious thoughts that get in the way of you functioning.  If a sensation on your head is your only problem, I suppose it could be from stress or anxiety, and obsessing over it might also be a sign of anxiety assuming it doesn't have any physiological cause.  Not sure how a blood test would tell, but also hard to see what an MRI would tell you, either.  So the question to answer is, are you having depressed thoughts?  Things not enjoyable anymore?  Having anxious irrational thoughts, other than just this one?  Feeling afraid of doing certain things?  These are the kinds of things you would have if you had an anxiety problem, and they would have to be significant and significantly affecting your ability to function to justify medication.  Meaning, anxiety and depression do have physiological components, but they are thinking diseases and you would notice you are thinking these kinds of thoughts obsessively and to your detriment.  I can't tell you why your scalp is tingling or what's going on.  Assuming it's not anxiety, it could be lots of things, even your posture while using cell phones or computers.  Some of it sounds like a nerve problem, which could be coming from your neck, for example, or it could be a vascular condition similar to a migraine but without some of the other symptoms.  Can't tell you, but I can tell you, if you don't have an anxiety problem you don't want to be taking meds that alter the way your brain works, and before you did that you'd want to get a diagnosis from the proper professional and also explore whether therapy would help before just taking these very difficult medications.  Peace.
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I didn't start having negative thoughts until i got these strange symptoms. The meds im taking is amitriptyline hydrochloride 10mg. And mri would probably rule out a brain tumor which would probably make me feel a bit better
My own opinion, for what it's worth, is that if your anxiety or whatever feelings you're having are only tied to having an as yet undiagnosed condition then if that is in fact true you are not suffering from any mental illness and should therefore not be on any medication for a mental illness just because your doc isn't good enough to find whatever it is that is wrong with you.  Think on it.  Peace.
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