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Chronic sinus congestion/neck-head ache - need advice

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 29, 2010
  • 02:12 PM

Hey there,
I'm hoping someone in the Otolaryngology field can give some advice on a chronic issue I have with sinuses and neckaches. I get sinus congestion neck ache combinations several times a month and sometimes several times a week. I have been dealing with it for approximately 15 years and have never found a defined answer to the cause. I have seen a neurologist, ENT specialist and a Osteopathic doctor. The neurologist diagnosed me with cluster/migraine headaches. The ENT specialist said it was allergies, didn't see anything on a CT of my sinuses and prescribed me allergy medicine. The DO suggested some neck stretching exercises, silica muscle cream and massage. The DO also recommended I continue my self prescribed dosage of ibuprofen and pseudophederine when I have an attack.
My list of symptoms are: (in order as I usually notice them coming on)
Stuffy nose on the right side
Sinus pressure on the right side
Discomfort on the right side of my neck and shoulders
Increasing sinus pressure on the right side
Complete blockage of the right nasal passage
Increasing neck pain
Onset of headache on the rightside
Extreme tightness of the right neck muscle extending behind the ear
Pain extending up behind the ear and towards the top and side of the eye in the temple area
Dry mouth
Bad breath

Some things that I've done to find relief:
Ibuprofen, at least two every three to four hours
Pseudophederine, at least one, sometimes two (30mg)
Nasal decongestant spray
Silica cream on my neck
Heating pad on my neck and right side of head
Hot shower with water massaging the right side of my neck and head
Steam treatment (pot of hot water with a towel over my head)
Neck stretching exercises (sometimes makes it hurt worse)
Massage neck
Massage area around temple and above and behind ear

Sometimes I can get it to go away after taking several ibuprofen and psuedophederine. Sometimes it comes back later that day or early the next day.

After doing some research this morning, I saw some information that leads me to believe the root of the problem is my sinuses. Could it be sinusitis especially of the Sphenoid?
Any suggestions on how to approach more diagnosis? Things to try for treatment?
Really any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.


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  • I know your solution, thank me later, my email is miltonluban@hotmail.com Your problem is allergies. Forget your Primary care DR, and your ENT. Go to a allergist! If you live in the New York area I have a great one, get tested to see if your allergic to anything, but in the mean time try a decongestion, over the counter, twice a day, and a sinus rinse, it uses saline water wash, twice a day, and get yourself over to the allergist ASAP. That's your solution!
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