First off, I don't have medical insurance so I'm hesitant to go to a doctor in fear of abnormally large medical bills for this particular situation ~ Thus I'm turning here for assistance... Any educated knowledge that can be provided would be appreciated - I apologize for the length of this post, but I'm providing as many details as I can...
About 8 days ago I walked into my bathroom in the early evening and noticed my left eye was about half open and totally bloodshot. Shortly afterwards I begin to feel a headache coming on and immediately decided I was about to encounter a Migraine. I sent a text to my wife requesting she come home early to take care of our son, dimmed the lights and rested, preparing for a severe headache.
That headache did come, but not in the shape of a migraine.
Since that day, my left eye remains droopy (the top lid), it's always red, there is constant pain behind my left eye going up into my hair line, towards my ear, around my nasal cavity and upper jaw bone.
My vision appears to be impaired but I cannot decipher the impairment. As I look out at things using both eyes, my left eye seems to be sending a signal to my brain that something is different or missing. When I close my right eye, I do not notice blurred vision, or a decrease in vision opposed to when I close my left eye and use only my right. But when I use both eyes, there is definitely something missing in my vision with my left eye. I think it's depth but not sure.
The top of my nasal cavity feels like there is a buger lodged in there that won't come out.
The top left hand side of my head and part of the left hand side of my forehead are extra sensitive and semi painful. I mean, it always hurts (mildly, like a Migraine is about to hit) under the skin - but also the skin itself is sensitive or in pain... It's an itchy kind of pain. A pain that I can most accurately describe as that itchy pain one feels when they have a sunburn on a shaved area and new hairs are trying to poke through it. I only feel that secondary pain when I actually touch my head, it is not present when I'm not touching it.
I do not have any problems breathing through my nose, it is not clogged or runny.
Last but not least...
I am quitting smoking. I don't know if this could be the cause, but it is pertinent so I'll list it.
About 3 weeks ago, I started to go on the patch so I could more easily quit smoking. I'm a smoker of 35 years and just setting down the pack has not helped due to irritability and fights between my wife and I, so I decided to use the patch. 2 weeks into using the patch is when these systems began.
Also - I sneeze a lot. By a lot, I mean more than normal. I don't have any known allergies of any kind but for the past 2 or 3 weeks I have been sneezing 3,4 or even 5 times a day. After every sneeze, the pain in my nasal cavity does seem to go away for about 5 minutes, but it always comes back...
Any ideas ?
Does this sound like something that could potentially be serious and should I endure the expense of a doctors visit ?