Started mild intermittent headache and nausea along with extremely swollen gland (below ear in jawline) 14 days ago. 5 days ago my ear began to hurt really bad (like an ear infection) and blood streaked mucous when I blew my nose. Headache was a little more intense. 4 days ago I went to the doctor for what i thought was an ear infection. He diagnosed me with a sinus infection and an ear infection that was going into my glands on the back of my neck and front of my neck. The very next day (3 days ago) while at work I could barely hold my head up because of the pain from the headache. I went back to the doctor and he sent me to the ER. After many tests they found nothing. Everything was normal. I went home and continued to get worse. I called the doctors office the next day and they said there was nothing else they could do for me, and that I could go to the ER. My mother called and demanded some help from the doctor office today- ( I'm a grown woman with a family of my own I called her in a panic and she came to help me) I went, and I dont know how I got there; It was excrutiating. Still no answers. He told me to quit taking the meds he prescribed, and prescribed me two new ones for the sinus and ear infection. He sent me to the ENT doctor. I told him i thought i need a neurologist, but he said he would strongly advise the ENT because it is sinus related. I went to the ENT, he looked at my ears and at the CT scan (no contrast) and x rays and said that i clearly did not have an ear or sinus infection, and was perplexed as to why my family doctor said that i did. He said that he was very sorry but he could not help me. The pain is so severe that i cannot stand up or move my head or eyes. My ear hurts and my head hurts like a normally moderate headache when laying down, but above and beyond severe and intense when I stand up. I have also thrown up from the pain twice. THE ENT said he would call my doctor and let him know that i did not have an ear or sinus infection, and he would have the family doctor get back with me today to let me know what to do next. I called the family doc back as it was approaching closing time on Friday (today) and I had not had a call back. The nurse got on the phone and said very "intervention-like" "Can I just ask you something?? Are you having any personal problems like in your family or marriage?" I quickly interrupted and told her that this was real, and that I was not making it up. She continued to assure me that stress can present in strange ways. I reminded her that I was not making anything up, was not exaggerating, did not have munchausen syndrome, that I am very in touch with my emotions and psychological well being. So then she tried to tell me that maybe its because I need too much control in my life (since i told her im in control and in touch with my emotions and psychological well being). She did say that when they have time on Monday that they will make me an appointment with a neurologist, but that it would probably be awhile before I could get an appointment. She also said that the doctor is lost because all the tests have come back negative.
I honestly feel as if i am dying, and no one is helping. Why the swelled lymph nodes if I do not havean infection. Why is it that I cannotopen or close my mouth all the way on one side. WHY WHY WHY???
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