I am a 38 year old male living in the USA. 13 months ago (sept. 2006) I had an accident. While walking along, I struck my forehead on a large, thick treebranch, knocking me backward to the ground. The eyes remain as black as the day after the accident, with significant swelling of both lids. The faceaches/headaches are semi-disabling.
After the accident, there were no signs of concussion: no dizzyness, no pupil changes, no memory loss, no loss of conciousness... nothing, aside from pain and swelling. So far so good...
The apparent areas of damage from the accident are as follows:
- a bruise about 2 inches in diameter in the center of the forehead, which seemingly healed in a few days.
- Two smaller bruises on the nose right next to each eye - in shape and position consistent with impact from the nose pads of the glasses I was wearing. Indeed, the glasses pressed down and*sprang* off my face forward, as I fell backward.
The areas of pain from the injury(s) are as follows:
- Some tingling and, at times, something of a feeling of a *fresh* bruise, where the large forehead bruise was.
- Occasional severe pain, which is very like a sinus headache - localised on the center and lower cental part of forehead.
- Pain, which is only occasionly present, where the two nose bruises occured.
- Pain around eye orbits and *behind the eyes* - The most common and troubling pain. The degree of pain seems to correlate with the degree of swelling - the more swelling, the more pain.
Much to my regret, I did not see a doctor about this for until about 3 months after the injury. (it would take a long time to explain why).
When I finally got to see general practice doc, he ordered a CT scan at once. Result of test - no problem found - no sign of any cracks. Wow, I was I happy at the time. Since then I've seen a number of Docs (an EENT, a Neurologist, Ophlamologist, and the GP, again), alas, NONE of them have a clue as to what could be causing the swelling and pain - nor have they given any useful advice, aside from "take more ibuprofen" - I already take 600 to 2000 mg. a day, so that isn't much help.
Here's the standard daily pattern: Wake up in morning: Pain and swelling not so bad for the first 1 to 6 hours in the morning. Then, pain comes on, swelling increases and I'm pretty wiped out by the end of the day, unless I take a lotta ibuprofen, which to some extent relieves the swelling, thus pain, too. Ice packs seem to help a little bit, but much less than I would have guessed they would.
What could be causing this??
Any suggestion as to how to reduce the pain and swelling?