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13 months of black, swollen eyes and headaches

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  • Posted By: Tanner1999
  • October 6, 2007
  • 10:41 PM

Hey all,

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?



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  • If you don't get results from the doctors you're seeing, find new ones.Something is obviously wrong with you. I learned this the hard way with a recent diagnosis which came after 8 months of suffering and being told "take two aspirin and take a nap." When in fact, I have a serious inflammation which caused serious arrhythmia.Don't stop looking until you find your answers. There is a reason for your pain.
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    • October 7, 2007
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