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Heavy head, swelling under eyes

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  • Posted By: fluffyv
  • February 19, 2007
  • 04:00 AM

About 4 months ago, I noticed my vision/balance was "off". I went to the doctor, he started me on Flonase and Amoxillin. A week later, my whole head felt like it weighed a ton, all I couldnt see very well, I felt like I was looking through molasses, and felt delusional. I Went to an ENT, he looked up my nose and said "Wow" your like a sponge up there. He started me on Astellyn nose spray. It just got worse. I felt like I had a head injury. He did a CT scan on my sinuses, showed swelling and a little bit of infection. Did a brain MRI, seen a white spot on my grey matter. Went to a Neuro, he said it was benign. Went back to the ENT , started on a Medrol dose pack, helped a little. Long story short, 4 months have gone by, have been on 5 rounds of steroids, 3 rounds of antibitiocs, a lot of the swelling/fluid in my head is gone, my sinuses are completely clear, but I have constant swelling beneath and behind my eyes, my left eye is worse and my head on that side feels heavy, my forehead, face and neck down to the base of my skull. The second ENT I went to said my sinuses are clear. I had blood work and a chest x-ray last week. I go back to the doc on Tues. I just dont feel right. feels like I got a lot of swelling in deep in those tissues in my face but you can only see the swelling under the left eye. What is up?

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  • There is something called a pressure headache, which is due to underventilation of one or more sinuses. The sinuses are essentially air pockets in the bones of your face. Air gets into the sinuses via bony passages that are quite narrow. The bone of these passages is lined with mucosa, the same tissue that lines the sinuses and nasal cavities. If this mucosa is swollen (for example, as a result of recent infection or due to allergy), the passage may swell shut. The result is an underventilated sinus. Air cannot get into the sinus, and mucus produced within the sinus cannot get out.The air trapped within the sinus dissolves gradually into the mucosa lining the sinus. The air pressure within the sinus gradually falls. The net result is lower air pressure in the sinus than in the outside world. You perceive this as facial pain and pressure.So why did your doctor place you on an antihistamine? If you have some degree of mucosal swelling due to allergy, an antihistamine may help reduce this swelling. The decongestant can decrease swelling by constricting the blood vessels within the mucosa.Whether or not an antihistamine works depends upon a number of things. Is the diagnosis correct? The headache may not even be sinus-related. You may have swollen tissues within your nasal cavities that are pressing against one another, leading to pain. An antihistamine may help this problem, too. It is also possible that the over-the-eye pains have nothing whatsoever to do with your sinuses or nasal cavities. If there is no pain relief, there are a number of other treatments to try. If you are not getting relief, discuss this with your ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT).It is unlikely to develop a dependence on a decongestant. You may be thinking of the dependence that may develop when over-the-counter decongestant sprays are used for too long. This is a common problem. Such sprays work very well, but if they are used for too many days, the patient needs to use the spray more frequently to relieve the congestion. However, using an oral decongestant may overdry the sinuses and eventually worsen symptoms. ( copied )
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