Hello, here are my stats.
17 years old
6 foot 4.5 inches tall
I have been having constant ear pressure/fullness since mid-April 2009. I have had several ear infections, all of which were treated with anti-biotics, but the pressure has remained.
In June, I had pneumonia (according to my doctor). The pressure remained, then was accompanied by severe headaches, facial numbness, and dizziness.
I travelled in July, and when on board the plane, my entire scalp felt tingly and the headache, pressure remained.
In August, I went to a neurologist. I had an MRI which came back entirely normal, it was with contrast to check for encephalitis. She believes it is a stress-related reaction. I disagree.
I also have a dime-sized lump underneath the skin on my spine (about midway down). I found it a few months ago and thought it was a cyst or benign lipoma.
I also think it could be TMJ dysfunction, but I do not have the clicking/popping of the jaw, teeth grinding or any other problems except the numbness. However, there may be a confounding variable here. Back in April, I began moving my jaw slightly over and over hoping to relieve the pressure in my ears. It has become a nervous habit and I think that may be the source of the TMJ. I have stopped.
Please help with any possible diagnosis. I cant go into the school year with this pain.
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