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Right side facial swelling and fullness in ear

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  • Posted By: Aleeza1010
  • November 18, 2008
  • 04:26 PM

I had my wisdom teeth removed about 1 1/2 years ago (I am now 41). On my followup to the oral surgeon, I informed him my right side of my face was swollen and he said it was nothing.

Several months later, my boss noticed my right eye looked different (the swelling on the right side of my face has gone from just being in the jaw area to affecting my eye). I noticed that my eye area is swollen, especially the eyelid.

4 months ago, I went to the ER with vertigo but it had started with severe pain and then fullness in my right ear. The swelling on the right side had gotten worse and I think this all has something to do with the oral surgery. Since the ER visit, I continually have severe fullness of the right ear, causing pressure in my head (like have a continual headache). The ER doc said it could be nerve damage caused by the oral surgery.

So far, no one can figure this out. Anyone have any idea what is wrong?! I am going crazy with discomfort and not knowing!

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  • You really need to see a dentist or an oral surgeon. ER people are excellent, but they are not specialists in oral medicine. It could be infection, nerve damage, or something else. Get seen by someone with expertise.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 05:13 PM
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  • I have already been to the oral surgeons. They did a CT and MRI and told me I should see a neurologist as they could not physically see what was causing it.
    Aleeza1010 3 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 05:24 PM
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  • Definitely follow up on that with the neurologist. In case you get no answers there, there is a rare condition associated with dental work that can cause swelling, called hereditary angioedema (HAE). More here: www.haea.org What you describe sounds like it's been going on constantly since your original surgery, so in some ways it doesn't sound like HAE, but I mention it because it's rare and it gets missed a lot by doctors. Best wishes.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 08:33 PM
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  • Thanks...I will definitely ask about that as well as going back to the neurologist.
    Aleeza1010 3 Replies
    • November 18, 2008
    • 09:26 PM
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