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sore inner throat muscles & red eyes

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  • Posted By: maumainmain
  • September 27, 2008
  • 02:16 PM

I am a healthy 52 year old woman, just back from a diving trip in Indonesia two weeks ago with strange symptoms: for ten days I have had burning, glassy, red eyes (the white part is very pink/red, but without the "bloodshot" veiny look). In the morning they are cemented shut with stringy yellow goo. I also feel tight in my chest, but am not coughing, and my inner throat muscles feel "bruised" and sore (no, I have not been practicing any Linda Lovelace moves). When I cough, sneeze or yawn, the muscles in my throat and inner neck, and my esophageal sphincter hurt like ***l. It is not like a regular sore throat, which is more on the surface mucosa and tonsils--it's in the tendons and muscles. I feel slightly tired/depressed, but am getting plenty of sleep and have no emotional turmoil. I have been using an antibiotic/cortisone eye drop and the eye discharge is gone, but not the redness and burning sensation. I also have a slight headache in the back of my head/neck. Any divers out there with similar symptoms? Could it be from breathing the O2 and holding the regulator mouthpiece in my teeth for 3 dives a day?

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  • You present with interesting symptoms. Maybe the doctor on board can shed some light about your "diving" aftereffects. There would be pressure considerations and then you can research if there are any known toxic environmental situations where you went diving. You could have also picked up a pesky parasite that gets into the eyes and through the mouth/skin--so you can research that online, too. You may want to start with thyroid blood work/scan to rule out that as a cause or any growths in your neck area. :cool::cool:
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 27, 2008
    • 04:24 PM
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  • Hi Monsterlove,Thanks for the reply. I have been off the boat now for two weeks, so no doctor on board here. I wondered about a parasite in my eyes, so will check that out, as well as the thyroid.Best, MMM
    maumainmain 3 Replies
    • September 27, 2008
    • 04:31 PM
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  • I mean JCottle, MD, currently reading and answering online on this site.:D:D
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 27, 2008
    • 04:50 PM
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  • Do some Googling; it looks like there are ENT diving doctors: http://www.e-med.co.uk/diving/dive_questions.php?sub_cat=45Q took a year off diving and tried again last week. The pain was excruciating even with the Sudafed and half a bottle of spray up my nose. I really don't want to give up diving, (and would like to actually finish my DM course at some point!), and with the discomfort that I feel when I fly I would like to know what else (if anything) I can do or if there are any operations that can be done to get rid of this problem once and for all.A - It seems that you have done the rounds of experts but still not come up with a solution to your problem.If a GP, a diving doctor and a regular ENT surgeon haven't nailed it yet then there's only 1 place left you can go to.That would be an ENT surgeon who specialises in Diving Medicine. They're thin on the ground but I am slowly working up the database and can recommend you one to go and see.However my thoughts here are that a plain X-ray is considered a fairly rough tool in trying to diagnose sinus problems. A far more accurate and sensitive method is to use either CT or MRI scanning. This is because things like polyps which can block the flow of air in and out of the sinus are made of soft tissue, which can be very hard to visualise in an X-ray.So what would an ENT surgeon consider?Well the most probable diagnosis is that of a very chronic inflammation that has built up since your incident in the Red Sea which has almost closed off the sinal canals that drain the sinuses. Using steroid nasal sprays will only work in the short term as soon the tissue that you are trying to get rid of the inflammation in becomes "refactory" to it. This means you have to use more and more of the medication to have the same desired effect. Sometimes a cure can be effected in problems like yours by having a sinal washout and scraping away all the inflammed lining to the sinuses.But all this would be a decision that the ENT surgeon would make after consultation with you.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 27, 2008
    • 04:59 PM
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