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Right facial swelling and fullness in ear

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  • Posted By: Aleeza1010
  • November 18, 2008
  • 04:34 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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  • Have you seen an ENT? He/She may have the answer that you have been looking for. I too suffer with the swelling (left side) and the pressure in both of my ears every day. It literally feels as if my head is going to explode through my ears.Good luck and I hope you get the right diagnosis.
    twinky70 8 Replies
    • December 4, 2008
    • 11:50 PM
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  • Thanks, I have actually been to two different ENT's and they could not determine what the cause was. I am going to see an Otologist, specializing in the inner ear, to see if they can figure it out. Hopefully, you will find relief as well. Thanks.
    Aleeza1010 3 Replies
    • December 5, 2008
    • 01:05 AM
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  • Good luck to you in finding an answer. Please give an update as it may be beneficial to me and others that suffer as well.
    twinky70 8 Replies
    • December 6, 2008
    • 02:37 AM
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  • Good luck to you in finding an answer. Please give an update as it may be beneficial to me and others that suffer as well. It could be due your eustacian tube blockage. An ENT will diagnose it correctly.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 6, 2009
    • 08:31 PM
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  • Have you seen an ENT? He/She may have the answer that you have been looking for. I too suffer with the swelling (left side) and the pressure in both of my ears every day. It literally feels as if my head is going to explode through my ears.Good luck and I hope you get the right diagnosis. Have you improved? What did you do to get better? I have the same symptoms.
    Aimee11 1 Replies
    • February 7, 2010
    • 08:48 PM
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  • If you have seen the ENT and he does not know then I recommend you see an Endodontist. They specialize in root canals. The reason I tell you this is because your symptoms are very similar to an abscess in the tooth. It's possible the Oral surgeon may have missed some of the tooth/and or root and you are unable to see it. It can also be referred pain and swelling from the tooth in front of your wisdom teeth. I'm not sure that the oral surgery could do that, but it may be possible that the removal interfered with the tooth in front somehow. I would not assume that swelling around the eye is related to a neurological problem. This is so common in people who have an abscessed tooth. Some people get so swollen the endodontist has to send them to the hospital for IV antibiotics because he can't even open their mouths to take care of the problem, and yes it goes to their eyes. Don't wait until it gets so bad you need an IV. See an endodontist. This isn't normal.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2010
    • 07:28 AM
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  • If you have seen the ENT and he does not know then I recommend you see an Endodontist. They specialize in root canals. The reason I tell you this is because your symptoms are very similar to an abscess in the tooth. It's possible the Oral surgeon may have missed some of the tooth/and or root and you are unable to see it. It can also be referred pain and swelling from the tooth in front of your wisdom teeth. I'm not sure that the oral surgery could do that, but it may be possible that the removal interfered with the tooth in front somehow. I would not assume that swelling around the eye is related to a neurological problem. This is so common in people who have an abscessed tooth. Some people get so swollen the endodontist has to send them to the hospital for IV antibiotics because he can't even open their mouths to take care of the problem, and yes it goes to their eyes. Don't wait until it gets so bad you need an IV. See an endodontist. This isn't normal. ------I agree, but at the same time I think you might be wise to take a high dose of antioxidants C, E, CoQ10, for starters and B12 (METHYLcobalamine sublingual) to help protect your nerves from whatever oral pathogen you may have.
    madanthony 1087 Replies
    • February 17, 2010
    • 08:17 PM
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