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Head feels thick/swollen

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  • Posted By: David84
  • July 7, 2008
  • 05:15 AM

This all started several months ago as pain and pressure in the front of my head and behind the eyes along with a constant partial blockage of my upper nasal passageway (no runny nose however and did not feel ‘stuffed up’). I went to a walk in clinic and was instructed to try sleeping with a humidifier in my room as it was likely seasonal allergies. I was also sent for a sinus x-rays to check for infection which turned up clear. I purchased a humidifier and slept with it on for a couple weeks but it did not seem to solve the problem.

Weeks later, on a follow up visit for the same issue (which never went away) as well as an additional symptom of daily headaches (often lasting the whole day) I was told once again that it was likely due to allergies and was instructed to use a Neti-Pot with saline solution twice a day to flush my sinuses and was given Nasonex spray to use twice a day as well. Over the counter allergy medication was also recommended. I followed these instructions but still had no relief. I was also referred to an allergy specialist and have an appointment booked with him for January 2009.

On a third follow up visit to the walk in clinic a few weeks later (although a different doctor this time) for the same issue only this time I had the additional symptom of a swollen/firm throat area on my upper neck and a perpetual choking sensation that fluctuated in severity. I was swabbed for strep throat which came back negative and told it was likely a virus and should go away in a week to 10 days. At this point it was becoming somewhat debilitating.

After about a week the neck swelling subsided almost completely (this was roughly 3 weeks ago). It still feels slightly swollen at times but it has definitely significantly improved; although my head issues have worsened.

This past week my head issues have compounded. The pain has spread all the way to the back of my head. My head feels thick/swollen and it is affecting my hearing, my ears feel plugged and I am unable to clear them. When I yawn or swallow I hear what I can best describe as, a rustling or crunching type noise. At this point the head pain has become quite debilitating as I am no longer able to exercise, I am having trouble concentrating on my school work, and I feel tired and lethargic most of the time.

I have a history of sporadic but severe headaches (migraines or cluster headaches, I’m not sure which) but this is nothing like I have experienced before. I have also had two sinus infections in the past few years so I seem to be prone to them. I have never had any allergy issues except for cats which I’m not exposed to. I have switched to a synthetic duvet and pillows months ago and stopped wearing cologne and scented deodorants just in case they were aggravating matters. I also cut out my occasional drinking, I am not a smoker, and I clean frequently so there isn’t much dust around. I am a 24 year old male and I am a porter at a local hospital so I am exposed to all kinds of things. It is possible that I picked up something from work. I really don’t feel like it is allergies at this point. I forget what it’s like to feel healthy, I’m tired of being sick all the time.

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  • I know exactly how you feel. Although I don't have the mucus issues you do, I have what the ENT has said has to be a sinus infection that is at least 6 months old. I am going in for surgery to have my right sinus cleaned out. While that may not be the source of all of my problems, it should affect my headaches and maybe some of the lethargy and dizziness, and less probably the ear fullness and ear aches. I'd suggest getting to an Ear Nose & Throat Specialist if you can. Also, take you temperature every day a few times a day.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • Did you ever figure out what was wrong? I have the same problem and trying to find a solution.
    brandonw 1 Replies
    • November 19, 2010
    • 03:05 PM
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  • check your upper back teeth. dental issues can take form in your sinuses and are overlooked by many. also, take some motrin, it will help with the swelling. feel better!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 4, 2011
    • 05:17 AM
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  • Please research intracranial hypertension and chiari malformation your symptoms match these diseases or are a possible diagnosis
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