I have been having a "mysterious illness" since January... but it seems that it could all just be allergies. I'm not 100% sure if its allergies or not but so far it seems to be the only logical explanation.
I wore contacts for about 3 years and then in January I had a bizarre reaction where my eyes became incredibly sore (I stopped wearing contacts since, they seemed to make me eyes worse), it felt like I pulled the muscles in the back of my eyes. I panicked thinking there was something wrong with my eyes and went to the emergency room twice because of the pain. My ophthalmologist said my eyes looked healthy but she gave me steroid drops just in case (she said there could be residuals from a possible previous infection), I took them for 2 weeks and they didn't help much until the end but then I got bizarre shooting pains in my eyes (which I think was just a weird side effect from the drops because once I stopped so did the shooting pains). The soreness came back, I was so focused on my eyes that I didn't realize how full my head felt and that I was having some pressure in my ears also. My eyes are also pretty dry, they don't itch, just from time to time in the inner corner of my eyes. I have really bad post nasal drip (sorry if this is gross but I swallow mucus constantly) and I wake up with a stuffed nose all the time. I had a CT scan done and they said my sinuses were clear but I feel pain and pressure in my sinus areas as well as have occasional headaches, I'm also pretty fatigued, despite getting plenty of hours of sleep.
My doctor was stumped, but since he saw that I was congested he prescribed a decongestant and a nasal spray, I also started taking claritin D 24 hrs... the second I took the claritin my symptoms improved immensely, they're not 100% better and some days are worse than others but I couldn't believe that claritin made me feel so good! I was even given pain meds that did absolutely nothing when compared to the claritin. I was amazed, I wish I could be "cured" but my question is, do you think its allergies? I thought I developed an allergy to the contacts I was wearing but the symptoms persisted even a month after I stopped wearing them so it could just be general allergies. For a short period of time I had flaky skin on my eyelids (and face as well) but that went away, now however my lids are very oily.
Thank you for any input at all, I've never dealt with allergies before so I have no idea what I'm dealing with...
here's a list of symptoms:
pain in temples
pain above eyebrows
occasional pain near cheekbones
fullness in ears (pop them all the time)
stuffy nose in the morning
constant post nasal drip
sometimes my left eye will water for no reason
"eye boogers" in the inner corners of my eyes all the time