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    Old 12-01-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
    jb43
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    Question sinusitis or brain tumor? please help

    Hello. Since September I have not been feeling well. I began feeling wore out and then I started getting eye pains. They come and go. I originally thought eye strain but then I started to get pressure in my ears and headaces across my forehead and temples. Also some sharp random pains in my head and temples. I saw my doctor on October 31st and he said he believes it is sinus related even though I dont have any congestion . He put me on an antibiotic and told me to take allegra d. Neither worked so I called him back and he sent me to the eye doctor. I saw an optometrist about 2 weeks ago and he said that my eyes looked very healthy and that I had normal pressure and the optic nerves looked great. He said he also believes that the eye pain is due to sinus issues. He told me to use Affrin. It is now December and I still have the head pressure eye pain and now my ears have pains too. Sometimes on the drum and sometimes just inside the opening of my ears. I am 32 and the mother of 2 children. I have had sinus infections before but this doesnt feel like that. I also have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and I feel like my real symptoms get over looked because of it. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

     
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    Old 12-08-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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    Re: sinusitis or brain tumor? please help

    I suffer from GAD too. There was a time I was convinced I had an aneurysm. But thankfully did not. Tell ur Dr u want a CT scan done. Or a MRI. that will rule those things out and give u piece of mind.

     
    Old 12-31-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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    Re: sinusitis or brain tumor? please help

    Hi JB43.

    I have just joined this forum today in the hope for some empathetic ears as to my symptoms. We have almost mirror symptoms, it's uncanny. I'll be 32 in 2 months, and also a mother to a 3 year old.

    Before I had my daughter, I had no 'allergy' or 'sinus' problems. When I had my daughter, she was born at 34 weeks due to me having severe Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. I started noticing horrible sinus problems when I first moved to the town I am currently living in. I was pregnant when I moved here, so my Doctors and I just put the sinus problems down to the pregnancy.

    I saw a few different ENT's, all of whom advised me that they often see a myriad of people who move here and start complaining of unknown sinus problems. They explained "there is a geographical component that is a contributing factor to unresolved sinus issues in people." Add on top of that my mother had surgery to drain sinuses in 2008. (I am estranged from her therefore cannot probe for whether she had similar symptoms).

    Anyway, three years post having my daughter, and the sinus problems haven't subsided. I keep getting told by every Doctor it is sinus related. I had a CT scan done in June 2011 which revealed a thickening of the mucus membrane and a polyp on the left sinus cavity. Nothing further was discussed. I had a sinus x-ray in May 2012 which revealed my Maxillary sinuses were 'slightly inflamed', to only be put on Antibiotics again. I am frequently put on antibiotics (which I hate) for 'sinus infections'. I find they do nothing. I tried Nasonex, which had no relief. I was recently put on Avamys, which initially, it was great, my headached decreased, I didn't feel as 'fuzzy' in the head. I am on my second months' treatment with Avamys and it isn't working as well.

    My symptoms range from the constant sinus pressure band across my forehead, pain in my temples, in my ears, PND (Post Nasal Drip), occasionally a sore throat. The bridge across my nose is always sore to the touch, and my face is usually always sensitive, ESPECIALLY over my Maxillary sinuses, more so my right one, with frequent ear pain. I also get sporadic quick, albeit sharp pains all in my head, it is never isolated (which the Doctors say this is a good thing, as if it's anything sinister, it will be isolated to one spot.) Just prior to Christmas, my GP did another examination and said my ears were both fine, and it would have been a build up of sinus pressure. I also get a slight 'tingling' feeling from time to time in my head, all over though, not isolated. It also occurs over my frontal sinuses, too.

    I am constantly tired, I mean, almost too tired to function most of the time, I hate it. I have always been a really fit and healthy person. I juice raw fruit and veggies every day, I stay away from bad sugar, eat a lot of fruit and veggies and only drink water. It is soooo very frustrating that something is 'not right' and it just keeps getting passed off as 'chronic sinus infections'. I lack so much energy, it makes me feel depressed.

    Right now, I have the stupid band across my forehead, pain and tingling in my temples and my right Maxillary sinuses feel like they're about to explode. It does also occur to my left side, but predominantly on my right. I also have frequent neck pain. I was getting Chiro at the start of 2013 but this didn't offer any relief. I am so sick of getting told that it's sinus pressure and it's because of where I live. I have spoken to other people who aren't from here and also experience this same, unknown pressure and constant headaches. I get prescribed Panadeine Forte for the pain and antibiotics. I am always reluctant to take the Panadeine Forte as I don't want to add any further damage to my liver (my liver started to shut down when I was pregnant, that's why they had to induce and do a emergency cesarean to deliver my daughter at 34 weeks). Given this, my GP is obviously aware of the complications, she gives me Endone for this severe pain. It completely knocks me out and sometimes even causes rebound headaches. Them on top of the horrible 'sinus' pressure is just the most hideous pain, and it completely debilitates me.

    I have very little support here, no family and little friends to help out, so I just have to put up with it and keep going through this pain, which is sometimes so crippling, it brings me to tears. Just recently, I have also started getting the horrible referred pain down into my teeth, especially the roof of my mouth. I have been advised this is associated to sinus pressure.

    I will be going back to my GP for yet another referral to a ENT to see what else can be done. I am so over it, and I am sure you're the same, you can't help but to think that it's something more sinister going on? I have expressed my concern and fear to the myriad of Doctors and they all say it is "normal for me to inhibit fear after my traumatic experience when I delivered my daughter". They all continuously reassure me it is all sinus related. I even noticed the pressure in my eyes felt so bad that sometimes, things would appear blurry. I went to see a Ophthalmologist in December who assured me I do have some 'maturation-related' changes in vision, which I have had some prescription glasses ordered for, but the pressure and everything else associate to my eyes was 'perfect'. I am just so sick of the headaches and the constant 'fuzzy' feeling. It's like you can't help but to talk yourself into something being really wrong, despite the constant reassurance from Doctors that it's all sinus related.

    Is this similar to your symptoms and how you feel? Have you had any success in finding answers since you posted?

    Happy New Year, in good health.

     
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