For months, now, I have been having severe pressure behind my eyes, in my ears, and above the roof of my mouth. I also often have spells of chills (with no fever, usually below normal oral temp), cold and numb extremities (fingers, toes, parts of feet) and other areas just cold (nose, lips, and eyelids), a wired/dazed feeling, difficulty speaking, and tightness in my chest/abdomen.
Until I was about 20 (i'm 26 now), I got sinus infections twice a year like clockwork. So, I have lots of experience with sinusitis, and this feels very different. For instance, I have no fever, little or no drainage (and what I do have is clear), and rarely any sinus pain, just the severe feeling of pressure.
This has begun to affect my life quite a bit. I have great difficulty concentrating, little sex drive (i am married and monogamous), and I can rarely relax or sit still.
I do have herpes and shingles outbreaks 2 or 3 times a year, and spent a year in the middle east in 2003-2004. I can't remember having any of these symptoms prior to that, but I did drink quite a bit back then (part of the military lifestyle), but quit drinking completely in late 2004. I also dropped about 20 pounds shortly after returning to the states, and have since stayed about the same weight. I eat very healthy, avoiding fast food and glycemic carbs (as much as possible, no sodas, etc).
Any insight will be greatly appreciated. I'm starting to feel like a hypochondriac, every time I notice a new symptom.
Hi I'm new, this is my first post.
I've been in the same boat for about a solid week now, it's starting to really freak me out because this has never happened to me before. I'd get the occasional headache if I didn't eat for a while or if I was stressed at the office but never like this. Pressure behind the eyes, cheeks, roof of the mouth (sometimes tingly), bearable but still a nuisance. I've also noticed veins in the side of my forehead more pronounced than usual, almost as if my blood pressure has jumped but I don't have any heart related issues that I know of (and I've had a cardiogram). I've been using Otrivin (sinus spray) for the past 2 weeks which doesn't seem to be helping so I'm starting to think it's not sinus related. The pressure makes it hard to fall asleep (but I do eventually and I noticed that I have to keep my head level, like put my arm under my pillow) and the pressure is there first thing in the morning, subtle at first but gradually grows to full intensity as I stand and walk around. At 6am I run about 5km (3 miles) at least 4 times a week and the pressure seems to go away but comes back later on. The pain isn't excruciating, I'd say a 2 or 3 out of 10, but it's still really annoying. And like stated above, no drainage.
Really strange. I hope it isn't serious. Thoughts?
I know you wrote this a long time ago but if anyone reads this all of this could boil down to migraine caused by many triggers (maybe something you are eating). Or, it could be due to the constant nasal spray or pain meds. Taking either daily can cause rebound headaches. Try looking up foods and drinks that cause headaches and cut them all out for a month or so. Also, stop the nasay spray (any sinus meds) and pain meds and caffine. This will be painful at first but after a month or so the pain will get better because rebound will subside. There is a helpful book on all this. "Heal your headache" in three steps.
The thing that has helped me is to work out why I was getting the sinus infections - I figured out that it is worse from around May through the summer. I started off with another miserable infection in May this year. I don't have a runny nose or anything like that - it is literally like someone has inserted concrete into my face and there seemed to be no hope of shifting it.
So I started to use a SinusRinse bottle with a solution of saline wash (1 teaspoon sea salt and 1 teaspoon baking powder in around a pint of water). I kept flushing several times a day and gradually managed to loosen some of the stuff that was literally stuck inside. It was amazing how much stuff came out over a period of about 2 weeks. Then I decreased the frequency to 2 times and then 1 time a day as a maintenance dose.
I did take some allergy tablets - benadryll and later on tried taking Luffa (Bioforce). I do think these things helped me, but cannot be sure. I also started drinking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in warm water (with honey to taste) 2 times a day as I read (on Earth Clinic) this can help to clear sinus problems up. That really did seem to do something, even if it was a placebo effect I will take it for the relief!
At the same time, I got an air purifier and ionic filter as I felt that maybe my facial pain and recurrent sinus problems are linked to allergies. So I created one "safe place" - my bedroom. The door is kept closed and I keep the filter running 24 hours a day. This dramatically improved my symptoms and I would not want to be without it ever again!!! Once I got rid of the sinus infection (taken about a month)I felt a lot better. I don't have such bad PND anymore... I get it a little, but nothing like before when I was literally gagging/unable to breathe at night.
I still get twinges of the facial pain, but I was diagnosed with atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia back in 08 (which I think the repeated sinus infections triggered somehow). I took Tegretol for a long time and have now weaned off that and am managing much better.
I would urge you to try different things and not to give up. I tried so many things over the past few years and I am so pleased that I did not give up as I have finally found what works for me. I know we are all different, so I think that what has worked for me might not work for others, but trying to find the underlying cause of why you have become susceptible to sinusitis is really part of the answer and if you go to the doctor they often don't address this and just keep giving more and more antibiotics.
I am surprised your Dr did not offer a seasonal allergy shot since you seem to be seasonal and u said antihistamines helped
the seasonal allergy shot takes about a week to kick in and lasts for about 3 or 4 months
I am thinking of;
Kenalog intra-articular/intramuscular injection contains the active ingredient triamcinolone, which is a type of medicine known as a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are hormones that are produced naturally by the adrenal glands. They have many important functions in the body, including control of inflammatory responses.
just a thought for what it is worth
I live in the UK, where it's a case of being: surprised if the GP offers you anything... let alone thinks outside of the box etc. I just don't bother with them anymore and find my own way of helping myself and dealing with it etc.
the shots r inexpensive around 25 dollars and if u have seasonal allergies u might want to ask for one
have u tried products such as Claritin which here is available over the counter without a prescription
best to u
Claritin is a non-drowsy anti histamine that lasts 24 hrs so is just taken daily and when the season does not bother u then no need to take
u might also ask for allergy tests to see exactly what is bothering u
u might also consider Homeopathy because in your case it might work wonders;
also buy and use bee polen and bee honey THAT IS LOCAL as this is a good way to build up resistance to allergy but remember it needs to be local honey. here in the U.S. any health food store would carry local honey