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November 13, 2010
I have constant pressure in my forehead/sinuses for months and thought it was a chronic sinus infection but now I'm looking at TMJ symptoms and I'm not so sure..
November 13, 2010
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Sinusitis - Surgery
Surgery Surgery can unblock the sinuses when drug therapy is not effective or if there are other complications, such as structural abnormalities or fungal sinusitis. Insertion of a Drainage Tube The simplest surgical approach is the insertion of a drainage tube into the sinuses followed by an infusion of sterile water to flush them out. Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is the standard procedure for most patients requiring surgical management of chronic sinusitis or polyposis. The procedure allows correction of obstructions, including any polyp and ventilation and drainage to aid healing. Candidates for the Procedure. In general, patients should have tried and failed extensive medical therapy. This usually includes several prolonged courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, nasal corticosteroids, nasal saline irrigation, allergy testing and immunotherapy where appropriate, and sinus drainage where appropriate. Patients with nasal polyps or sinus polyp...
Sinusitis - Diagnosis
Diagnosis Patients should see a doctor if they have sinusitis symptoms that do not clear up within a few days, are severe, or are accompanied by high fever or acute illness. Some doctors believe that too many patients are diagnosed with true sinusitis and given unnecessary antibiotics when their symptoms would actually resolve easily in days with over-the-counter medications or no drugs at all. The first goal in diagnosing sinusitis is to rule out other possible causes of symptoms, and then determine: The site where the infection has occurred Whether the condition is acute or chronic The organism causing the infection (if possible) Diagnostic Approach to Acute Sinusitis Medical History. The patient should describe all symptoms such as nasal discharge and specific pain in the face and head, including eye and tooth pain. After assessing symptoms, the doctor should take a thorough medical history of the patient: Any history of allergies or headaches Recent upper respiratory infection (colds, flu, i...
Study Reveals Why Some Develop Chronic Pain After an Injury
Did you ever wonder why one person develops chronic pain following an injury, while someone else with a similar injury fully recovers and has no pain? Researchers at Northwestern University wondered so they set out to discover an answer. Their findings were published online July 1 by Nature Neuroscience . The first longitudinal brain imaging study to track participants with a new back injury found that the chronic pain is all in their heads––quite literally. No, they're not saying the pain is psychological. What the new Northwestern Medicine study shows for the first time is that the more two sections of the brain––related to emotional and motivational behavior––talk to each other, the more likely that chronic pain will develop. The more they communicate following the initial injury, the greater the chance a patient will develop chronic pain. Study Design and Results A total of 40 participants who had an episode of back pa...
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