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Hello. I'm a 55 yo man, former smoker, have lone paroxysmal afib (6 years) and been suffering with increasingly bad sinus problems for the last 20 years. I've seen 2 ENT's and two allergists over the last 11 years and been given K and Z packs as well as steroidal sprays and most common antibiotics. I've never had a CT scan despite insistent pleading.
I have been in constant sinus distress for about a year now with almost total loss of smell and currently have persistent headaches like I've never felt before. I know 'normal' sinus headaches and face pain and this is different. I feel a very sharp stabbing left temple region pain that radiates into what feels like the middle of my brain.
Of the doctors I've seen one wanted me to go to an Eye clinic, one wanted to enroll me in Women's Balance class (???), one said I had a "pooched over" septum, and the other threw her hands up in the air after antibacterials and antifungals and sprays failed. She ordered a C...
It's that time of year again, the time when a sniffly nose, head congestion, coughing, etc. often strike... and then stick around for days, or even weeks. There can be many reasons for this, what with being indoors more, socializing with more people through the holidays, inclement weather, new food, decorations and more due to the holidays, and so on.
The challenge comes in knowing what truly ails you, so that you can take steps to deal with it. So, this post will provide an overview of the various conditions that might produce symptoms during this season and how to manage, so that you can get and stay as healthy as possible.
If you have allergies, then you're probably used to dealing with them on a regular basis, at least during certain seasons, if not year round. Most people associate seasonal allergies with pollen season, but the truth is allergy symptoms often increase during the holidays.
In my earlier holiday triggers post, I detailed ...
Since July of 2006, I have been experiencing very strange visual sensations (deja vu - seeing repetitive visions of experiences or thoughts regarding insignificant people that I have known in my life as well as physiological changes (a perceived drop in blood pressure, face paling, etc.) during numerous very short 20 to 30 second episodes. These episodes occur 4 to 5 times a year - usually seasonal and I experience about 10 -15 of them over the course of 2 days or so each time. A headache usually precedes them as does a change in my taste buds (things are tasteless or metallic tasting for a couple of days). After the episodes begin to wane (very few after a day or so), I experience a heightened sense in everything (an alertness, a heightened awareness of life). I went to see a neurologist a couple of years ago and he felt they were a type of migraine. I am experiencing them today (it's a weirdness I find difficult to explain but at times they are very fear provoking)...
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