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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi im 23 year old male from XXX
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
Doctor :   how can i help you ?
User :   I'm feeling concerned around these head pains i get, last week i was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis ( one week ago) I've been on Augmentin and some Meclzine and Sudafed
Doctor :   can u explain ur symptoms more ?
User :   this was at the ER
User :   well they are like sudden sharp pains around my head either sides, the top sometimes forehead
User :   noticed it hurts more with exertion
Doctor :   aNY FEVER, ?
User :   no not at all
Doctor :   any running nose, blocked nose ?
User :   im usually congested all the time
Doctor :   any hearing defect ?
User :   what do u mean?
Doctor :   do u have any hearing difficulty?
User :   not really just little bit of ringing i believe
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   try taking some anticongestion meds
Doctor :   Doesnt sudafed , help ?
User :   not much it helps a little with decongestion but these pains are still there
User :   like right now i have a sharp pain from my head to my left arm
Doctor :   In that case take some ibuprofen 400 mg tab as and when u have the pain
User :   but what is causing these pains?
Doctor :   usually
a blocked nose can cause such pain
User :   all around my head?
Doctor :   yes .
Doctor :   blocked nose, with sinusitis can present like yours
User :   they arent just headache pains they are like sharp stabbing pains that last seconds followed by mild headaches that come and go
Doctor :   continue the augmentin and sudafed
Doctor :   also take the ibuprofen 400 mg when needed
Doctor :   this will help the pain
User :   to be honest im like scard its a tumor or something
Doctor :   there is nothing to be worried
Doctor :   about tumors
User :   I mean i had a CT scan exactly one year ago and an MRI to look for MS and everything was ok then
Doctor :   as i said, earlier, your symptoms dont seem like tumors at all
User :   I also forgot to mention that sometimes i get these throbbing pain in my neck right by my throat like where my left carotid artery itll be like a sudden pain then fades
Doctor :   have u got any blood tests done before
Doctor :   do u know if ur CBC or ESR values
User :   yes last year i had extensive blood exams
User :   what is CBC ESR?
Doctor :   complete blood count & ESR
Doctor :   if the reports are abnormal, then u can be evaluated for temporal arteritis which has similar symptoms
User :   I believe i did get that I'd have to look though
Doctor :   ok
User :   is that part of regular blood exams?
Doctor :   YES
User :   my blood was tested 3 times at hospitals for chest pains then 2 other times by my primary doctor
Doctor :   WERE the results normal ?
User :   well if they werent i guess they would've told me so i believe they were
Doctor :   in that case , there is nothing to be worried of
Doctor :   u can relax
Doctor :   and take the meds that i adviced earlier
User :   but its been a week and while my dizziness has gotten a bit better these headaches have started
Doctor :   also, take some clarinex / claritin for better symptom control
User :   my right eye seems to be a bit bloodshot too
Doctor :   is ur vision affected ?
User :   not that i can tell really but both eyes seem glassy
Doctor :   what do u mean by glassy?
User :   they look moist and reddish
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   u mean eye congestion
Doctor :   thats fine
Doctor :   no need to worry at al
Doctor :   ibupfofen, clarinex and rest of meds will be effective
User :   so you think this is all from congestion?
User :   what about the labyrinthitis?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   thats the infection in the inner ear, causing tinnitus, vertigo , etc
User :   and then the neck?
Doctor :   thats the radiating pain , and it will subside
User :   just wanted to mention that neck pain started before all my other symptoms
Doctor :   thats fine
User :   ok i guess ill just deal with this it just seems so rare
Doctor :   pain perception is very different in diff individuals
Doctor :   since all tests are negative in your case, no need to worry at all
User :   yeah but what worries me is that these tests are one year ago
Doctor :   then i guess u need to recheck them again

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