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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi There
I had 3 ear infections in the left ear in october and november. I know have been having mild left ear pain and mild head pain directly on the top of my head more to the left. I also have mild ear ringing in the left ear. These symptoms have been going on for more than 2 months now. I have no problem sleeping but when I rise out of bed and get to work the ear and head pain is there for the rest of the day. I had a head and sinus ct scan done a month ago with no significant finding - negative. Seen a ENT and said that the ears are clear and look good. What could be causing all this? Should I do further testing and if so then what? Could this be someting serious that the ct scan may have missed? Your opinion please!
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   hi
Doctor :   Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here.
User :   ok]
Doctor :   does the head ache you have vary with the position of the head ?
User :   not really but i have noticed that when I turn my head to the far right that sometimes it increases
Doctor :   ok, Can you do a test on you for me now ?
User :   ok
User :   yes
Doctor :   bend your head till you see your chest , keep the head in this position of 15 seconds and then suddenly rise your head , tel me how you felt ?
User :   slightly lightheaded and very slight pressure pain
Doctor :   yes,
User :   nothing real significant
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   i think of Spenoid sinus involvement
Doctor :   over night the sinus gets filled up with secretions which on standing will cause the fluid shift in it leading to pain
User :   i have been on verymist nasal spray for 1 month now
User :   and the pain is almost constant - except when sleeping then nothing that keeps me awake
Doctor :   the nasal spray do not reach so deep , the spenoid sinus is the deeper sinus amongst
User :   what can i do? Do you think the ct scan may have missed something serious?
Doctor :   no , its not serious but can b picked by the scan only when the fluid is in the sinus , which happens only on prolonged lying down
User :   ok what can i do to fix this
User :   the constant pain get very annoying
Doctor :   You have to take NASIVION decongestant drops
Doctor :   apply about 10 drops in each nostril three times a day and lye down for a time of 2 hours
User :   ok one more question - I had a head ct scan with and without contrast- it was negative - can it in any have missed a brain tumor of any kind?
Doctor :   , yes, without contrast can miss tumors
Doctor :   but i do not think any cancer being the cause in yoiu
Doctor :   you*
User :   i had contrast
Doctor :   good , then
Doctor :   and try to sleep in a less recumbent position
Doctor :   like semisleeping
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