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Headaches, strange sensations around face, ears, nose. Jaw surgery done. Allergy to titanium plates?

I had jaw surgery in Feb 2012. I am now experiencing constant headaches , throbbing and strange sensations around my face, including my ears and nose. I recently lost my sight for a few mins and since then it has not been the same. I am waiting for tests at the hospital, they have sent me to a stroke clinic. But now after doing my own research I am starting to wonder if I have an allergy to the titanium plates in my lower jaw.
Asked On : Sat, 20 Oct 2012
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Allergist and Immunologist 's  Response
Hello Holly,

The symptoms are serious and you have rightly been sent to the stroke clinic for a CT/MRI to exclude a brain event.

If you suffer from rhinosinusitis you must let your doctor know so that a sinus CT is done at the same time and obviously to see the position of the plates.

If you are on steroids or any immunosuppressant drug, they should be reviewed urgently as the symptom can mean a temporary loss of blood supply to the brain that is often caused by medications. As i said 'temporary' the recovery is usually 100% but all tests must be done especially if you have risk factors of heart disease, diabetes.
Allergy to metal plates is a hypothetical possibility, but never actually proven in real life in most patients who have 'allergic' reactions after metal prosthesis.

Answered: Sun, 21 Oct 2012
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