Posted by: Graham Pearson | 2019/06/29

Why do I get a pain on the left hand side of my forehead when I cough

I have had a post nasal drip for quite a long time which causes me to cough to try and get rid if the phlegm/mucus. However, for about 2 months, I started to get this pain on the LHS of my forehead every time I coughed( a typical sinus pain) and went to see my GP in April. He sent me for XRays which showed no infection but then referred me to a ENT specialist because he said that XRays were not sufficient to diagnose a sinus infection. The ENT specialist sent me for a CT scan of the sinuses which again showed to be clear. He then referred me to a Neurosurgeon because it could be a problem on my brain who then orderd me to have an MRI of the brain and an MR angio. The results showed no problem whatsover but I still have the pain when I cough to clear the mucus. I am at a loss now on what to do to cure this problem - I am now doing everything possible to prevent the coughing but still no nearer to curing the head pain.

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- 2019/07/01

There are 2 possibilities. Firstly, it might reflect underlying sinusitis. Although CT scans were done they are not 100% sensitive to detect sinusitis and secondly it could have been done when the sinuses were clear. A second possibility is that your eustachian tubes are blocked. As a result there's failure to properly equalise pressure between your middle ear and the back of your throat. This could be causing pain radiating up to the upper part of the forehead. The key is to use your antihistamines (try several ones and find the one that works for you) and your steroid nasal spray. You will need to discuss with your doctor several possibilities about medical treatment of your postnasal drip.

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Posted by: Graham Pearson | 2019/07/02

Thanks for your comments - I will certainly follow up on your advice and keep you posted.

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