Posted by: Me | 2018/06/11


1 side facial swelling/inflamation

Hello, 30 year old Black Woman - Having right side facial pain in ear, jaw, upp teeth, below eye and facial swelling. Severity of symptoms (&apprerance) vary. Right eye sometimes seems to look bulging. MRI W/ contrast shows inflamation (non-cancer)of the Vidian Canal Nerve right side. Everything else looks "good" Neuro surgeon wants to image again in 6 months in the interim do a spinal tap to check for infectiom related inflamation. A little background... This has been going on for 6 months. At first I thought I had a sinus infection. Was given antibiotics and symptoms didnt change. Then I assumed I had dental problems (I do need have several cavities that require attention. Several root canals. )Dentist reported no abscesses and said they would doubt my teeth to be the cause. What is going on with me Doctors? I'm a mother of 3 and have been so effected by this. My ear hurts often and my facial changes can be really hard to see (on the bad days-sometimes I barely notice) Please help me figure out whats going on and what I should do??! Respectfully, Me

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2018/06/11

Dear Me, thank you for sharing your story with us. It is very natural to be concerned - being a mother with responsibility for 3 children is enough to make one very concerned over one's health. It would appear that you are in good hands and I would like to suggest that you report for the 'spinal tap' - who knows something may show up and hopefully you will then receive the treatment that you need. I would also like to suggest that you keep the appointment for the proposed imaging procedures that you made mention of. I would like to wish you well and trust that you health problems will be sorted out soon. (MCH).

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