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Nasal congestion off and on for about 2 months now, occasional sneezing, watery discharge

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Nasal congestion off and on for about 2 months now, occasional sneezing, watery discharge from the nose, eye tearing on both sides but worse on the left, mild headache with pain across my forehead and above my eye (again worse on the left side), discomfort in cheek area and front of my left ear. Sometimes hurts if I press above my eyebrow. There are areas on my head that are mildly sore when I press on them. Also, sometimes the left side of my head will ache when I lay on that side. When I stand up from a sitting position or walk up and down stairs, it will hurt a little above my eye or on top of my head. None of these symptoms interfer with my daily activities and I do not actually wake up with a headache. When I get up in the morning I am congested and my head feels full. This will subside after I am up for a while. Just finished 10 days on omnicef which improved my symptoms. Is it an infection or should I be worried about a brain tumor or aneurysm? I am very worried!

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Since you are having problems with your system, when can I expect an answer to my problem?
First of all I do not believe you have a brain tumor or aneurysm :)

Oops. I see you have posted something. Let me see what you said....

We can use this "chat" is just a bit slower but I'm here and working :)
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Is it an ongoing sinus infection? If so, will it ever get better, or am I going to suffer with this throughout the summer?
It sounds like you have chronic sinusitis. The fact that you got better, briefly, on antibiotics makes this more likely. The good news? Brain tumors etc don't get better on antibiotics ;)

I think that you should consult with an ENT physician and, if she thinks it is indicated, get a MRI of your sinuses. Treatment may need only nasal decongestants and therapy. If that doesn't clear things up then surgical treatment should be effective.

Doest this make sense to you?

I just got your post....and, no. I do not think that you need to suffer with this all summer. Nor do I think taking another course of antibiotics is the way to go. You need to get to the root of the problem and, to do this, and ENT doctor is your best bet.

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