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Yesterday I woke up experiencing hypoesthesia contained to the right half of my scalp. I also had a horrible occasional stabbing pain in my right ear and a swollen lymph node under the right side of my jaw. I went to a CVS minute clinic and the doctor told me I had acute otitis media in my right ear. In order to clear mucus from behind my eardrum she told me to take Mucinex for a week. She also gave me an antibiotic, amoxicillin, and ear drops to alleviate pain. The very next morning I'm starting to experience the same odd sensation I'm calling hypoesthesia on the uppermost portion of the right side of my forehead. This portion may just be my imagination but I think my eyes feel dryer and a few times my right eye has throbbed. The sensation I experience when I place on my scalp is the most worrisome, I asked the doctor at CVS and she said she didn't know but thought it was unrelated to my ear. I find that hard to believe considering they started the same morning. I googled what could cause these symptoms and found that it could be a combination of allergies and diabetic neuropathy or Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. Of course I am not a doctor and can only speculate based on the limited material that I have read. I would like to hear some opinions on what it could be, why it could be whatever you speculate, what I should do next (which type of doctor I should consult), and if I should be terribly concerned.
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Which specialist should I see for this? I would rather not go to my primary, he always sends me to a specialist for anything more than a cold. Also, what blood test are done to verify shingles or RHS?
If a patient were to walk into your office and present the same symptoms I have, what would be your course of action. Please cite as many what-ifs as possible.
I appreciate your help. I'm just not sure if I am able to find a worthwhile doctor in my area. I've gone to neurologist in my area and he had a prestigious degree, but no actual time to listen, or patience to explain his thoughts on my former issue. I almost feel discouraged from perusing this because it's so hard to adequately articulate the sensation I experience when touching my scalp. Also, there aren't any visible changes to my scalp. I have a history of swollen lymph nodes. I went to an ENT, Neurologist, and an Endocrinologist. After all three I walked away with lymphendaptohy and was discouraged from getting a full biopsy after a singular needle biopsy revealed nothing of significance. I don't have an unlimited supply of money or time to keep seeing specialists.
I haven't always received sufficient answers while using this site. Given the limitations of virtual evaluations, I consider your input helpful. I will try to find a teaching hospital near me. I'm located near UCF, so that shouldn't be too hard. Any advice on how to contact them would be appreciated. I will now be give you positive feed back for your work. My prior experts did insufficient jobs to warrant paying.