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    Ear & Sinus pain stopping me from sleeping and functioning well. help!

    I am a 28 yr old female and have been experiencing these symptoms on and off for 6 months now, but this most recent episode has lasted since christmas. I have so far been to my GP who has referred me to an ENT who tells me that it's probably not an ear or sinus problem, but i'm convinced it is. I've tried a steroid nasal spray which has not given me any relief. She sent me for a CT scan but I will not get the results until about 6 weeks away (first appt I could get with her).
    At the moment my symptoms include a feeling like my ear is blocked, pain in my sinus on one side of my face (mostly near my nose) and a feeling of pressure behind my eye. I am so uncomfortble that it is stopping me from sleeping. I have a toddler who also doesn't sleep very well so I need to make the most of every opportunity i get to rest!

    Please help. This is affecting my everyday life and I need some relief or at least some answers.
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    Kerry Read


    Headline Physiotherapy for the Head Neck and Jaw deals specifically with TMJ Facial Pain Headache Migraine and other musculoskeletal issues involving the cranial area. All … View Profile

    It would be good to get your scan results asap so your specialist can definitely rule out any ENT related issues. It may be worth asking their office to put you on a wait list for a cancellation or seeing if your GP has any updated information.  
    If the results are all clear, your GP may be able to direct you to a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who can assess you. Dysfunction in the jaw and neck can cause ear blocking and facial pain which seems like sinus pain, and can respond really well to treatment.

    Kerry Read
    Headline Physiotherapy for the Head, Neck and Jaw

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    Dr David McIntosh

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    David McIntosh is an Australian trained ENT surgeon with international experience. His areas of interest are paediatrics, nose and sinus disease, and providing access to … View Profile

    The scan result will be the deciding factor in everything, but you may still need another sort of scan called an MRI.  You can usually get results from the time of the scan within 2-3 days, depending on where you live etc. 

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