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    Sinus problem or something worse? Nurses?

    About two weeks ago I was lying half-awake in bed trying to decide on waking up. I had my left eye closed and my right was looking out the window to see what the weather was like. After I did, I turned my head straight and opened my left eye, but I couldn't see with left eye. I closed my eye and reopened it, but still nothing. I blinked a few times and then kept it closed. When I opened it again I could see but it was darkened but after blinking a couple more times it was back to normal. I nearly got into a panic but the entire episode only lasted less than 10 seconds.

    A few days ago when I was getting ready to lean forward in bed to get my back washed off, I had a dull pain pressure in the the roof of my sinus cavity that kind of gave my whole body a jolt. When I was laid back flat again it happened once more. I wondered if the two things were related but it didn't happen again so I didn't worry about it.

    Today when I was getting leaned forward to get my back washed, I had a mild tingle "opening" in the sinus again and the smell of something metallic or possibly chlorine. While I was laying face down on the bed, getting my back washed, my nose began to run. It was thin clear liquid with a orangy-red tint. It quit running before I got laid back again.

    I quickly thought that it could be cerebrospinal fluid. I called my doctor but they concluded that it was just sinus problems and said to take some Claritin.

    My sinuses don't feel congested nor are they overly runny. I don't plan to take the Claritin as I don't feel the need for it, but should I do anything else? I don't want to panic but if its cerebrospinal fluid, should I go to the ER or call the doctor again.
    Last edited by Scott C4/5; 08-27-2019 at 03:29 PM.

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    When I leaned over today that drainage leaked out again.

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    You need to see your primary care physician, and then perhaps an ENT and/or neurologist. These are not minor symptoms.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    I spoke to my doctor/nurse practitioner but they seemed to think its allergies. My home health nurse suggested going to the ER so that I wouldn't have to try and schedule an appointment so I am going to go tomorrow.

    I'm kinda disappointed with my primary care physician.

    Thanks...

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    I went to the ER and they did a CT. They didn't find anything that might cause it (tumor for example) but a neurologist looked at the CT and wants me to see him so I have an appointment for the 19th. I haven't had drainage or anything for the last two days. Hopefully it was nothing but I still feel like something was amiss.

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    Glad you are getting someone to investigate this further. Keep us up to date on progress toward identifying what is going on.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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