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I've been sick for almost 4 months now with a sudden onset back in december 2017 where I went down and taken to the ER with flu-like and hypothermia symptoms and also some diarrhea while in vacation in korea...it was really cold, never been in weather that cold before... then as I was not really recovering, I flew back to california to get checked up with my PCP...told me I am fighting remnants of flu and that it will get better with time. I got some upper-respiratory symptoms (runny nose, cough, phlegm, congestion, etc.) for a couple days upon my return and started feeling 90% normal... then as I started to resume normal life I was hit by recurrent episodes of severe, debilitating fatigue, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, and general malaise that has been keeping me sick on and off with relapses of 1-2 weeks in between for about 4 months now. Doctors ran a flurry of viral tests and multiple CBCs and immune function tests which all came back negative including HIV, EBV, HHV6, CMV, STDs, etc. However my doctor has yet to check my hormones (thyroid/adrenal) or sinuses...
Here's why I suspect sinus infection:
Although my upper respiratory symptoms came and subsided for this recent illness, I've had a history in the past of recurring sinus infections occuring in the winter time. 2 years ago I've had a really bad period of recurring headaches behind my left eye that had be frantically searching for answers with multiple doctors and even dentists as some suspected it was TMJD as it came on with facial pain as well around my jaw and some toothaches. After visiting many doctors and getting a CT scan and MRI done of my head, doctors were looking for brain abnormalities or aneurysms but didn't find anything but a couple mucous retention cysts in my sinuses which they told me weren't much of an issue. However, I never followed up with an ENT regarding those because my symptoms just went away on their own around march of 2016 and never came back following some PT exercises for migraines I learned from one of the doctors I visited...
Fast forward to now...my symptoms have gradually gotten a little better since the beginning of my current illness but the following symptoms still remain that seems to originate in my head/sinuses:
-ever since korea I've been feeling this dull pulsating pressure right behind my nose in my sinuses/head as if someone is grabbing me real tightly inside
-the pressure varies in intensity but i would never describe it as painful but more like discomfort?
-I feel like this pressure causes my head to feel heavy or lightheaded(?) not the spinning sensation but just like really makes it hard to concentrate real hard on something or make sudden movements without feeling dizzy.
-getting up too quickly causes intense dizziness for a couple moments
-the pressure itself is not bothersome but it sometimes occurs with other symptoms when it's more severe like nausea and also it constricts my airways or inflames my sinuses making it harder to breathe causing stuffiness in my chest and more dizziness and lightheadedness along with fatigue
-the fatigue and nausea isn't always present but the head/sinus pressure along with slight dizziness is almost constantly present in varying intensities throughout the day although I almost always seem to be much better at night.
Could this be a sinus issue? Or I also heard about migraines that present itself as sinus headaches that may also behave like this? I've also looked into conditions like CFS or some underlying infection that might be just causing all of this? My doctors still think it's just a severe case of influenza complicated by some anxiety/stress...but I really never have had any cases in the past of severe anxiety...
Please let me know if you guys know what I'm suffering from...I was a young, active, 28 year old male and was in the best shape of my life until I've been sidelined and even had to take disability leave from work from this illness... and this has been the most difficult time of my life and hoping this will all come to an end soon.
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