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I hope someone here can look over everything below and point me in the right direction??
Quick background 47 yr old male,- No health problems at all before this. Always had normal annual checkups/bloodwork.
It started a 2-3 months ago with fatigue and some brain fog that I dismissed as lack of good quality sleep.or maybe cold or flu. I thought it would just go away itself which has always been the case in the past.
Then 1 month ago I ended up going to ER because along with fatigue, dizzy(felt like I rocking on boat sensation), left side of face felt numb(not pinns+needles but felt like it was alot less sensitive than rt side and had the sensation like it was swollen but it was not swollen). ER checked for stroke even though there was no drooping mouth or eyelids. Blood,urine, CT normal.
Followed up with my doc next day, more blood work including checking thyroid Came back normal. referred to neuologist.
Neuro ordered MRI of Brain, heart monitor for 2 weeks and 24 hr EEG.
MRI came back normal with no indication of MS according to my doc.I'm waiting on other results.
Over past month I have have these episodes around every other day. that would last about an hour. It almost feels like I am intoxicated or someone just put me in a "wrestling sleeper hold" and after an hour or 2 it passes and I feel hungover and exhausted and just sleep. I can tell its coming becasue left side of neck(area of carotid artery) starts to pulse/throb followed pain at back of skull/base of neck.
a few weeks back, 30 minutes after MRI, parotid gland left side swolled up, lasted for an hour, drained which tasted disgusting and was sore. Since then I have notice swolen lump at side of neck where cartid artery is. Everything is on left side only.
Ultrasound of neck was just done with following results -
Two benign appearing Lymph nodes(14x6x10mm and 8x4x10mm at level 2/3) Nomal flow is noted in its fatty hilum-no sonographic findings are noted to account for patients symptoms.
based on everything so far, Doc or NP has no idea what is going on. He suggested I see Infectious disease specialist and continue to followup with neuro. Both of which take weks to get into and Iv'e been out of work for over a month so far. Everything has been only on left side including sore throat, occasional canker sore near left tonsil that comes a goes.left tonsil swells up a litte with white junk that comes off it sometimes.
Ibuprofen or excedrin seem to settle it down if I catch it early enough. If I don't, then I end up laying down and can feel my entire left side of neck and hear throb...not as in pain..but like my heart relocated to my left side of neck!
Infection? Vrus? Vascular problem? Doctors so far don't seem to have any idea. If there something I can suggest to them???? What type of specialist do I try next?
I'm getting to the point of just asking to go back to work this way and wait for it to either get better or worse.
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