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Iat least I think it might be allergies.

I'm 40 years old and in pretty good health. My mother and brother have suffered from allergies their whole lives. I have never had allergies. At least that I know of.

Believe it or not, this is the very short version of the story:

In November of 2006 I felt what I believed to be a "head cold" coming on. It made me feel lightheaded, like I was in a "brain fog." My head wasn't clear. I though to myself, "It will go away in a few days." It never did. It was CONSTANT... from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed, I felt lightheaded. I also felt pressure behind my nose and eyes.

I went to the doctor in January 2007. I told him, "I feel lightheaded all the time. I also feel pressure behind my nose and around my eyes. Do you think I have a sinus infection? And if so, might it be causing my lightheadedness?" He looked in my nose and said, "I see some redness in your nasal cavity. So you might have a sinus infection. I'll prescribe some antibiotics for it. I'll also order a blood test. And let's get an MRI of your brain, too."

I took the antibiotics; they didn't help. The blood work came out normal. The MRI of the brain was normal.

In March of 2007 I went to see a neurologist. He didn't find any problems.

In June of 2007 I went to see an allergist. He asked, "Are you sneezing? Does your nose run all the time?" I told him, "No... just head pressure, fatigue, and lightheadedness." He told me to get more sleep. :rolleyes:

In September of 2007 I went to see another allergist. This time I received a "scratch test" on my right forearm. The results were negative. He said, "Sorry, you're not allergic to anything. Have a nice day."

Thinking it could be a pinched nerve in my neck, I went to a chiropractor in November of 2007. Received seven treatments over a three week period. It didn't help.

Over the past year I've also tried sinus rinsing (Neti pot), Nasonex, OTC decongestants, OTC antihistamines, and vitamins. None gave relief.

Today:

My symptoms have not subsided... it's now December 2007, over 1 YEAR since all this started. I still feel lightheaded all the time, and I still feel pressure in my head all the time.

I have no idea where to turn at this point. I'm somewhat apprehensive to go back to my primary care physician, as he has no idea what the problem is. He probably thinks I'm a hypochondriac at this point.

I have no idea what the problem is. :( Could it still be an allergy? A mold allergy, perhaps? Is it possible I have developed an allergy at this point in my life that the scratch test did not discover?

Thanks





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