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periodic swelling of right temple with earache , sometimes jaw pain,

Posted by
craig on August 16, 2002 at 23:18:53:

I am a 40 yr male smoker recently off steroid treatment for uveitis. I also have mild arthritis and blood tests indicate arterial inflammation. Also chest x-ray indicates small swollen lymph nodes but no other abnormalities. My doctor thinks I might have sarcoid but the rheumatologist thinks possible lupus. My uveitis responded well to treatment but now I am off steroids for almost 2 months and have swelling every day usually small in am, then pm larger. Generally the right temple bulges out like a lump after you hit your head but the swelling is all soft tissue. There is a line where my glasses are restricting the swelling.Under my eyes I have deep shadows and the face is full perhaps swollen nder the eye sockets. My doctor thinks this is an allergic reaction. Right now the ear hurts, and tingles , and when I stretch my face by raising my eyes and pushing out my jaw I feel a tearing which feels like relief as the tissue seems to stretch out from being stuck togethr (hard to describe but I think its scar tissue under the temple lump).
I cant believe this is an allergy since I have never had an allergy before but I did just move to dallas.
thanks for any comments/help
I cu



Swelling of right temple with earache , sometimes jaw pain, (Archive in smoking

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 17, 2002 at 11:16:19:

In Reply to: periodic swelling of right temple with earache , sometimes jaw pain, posted by craig on August 16, 2002 at 23:18:53:

Hi, Craig.

I would bet my reputation that ALL of your symptoms (mentioned here), except the temple swelling which is caused by TMJ, would be gone within 3 months of stopping smoking! They are all known to be directly related to smoking. In my opinion, your docs are not telling you this because if you actually did quit it would bother their bottom line.

Let us know how you do.

Walt

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