Why am I having pressure in part of my face?
January 7, 2009 11:29 AM   Subscribe

Why do I have a constant feeling of pressure on one part of my face? For months or even a year I have felt an almost constant feeling of pressure on the left side of my face around my cheek. It's sort of like I'm always squinting just a little bit and I can't stop doing it, like the muscle won't un-clench or something.

Possible explanations I have thought of:

- I grind my teeth at night. The dentist has said there could be nerve damage due to pushing a tooth upwards into a nerve. But steady use of a night guard hasn't done much to help.

- I nearly always sleep on my side with the part of my face that has the problem pushed against the pillow. Would that do it?

- My contacts might be the wrong prescription? I get pretty bad eye strain when I look at a monitor too much but otherwise I don't have problems.

- Sometimes I am stressed out in general. Who isn't?

Anybody else having this? It's annoying!
posted by Post-it Goat to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
beginning of Bells Palsy?
posted by mattbucher at 11:40 AM on January 7, 2009

Go to the doctor.
posted by jerseygirl at 12:10 PM on January 7, 2009 [1 favorite]

I vote sinus. Mine have been killing me for days...

Also, see a doctor.
posted by JoanArkham at 1:33 PM on January 7, 2009

Giving it a tug I felt a *big* pressure change in my sinus, and pulled slowly. Out came what has to be the filthiest thing from my head. Two and a half inches long, dark green/brown and stained with a little blood on the end, it was close to the consistency of a pencil eraser in parts, moving to the consistency of jello at one end.

Then came the draining. Gack. What looked like 2 tablespoons of pus ran from my nose, which honestly made me feel physically ill. I like squeezing a zit as much as the next person, but this was just a bit much.

From a discussion about Patrick Volkerding and the doctor shopping that saved his life.
posted by vsync at 1:33 PM on January 7, 2009 [2 favorites]

Do not use the internet for diagnosis of mysterious illnesses or injuries! Sheesh. Go see a doctor. Like now
posted by phrakture at 1:51 PM on January 7, 2009

My aunt had a similar thing that turned out to be a perpetually pinched nerve.

Off to the doctor with you.
posted by tkolar at 4:03 PM on January 7, 2009

« Older What sort of addresses do 3G end stations receive?   |   Help me find this grocery bag using trash bin., or... Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.