Right Side of My Head/face Hurts? WTH?

Updated on May 03, 2011
N.G. asks from Arlington, TX
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Hi Moms!
Starting Saturday morning, I noticed that the right side of my face was tender to the touch, my gums were swollen (only on the right side), my right eye was watering a bit, the lymph nodes in the right side of my neck were swollen, the right side of my throat hurts a bit, and my right ear hurts. The week prior, I had been having a headache only in my right temple.

What the heck could be causing this? Have you ever experienced such a thing? I put a call into my doctor and I'm definitely going to go, but I was wondering if you all had ever had this type of thing.


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So What Happened?

Went to the doctor yesterday after the headache came on super strong, again. I couldn't stand it one more minute. Sure enough, I had a massive sinus infection and an ear infection. Nice!

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answers from Dallas on

Maybe a bad sinus infection. They are usually on just one side though if left untreated can travel to the other side. You can have them brewing without having a fever too.
Hope you get you answer and get well soon.

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answers from Seattle on

Like April, my first thought was Bell's Palsy. This might become apparent if you lose the ability to move the right half of your face. I got it a week after my first daughter was born and initially thought I was having a stroke. Bell's Palsy really, really sucks, but it's better than a stroke. It was awful, but after 6 weeks I was probably 90-95% better. If this is what you have, they might give you antivirals and/or steroids, although/because they don't know what really causes it.

Good luck!

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answers from Atlanta on

Hi N.,

It could be simply a sinus infection, or you slept on the side of the face wrong or something as serious as Bell's Palsy. Bell's Palsy is AS treatable as a sinus infection so don't panic. Bell's Palsy is an autoimmune disorder that is caused or exacerbated by the same virus that causes chicken pox. I have a topical help and also an internal help if you're interested. Most doctors don't tell you that the Palsy is immune related and they simply start you on meds that weaken your immune system even more. Once you get a diagnosis you'll be able to make a better decision with what you can do.

Please get back to me and I can go into detail....



answers from Dallas on

I agree with the sinus infection. Same thing happened to me with a excrutiating ear ache and even my nose! The right nostrile was clogged and the left clear. My righy ear hurt so bad I was in tears, left side, nothing. Go ahead and head to the doc sounds like you may need a antibiotic. Hope you feel better!


answers from Hartford on

It sounds like a sinus infection to me.



answers from Wichita Falls on

You just gave all the symptoms of my sinus infections. It always starts as a headache (with me) and then one side of my face is worse with pressure than the other.


answers from Washington DC on

Not sure - I'd LIKE to think it's something as simple as an ear or sinus infection....however, I am NOT a doctor and don't know so PLEASE go!!!



answers from Norfolk on

You can have a sinus infection on one side and it can make your teeth hurt - it's a miserable pain.
Seeing a doctor is a good thing.
You can try putting a heating pad on the side that hurts.
Hope it gets better soon.



answers from New York on

Go to your doctor now. We're all just moms - what do we know? Only that it's not normal, it's been going on for a week and when something only involves one side of your body it usually involves the brain. Go. Now.

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