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Intense pain and pressure left temple and neck

For the last 3 months I've had intense pressure in my left temple area and it radiates to the back of my left side of neck. I've racked my brain and can't think of anything different I've used or done to cause the pain.  The pain is not as intense now but the pressure is always there.  It doesn't seem like "classic" migraine symptoms.  I've also noticed the inside of my nose is as dry as a bone for the last 6 months- I use vasoline to keep it moisted.  There is no thick discharge from my nose which makes me want to rule out sinus problems.  I've been to a neurologist and he put me on migraine meds, which aren't helping, and I'm schedueled for an MRI Monday. Anyone gone through this and figured out the cause?
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Is Dr ordering brain, c-spine or what type mri? My first choice
would be a c-spine since the muscles & stimuli go from neck to
skull base messenging the trigeminal area at temple. A combo
of both is good to rule out things. If nothing shows up, perhaps
get doc to refer to ENT or have family doc order a Coronal CT.
Unilateral dryness sounds like a possible problem of the
function of your maxillary sinus. This area regulates mucus,
moisture to tissue in that sinus area. If it dries out it stops
relaeasing amount needed to keep sinuses moist. You don't have
to have drainage/infection/nose blowing. If maxillary blocks or
dries too much, it sends msgs to jaw & mostly temple causing
pressure buildup or pain. It's 'Tri' because it has 3 branches.
Ea. has other nerves that radiate out w/ different functions.
I know this part of the skull in my sleep. Come back if you have
anymore questions. Hopefully, it's just a nerve transmission from neck & muscle relaxants may resolve problem. Your sinuses
replace fluid every 30 min. That's why I think it's odd that
one side is always dry. Good-luck.
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Oh my god! I have the same pressure build up in my left temple! I wrote 'pressure build up in the left temple' into google and this was the best matching site because of your comment. I have been really busy but have to go see the doctor soon. If you find out what yours is or could be, could you message back so I know whether to panic just yet. I know every person and case is different but you explain the pressure exactly how I feel it!
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