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In September 2000 I sponsored two hikes on the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls, MD. By the time I got home from each, it felt as if my head would explode and the nausea was overwhelming. [Details omitted.] Things got worse from there. Between Thanksgiving and mid-December, I became light headed and faint, unable to walk steadily, running into walls, laryngitis returned again and again. The headaches were 10 times worse than any migraine I've ever had. Worse than the two-day migraines wine gives me. It felt as if someone was taking a can opener to my head.

Possible causes based on my health history? Enlarged heart, aneurysm, blockage in the brain. Scary stuff to be sure. After dozens of doctors visits to several different doctors, hospital visit, CAT scan of brain and sinuses, blood work with some things off the scale and my fifth time on antibiotics -- this time for 30 days -- guess what I find out today? A routine visit to my ophthalmologist results in a possible explanation.

I take antibiotic, I feel better but not 100%. I stop taking antibiotic and all symptoms return. I cannot afford to get fired from my job for not being able to work. Eye doc's theory is that the glands in my eyes are infected (which they are). The infection migrates to tear ducts and then to the sinuses. Once I stop antibiotics, infection digs in again. Reduced immunity, reduced responsiveness to medication, reduced ability to concentrate or otherwise function, average 2-3 hours of sleep per night for someone who needs 8.

Eye doc's solution? I now have plugs in my tear ducts (not too cheap but simply done and not painful) and must take medicated eye drops 4 times a day for 2 weeks. How will we know this works? If June 1 comes and goes and I'm feeling better than ever, I will be cured. Maybe I can live again?

I hope so.

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