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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Is Having Fluid in Sinuses and Ears Connected to RA?

11/05/2007

Question:

I got a cold and I though it was gone. Then I start getting lighted headed and pain an pressure in my head. Then I got realy weak and tired. I had to get a blood test for something else but my doctor looked at the result and my white blood count was high and my ESR was at 45. My rheumatiod arthritis is also acting up too. He said that I had fluid in my sinuses and in my ears. Is it normal to have this without my nose being stuffy or running any more? Fluid in sinuses and ears does that mean there is an infection there?

Answer:

Fluid in this area is outside my area of expertise.  However, I would answer the question as yes; there may well be an infection in the sinuses and ears.  For more expertise, try seeing an ENT doctor.

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Response by:

Irving  Kushner, MD Irving Kushner, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University