Thursday, 15 January 2009

Day 24 - Otolaryngologist

"Otolaryngology is the branch of medicine that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, throat, and head and neck disorders.

The full name of the specialty is otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Practitioners are called otolaryngologists-head and neck surgeons, or sometimes otorhinolaryngologists (ORL). A commonly used term for this specialty is ENT (ear, nose and throat).

The term comes from the Greek ωτολαρυγγολογία (oto = genitive for ear, laryngo = genitive for larynx/throat, logy = study), and it literally means the study of ear and neck."*

I saw a private ear, nose and throat doctor today on Harley Street as I want to completely rule out the possibility of having sinusitis. Needless to say it cost a fortune.

The doctor said everything looked normal and wrote a letter for a doctor in Taiwan - which is where I am due to be posted for a few months - should my headache persist.

He advised I do a CT scan should my plans change and should I be sent to Africa again. In the meantime, he has prescribed a nasal spray to use for two to three weeks.

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