I never thought I would need to resort to diagnose myself, but it seems as though docs only want to try and treat symptoms and not the cause...well of course not money is in the medicine.
I had sinus surgery and surgery to fix my deviated septum last april (did not help at all) I still have horrible PND and im congested 5 out of 7 days of the week, and usually my entire face and head feels full of goo every morning for about 2 hrs, and after after 5 rounds of nasal washes and a 30 min hot shower the thick congestion in my nose still seems to keep me breathless.
i have allergies too, been on shots since i was 8 (22 now) along with my daily regime of nasocort, singular, claritin d and sudafed.
im so sick of hearing "oh the weathers been bad" "we just had the worst pollen season last april" (uh, doesnt it get worse each yr as we plant more) "the dust mites might be getting to you"
so i invesed in a hepa filter, dust mite free bedding, the works, and yet i still feel crappy. i cant even successfully use my nasocort b/c i feel like have to sneeze the second i spray...
ALSO this has been GROSSING me out....when i do my nasal washes I sometimes get nickle-sized snot balls (not to sound gross) but i can finaly breathe if they manage to come out! but they dont sound normal, do they???
i've been blest to only have had once sinus infection since my surgery (excluding the post surgery sinus infection that everyone always gets!) but the congestion has made me miserable in life and really affected my quality of life...everything i have always enjoyed can only be enjoyed if i feel well, which usually isnt often.
now since i few days ago, i have this new thing. my stomach has been acting funny......sharp, shooting pains, but intermittent. it feels like bad indigestion that shoots to my chest (for my pnd my ent also gave me priolosc to take for LPR, does zilch) its making me feel very bloated as well.
other than that im pretty healthy. im seeng a new ent though b/c i feel like my old one's laughed off everythng i said...even when i asked about CF. "OH IF U HAD IT U WOULD KNOW" B/c the more i reaseach it the more i feel like i have it, maybe a milder case.
my mom has sinusitis, my dad has diabetes, my grandfather has emphysema but he did smoke for 30 yrs, and the rest of my mom's side has horrible allergies and sinus problems.
so im going to this new ent this week, and i really want to get to the bottom of my health. i feel so desperate that i just want to rule out if i have CF once and for all, but i dont want to make him mad or make him feel like he cant diagnose me...it's my health here dont i have a right to know? I hear it's a simple sweat test that probbaly would cost me less than a bottle of singular and might actually get us somewhere, or not but at least let me feel at ease.
what do u all think? am i over reacting? i dont know what to think anymore, but i will resort to anything to feel beter.
Its ok to be concerned. It sounds like from what you've gone through you should be upset. But don't start imagining that you have some juggernaut of a disease, that you don't have control over. Its possible you may have CF, but what is more likely is that you started out in this world - at the most toxic stage of its recorded history - with a set of debilitating disadvantages that no generation has experienced in exactly this way before. For one, you were probably never given the essential nutrients your body and immune system need to be healthy. If you were lucky to have been sufficiently breast fed as an infant, and lucky enough to have a mother whose diet itself was not deficient in minerals, vitamins, and good bacteria, you may have been born into this world with a relatively fresh start. But what is more likely is that you were never given what you needed, and moreover, suffered the bodily assualt of antibiotics at an early age (as with most antibiotics, misprescribed for a viral infection), the infinitely complex foundation for your immune system, digestion and elimination was destroyed, or seriously compromised. When we are born we have several pounds of us that is "other," or good bacteria. Feces, for instance, is up to 90% bacteria by weight. When we are given antibiotics it kils the good bacteria as well as the "bad," and allows candida - a naturally occuring yeast - to grow out of bounds, and set up the conditions for chronic secondary bacteria infections and reinfections. Eventually, the body malforms and one has polyps, which bring more traumas and more antibiotics......
....taking good bacteria (a comprehensive selection of 14 or more non-competing strains), and erradicating the candidasis may be the only way to turn the tables, or the course of biological time itself. I believe that since anti-biotics literally mean "against life," or DEATH, they start are dangerous course of degeneration within the body organism. Remember that a healthy human has more living bacteria than actual eukaryotic cells, or human cells. That makes us more bacteria than human! And consider that from the birth of mammals themselves, this symbiosis is passed down to us, continually, from generation to generation, ad infinitum - UNLESS the bacteria is destroyed by antibiotics, or similar modern contrivances.
You can reverse your health problems.....move beyond the concept of "disease"...take ownership, responsibilty for your health, and you can "uncreate" the symptoms. You must study yourself carefully, and perhaps change your entire perspective on the causes of disease....
i feel like i already am taking responsiblity of my health by going to my allergist/ent getting allergy shots, taking all allergy/sinus meds, and taking antibiotics when i get an infection.
You're saying anti-biotics will kill me eventually, so when my ent gives me avalox to take for 10 days for a sinus infection, should i give it back? If you just ignore the fact you have an infection with blood and green discharge, arent u doing more harm than good? Then I will end up having to have emergency sinus surgery to remove al damage from the infection.
So in addition to all of the crap I already use for my allergies (shots too) what do you suggest I take?
Last edited by HarajukuGurl2005; 02-07-2006 at 06:36 PM.
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Consider that antibiotics only fight bacteria, and only a limited selection of bacteria. Candida, the naturally occuring yeast in the body, is resistent to antibiotic therapy, and in fact, thrives when the good bacteria that keep it in check is destroyed via antibiotic therapy. Moreover, the bacteria in our body, after being subject to multiple courses of antibiotics can become resistant.
Sinus infection is a surface manifestation of a suppressed immune system. The immune system is composed, in large part, by the natural defenses afforded to us through good bacteria....bacteria that number in the trillions. Antibiotics kill these natural "allies," and we are left open to reinfection and further dependence on antibiotics. I've been through sinus surgery, as has my partner. I've lived with chronic sinus infection for years. I am now symptom free, as is my partner, by disavowing entirely antibiotics, and changing everything about the way we eat. Dairy will lead to infection, as will wheat, in most. Using a xylitol based saline spray like Xlear, can work wonders. Taking a good probiotic will reestablish the "missing link" in health, and build back up your immune system. Detoxifying your tissues from antibioic poisons is a must. Do a bowel and liver cleanse. Change, entirely, your whole attitude towards "dis-ease," recognizing that if we have helped to create our disease, we have the power to uncreate it. All the tools are there.
The NAC is probably still fine. The expiration on supplements is rather long. As long as it was not exposed to air, heat or light for too long, and there is no apparent change in shape or color, they are probably good.
Collodial Silver is something a good health food store should have, though there are vast discrepancies in quality and price. I would look for Sovereign Silver, or Silverbiotics...two brands I have seen results with. You can probably get them on line at a competitive price.
I would stress, though, that Xlear worked wonders for me, and many of my clients, and I think you would do well to try this $12 supplement.
I'm currently on flonase, singulair and claritin d...how do u feel about using these kinds of meds?
another question in regard to your sinus surgery, my ent STRESSED that i used flonase to keep down inflammation, prevent polyps as well as put me prednisonr pack. he said never get off the flonase. i hear so much controversy from these sprays. what is your take? what did u use after your surgery to speed up the healing process?
also would u suggest puritian's pride for purchasing any supplement?
Last edited by HarajukuGurl2005; 02-07-2006 at 07:36 PM.
When it comes to recommendations like "you have to take it the rest of your life," its like pronouncing a death sentence on common sense. My father spent his entire life studying toxicology, and enabled me to undertand the underlying perversity of the toximolecular approach in modern medicine: namely, using sublethal doses of toxic substances. Flonase is a corticosteroid, which simulates the action of our own, endogenously secreted anti-inflammatory hormone: cortisol. The problem is that when an external cortisol mimicking chemical is administered, our biological feedback loop tells the adrenals to stop making its own....a serious problem if it was already struggling to get a hold on the inflammation. So, what happens, is your body does in fact grow dependent on the drug, in the same metabolic sense as heroine or nicotine, making it not impossible - but potentially hellish - to withdrawal the chemical from the system.
Corticosteroids have a long list of serious side effects: from weight gain, to high blood pressure, to cataracts, to stomach ulcers, to osteoporosis.....too many reasons not to try and get off of them.
I really think your best bet is to rebuild your immune system. I was on allergy shots for over 10 years. It wasn't until I removed dairy from my diet that I not only eliminated my allergies, but my severe bronchial asthma. I can name at least 5 serious problems with dairy, but will spare you the details for now.
since you really cant tell me exactly how to rebuild my system, would my best bet be to see a natureopathic M.D? or someone else? an herbalist? whats the difference in taking prescribed herbs or just OTC supplements?