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Old 05-31-2004, 11:01 PM   #1
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I am so miserable and dizzy!!! I am on Singulair and Zyrtec D which I take daily. Right now though I am so dizzy and I am sure it's all the congestion in my sinus cavities. How do you make the mucus drain though? Sorry so gross, but I don't know how else to explain it. Thanks for any and all suggestions!!! I feel so alone sometimes because it seems like everyone else just gets sneezy and runny noses, am I the only one who gets this dizzy???? Thanks so much!

 
Old 06-01-2004, 07:22 AM   #2
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I get the dizziness too. Drives me crazy, I am always stuffy and this time of year I get off balance. I have been to 3 ENT's and 3 allergist. I take Allegra D and flonase and get allergy shots. I am just trying to hang in there, Sorry I dont know anything better.

 
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Old 06-01-2004, 04:32 PM   #3
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

I am not familiar with how much decongestent is in Zyrtec-D. I would talk to your doctor. When I am that congested, instead of Claritin-D I take something called Rescon MX. It is available by prescription and there is a generic available. Rescon has a little bit of antihistamine, but it has a LOT of sudafed and an anticholinergic, which helps control mucus. My doctor says I can take plain claritin on top of it if I have to. Antihistamines, however, can stop you from draining the stuff out, though. I would also ask your doctor about flonase or rhinocort, to try to prevent inflammation in your sinuses, which can trap mucus. I hope you feel better soon!

 
Old 06-01-2004, 04:56 PM   #4
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

Some medications dry it up and it stays in your sinus passages. You can use something called a neti pot that flushes the sinuses with a saline solution, or get a natural antihistimine, called quercetin, that will not make you drowsy like some of the over-the-counter ones do.

 
Old 06-01-2004, 09:06 PM   #5
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

Thanks to all of you who replied, it helps to know I am not alone and there are others just as frustrated as I am. I got my allergy shots today and told the allergist how sick I had been. She scheduled me for a CT Scan Thursday morning, so I will update you all then on the news. Thanks again and I hope all of you feel better too!!!
God Bless!

 
Old 06-02-2004, 06:04 AM   #6
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

I also have the dizziness. It drives me crazy. I am fine one minute and then the next the dizziness pops up. I notice, at the time of the dizziness, my ears feel congested. Is that how you feel? I have had my ears checked and nothing appears to be abnormal. However, I searched the web last year and found a site that explains Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. I am heading in that direction for an explaination of what is wrong.

 
Old 06-04-2004, 07:48 AM   #7
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this is so difficult for me too. I gave up on Western medicine, it didn't work for me. I use Chinese herbal medicine, I go to a highly qualified trained herbalist who gives me a prescription for a number of herbs which I cook up and drink. I have to do this everyday.
Acupuncture helps. Steam, you can buy a steam inhaler at a big drugstore. But a few drops of eucalyptus oil in some olive oil and massage your face.

 
Old 06-04-2004, 10:03 AM   #8
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

I also have the ear fullness feeling, I have been to all kind of doctors and nothing has worked. I get all kinds of inflammation going on in my head which screws with everything, but when it gets bad, I am off balance and dizzy and pressure in the ears. There is nothing else I can do but wait till allergy shots work better, They say it can be a long process. I take allegra D and flonase also.
Good luck all, Hang in there. Stay out of the windy days and wear a mask when needed outside. It helps some.
Sobear

 
Old 06-04-2004, 01:35 PM   #9
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

Here are some things that I do, but I am always looking for other alternative things to help.

I have a neti pot which I use whenever I start feeling congested or if I get an allergy sore throat. I think I successfully avoided a full-blown sinus infection this past January because I started using that when my allergies flared up big time. I have to say that I was scared to death to use this thing the first time, but it's really not a big deal. My husband thinks it's scary and won't try it-- he's a big weenie.

Secondly, I get cranio-sacral massage from time-to-time. The therapist GENTLY manipulates bones in your head and I've found that it helps my sinuses drain.

--CarrieLynn

 
Old 06-04-2004, 09:59 PM   #10
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

YES! that is exactly what i was told i have. i had a tube put in one ear but the ENT that did it shouldn't even be a doctor, so i am not sure that was the right route to take and i am not sure why he didn't put on in BOTH ears! anyway, i am having a ct scan done in one week, so maybe i will find out something. i have also been to a "confident, real" ENT and he said my ears look fine. so i don't know if the dizziness is coming from the sinus cavities in my face or my ears. i am very confused and frustrated too, i hope you find an answer and i will let you all know if i find anything that helps so maybe it will help you. take care and feel better soon!

 
Old 06-05-2004, 05:31 AM   #11
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

Hi There,

I too suffer from allergies, and this year seems especially bad for me. Right now I am in the same condition, very dizzy. And I like you hate it. What I do and it does somewhat help is first of all I find it helps to sleep on my back. I think what happens is the pillow puts pressure on the back sinus' helping them to drain a bit, and the other thing that helps is good old fashioned steam. I have a personal facial steamer, but you can just boil water and stand over it and inhale. It will help relieve some of the congestion that is contributing to the dizziness. Everyone I know is bothered this year, there has been so much rain that the trees are very lush again like last year, more pollen.
Hope you feel better
Sheryl

 
Old 06-05-2004, 10:55 AM   #12
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

Vicks makes a steamer thing they sell at Walmart, what do you think about that? They also make cups you heat up and breathe in the steam from them. I am thinking about trying something like that maybe. What do you think??? I am desperate today
thanks and i will try sleeping on my back too! that's a great idea!!!

 
Old 06-06-2004, 09:32 AM   #13
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Yes, the Walmart product you are talking about is probably the same. I forgot to also mention this, something my daughter reminded me of. I am also going to go back to doing it. She heard and has been using faithfully everyday for one year, a teaspoon of local honey daily. Supposedly, you are supposed to purchase the honey within a 15 mile radius to your house. She swears it works for her, I'll try it too.

 
Old 06-06-2004, 04:53 PM   #14
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

I was so sick yesterday that I my face hurt and I was so dizzy with pounding in my ears. Anyway, I bought a heating pad and slept with it on my head and put it on my face off and on as well. I also ran my humidifier all night and boiled a pot of water with a spoonful of vicks vapor rub. I am better today but can't wait til I can PREVENT this crazy mess!!

 
Old 06-06-2004, 08:28 PM   #15
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Re: new to board, trying to get my sinus cavities to drain....please HELP ME!!!

I stopped taking Allegra 2 days ago, I have the dizziness, nothing is moving in my nose or ears. I actually felt less dizzy today, don't know if it's from not taking the Allegra or not. I sleep on my side and it felt like the pressure in my nose was moving slightly. I supposedly had ETD a couple of years ago, nothing they can give you for it. I can't take Motrin or similar products, so the doctors just shrug and I have to tough it out. Hope you can find some relief.

 
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