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Old 05-06-2008, 08:39 AM   #1
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Sinus infection and dizziness

Hi, all!

I just got diagnosed with a rather severe sinus infection...on CT scan one of the maxiallary sinuses was pretty much full of infection, which had also spread to some of the other sinuses. I think I've had the infection (resulting from an infected tooth) for five months. Symptoms included extreme fatigue. But also, I have been dizzy the entire time, also some depersonalization and other just yucky perception feelings. Haven't been able to work, have had some depression as well. At first the docs thought inner ear virus, then migraine. Now we know I have this sinus infection.

Does anyone out there with sinus problems think all this could be a nasty sinus infection? The doc gave me augmentin for 3 weeks...also medrol, but I haven't taken it. Been on the augmentin for 2 days, so far no change. Doc said next steps would be IV antibiotics or surgery.

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated! Thank you so much.

(Oh yes, and I have had very little drainage from the infection...I think it's all stopped up inside!)

Violet

 
Old 05-06-2008, 11:04 AM   #2
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Re: Sinus infection and dizziness

It definitely sounds like a severe infection that's not draining because of inflammation in your sinuses. The fatigue is very common and dizziness is not unusual because your sinuses and ears are very closely linked.

You should definitely take the medrol, it's the only way to get the swelling down so that the infection can drain out - you should also go buy a SinusRinse bottle at the drugstore and try using it a couple of times a day to help get the infected junk out of your sinuses (follow the directions and use the packets that come with it - it will be a little weird at first but should really help).

It sounds like the infection is causing inflammation and unless that gets dealt with the infection may come right back when you're done with the antibiotics because the swollen tissues will keep your sinuses from draining (and if that continues you may have to consider surgery which is not the place you want to be).

 
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Re: Sinus infection and dizziness

Gcsmithjr--

Thank you so much for your reply. I guess I'm afraid of the Medrol making me feel weird emotionally. I took steroids years ago and I felt really depressed--some people seem to have the opposite effect. Well, I may just bite the bullet on that one and do it, as I simply have got to get better.

Today I also got a neti pot, apple cider vinegar, and eucalyptus oil to see if any of that sort of thing might help me. I'm already taking lots of vitamin c, some garlic, and fish oil, and also Culturelle so the Augmentin doesn't make me too sick. Have you tried levaquin? I was also afraid to take that, as I've heard it can make you have weird dreams and other yucky side effects...??? Still, it may be the best choice. Doc said next step was IV antibiotics or surgery. I'd probably opt for another round of oral antibiotics first...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've never had a stubborn sinus infection before. This one is from a sick tooth and was only diagnosed after five months, so it's had time to settle in.

Note: Has anyone ever experienced a weird sore spot in the neck/throat tissue on the same side as their sinus infection? I don't know if that is coincidence or if the infection could have spread somehow to the lymph node or something. Maybe I'm just being paranoid. Have felt odd ache/pain in that area a few times now.

Thank you!!

Violet

 
Old 05-07-2008, 12:18 AM   #4
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Re: Sinus infection and dizziness

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Gcsmithjr--

Thank you so much for your reply. I guess I'm afraid of the Medrol making me feel weird emotionally. I took steroids years ago and I felt really depressed--some people seem to have the opposite effect. Well, I may just bite the bullet on that one and do it, as I simply have got to get better.

Today I also got a neti pot, apple cider vinegar, and eucalyptus oil to see if any of that sort of thing might help me. I'm already taking lots of vitamin c, some garlic, and fish oil, and also Culturelle so the Augmentin doesn't make me too sick. Have you tried levaquin? I was also afraid to take that, as I've heard it can make you have weird dreams and other yucky side effects...??? Still, it may be the best choice. Doc said next step was IV antibiotics or surgery. I'd probably opt for another round of oral antibiotics first...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've never had a stubborn sinus infection before. This one is from a sick tooth and was only diagnosed after five months, so it's had time to settle in.

Note: Has anyone ever experienced a weird sore spot in the neck/throat tissue on the same side as their sinus infection? I don't know if that is coincidence or if the infection could have spread somehow to the lymph node or something. Maybe I'm just being paranoid. Have felt odd ache/pain in that area a few times now.

Thank you!!

Violet

Wow Violet, I was cruising this section for awhile, taking a break from the "inner ear" board and came across your post. (sorry, i'm following you :-)If you have this going into your neck be careful, it could have spread. When was your last antibiotic and was it via IV?

I ask because a friend of mine had her wisdom tooth extracted awhile back and I recall that it abcessed and spread to her throat. She soon after (and I've heard a wisdom tooth abcess can spread quickly) was running a very high temp, her throat swelled like a balloon and she had to go to the emergancy room for anitbiotic IV.

I think for you the swelling in the membrane needs to go down, but it sounds like the infection needs some serious attention too if it's spreading further to your throat.

You poor thing. This is a never-ending issue for you. I bet this is your main cause of the dizziness. No wonder you have migraines associated with it (unless of course, these came before).

Hang in there....snh39

 
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Re: Sinus infection and dizziness

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Have you tried levaquin? I was also afraid to take that, as I've heard it can make you have weird dreams and other yucky side effects...???
Yes, I've used Levaquin several times and have never had any issues, but everyone is different and I know that some folks experience side effects with it - it does seem to work really well for sinus infections.

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I'm afraid of the Medrol making me feel weird emotionally. I took steroids years ago and I felt really depressed
Steroids can definitely affect your mood - I assume the prescription for Medrol is for 5-7 days, which is a pretty short course. You may not quite feel yourself, but there really aren't many other options for getting that swelling down. When I'm on steroids I always have to watch my moods and remind myself that the meds are affecting how I feel - doesn't make me feel any better but helps me get through it (and it's only for a few days).

Hope you get to feeling better.

 
Old 05-07-2008, 10:26 AM   #6
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Re: Sinus infection and dizziness

Thank you for your thoughts on this, GC! I'll definitely keep those med options open if my current prescription doesn't work...

Snh--Hi there! So good to see you on this board. I only recently posted to it b/c, as you know, I am now aware of my sinus problem. I hope this is indeed the cause of the dizziness. I was hoping the antibiotics would magically clear everything up, but no such luck yet. I've been on them just a few days. I think I may need to really try to rest, and I may need the IV meds ultimately.
I really think dizziness is one of the worst possible symptoms ever, and I am really hoping to kick it with this. I was quite worried about the neck thing...I felt it a few times (and of course I was then thinking "how could MAV cause this???), but perhaps the meds are keeping it at bay. If it returns, I'll see the doc about it asap. Thank you for telling me about your friend--yikes! I'll watch for any complications closely.

I hope your search for answers is going well! Hopefully, we'll have our problems (and solutions!) in hand shortly...

Take care,
Violet

 
Old 05-08-2008, 08:39 AM   #7
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Re: Sinus infection and dizziness

Feeling any better, Violet?

I feel for you, because I live with a sinus infection all the time, though I have had it as bad as you before and even with steroids, in my case not a dose pack but prednisone which is pretty strong stuff when you take it for weeks at a time- and still no relief. luckily, my infection is at a stage now where I am mostly blowing out clear stuff, I just get terrible head pain, too. Dr. says that even though the mucus isn't colored, I am still infected in some way, from a nose culture they did, though no certain strain showed up. So, I am taking Levaquin now and I have to say so far good results. STILL blowing the nose DAILY which is a problem, but I feel better. It does make me very drowsy though- so I'm thankful I only take it once per day. I'm at a 750 mg level, but I get killer infections. This is the only antibiotic out there I think I have not tried yet...

I do hope you get to feeling better and I unfortunately don't have advice on how to get rid of OR prevent these things because I have other issues that complicated my allergy symptoms that I've suffered with for years but are only just now being diagnosed properly....thus, sadly it will take time and I'll feel like crap for awhile but at least I can breath now even if I blow a lot. Maybe try a stronger antibiotic next time?
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Old 05-08-2008, 01:00 PM   #8
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Re: Sinus infection and dizziness

Hi, Rush--

Thank you for sharing your experience. Yes, I may need the levaquin and/or the IV drugs...I really just want to get rid of this, as I feel so exhausted and dizzy. I have not been working for several months b/c of it and I am afraid of it getting worse. Have you ever had dizziness with your problem before? Docs seem to say that it is not related, but other people have told me they did have dizziness with sinus problems...

Oddly, I'm not really able to blow my nose and if I do a bit it is always clear, yet CT scan showed lots of infection---??? Does that mean the bad stuff is stuck inside or does it mean something else is wrong? So bizarre...

Violet

 
Old 05-21-2008, 04:21 AM   #9
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Hi,

I just recently got over a sinus infection, it started about 8 weeks ago, and for me the dizziness was the most annoying thing. At first i wasnt sure if it was a sinus infection or ear infection, as i was getting sinus pressure, dizziness, ear pain, swollen lymph nodes, fever etc etc....

anyway apparently dizziness is quite common, and i used to find that sinus rinsing was excellent at relieving it. i cant emphasise just how much relief sinus rinsing gave me, it was unbelievable. they arent as common in the uk but you can get neilmed's sinus rinse in boots the chemist now, i would definitely recommend it, it helped me so much more than any antibiotic.also, drink lots of water, even when youre not thirsty, this helps to thin out any mucus you have in there. its really important to avoid alcohol, everyones different but i find even drinking a little inflames my sinuses and clogs everything up for the next couple days (again probably due to dehydration?)...

i used to get swollen neck lymph nodes, a stiff and sore neck and pressure on the neck too, however its gone now, it lasted for about 3-4 weeks and i just put it down to something which happens while my body was fighting the infection...it was quite uncomfortable sometimes though!

good luck!

 
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Re: Sinus infection and dizziness

Thank you for this info, Dave! I have been using a neti pot, but I think I need to try that Rinse you mentioned. So funny that you mentioned the neck issue...I did have a weird and very uncomfortable feeling deep in my front left neck area a number of times during this illness. I'm wondering if it was the infection draining into that lymph node or something? A nurse told me a swollen lymph node on the infection side was very normal, although she didn't seem to understand the weird ache there as much.

This whole illness has been bizarre for me....first the docs thought inner ear, then migraine, and then we found the sinus infection. Still not sure if it is to blame for all my symptoms (mostly dizziness, fatigue, some nausea, and the blues), but I'm hoping so. I'm still not getting relief, but it sounds like these infections can be hard to treat.

Is it normal for the docs to do cultures of the infections? I'm wondering if that might be a good idea...

Take care,
Violet

 
Old 05-21-2008, 07:36 PM   #11
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Hi All,

I am new to this website and found it very interesting how many symptoms everyone was experiencing, that I have! My doctor kept telling me that fatigue and dizziness were not symptoms of sinus infections, but as a nurse that made no sense to me! So I finally went to my allergist and they did a sinus CT and low and behold I am full of fluid. He put me on Amox-clav 875 mg and a new nasal spray Astelin, plus neilmed's sinus rinse. I have only been doing it 3 days but the fatigue is going away and I am starting to get my balance back. Yes, I agree the neilmed's rinse is Great!

Diane

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Old 05-22-2008, 06:28 AM   #12
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Re: Sinus infection and dizziness

dgully--

Hi! Yes, apparently fatigue is a major symptom of sinus infection, and it seems many folks have dizziness too. My ENT also rejected the dizzy/sinus connection, but my regular doc said it is rather common.

I've been taking the augmentin for 3 weeks now with no relief--I wish I were having your response! I think I'll request a sinus culture tomorrow--do you guys think that would be helpful? Maybe I'm taking the wrong med.

--Violet

 
Old 08-04-2008, 05:45 PM   #13
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I would stop seeing the doctor that told you dizziness is NOT a symptom of sinus infection. He is SO WRONG! I can't believe he was an ENT specialist!?

And if you haven't already, try a NETI POT . . .it's amazing.
The reason you are feeling dizzy is that the mucous is sticking to all the nooks and crannies in your head (your middle ear, inner ear, eustachian tubes, sinuses, etc.) and affecting your equilibrium.
It's really amazing how clearing out those channels helps.
Feel better!

 
Old 08-06-2008, 02:37 PM   #14
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Hi there
Im about 5 weeks into my sinus infection and get all the symptoms you mention. Although the doc didnt diagnose a sinus problem reading all the symptoms i guessed i had it. He even gave me amaloxin anti biotics without even looking up my nose, weird eh. Ive just had my ear syringed, but still getting the giddiness which i asume is through the congestion. All im taking now is neti salts/rinse which gives slight relief. I only hope it will be gone soon, driving me mad!

I just recently got over a sinus infection, it started about 8 weeks ago, and for me the dizziness was the most annoying thing. At first i wasnt sure if it was a sinus infection or ear infection, as i was getting sinus pressure, dizziness, ear pain, swollen lymph nodes, fever etc etc....

anyway apparently dizziness is quite common, and i used to find that sinus rinsing was excellent at relieving it. i cant emphasise just how much relief sinus rinsing gave me, it was unbelievable. they arent as common in the uk but you can get neilmed's sinus rinse in boots the chemist now, i would definitely recommend it, it helped me so much more than any antibiotic.also, drink lots of water, even when youre not thirsty, this helps to thin out any mucus you have in there. its really important to avoid alcohol, everyones different but i find even drinking a little inflames my sinuses and clogs everything up for the next couple days (again probably due to dehydration?)...

i used to get swollen neck lymph nodes, a stiff and sore neck and pressure on the neck too, however its gone now, it lasted for about 3-4 weeks and i just put it down to something which happens while my body was fighting the infection...it was quite uncomfortable sometimes though!

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