Firstly, I am so glad to have found this board. I recently got an xray taken at the dentist of a molar (back teeth) and as soon as the xray was ready both the assistant and dentist said that I had major sinuses.
I think this was the first time where someone confirmed I had sinus problems. I know that sometimes it is difficult for me to breath. Once before I had tried using a neti pot for bad breath and realized that temporarily it is help me breath a little easier but it didn't last long.
When someone has a sinus problem what do you do? I really cannot afford to go see a doctor and any specialist right now. I can still function but I do occasionally feel pressure in my upper nose. Maybe I have had it so long and I just lived with it. What should I do - as to treatment, etc. I'm really lost.
It all makes some sense though as I always seemed to have bad breath no matter how much I brushed/flossed/rinsed. I also always seem to have a lump in my throat and can't always swallow it as it seems like there is some thick goop there. (Gross, sorry :-)
I am 28, female, fairly fit, petite. Please help me and give me some guidance. Especially because I think it has become such a part of me I never considered it a problem.
You really need to see an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist but if you can't afford that right now there are some things you can do:
1. Buy a neti pot or sinus rinse bottle and start using it to irrigate your sinuses 2-3 daily - irrigation will help get any dried, stagnant mucus out of your sinuses (I'd recommend the sinus rinse bottle) - you should be able to get either at any major drugstore and can just follow the directions listed.
2. The lump in your throat feeling is a common symptom of acid reflux - you should probably try PrilosecOTC for a couple of weeks to see if that helps with that symptom. Acid reflux can also make sinus symptoms worse so you may see an improvement in both with the Prilosec.
3. Try to identify the underlying cause of your sinus issues - it's typically allergies, acid reflux or some kind of environmental sensitivity - if it's allergies you'll need to address them (antihistamines like Zyrtec, avoiding the allergens, air cleaner in your home/bedroom) to see if things start to improve.
I really appreciate the reply and all the info you gave.
Never really thought of my self having acid reflux. It feels like a cough blob or something in my throat. I will look into the PrilosecOTC and hopefully it works!
All these symptoms of sinus issues, etc. and yet I am able to function fine. I don't know what they are but am sure if I don't do anything about them...this could really go downhill. This is possibly a very silly obvious question - but why treat sinuses other than being able to breath better? Prevent infection - isn't it already infected or just congested? (Please everyone, try not to laugh at the question!)
Your question about "why treat sinuses" isn't dumb at all. In the short term it will help you breath better and feel less congested. In the longer term it should help you avoid potential complications that can require surgery. Typically when you get an infection the membranes that line your sinus cavities get inflamed. If they stay inflamed over long periods of time your sinuses can actually get blocked, and infection gets trapped in there and creates a vicious cycle that can require surgery.
It can actually take a while after you get rid of the infection for the tissues to return to normal, which is why lots of people with chronic sinus issues use steroid nasal sprays (they help minimize the inflammation) and irrigation (which helps get the thickened mucus out of there).
The surgery is not much fun and chronic sinus problems are a real pain, so it's definitely worth treating this stuff so that you don't get caught in that vicious cycle.
I wouldn't wait for the Nasaline - it doesn't work all that well and you can pick up a SinusRinse bottle - which works better and is less hassle - at any major drugstore (for less than the Nasaline will cost you).
Other than that, keep us posted on how you're doing.
I have suffered sinus peoblems my entire life, and Im 57! I recently had been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, had deviated septum repaired and other proceedures as well, UP#, and tonsillectomy. The deviated septum repair has helped the sinuses considerably. I read that when the septum isnt straight, it inhibits the flow in the sinuses, and this causes congestion, poor drainage and pain. I breathe more openly than I ever thought possible now. I suggest seeing a good ENT for a good consultation.