New to board: Need Chronic Sinus Infections Help!
I'm new to the board and and DESPERATE for help! I'm a 47 year old male in otherwise healthy condition outside of the sinus issues. I have had serious sinus issues for about the last 16 years. It started about 1995 when I started to have the begining of "moderate" chronic sinus pressure symptoms. I was 31 years old at the time and had never had any sinus symptoms whatsoever until that time. There was also nothing that changed climatically or environmentally that could have contributed to those symptoms either. At that time I went to an ENT and after looking at CT scans the doctor diagnosed me with having a deviated septum. The doctor suggested I get surgery to correct the deviation (septoplasty) and while he was in there he also recommended trimming all the turbinates just for good measure. Without getting a second opinion, I went forward with the surgury. FROM THAT POINT ON MY LIFE HAS CHANGED FOREVER....
It was an outpatient procedure and as soon as I woke up in the recovery room, I knew I was in trouble. I was in the worst pain of my life! I had reconstructive shoulder surgery before and I thought that was as painful a surgery as I could have, but this was worse. There was packing to control the bleeding, but the packing was actually pushing whatever was previously obstructed even deeper. The doctor gave me some valium and told me to give it a couple of days. Well after a few days the pain was still there and for the most part it has been here ever since that surgery. Essentiallly, the pain that I am experiencing is feels like there is a "bubble" or pocket of tissue that mucuos keeps building up in and the more that pocket fills, the more pressure and pain I feel. It's located on the right side of my nose, between my septum and just underneath my right eye. The pain never goes away, its just more severe on some days then others depending on how much mucous is in the "bubble" that day. In addition, when I attempt to do things like nasal rinses, it's gets even worse to the point where the pain feels like something is going to explode. To make matters worse, this also causes SINUSES INFECTIONS ABOUT 2 TIMES EVERY MONTH. This has been the case for the last 15 years. The only thing that works is Azythromycin (Z-Pack). I've had to take this regulary for the last year because it's the only thing that "controls" the symptoms. And it only controls them for a few days. Since the blockage is still there, as soon as the pocket fills with mucous, another sinus infection ensues. And that cycle happens every two weeks.
Since the first surgery I have seen over a dozen or more ENT doctors and they can't seem to find anything that would be causing the blockage. The reason they can't see anything is because the first doctor pretty much removed everything and what they comment on is that there really isn't anything left there that could cause the obstruction. I KNOW THERE IS SOME KIND OF PHYSICAL OBSTRUCTION BECAUSE I NOT ONLY FEEL IT, BUT I CAN ALSO HEAR THE POPPING OF THE BUBBLE OF THE MUCOUS AS IT ATTEMPTS TO FLOW THROUGH THE TINY PASSAGE. In addition to ENT specialists, I've also seen neurologists for migraines, psychologists for depression, dentists for tooth releated issues, and finally neuro-opthomologists for eye/nerve issues and they have all not been able to find anything. Like I said, I KNOW its a physical obstruction (ala concha bullosa) that for whatever reason isn't showing up in CT Scans. At any rate, I NEED HELP! It is affecting every part of my life. Because of this I'm about to lose my job, my family, and pretty much everything I value in my life because I can't cope any longer with the symptoms that seem to only be getting worse.
Last edited by digiman; 07-16-2011 at 01:08 PM.