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Old 05-07-2012, 03:53 AM   #1
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sinus infection hard to breathe

This has been going on for serval months been to the drs few times had xray done been on serval antibotics steriods... nose is so clogged hard to breath and pressure and pain in my forehead and around eyes i have tried everything my nose just stays so darn clogged up and hate not being able to breath good cause of it going nuts over here any advice would be great thanks

 
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Re: sinus infection hard to breath

Based on what you've posted it's a little tough to know where to start, so here are a few questions that would help me point you in the right direction:

-Have you been tested for allergies?
-Are you taking any over-the-counter medications (decongestants or antihistamines) to help with your congestion?
-Are you taking any prescriptions to help with the congestion?
-When you say "X-ray" was it a CT scan or a single X-ray? Did the doctor tell you what was found on the X-ray?

Normally, the first step in addressing what you're going through would be seeing an allergist to get tested for allergies so you can start to address the most likely cause of sinus congestion through avoidance, an antihistamine, and possibly allergy desensitization (shots). The CT scan would also help an ENT specialist to determine if there is a structural problem that is making things worse.

The second line of defense would be a nasal steroid spray and saline irrigation with a SinusRinse bottle to help reduce swelling in your sinuses and keep mucus from collecting in your sinuses (which can be a fertile breeding ground for infections).

If you'll let us know what you've taken to try to address your symptoms we can give you some more specific advice.

 
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Re: sinus infection hard to breath

Hi,
Have you seen an ENT Specialist, if not you should ask to be reffered.
Many things can cause Sinus Infections and then again it can happen like mine did (out of the blue) many years ago. I was found to have Polyps which were removed and the ENT Dr could find no other reason why I was so congested. After Antibiotics I was prescribed Anti-histamines which did nothing really and then (Sudafed) which turned out to be the most helpful and which I still take if I get a cold and find it really helpful for congestion.
It sounds like you need further investigation.
I wish you well,

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Re: sinus infection hard to breath

Hi have not seen an ENT yet been on all kinds of over the counter meds have a nasal steriod had just a regular xray DR said have thick hard mucous around my membranes hard to breath at times nose all congested head hurts pressure makes chest hurt... driving me nutty

 
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Re: sinus infection hard to breath

Hard to know where to start. First of all, regular X-rays are completely useless in diagnosing any kind of sinus disease so you shouldn't put too much credence in what you were told based on that. Diagnosing any type of sinus condition requires an endoscopic exam of your sinuses (by an ENT) and possibly a CT scan, so your next step should probably be to see an ENT.

In the meantime, the best regimen using over-the-counter medications would be:

1. Daily saline irrigation 2-3 times a day using a SinusRinse bottle (available at any drug store chain).

2. A daily non-drowsy antihistamine (generic Allegra, Claritin or Zyrtec). If you problem is allergy related this should help reduce the inflammation but you'll need to take it every day for a couple of weeks to really assess whether it's helping.

3. OTC oral decongestants (pseudoepedrine) as needed to help with congestion. Be sure you're using pseudoephedrine - which you generally have to get from the pharmacist even though you won't need a prescription - and not one of the other less effective decongestants that you can get without asking the pharmacist. It comes in 6,12 and 24 hour formulations but makes some people feel a little wired so it may be best to try the 6 hour formulation first so it doesn't impact your sleep.

As I said, you really should see an ENT to get an actual diagnosis (and a prescription for a steroid nasal spray). There is one other thing to consider: you mention that your chest hurts which makes me wonder if it's possible that your symptoms are acid reflux related. There is a form of acid reflux called LPR (Laryngopharyngeal reflux) that can cause sinus inflammation and post-nasal drip without the normal heartburn associated with reflux, so you may want to ask the ENT about that possibility as well.

 
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Re: sinus infection hard to breathe

yeah going to an ENT soon a si can and i have a prescription for a steroid nasal spray and perscripiton loridine think its called pill i take

 
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Re: sinus infection hard to breathe

Hi,
I'm pleased you are going to see an ENT Dr, you really need to get this investigated. Not being able to breathe through your nose is really nasty.
Have you tried steam inhalations with either Vicks or Olbas-Oil in hot water.
I wish you well,

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Re: sinus infection hard to breathe

not yet but will try them it comes and goes never all the way clear but worse at times for sure

 
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Re: sinus infection hard to breathe

went to DR yesterday they gave me a referal to an ENT and put me on some more
antibotics had a hard time sleeping last night and feel so yucky today back hurts and all not sure if its the antibotics or what..

 
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been on this antibotic for 3 days stop takeing it now was suppose to be for 10 days but this antibotic got me so sick lots of pain back and side real dizzy hard to breath at times sick to stomache.. sweating bad .. shakey.. yesh this antibotic has made things 2 as worse

 
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