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Old 06-24-2012, 07:39 PM   #1
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chronic sinusitis and ear crackling

Hello all, my name is Adam. I've been suffering with trouble breathing, excessive mucus (it feels like I am congested with mucus all the time), and especially nasal congestion for about 3 years. I just had endoscopic surgery, as well as having my tonsils removed. My throat has healed up fine, however, even though they found quite a few polyps, had them removed, the last time I saw the doctor he said everything looked clear, and that he wouldn't prescribe antibiotics because everything looked clear. When I asked why I still had trouble breathing and feeling congested, he said "I don't know". I have called the agency that referred me to this doctor to let them know that I don't think this is a good doctor, but they just said they don't allow for second opinions. I saw another doctor and he said he would order a CT scan if I had insurance but sadly I don't. But anyway, in the mean time, I'm trying to do everything that I know for sinus congestion:

- Rinsing twice a day
- Eating healthy (try to eat fruit once a day and also vegetables)
- Using steroid nasal spray once a day
- Using a humidifier and air filtrator
- Taking regular walks
- taking B vitamins, fenugreek, digestive enzymes

The worst part is now I've got crackling in my right ear. I read in the ear section of this forum that it could be related to my sinusitis. I don't want to go back to that same ENT doctor--last time I told him I had crackling in my ear he basically said that nothing could be done and charged me 40$ to tell me that. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

~Adam

 
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Re: chronic sinusitis and ear crackling

Adam-

It could be as simple as allergies - which would definitely cause congestion amd difficulty breathing, it could also be a form of acid reflux called LPR (laryngopharymgeal reflux) that can present without heartburn and cause sinus inflammation and asthma-like symptoms.

Allergies are fairly easy to manage with over-the-counter meds like Claritin and Zyrtec, so you might try that first to see if a daily antihistamine helps those symptoms.

 
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Re: chronic sinusitis and ear crackling

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Adam-

It could be as simple as allergies - which would definitely cause congestion amd difficulty breathing, it could also be a form of acid reflux called LPR (laryngopharymgeal reflux) that can present without heartburn and cause sinus inflammation and asthma-like symptoms.

Allergies are fairly easy to manage with over-the-counter meds like Claritin and Zyrtec, so you might try that first to see if a daily antihistamine helps those symptoms.
I've been dealing with chronic sinusitis for years now. A few years ago (maybe 2 years) I saw an allergist to see if it could be allergies and they tested me for about 28 different common allergens in my area (Seattle) and it came back that I wasn't allergic to any of the things that they tested me for.

 
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