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Old 07-06-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Now problems with Ethmoid sinuses..

Hi all,

Following my previous thread "following sinus surgery" I thought I would start a new thread with my latest discoveries.

After weeks of complaining to my ent department they finally agreed to do a post op ct scan, from which i received the results today;

Apparently my symptoms of ear pain, eye pressure and all other associated sinus symptoms are being caused by my ethmoid sinuses being completely blocked/full of fluid.

I was told that this could not be seen from my pre op scan due to my frontal & maxillary sinuses being blocked, they are very clear now as they should be revealing the main culprit to my problems.

Does this make sense to anyone? This is the way it was explained to me.

I have now been referred to a surgeon who specializes in ethmoid sinus problems, I was told I will probably need another more complex op to relieve the pressure from the Ethmoid sinuses.

I also spoke to the surgeon about sinus flooding (with salt water only) He told me its a great way to relieve problems with frontal & maxillary sinuses (thats probably why mine are so clear) But problems with ethmoid sinuses are a lot deeper in the skull and I will not benefit in any way from doing it.

Has anyone had any similar problems or experiences I'll be very great full to hear about anyone's experiences.

Many thanks
Dave.

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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Re: Now problems with Ethmoid sinuses..

Dave-

First of all, I'm sorry that you're still having issues. What your surgeon told you only partly makes sense so I would really encourage you to get a second opinion from an ENT who truly specializes in treating sinus disease (if you'll let me know where you live I'll try to get a recommendation for you).

If the original CT Scan had been done correctly, it should have revealed issues with your ethmoid sinuses (though they are harder to see because they are small pockets that could have been obscured by the inflammation in your other sinuses).

Having said that, the ethmoid sinuses aren't deeper in the skull or particularly difficult to access surgically, they are basically situation between your eyes (the frontal and sphenoid sinuses are the most difficult surgical challenge and require special equipment to safely access during surgery).

It's also just plain wrong for you doctor to say that irrigation won't help with the ethmoid sinuses - a 2002 study on sinus irrigation found that all of the methods of irrigation they tested delivered the saline solution effectively to the ethmoid sinuses.

Before you go see another surgeon and possibly have additional surgery, you really should find a doctor who will aggressively treat your condition medically (with oral and inhaled steroids to shrink inflammation, antibiotics, and possible other medications like Singulair that help stop inflammation from recurring). Surgery is only a temporary fix if you don't treat the underlying cause of the inflammation so it's best to deal with the cause before even considering more surgery.

 
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:03 PM   #3
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Re: Now problems with Ethmoid sinuses..

Did you have any problems sleeping while you were waiting to find out what was wrong? I've had pressure in my ears for years and ear noises and dull pain. I have insomnia and I blame it on the issues with my ears.

 
Old 07-27-2012, 08:41 AM   #4
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Re: Now problems with Ethmoid sinuses..

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Did you have any problems sleeping while you were waiting to find out what was wrong? I've had pressure in my ears for years and ear noises and dull pain. I have insomnia and I blame it on the issues with my ears.
Hi, yes! I can definitely relate to your problem. I find I have to be completely exhausted to be able to sleep and I always wake early with the same old drowning pain in my ears and face. I'm still trying to reach a cure to my symptoms with no luck so far.

I am seeing a private sinus specialist later today and hopefully start getting somewhere with it all.

 
Old 08-13-2012, 07:32 PM   #5
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Re: Now problems with Ethmoid sinuses..

Will you please post what the sinus specialist tells you? I would be very interested to find out what they say. Maybe it will help my some of the issues I'm having. Thanks!

 
Old 08-13-2012, 07:53 PM   #6
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Re: Now problems with Ethmoid sinuses..

Will you please post what the sinus specialist tells you? I would be very interested to find out what they say. Maybe it will help my some of the issues I'm having. Thanks!

 
Old 08-14-2012, 06:18 AM   #7
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Re: Now problems with Ethmoid sinuses..

Hi i have been having severe sinus pressure for the past year. i have the pain in my cheeks but mainly and most severly on the bridge of my nose and in between my eyesbrows, right between my eyes. i have had a ct sinus scan and it came back clear. i have been told it is not sinus related. i am convinced it is though because i have a feeling of being very blocked up although when i blow my nose nothing ever comes out. nothing has come out for a year. although every morning when i wake up, as soon as i sit up i feel as if something is moving or draining in my face and it is accompanied by a clicking/bubbling noise.

i am just very confused as to why the ct scan would come back clear? i have had this severe pain every day from the moment i open my eyes til the moment i go to sleep, for the past year straight. i have been on 5 courses of antibiotics and blatantly this has done nothing as i am stil in pain.

 
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