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    Old 03-31-2004, 08:10 AM   #1
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    My dizziness is not getting better and...

    my neck is starting to hurt a lot. Not sure why this is happening, but it makes it worse when my neck is so tight and hurts.

    I see a Neurologist this Friday and will explain what has happend. I still honestly believe that either when I had the sinus infection that some of the infection for up into the ear cavity and/or that I am still inflamed. I have heard sometimes people after their sinus surgery it has taken them 3 months for all the inflamation to go down. SO far it has been 1 and a half months since I had the surgery. SO, maybe another month and all of this will slowly dissapear. Would be nice, but still I am going to work on solving why I am dizzy and try and find a solution. If there is not one than I will just wait it out and hope it will stop.

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    Old 03-31-2004, 09:08 AM   #2
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    Re: My dizziness is not getting better and...

    What medications are you on? Antibiotics and steroids can both cause dizziness (they do that to me).

    In your post-surgical follow-up appointment, did the doctor remove scar tissue from your sinuses? I just had this done today, and while it was painful, I already feel less cloudy.

    You may very well have an inner-ear problem. I have a co-worker who has struggled with dizziness, and the doctors originally thought he had meniere's disease. Turns out, it is a problem with a membrane in his ear. There is a surgical correction which doesn't sound too invasive.

    When you get dizzy, is it when you bend down to pick something up? Is there a kind of mild pounding in the forehead? Is it worse in the morning, and better at night? I had this until I got treatment for my sinus problems.

    Is the dizziness worse when the weather is cold?

    When was your last CT Scan?

     
    Old 03-31-2004, 09:49 AM   #3
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    I had my last CTscan 2 weeks before the surgery. I am sure the Neurologist will take another one plus and MRI.

    I am not on antibiotics or a steriod right now.

    My dizziness is there all day long. It gets better right about 8pm at night, but is still there. I constantly feel like my head is trying to fall off. If I bed over to pick something up it makes it worse and than I feel like I am falling forward. ONly when i sit still for a while does it get a little better. It never goes away though no matter what i do.

    My ENT did not removes scar tissue or anything like that at all. So weird how your ENT has done more for your care than me. Makes me think my ENT hasn't done everything he should have.

    I do think this is something w/my inner ear as I hear ringing in my ear and it seems more clogged lately.

    My plan is see the Neurologist and if he can't figure out what is going on I plan to see another ENT and maybe a Neuro-otologist who specializes in dizziness.

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    Old 03-31-2004, 10:40 AM   #4
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    Ugh!

    WHY didn't your ENT remove the scar tissue? This is standard practice after sinus surgery. If it isn't done, scar tissue can cause a blockage and an additional infection can develop. The puss and scar tissue cause the feeling of "heavy-headedness" and even dizziness. I find this very disturbing that he didn't do this.

    If you live in Illinois, I will give you the name of the doctor I saw for my surgery. He is one of the best. He wrote the book on advanced sinus surgery and lectures around the world.

    My dizziness used to get better around 7-8pm as well. I am still convinced that your's is caused by sinus pressure on the inner ear assembly.

    My other question is, did you go on antibiotics after surgery? If so, for how long? Did they give you Prednisone? Did they tell you to irrigate? Did you use a machine?

    I would still go to the neurologist, since it can't hurt. Maybe she will have some advice for you.

     
    Old 03-31-2004, 10:52 AM   #5
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    I live in Texas so that doesn't work.

    I had no idea that my ENT should remove scar tissue. Geez!

    I did take one round of antibiotics, but it was only for a week after my surgery. I think I told you this before but apparantly he was suppose to give me steroids as well along w/the antibiotics, but forgot. I ended up taking it about 3 weeks after my surgery instead. It did help w/opening up me a bit, but i honestly didn't feel like it helped in my ethnoid area which is one of the places i had surgery on. I still feel like my ethnoids are stil infmlamed which is putting pressure on the inner ear. SO, yes I do agree w/you that this is caused my sinus problem's, nothing else. I just wish I had a competant doc.

    I have a feeling that the Neurologist is going to tell me after a MRI and another CTscan that his is ENT related. I can see it now! And if that is the case I will go to another ENT.

    Here a question for you. MY ENT doc's partner is really the doctor I wanted to see originally as he did my dad's surgery and is really good. I also know him personally as well. I would like to see him instead of my ENT, but they share a office. DO you think this is going to be a conflict? I don't see how if I make no big deal out of it. They usually aren't even in the office that much together as one is out doing surgery and in there other office while the other one is in the office i go to. What you think?

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    Old 03-31-2004, 11:04 AM   #6
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    I would do one of 2 things. Either contact this other physician directly and ask him to see you (just axplain that you need a "second opinion") or go to [url]www.sinucare.com[/url] and use the referral service to find a sinusitis specialist in Texas.

    I originally went to another ENT. He was good, but we wasn't aggressive enough, and didn't push surgery. When I asked for surgery, they told me I had to wait 6-8 weeks. Not good enough. I went in there, got my CT scans and chest X-Ray, and went to see a second doctor (the guy who operated on me). After doing an endoscopy and looking at my scans, he said "you need surgery, and the sooner the better. I'll get you in this Friday."

    I doctor can't "forget" to give you steroids. That is downright irresponsible. Unfortunately, outside of the major metropolitan areas of New York, Chicago, Minneapolis (Mayo) and Baltimore (Johns Hopkins), the level of care tends to go down a bit. Doctors are not as "cutting edge" and tend to get a little sloppy. I remember when my mother was in a hospital in South Carolina, and the nurse "forgot" to give her medication twice.

    Did the doctor look at your scans with you? Did he explain what the problems were, and how he was going to correct them?

     
    Old 03-31-2004, 12:44 PM   #7
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    Yes, he did show me the Ctscans and went over them w/me and even showed me what was the problem.

    I think at this point I will contact the other ENT and tell him I want to see him for a second opinion and go the Neurologist as well. If things don't look like they are going to get anywhere w/this other ENT I will go through the sinuscare referral.

    I have stopped irrigating as much as I have. Every time i irrigate it actually makes me more dizzy. I have no idea why. I did it earlier and now I am more dizzy. So, whatever is going on it is in my sinus passages I am convinced. I'm sure the Neurologist will tell me that and I won't be surprised.

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    Old 03-31-2004, 02:57 PM   #8
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    Re: My dizziness is not getting better and...

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    Yes, he did show me the Ctscans and went over them w/me and even showed me what was the problem.

    I think at this point I will contact the other ENT and tell him I want to see him for a second opinion and go the Neurologist as well. If things don't look like they are going to get anywhere w/this other ENT I will go through the sinuscare referral.

    I have stopped irrigating as much as I have. Every time i irrigate it actually makes me more dizzy. I have no idea why. I did it earlier and now I am more dizzy. So, whatever is going on it is in my sinus passages I am convinced. I'm sure the Neurologist will tell me that and I won't be surprised.

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    I don't know if my situation can help you shed light on yours but here goes..
    I saw an allergist yesterday who saw fluid in my inner ears..and I learned something kind of important about how well i'm treating my Eustachian Tube Dysfunction..it isn't enough. What happened was it has been clogged & swollen for so long(2 years!) that the fluid has accumulated in my inner ear & that can make some people very dizzy. Do your ears ever bother you, in conjunction with congestion? Or even if you don't feel the congestion(you may just be used to having a lot & don't notice a moderate amount), & your ears hurt? Do you have frequent ear infections, or have you had one in the past few years? If so i'd say it's worth giving ear tubes a shot..but talk to your ENT..i'm just discovering why my Flonase isn't helping my ears 100%..I have fluid stuck in my ears & if it's not gone in 2 months when I follow up with my allergist i'm asking for ear tubes cuz this has gone on way 2 long. Ear tubes are basically a second set of eustachian tubes..they do the draining of the sinuses, ear & throat & they wont get swollen or clogged up. Hope you find some relief already! =)

     
    Old 03-31-2004, 06:45 PM   #9
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    No ear infections as of today. However, last fall I had an ear that felt like it was clogged and muffled. My ENT put an ear tube in my ear and when he did i felt worse. I couldn't hardly hear of the ear(my left ear) and it seemed more clogged. I called him and told him I just didn't think it was right and I went in to see him. He took a look and sure enough there was so much gunk that came out of my ear that it had pushed the tube out, but it stuck to ear drum. So, my ENT had to take some long tweezers and pull it off my ear drum. When he did that I felt a lot better and could hear better, but ever since my ears ring and it feels more stuffed. I have had it checked and there is no visible signs of an ear infection and when he did my CT scan he said nothing to me about the ear, only my sinus's.

    I think I am not goint to wait to see this other ENT. I plan to go ahead and make an appt to see him about all my issues and let him try and help me along w/seeing the Neurologist and see what he has to say.

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    Old 04-01-2004, 06:48 AM   #10
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    Re: My dizziness is not getting better and...(question)

    can you have a sinus infection and the drainage not always be colored? when i get up in the mornings the drainage in my throat is brownish yellow,then through the day it turns clear. my nose is stopped up in the mornings also,but that is clear all the time.i have posted all my symptoms on the inner ear board,if that helps any. thank you

     
    Old 04-01-2004, 07:05 AM   #11
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    Absolutely. My drainage was clear for 2 months before I saw any obvious signs of infection (yellow mucus). This is why my GP was confused, and thought I was suffering from allergies -it was a sinus infection all along.

    The only way to know for sure, is to go in for a CT scan. It is quick and painless, and they don't even have to inject you with anything. If you are still having problems, I wouldn't wait.

     
    Old 04-01-2004, 08:10 AM   #12
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    Re: My dizziness is not getting better and...

    i had a ct. they said my sinus between my eyes were full but did not seemed concerned.if those are full can it cause pnd instead of drainage from your nose?and also a headache on top,over ears and back of head and neck? sorry to ask so many ?'s,just tired of hurting all the time with no answers. thank you

     
    Old 04-01-2004, 08:12 AM   #13
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    i had a ct. they said my sinus between my eyes were full but did not seemed concerned, also my dr. put a light to my face and said my sinuses looked red and inflammed.if those are full can it cause pnd instead of drainage from your nose?and also a headache on top,over ears and back of head and neck? sorry to ask so many ?'s,just tired of hurting all the time with no answers. thank you

     
    Old 04-01-2004, 08:48 AM   #14
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    What did they say your sinuses were full of? Usually, a CT scan reveals the presence of bacteria. In your case, it looks like bacteria might be within the Ethmoid sinuses between the eyes. Some ENTs are very cautious in their approach, and maintain that some bacteria will always be present in people with structural abnormalities (deviated septum, bone spur, etc.) They elect to try and solve the problem using medication.

    Other ENTs will attempt to completely rid the sinuses of bacteria, through surgery, or a combination of meds.

    Your headaches are from Sinusitis, a inflammation of the sinus cavities. I went through the same thing. I had headaches on top of my head, behind my ears, and around my nose. This is NOT normal, and it is not from allergies.

    keep in mind, I was also dizzy (and so was another member of this board).

    If you are in the midwest, I can give you the name of an excellent doctor.

    In any case, tell your ENT to perform an endoscopy (unless she has already done it), to check for blockages, puss, etc.

    PND is normal for people with this condition. In fact, PND is actually somewhat "good" because it means things are moving. When I was at my worst, my discharge was clear, I had no PND, but I had wicked dizziness, headaches, and the feeling of being in a descending airplane. My eyes were bloodshot, and I had bags beneath them.

    Now I'm not a doctor, but I have researched this condition extensively, and I just went through 6 months of hell, multiple doctors, etc. Now that I have had proper treatment (surgery and medication), I feel a lot better. I expect to be 100% within a couple weeks, as I heal.

     
    Old 04-01-2004, 09:27 AM   #15
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    thanks. i also have dizziness and brain fog.and my face feels so weird. its almost like its going numb and feels tight. i keep coughing up mess that also has some light green color. but 1 thing i noticed i also had sometimes something that is white and in small chuncks. that is comming from the back of my throat. my ent just said they were full.and im in north carolina. my ent also said you wont have a headache in the back of your head with sinus problems.but he told my sister that a sinus infection can cause your head to hurt all over. think i need a new ent thank you. i have been so scared not knowing i have never had to deal with anything like this. any kind of otc meds that work good? for sinus and allergies? i did find out i have alot of mold in my house,i mentioned this to my dr and he said he didnt think allergy testing was needed right now. i will find a new dr.

     
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