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Board: Sinus Problems 07-27-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,056
Posted By gcsjr
Re: NARS & Chronic Sinus Infections

Both the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins are excellent at treating sinus disease - there's really no appreciable difference between the two in terms of their reputation or level of expertise.

If you...
Board: Sinus Problems 07-27-2014, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,518
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus surgery still have swelling 7 months

Teagan4-

Sorry to hear that you're going through this. You don't mention where you are from in your posts but if you are in the U.S. you should look into seeing Dr. Steven Houser at MetroHealth...
Board: Sinus Problems 06-14-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,041
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Help me decide if I should have surgery

Are you taking Singulair and using a steroid nasal spray to help prevent the recurrence of the polyps? While it's true that polyps often grow back, Singulair helps dramatically reduce the likelihood...
Board: Sinus Problems 06-14-2014, 12:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,615
Posted By gcsjr
Re: chronic sinus problems

Both a deviated septum and tonsillectomy could help with her problems but it's important to rule out things like allergies first. Has she been to an allergist for allergy testing?
Board: Sinus Problems 06-14-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,041
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Help me decide if I should have surgery

You should absolutely get the polyp removed - polyps are essentially a non-cancerous growth that blocks drainage from your sinuses and it's not going to go away without surgery. Beyond that, though,...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 05-30-2014, 12:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,174
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Should I do aggressive turbinate reduction?

Allergies aren't the only thing that can cause nasal congestion so, before you consider aggressive turbinate reduction, I would recommend that you investigate other potential causes before the...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-11-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 945
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus Polyp?

Flutterbye: There are some ENTs who can use "twilight sleep" (conscious sedation) for some sinus procedures (you're not totally under but you may not remember the procedure), but it also depends on...
Board: Sinus Problems 02-21-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,564
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Frontal Sinus Obliteration

Sorry to hear that you're going through this.

The reason that frontal sinus obliteration isn't done that frequently is because it is an EXTREMELY invasive procedure that comes with its own set of...
Board: Sinus Problems 02-17-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,385
Posted By gcsjr
Re: chronic sinusitis and major fatigue?

There's no reason that sinus inflammation - without an infection - would cause fatigue unless the inflammation is the result of allergies (which can cause fatigue but would be a little unusual for...
Board: Sinus Problems 02-13-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,303
Posted By gcsjr
Re: nonstop drainage, drip, mucus production

Since treating your allergies doesn't seem to be helping it is possible that the post nasal drip is the result of something else. One of the most common - but often undiagnosed - causes of post...
Board: Sinus Problems 02-04-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,140
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Had sinus surgery - now what?

If your doctor told you that you would be "fine" 4-5 days after having a deviated septum repair, he was being wildly optimistic. Most people feel pretty good 4-5 days after having endoscopic sinus...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 11-23-2013, 08:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,141
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sticky phlegm

All of your symptoms are typical of a form of acid reflux called "LPR" (laryngopharyngeal reflux) that generally doesn't come with heartburn or other common reflux-related symptoms. You can...
Board: Sinus Problems 11-23-2013, 07:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,341
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Chronic Sinusitis and Surgery

Titchou's right you can find a horror story about any kind of surgery but sinus surgery is very safe. Titchou's absolutely right that it's important for you to know EXACTLY what the surgeon is...
Board: Sinus Problems 11-15-2013, 09:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,351
Posted By gcsjr
Re: complications after sinus surgery

If the ENT doesn't have him on a medical regimen to manage the polyps then you definitely need to find another ENT.

Anyone who has a history of polyps would generally be put on a steroid nasal...
Board: Sinus Problems 11-15-2013, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,351
Posted By gcsjr
Re: complications after sinus surgery

Sorry to hear that your husband is going through this. Other than the visit to remove the sponges and the visit to deal with the pain did your husband have any additional follow up visits with the...
Board: Sinus Problems 10-20-2013, 06:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 955
Posted By gcsjr
Re: sinus disease

That means they suspect there's a polyp (which is a benign fluid filled sac) blocking your sphenoid sinus but there's a chance it could be a mass because the CT isn't detailed enough to tell the...
Board: Sinus Problems 10-20-2013, 06:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,317
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Frontal sinus obliteration twice!

When you say you had two frontal obliterations, I'm assuming you had one on each side, correct?

Unfortunately, that's a MAJOR procedure - really the procedure of last resort - so if you're...
Board: Sinus Problems 10-09-2013, 06:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,927
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus problems for nearly 2 months

What you describe could definitely be sinus related. In the short-term you might consider switching from a neti pot to a sinus rinse bottle (which give you the ability to get more saline solution...
Board: Sinus Problems 08-16-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,946
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Bleeding after sinus surgery

It's common to have some bleeding but it shouldn't be "constant" (and the nausea could also be from the anesthesia and bleeding during surgery) - how much blood are you seeing (and where are you...
Board: Pregnancy 08-12-2013, 06:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,085
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Paternity question

Unfortunately for you there's no way to tell based on the dates alone. Most women have a 5-6 day window with each menstrual cycle when theyn sre fertile and because you had 2 partners so close...
Board: Sinus Problems 07-26-2013, 03:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 836
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Can somebody please explain what's going on for me?

It sounds to me like your issue is either allergies or acid reflux, either of which can cause post-nasal drip and swollen sinuses along with chronic throat clearing. You say your allergy test shows...
Board: Sinus Problems 07-09-2013, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,289
Posted By gcsjr
Re: bad breath due to post nasal drip

Between your tonsils and the polyps it's likely that one of them is the cause of your bad breath. It's very likely that the polyps are contributing to your post nasal drip and it's very unusual for...
Board: Sinus Problems 07-08-2013, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,289
Posted By gcsjr
Re: bad breath due to post nasal drip

Mucus is odorless unless it is infected so it would help to understand what your husband thinks he's smelling because it's not mucus by itself. There are so many other things that can contribute to...
Board: Sinus Problems 07-03-2013, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,468
Posted By gcsjr
Re: congested nose despite surgery

You shouldn't have another surgery until you have done everything possible to treat your congestion medically and have identified the underlying cause of the congestion.

There are 3 common things...
Board: Sinus Problems 06-28-2013, 06:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 667
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Is this Sinusitis?

If your only symptom is pressure in the lower forehead it's extremely unlikely that what your experiencing is sinusitis. Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses that leads to an acute (short term)...
Board: Sinus Problems 05-28-2013, 11:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,271
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Nasal Spray Addiction Recovery

You should start to notice an improvement in 4-5 days total.

I'd also recommend that you try pseudoephedrine tablets (Original or 12-hour Sudafed - NOT Sudefed PE) to help keep from getting...
Board: Sinus Problems 05-26-2013, 05:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,271
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Nasal Spray Addiction Recovery

Several people who spend a lot of time on these boards - including two who have been through the same thing you're going through - are trying to help you but so far all you seem to want to do is...
Board: Sinus Problems 05-24-2013, 10:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,271
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Nasal Spray Addiction Recovery

NONE of the decongestant nasal sprays you've been using are natural - they are ALL drugs. If you're willing to use over-the-counter drugs to address your issue it's probably reasonable to use...
Board: Sinus Problems 05-23-2013, 10:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,715
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Loss of taste, dry mouth following sinus surgery

Unfortunately, a diminished sense of smell and taste is a common side effect of sinus surgery (and the inflammation that goes along with chronic sinus disease). Given how long it has been since your...
Board: Sinus Problems 05-15-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,291
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus migraine after debridement post sugery appt.

Debridement is NO FUN and lots of docs recommend taking a painkiller before the first debridement. What you're feeling isn't unusual.
Board: Sinus Problems 05-09-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 22,691
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus infection possible without fever?

If the CT scan showed a blocked sinus due to inflammation the antibiotics make perfect sense. It is fairly common for a blocked sinus to have a localized infection that causes facial pain with no...
Board: Sinus Problems 05-03-2013, 03:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,263
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Polyps and Cysts

I would hold off on a sinuplasty - that is a fairly major procedure for congestion (and it definitely cannot be done in the office).

I hate to recommend this but I think you need to get a second...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-26-2013, 04:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 738
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Blood red septum, constant sinus cavity pain for several months

You don't mention where you live - could it be dryness (exacerbated by antihistamines if you are taking them for allergies)? It could also be from medication if you are taking something new. You...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-19-2013, 07:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,263
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Polyps and Cysts

Indirectly they absolutely can. Polyps can block the normal drainage paths in your sinuses which turns the sinus cavities into a perfect environment for bacteria. The antibiotics may clear up an...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-12-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,263
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Polyps and Cysts

I'm not sure where you're getting the information that complete opacification of the sinus could mean "a sinus infection, polyps, cysts, tumor" but that is a very extreme interpretation of the...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-09-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,898
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus Surgery, To Have or To Have Not??

They are air pockets within your turbinates but they can interfere withy the normal drainage of your sinuses or even block the sinus openings in some cases. If they're not causing those kinds of...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-05-2013, 05:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,898
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus Surgery, To Have or To Have Not??

Well first of all, sinus surgery is definitely not going to put your life at risk unless your surgeon is incompetent and negligent (and in many cases they don't even put you all the way under but...
Board: Sinus Problems 04-04-2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,466
Posted By gcsjr
Re: X-ray

That "mass" that's right above your front teeth sure looks a lot like the tip of your nose and the normal cartilage that we all have in our nose (with your ethmoid sinuses and turbinates right behind...
Board: Sinus Problems 03-30-2013, 08:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 913
Posted By gcsjr
Re: recurring sinus infection

One of your questions is "can allergies really do this?" and the answer is YES. Allergies are the main underlying cause of chronic sinus disease. Allergies cause inflammation which then causes the...
Board: Ear, Nose & Throat 03-29-2013, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,177
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery for Maxillary sinus

The recovery from endoscopic surgery isn't too bad but, before you have the surgery you may want to talk to your doctor about medical options (a short course of oral steroids followed by daily use of...
Board: Sinus Problems 03-29-2013, 09:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 9,157
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Silent Sinus Syndrome

Silent Sinus Syndrome is a very rare condition that is usually caused by some type of physical trauma or one of a handful of rare u deploying diseases. Before you allow the doctor who diagnosed you...
Board: Sinus Problems 03-24-2013, 01:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,020
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinusitis & CT Report

The doctor will probably recommend a round of oral steroids to sharing the polyps before recommending surgery. Polyps have a tendency to recur so surgery isn't the best answer. Oral prednisone may...
Board: Sinus Problems 03-08-2013, 03:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,278
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Dr Says Surgery Will Not Help my Condition

The doctor is correct that surgery won't improve the congestion or inflammation. Surgery is effective in improving sinus drainage and removing polyps but has no effect on the underlying...
Board: Sinus Problems 01-27-2013, 03:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 14,668
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Balloon Sinuplasty

I've had the balloon sunuplasty procedure and it can be effective but, based on what you describe, you'll really have to talk to your ENT - and get a CT scan. - to figure out if a balloon procedure...
Board: Sinus Problems 01-25-2013, 04:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,374
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus surgery?

You need to give it at least a month. If your nose is dry from it try sleeping with a humidifier in your bedroom, drink lots of water and try one of the many fine nasal moisturizing products -...
Board: Sinus Problems 01-25-2013, 02:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,374
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus surgery?

Just to clear up one mistake in this post - rebound congestion is only a risk with decongestant sprays that contain oxymetazalone (like Afrin). There is no risk of rebound congestion with Rhinocort,...
Board: Sinus Problems 01-22-2013, 04:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,374
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus surgery?

Based on the CT scan results (mild left maxillary chronic sinus disease), there is NO WAY you should be considering surgery without a second opinion and a clear understanding of exactly what the...
Board: Sinus Problems 01-22-2013, 04:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,649
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus Polyps - Non Surgical Treatments

Polyps are a challenge because their underlying cause isn't well understood. Smoke people's polyps seem to have an allergic component but other people have a condition called Samter's triad which is...
Board: Sinus Problems 01-17-2013, 12:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,681
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Permanent sinus infection

He's right that you won't need stitches and it probably won't be terribly painful, but there are several things you should try before surgery:

-Regular sinus irrigation with a NeilMed SinusRinse...
Board: Sinus Problems 01-03-2013, 01:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,373
Posted By gcsjr
Re: Sinus polyps sorted.

Sico - I'm not sure what you experienced but Sweetpotato13 is correct that you cannot blow out polyps. Polyps are fluid-filled sacs of mucus membrane tissue that are attached to the lining of your...
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