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    Old 09-16-2005, 03:38 PM   #1
    tezza75
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    Continuous Sinus problem

    I have suffered cronic sinus trouble now for over 2 years. Even though I have had an operation to cure, or at least try to improve my situation, it still causes me severe problems at times.

    I have decided to post my history on this as I've not come accross many people who do suffer from this condition, and would like to talk to others about it and talk about other possible methods to help ease the problem. However, after visiting healthboards.com there seems to be many!

    I remember feeling tired and not being able to concerntrate when I first started to form. I ended up taking days off work fairly continuously and in the end went to see my doctor. I had no idea what was the cause at this early stage and my doctor decided to do some blood tests to see if anything showed. They turned out to be OK and the tiredness and lack of concerntration continued. It wasn't until a few months after I went to see my GP that I began to feel pressure in my face that gradually got worse and worse until it felt like a balloon that was about to burst.

    To get to the point , I had an operation, which 1 year on from now, as reduced the problem to a certain extent, but still causes me to have no proper feeling in my face and now I have balance problems. I can even hear noise coming from my nose that also feels like the swelling in the sinus area is trying to subside.

    Has anyone had these symptoms at all?

    I would really like to hear from others who are experiencing this problem.


    Has anyone tried Cranial Osteopathy? I am now considering this as an option.

     
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    Old 09-17-2005, 10:16 AM   #2
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    Re: Continuous Sinus problem

    Have you seen the ENT since then? What medicines are you taking? The fact that it has recurred tells me you sinus problems might be caused by allergies, rather than an isolated infection that grew out of control.

     
    Old 09-17-2005, 05:30 PM   #3
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    Re: Continuous Sinus problem

    I can sympathise--tezza.

    I am still not sure if my problems are due to allergies or an anatomical problem. I get 4-5 "Sinus infections" a year, then other times I get a diagnosis of "Allergies". That's the current diagnosis now. But the day after the diagnosis, I now feel slightly feverish, and mucus is now thick and nasty, and my throat is still scratchy and ticklish, and also, I nearly lost my voice last night. It just sucks, being sick allll the time, so I know how you feel! If I get an "infection" when I get over it, i'm OK for about 2 months---and then I will get an increase in clear-whitish mucus out of my nose which always is suggestive (From what i"ve read anyway) of allergies...I use saline at these times to prevent it from getting worse becaue it always will get worse if I don't and then inhale hot steamy water vapors. If I do this daily I can almost keep it at bay but all it takes is being around something I'm either allergic to (since I haven't been tested I really don't know what those would be) or a good rain comes through (then the mold and pollen is on the ground) and then boom--sinus infection over night!

    I saw an ENT long time ago, but he didn't do any scans or anything of my nasal anatomy, just looked at me and then stuck something up my nose and then said, you probably need the surgery because getting sinuses so bad this often means you need surgery and that's that. Ok! He basically said when I get insurance coverage to come back and see him! Gave me LOTS Of antibiotics like amonth's worth and sent me home. Oh, one good thing is he did give me a shot of cortinsone, and that made me feel better insantly. Would this make a person with sinuses and alleriges feel better? WOuld there be a way of telling one way or the other what I do have exactly by the cortisome making such a huge difference?

    Anyway, it is nice in ways to know others suffer from the same thing isn't it?
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    Old 09-17-2005, 05:31 PM   #4
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    Re: Continuous Sinus problem

    I just noticed this , too:

    "I can even hear noise coming from my nose that also feels like the swelling in the sinus area is trying to subside."

    The noises you hear coming from your nose--is this at random times during the day/night OR is it only just after you've blown your nose? Mine does this too! I will blow my nose and it will stilll feel FULL of stuff, even though a bunch of thick gunk will come out. And then, I can hear this whistling sound or squeaking sound may be a better way to describe it. I wondered if it could be due to a deviated septum...
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    Old 09-18-2005, 03:36 AM   #5
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    Re: Continuous Sinus problem

    that sounds exactly like what it is. my husband had sinus polyps removed seven years ago . all was fine until this time last year. started to whistle and make this weird flapping nose from his nose. saw the ENT and had surgery in may to repair a whole in his sinuses. all was well until about 2 weeks ago when the leaking started again. saw the ENT who sent him to a specialist at a city hospital. another surgery was scheduled immediatley for 10/4. at first they thought it was spinal fluid leaking but now they believe it is cerebral fluid. we are just praying that this time it works. he also has a whole in is septum which is where the fluid is leaking from. it is all very confusing and very scary.

     
    Old 09-18-2005, 09:39 AM   #6
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    Re: Continuous Sinus problem

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rush_rulz
    I just noticed this , too:

    "I can even hear noise coming from my nose that also feels like the swelling in the sinus area is trying to subside."

    The noises you hear coming from your nose--is this at random times during the day/night OR is it only just after you've blown your nose? Mine does this too! I will blow my nose and it will stilll feel FULL of stuff, even though a bunch of thick gunk will come out. And then, I can hear this whistling sound or squeaking sound may be a better way to describe it. I wondered if it could be due to a deviated septum...
    The noise started to happen at random, and only occasionally to start with. Now it happens constantly, and I can feel the pressure around my cheek and nose area starting to subside. I live in hope that this will eventually sort-out the problem, but I won't hold my breath!

    Blowing my nose doesn't help, I hardly ever get discharge come out of my nose, it always comes through my throat.

    My surgeon did move a bone in my nose as it wasn't straight enough, but I do seem to suffer from sinus pressure in both sides of my face, so I'm not sure if this helped my cause.

    It seems as though the tissue we have in our faces is very sensitive and tricky to get to, and no doctors or surgeons can do a 100 percent perfect diagnosis or cure on this problem.

    How about Cranial Osteopathy then, or any other type of therapy? Anyone know what they actually do?

     
    Old 09-20-2005, 10:55 AM   #7
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    Re: Continuous Sinus problem

    there are many people like yourself, that suffer from awful sinus problems -me included.

    I had surgery in March of 2004, to correct a deviated septum, reduce the turbinates, and clean out a bacterial infection. The surgery worked in the sense that I no longer have a brutal infection that keeps me bed-ridden, but I still have sinus issues.

    Your problems could be due to perrenial allergies, or perhaps a low-level infection. Keep in mind that once you get a sinus infection, it NEVER goes away 100%. You can reduce the amount of bacteria, stop the spread, and combat the swelling, but little spores will stay in there waiting for the next opportunity to attack.

    It's like our intestines, which also have bacteria in them. It is the amount that matters.

    You need to start an irrigation routine, but this needs to be done properly, or you will see little benefit. I use a machine with a "pulsating action" that stimulates the cilia. There are a few different brands out there -just do a websearch. I use a solution of cool distilled water, xyletol (a saline substance that is milder than salt), and sometimes Alkalol (a mucus solvent). If I have an active infection, I put 3ml of hydrogen peroxide into the mix, and irrigate 3 times a day for 3-5 days. Don't use the peroxide for more than 3 days.

    This works 100 times better than an antibiotic. It does several things

    1. Stimulates the cilia, helping drainage.
    2. Combats bacteria -the peroxide gets deep into the sinuses and kills any bacteria it meets.
    3. Breaks up thick mucus
    4. Clears out allergens

    I have had a couple sinus infections since surgery, and I have managed to clear them out 100% without antibiotics, and in 1/4th the time, using this irrigation technique. By the 3rd day, my nasal discharge is always clear. Within a week, the swelling is down.

    But this does not prevent allergens from aggravating sinus tissue. An antihistamine needs to be taken for that. I use Chlor-Tremiton 4 hour tablets. This is the strongest antihistamine on the market, and works very well, especially if you are having balance issues (dizziness).

    I would see an allergist to see if there is anything in your environment causing problems.

    as far as cranial osteopathy goes...

    National Council Against Health Fraud concluded that "cranial osteopathy is more a belief system than a science."11 In 1999, independent reviewers "found insufficient evidence to support"12 or "recommend craniosacral therapy to patients, practitioners or third-party payers for any clinical condition."13

    it sounds like a joke. But I'm not a believer in accupunture either, although some say it helped them.

    Sinus problems are a maintenance issue. It's like having diabetes. But once under control, they aren't a big deal.

    if you need more tips on irrigation, just ask.

     
    Old 09-20-2005, 11:31 AM   #8
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    Re: Continuous Sinus problem

    Again I ask if you have seen the ENT since your surgery, and what if any medicines you are taking. You might have allergies, not just a sinus problems.

    I agree that cranial osteopathy sounds suspect. But accupuncture can help. I had just one session a few months ago, and was sinus headache free for about 2 months. Right now, I can't afford repeat treatments, but when I can, I am going back for more.

     
    Old 09-23-2005, 02:23 PM   #9
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    Re: Continuous Sinus problem

    Thanks for the feedback everyone.

    No, I haven't been back to the ENT specialist. I ended-up going private for the operation, and can't really afford to keep going back, or I would.

    I will start thinking about doing an irrigation routine then. Sounds as though it might help a little.

    Does anybody have problems being at the computer for too long? I have to be careful when driving as well, and walking up/down stairs due to my balance.

     
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