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    Old 07-19-2006, 05:15 PM   #1
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    Constant Sinus infections

    My right maxillary sinus is constantly getting infected and congested. Allergies don't always cause the problem but I cannot take anymore antibiotics. I'm on one after the other and it is driving me insane. I think the antibiotics are actually killing my immune system more and more so that my sinuses don't know how to fight things on their own and stay irritated. I'm tired of it and want to just ride the infections out. All I can do is Irrigate and take Advil or Tylenol. Is this wise? do any of you recommend this or should I at least go see my ENT and get his opinion. I'm tired of going to see my ENT though as he just prescribes an antibiotic and says yep, there is an infection. Advice?

     
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    Old 07-19-2006, 10:14 PM   #2
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    Re: Constant Sinus infections

    Halls, I definately emphathize with you. Once you have weekened your sinusus, you are always prone to get them again.

    Have you looked at addressing some of the other factors that can put you at risk for the sinus problems--colds, smoke, air pollution, dry air, cold air, fumes, occupational hazards, dental problems, emotional stress, etc... (I moved to an area over 12 years ago that is high altitude, has very dry air--warm and cold, has frequent bad air quality and had new allergens. After I moved there, I started getting frequent sinus infections. It has taken me over 10 of those years to get down to only a couple infections a year. My environment works against me here. It finally took a good PCP to help me get through the bad periods and find a treatment/prevention plan that works for me. She did more for me than any specialist I went to.)

    Some of the holistic things I do (and have read a lot about)--in addition to all the medical treatments
    *drinking LOTS of water everyday
    *using a humidifier (preferrably warm mist)
    *cold compresses--they just feel good when my face is hurting
    *deep tissue facial massages--they hurt at the time, but feel better after
    *accupressure
    *cleaning air ducts
    *avoiding caffine
    *allergy and asthma treatment (I even gave up all my pets.)
    *ionic air cleaners
    *steamy showers
    *looking at your diet and taking appropriate supplements
    *finding ways to reduce stress
    *looking at treating yourself for candida--especially if you have been on so many antibiotics--I am sure you can find more info on the internet on this

    I have also been using a nasal spray lately called Xlear. It is a saline spray with Xylitol. I am not sure how it works, but so far it has been more helpful than any other saline sprays I have used.

    As for the headaches, I have a permenant frown line on the middle of my forehead from constantly schrunching my forehead from the constant sinus headaches. Prescription Naproxen Sodium seems to help the most for me.

    I know none of these is a good answer--just things to think on, but I hope there is someting new that may help. Good luck finding something that works.

     
    Old 07-20-2006, 06:25 AM   #3
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    Re: Constant Sinus infections

    thanks for your advice. Yes, my sinuses are weekened severly. Over 2 years ago I had a massive allergy attack that ended up with a bad sinus infection that wouldn't go away with antibiotics. It did go away on it's own but what it left was weekend sinuses and I was dizzy, very dizzy.

    Here I am over 2 years later and I have had 4 sinus surgeries. My last one was a month ago and it was major. I had my frontal sinuses removed out of my head completely. Since than I'm on my second sinus infection in the sinuses under my eyes(maxillary's). They hurt most every day with or without allergy issues. I feel pain in them all the time. My ENT doesn't know what to say.

    I have tried Xyletol spray and it actually made me worse. The only thing I can do is irrigate with saline and I do that 2x a day.

    I have a HEPA in my house which helps. I guess I should run my humidifier more and will try that. I'm senstive to smoke and a woman wearing heavy perfumes and these 2 things are almost impossible to avoid all the time or I could never go out in the public. I typically turn my face away and try to hold my breath till the smell passes but by than it is in my sinuses and i can feel the inflammation coming on.

    I have not tried being treated for Candida, but I have been looking into that lately. Right now I have decided to go on a 2 week no sugar diet to see if that helps and to take Acidopholus to help balance out my tummy as I think it has something to do with it.

    I think I plan to see my PCP and just go with her and have her help me figure something out. I can't keep doing this anymore.

    I have been on Singular and Zyrtec together over 2 years everyday. If I just take one my dizziness is worse, if I take 2 it is mild but I live with it. I haven't tried what it feels like to go without both. Sometimes I think about just stopping taking my meds for a week and just eat healthy, irrigate, and see what happens.

    Anyhow, thanks for the info. It was needed!

     
    Old 07-20-2006, 07:59 AM   #4
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    Re: Constant Sinus infections

    Oh, i forgot to add I've been taking alergy shots for over 2 years and I avoid caffeine like there is no tomorrow because it gives me headaches and I feel weird afterwards.

     
    Old 07-20-2006, 10:21 AM   #5
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    Re: Constant Sinus infections

    Hi Halls,

    This is probably caused by acid reflux being aspirated into your lungs after traveling up the esophogous. Major cause of asthma-like and allergy-like and sinusitis-like sympotms that most ENTs don't know about (probably don't want to know about because it will ruin their businesses).

    If you're serious about exploring new paths to getting better, the answer is 2 doses of a PPI per day. You need a prescription PPI, and I recommend Nexium, Aciphex or Prevacid. You need 2 doses, taken at the same time, of the maximum strength pill. For instance, Nexium comes in 20 mg or 40 mg sizes, and you would need 2 of teh 40 mg size pills.

    Do some web research on "laryngopharyngeal reflux" and visit the acid reflux message board.

    I lived through it, and was able to throw out every single sinus, allergy and asthma medication after I started PPI 2x daily therapy.

    You don't need to see a specialist. You can get the PPIs from your PCP, though beware, many PCPs have yet to hear about Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR). But it's a real up and comer and is getting tons of research these days. So you may need to educate the doctor. Nonetheless, doctors stock absurd amounts of free PPI samples that come from their drug reps in the "free sample" closet they all have. Just start with the free samples if you don't believe me enough to fill a real prescription quite yet.

    But - under no circumstances take 1 dose a day. 1 dose a day is for people with strictly lower-esophogeal heartburn. LPR occurs at the top of the esophogous - and you need a larger dose to turn down those acid pumps enough to prevent the reflux from reaching those heights.

    Check out the acid reflux message board. We all had sinusitis before we got our real diagnosis.

     
    Old 07-20-2006, 10:33 AM   #6
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    Re: Constant Sinus infections

    aswander, very interesting. I'll check out the board.

    I actually have a bit of acid reflux and i do have a hiatal hernia. Most of these problems began after I gained weight so that should say something.

    I'm trying to lose weight right now and eat healthier so I hope it will get better. But I plan to make an appointment to see my PCP about. I used to take Prevacid daily but haven't in a while.

    Also, all my misery started when I was laying down. The sinuses are worse when I sleep and the dizziness and pain started when I woke up one morning. Gee, if it is something like this I would be shocked, but relieved.

    I'll come over to the board and make an appointment to see my PCP next week.


     
    Old 07-20-2006, 03:39 PM   #7
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    Re: Constant Sinus infections

    I've been seeing an ENT for 6 months re:sinuses. Symptoms now seem to be sounding like a twangy voice and clearing throat often with a little cough). I've had 2 treatments of chemical cautery to open up the sinus passages. My ENT also, however, gave me RX for Zegerid 40 mgs. after my explanation of having problems since last Oct.05, when I visited a pulmanologist. Symptoms were crackles and wheezing when I was lying down. This would happen after lying for awhile. This only happend lying down, upright it's ok. Had Lung CT, Heart Ulta Sound, no heart failure.) I just can't believe perhaps reflux is the prime/root problem of sinus, allergy, wheezing problems. The 40 mgs. of Zegerid.......I can't say it has helped my problem, however, have tried Prilosec at 20 mgs, doing nothing. You are saying take 80 mgs daily of a PPI, that really seems quite a bit. I'm a small framed person and very sensative to 90% of meds prescribed for me. I go back 8/7/06, for the final cautery treatment, then every 3 months until the Jaguar is paid in full (a little pun intended). It is then advised 2X yearly for maintenance. I know I would be able to get a script for any PPI, however, the OTC Prilosec at 40 or 80 I may try first. Opinions? Please respond and thanks for the input. J

     
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