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    Old 08-27-2006, 05:04 PM   #1
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    Sinus Infection

    I have pressure around the nose, between the eyes, post nasal drip that makes me ill, I don't have an appetite and have to make myself eat something, my stomach is upset and probably from the antiobiotics as well. My head is a bit swimmy and my ears a bit funny and things seem loud and my ears are really wet in the mornings... mornings are very hard for me in general. I just feel so sick but I have never had an infection like this so I guess it is normal but I am missing so much work!!!! I tried the nasal irrigation last night but that seemed to irritate things. I have nasal spray, decongestants, antibiotics, vitamins, ********** juice (antioxidant).... this is just really hard to beat!!!!


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    Old 08-27-2006, 05:59 PM   #2
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    Re: Sinus Infection

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    I have pressure around the nose, between the eyes, post nasal drip that makes me ill, I don't have an appetite and have to make myself eat something, my stomach is upset and probably from the antiobiotics as well. My head is a bit swimmy and my ears a bit funny and things seem loud and my ears are really wet in the mornings... mornings are very hard for me in general. I just feel so sick but I have never had an infection like this so I guess it is normal but I am missing so much work!!!! I tried the nasal irrigation last night but that seemed to irritate things. I have nasal spray, decongestants, antibiotics, vitamins, ********** juice (antioxidant).... this is just really hard to beat!!!!


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    This is typical for me and I have had to fight 6-9 impacted sinus infections a year. The stomach sickness, sometimes acid reflux, and lack of appetite is all typical of your stomach getting swamped by mucus drainage. Nasal irrigation is very helpful, but you need to do it routinely. If you use an over the counter nasal saline spray, apply before you go to bed... try and drag and spit as much of the induced drainage out as possible. Repeat in the morning and one time in the afternoon if possible. The sooner the sinus cavities are drained the better. Keep up with the decongestants and antibiotics, take them all. If you are not completely better at the end of your cycle of antibiotics, get some more. It can be very hard to get rid of a sinus infection.
    Sincerely, MG

     
    Old 08-27-2006, 08:14 PM   #3
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    Re: Sinus Infection

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    This is typical for me and I have had to fight 6-9 impacted sinus infections a year. The stomach sickness, sometimes acid reflux, and lack of appetite is all typical of your stomach getting swamped by mucus drainage. Nasal irrigation is very helpful, but you need to do it routinely. If you use an over the counter nasal saline spray, apply before you go to bed... try and drag and spit as much of the induced drainage out as possible. Repeat in the morning and one time in the afternoon if possible. The sooner the sinus cavities are drained the better. Keep up with the decongestants and antibiotics, take them all. If you are not completely better at the end of your cycle of antibiotics, get some more. It can be very hard to get rid of a sinus infection.
    Sincerely, MG
    Thanks MG!
    WOW you have a lot of infections a year... this is my first ever like this and it has been frustrating, scary, etc. I have missed two weeks of work and I have scared how rough it is going to be when I get up in the morning and if I will make it in or go through another week of this crap. Yes I have bad stomach sickness, taking meds for acid reflux, and all that... I haven't eaten a whole lot the last two weeks and I doubt that helps fight it off. I tried the nasal irrigation before going to bed last night and it made me feel more stuffy and my throat was funny today. Could I have done it wrong or should I keep it up??? I will try the saline spray again tonight ... as far as dragging and spitting the drainage out I have never been able to do this! I don't know if I am afraid of gagging or what but I should try harder I guess if it will help. I don't even know how My brother drags and spits all the time and so does my other family members but I do good to blow my nose. I can taste the drainage when I burp even. I haven't been taking all of the decongestants because they weren't seeming to do much and they make me dry and I think they stir up the reflux a bit but perhaps I will go take another one now. My mom said it took her well over a month to get rid of her last sinus infection. That freaks me out!

     
    Old 08-28-2006, 08:16 AM   #4
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    Re: Sinus Infection

    Thanks MG!
    "WOW you have a lot of infections a year... this is my first ever like this and it has been frustrating, scary, etc."
    One gets used to it... and your pain tolerance goes through the roof. I am due to have my tonsils & adnoids removed, and sinus window insertion in all my sinus cavities next week. I can't wait!

    "I have missed two weeks of work and I have scared how rough it is going to be when I get up in the morning and if I will make it in or go through another week of this crap."
    Sinus infections can be quite draining, and the constant head ache makes it extremely hard to concentrate... throw a three year old in the "why" and "how" stage and you feel like taking a drill to your own head on occasion...
    "Yes I have bad stomach sickness, taking meds for acid reflux, and all that... I haven't eaten a whole lot the last two weeks and I doubt that helps fight it off. I tried the nasal irrigation before going to bed last night and it made me feel more stuffy and my throat was funny today. Could I have done it wrong or should I keep it up???"
    Your throat felt funny because you increased your drainage volume. Keep it up and eat bread... as much as you can stomach to help conteract the mucus drainage. Technique? Well two good squirts in each nostril, be sure to suck it up into the nasal cavities by breathing deeply through your nose... and you should feel stuff dropping down the back of your throat shortly after. Try to use the saline at least twice a day... in the morning when you wake up and at night before bed.
    " as far as dragging and spitting the drainage out I have never been able to do this! I don't know if I am afraid of gagging or what but I should try harder I guess if it will help."
    Keep trying, when larger blobs drop it will get easier to drag them out. Also take the decongest... and drink lots of water to combat that dry sensation. The decongestants help more than you know.... you are just flooeded with mucus at the moment. Good luck, and I will keep up with your progress here.
    Respectfully yours,
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    Old 08-28-2006, 05:10 PM   #5
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    Re: Sinus Infection

    I have had sinus infections for years. But, last night on KOTV out of Tulsa they had a doctor and showed a new procedure where he goes in through the nose, has a tube with a balloon type thing, like they use in opening veins in the heart. So, he goes up and drains the sinus cavity. You might be able to find this on the KOTV site. The doctor was named Shaw. I have an appointment for next week.

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    Old 08-28-2006, 08:02 PM   #6
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    Sandy,

    Let me know how it goes with the Dr.

    No I haven't heard about it...

    THanks

     
    Old 08-30-2006, 06:14 AM   #7
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    Re: Sinus Infection

    tissie1,

    I have had sinus irrigations done before... they are only a temporary fix. Frequently a sinus irrigation does not clear out all of the infection. The procedure can give you temporary relief, but you will still need the antibiotics to kill any lingering infection pockets. If the current round of antibiotics does not clear it up or seem to help. The infection may be resistant to the antibiotic or not be bacterial in origin. The are less common sinus and ear infection sources fungal in origin. The only way to tell for sure is to culture a sample of mucus pulled out of your sinuses. Good luck. Best wishes for making the headaches go away.
    Sincerely,
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    Old 09-02-2006, 06:01 PM   #8
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    Re: Sinus Infection

    Yes I didn't find the irrigation to do much and felt stuffier afterwards also with inhaling steam. Although I was told that inhaling essential oils with steam could cure sinus infections (I have only tried this once so far). I am almost done with the antibiotics and I am still not healed. I still get hot, feel a bit dizzy, tired, ears draining, pressure in the sinuses and post nasal drip. I called the doctor and her office just said to continue with the antibiotics and come in next week if I still don't feel well. ERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR... Well this has been going on for 3 weeks now and they keep telling me they aren't "miracle pills". Wow I have never felt bad for so long before so it is really frustrating. I am taking antioxidants, etc. I am not sure what to do if the whole thing is fungal?!

     
    Old 09-03-2006, 02:33 AM   #9
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    sinus infections are terrible, i have chronic sinusitis for 3 months now -constant headache, post nasal drip, no energy, sick all the time, pressure in face, swollen eyelids, not gud at all really. been to the doctors so many times ive lost count. hes gave me decongestants which made me worse, 3 lots of antibiotics, nasal sprays, antihistamines and nothing is getting rid of it ive also been told ive got really swollen lining of nose so hes sent me to an ENT specialist...5 or 6 weeks ago and still avent heard anything. but i dont know what hes gona do. probly put that tube up my nose and look how bad it is. neway the other day went doctors agen and now hes sent me for xray of sinuses. what happens for one of these? do you sit down? does anyone else find it really hard to breathe all the time. it might just be my swollen nose. and now i have a chest infection so on antibiotics for that to. its been the worst few months ever. whoever thought sinusitis could be so bad. i just hope they do something for it quick bcos i cant do anything...havent watched tv for months because of the noise and because the room spins when i watch it, eyesight is ruined because of swelled eyelids. cant go out because everythin is so so so loud, i asked him about this and he says...its a pocket of pus trapped somewere which makes every sound amplified. its horrible everythin is full blast. does anyone else have this? doctor thinks its normal to have a constant bad hedache..does everyone else have it constantly? and is no energy a symptom..that might just be my iron defiency though. anyway thanks for listening. hope we all get better soon

     
    Old 09-04-2006, 06:45 PM   #10
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    Re: Sinus Infection

    tissie1,
    I am on my 2nd 30 day round of antibiotics for my current sinus infection. Fungal infections can be treated the same way. However they use an anti-fungal medication instead. To determine if the infection is bacterial or fungal it will need to be cultured. Once this is done, they can determine if it is an anti-biotic resistant bacterial infection, fungal infection, or in some rare cases a long lived viral infection.
    Good luck. We have been there... it will end.
    SIncerely,
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    Old 09-04-2006, 06:55 PM   #11
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    Thanks for your encouragement! I don't want anyone else to be sick with this but it is comforting to know that I am not alone! I finished my 10 day pack of antibiotics yesterday so now I am on nothing and don't have a Dr. appointment until Friday. The receptionist at the Dr.s office was of no help to me! My glands are still swollen, my ears draining, I feel dizzy and short of breath and my tougne is still white which means obvioiusly that I am still sick.
    I cannot believe how many antibiotics some of you have taken!!! Everyone that I talk to seems to think I have taken too many already but compared to you guys I haven't! My mom said it took her over a month to get over her infection. I can't believe how debilitating this can be and how frustrating to get over. I have no idea what my doctor will want to do next. I would like to find a new Dr. because I don't have much confidence in her but neither does most people I know so they aren't helpful in giving me suggestions on other Dr.s. I had a CT Scan of my sinuses done a couple of years ago and it didn't show much of anything. I have been to an allergy specialist and that didn't do anything for me. I was sent to an ENT once but he was for trauma and he just looked up my nose and said it looked fine and I was the wrong type of DR. to be seeing.

    Thanks again for chatting with me and for the encouragement and insights and ideas!

    Prayers to the rest of you out there that are having so many problems too!

    I have a question...
    I called the Dr.s office on Thursday but the Dr. was out of town and the receptionist just said to finish my meds and come in next Friday. Well I finished the antibiotics yesterday and I am still not well. Won't it screw me all up if need more antibiotics but I stop taking them???? I talked to the pharmacist and she said your blood count goes down when you stop taking them and your body will resist them more when you go back on them and you should keep taking them at a scheduled time as needed.

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    Old 09-04-2006, 07:11 PM   #12
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    Re: Sinus Infection

    In my personal opinion I avoid D.O. classified doctors... because they are resistant to aggressive drug therapy, when that is the only thing that works for me. Check around for a good internal medicine doctor that sees patients on a routine basis, versus a FP.

    I moved to an IM/phamacist physician a year ago and discovered many things about myself. He has been great at helping me treat and eliminate my problems.... sleep apnea, surgical necessity to correct chronic sinusitus, etc.

    Keep your eyes open, and a good doctor will only respect you if you desire a second opinion.

    Sincerely, MG

     
    Old 09-04-2006, 07:21 PM   #13
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    I see the Nurse Practioner... maybe I should ask to see the main doctor their he is an Internal Med Dr.

    My Nurse Practioner basically does whatever and I feel like a lab rat just fooling around and hoping to come across something that works. Generally she gives me these weird looks like her mind is doing overtime to even grasp what could be done for me. Generally it is tests, etc. that are completely useless and expensive.

    I can't say I have ever heard of a IM/phamacist physician...


    I am not sure even where to start looking for a Dr. there are many different hospitals/offices, etc.

     
    Old 09-04-2006, 07:37 PM   #14
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    Seeing the main doctor is a good idea. Nurse practicioners are good for general maintanence, but infections really should be treated by a M.D.
    Good luck.
    IM/Pharm's are rare. I doubt you would even have one in your area.
    Sincerely, MG

     
    Old 09-05-2006, 05:04 AM   #15
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    Up to this point I thought it was just easier to work with the person that knew what my situation was and was easiest to get into to see but I probably should see the main Dr. and it may be very worth going through the whole story with him and see what he thinks although I don't know if I could get into to see him or if the nurse would speak with him instead of the nurse practioner.

     
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