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    Old 06-22-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
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    Almost 3 months of sinus problems -help!?!

    Hello. I am a new member and have been surfing around these message boards for a few days reading and learning stories and trying to relate to other sinus problems.

    I little background...
    I am a 35 yr old woman with a history of asthma (allergy related) and I'm basically allergic to everything environmental, dust and most animals. I have always suffered from allergies (for as long as I can remember) but this is the first year where something has changed.

    For the last 3 months I have been suffering from sinus pressure that is accompanied by swollen glands/nodes under my jaw line (ears to chin). This is constant from the moment I wake up until my head hits the pillow at bedtime. The only relief I get is when I am lying down.

    When I first noticed these symptoms, I started with natural solutions like my neti-pot, steam, saline sprays, hot sauce, warm compresses. When none of these solutions worked - I went to the doctors and was prescribed antibiotics for a sinus infection. After 2 rounds of antibiotics - I was still the same.

    Went to see an allergist/immunologist and he prescribed Avamys nasal spray, Symbicort, Spiriva and a daily antihistamine. After a few weeks with no change, I stopped both inhalers (don't really know why I was prescribed inhalers cause my lungs were and are feeling fine) and continued with the daily antihistamine and Avamys.

    Now weeks later, no change. Still feel the same. I am currently waiting for my ENT appointment.

    I wake up every morning hoping for some miracle of relief but to no avail. I cannot lie down all day - impossible. This is no way to live a life - it's really starting to effect my family life and my mood is always down.

    Let me be clear though - I have the sinus pressure/pain without all the other symptoms that am use to having with normal allergy problems (sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing). I don't have ANY of those symptoms. I can breathe through my nose but as I do I feel the pressure in my face. And this feeling of swollen glands/nodes in my neck is literally a pain in the neck! I feel as though I'm being choked. It is not an anaphylatic (sp?) reaction. It is constant all day long...

    Please tell me I'm not the only person in the world with this -
    help!?! I'm at my wits end!!

     
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    Old 06-23-2011, 03:38 AM   #2
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    Re: Almost 3 months of sinus problems -help!?!

    I am having the same exact problem, Please let me know what you find out and I will do likewise.

     
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    Old 06-23-2011, 05:13 PM   #3
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    Re: Almost 3 months of sinus problems -help!?!

    Thanks for responding. Glad to hear I'm not the only one out there suffering from these symptoms. I still waiting to see my ENT specialist. I will post once I have some answers. Let me know what happens with you too. GL!

     
    Old 06-26-2011, 04:11 PM   #4
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    Re: Almost 3 months of sinus problems -help!?!

    Try the following

    Mucinex-D: 2 Tabs twice a day for 2 weeks

    A steroid nasal spray such as Flonase every day

    Use your netipot once a day, but at the oposite end of the day to the steroid (say one in the morning and the other at night). Good mix for in the neti pot is 250ml boiled warm water, 1/2 tes salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda

    As a last result, a short "pulse" of oral sterods can work wonders, say Prednisolone 50mg at once, then 25mg per day for 5 days or so
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    Old 06-26-2011, 07:25 PM   #5
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    Re: Almost 3 months of sinus problems -help!?!

    My Dr. has prescribed the same RX and I am on the 2nd day and beginning to feel a difference already Have not tried the netipot yet as I am restricting salt do to Meneries attack.
    Thanks for your help.

     
    Old 07-05-2011, 03:57 PM   #6
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    Re: Almost 3 months of sinus problems -help!?!

    Just came back from the ENT specialist today. He looked in my ears and put the camera up my nose and down my throat (not fun). He said he didn't find anything seriously wrong. He prescribed B2 and Magnesium and a muscle relaxer. He also sent me for a thyroid/neck ultrasound and he'll follow up after the results. He says it might be migraines or TMJ. We'll see....still not feeling better though...

     
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