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    Old 08-22-2014, 12:43 AM   #1
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    Sinus problems, Allergies. Or worse? Please read :)!!!

    Hi , thanks for taking the time to read this post.
    Before you read on, i'll be completely honest with you, i was never a fan of posting up my problems on the net. Just something about updating others on my personal problems always seemed a little selfish and counter productive to me.
    But yet, here i am now. So if you did somehow stumble across this reading, you should know that this is a detailed summary of my experiences with Allergic Rhinitis/ Dust Allergy and Sinus problems for the past couple of years. Prepare the popcorn or whatever the hell you eat whilst procrastinating, and i'll try to keep this as entertaining as i possibly can.

    So basically, I've been experiencing sinus/ allergy problems for the past couple of years and it's really affecting my life. It started with constant colds that would just not go away, blocked nose that would never clear, then coughing up mucus/ phlegm in the morning when i wake up accompanied by a stuffy feeling at the back of my throat and in my sinus/ nasal passageways. I didn't really pay much attention to this problem which was probably what exacerbated things to what they are now...


    So later down the track things started to get worse for me, i would wake up not feeling refreshed and feel mentally drained/ demotivated to even get dressed to get out of the house, I found the most basic activities and actions in life, a challenge... This really started to raise many MANY metaphorical eyebrows for me, i started to observe myself and become more conscious to what was happening during my day, i could barely hold a conversation with someone without having them to ask me to repeat myself my hearing was all muffled up (EVEN WORSE IN LOUD ENVIRONMENTS!!!, you would wet yourself laughing seeing me trying to chat someone up in the clubs... it was tragic.), my words just didn't seem to carry the right tone and depth as it would have normally when i spoke, as hard as i tried i couldn't do it. This really bummed me out because i started to get frustrated with myself, lost motivation to work/ study, shy away from vocal conversation, lost connection with friends and couldn't form new relationships, my mind was working fine but i just couldn't express myself on the outside, how sad etc etc... so i eventually thought i was having anxiety problems, that i was depressed.

    Sure enough, the symptoms matched and i saw a therapist who gave me breathing exercises which helped temporarily before the symptoms came back to screw with me once more.
    One day brought up the symptoms which i was experiencing and the doctor suggested that i see an Ear Nose and Throat specialist , that there could be an underlying reason to all this stuff going on.

    I explained everything to the ENT and he immediately asked for me to get a CT Scan done, soon enough, the images from the scan showed that i had nasal polyps blocking my sinus passageways as well as extremely inflamed adenoids/ turbinates.
    After a brief questioning to what problems are affecting me the most and what i would like to resolve, the ENT suggested that i have a FESS , Adenoidectomy and Turbinoid Reduction so, Basically Surgery...

    The surgery went real smooth, i spent the night in hospital and went home the day after with some antibiotics and painkillers, the doc told me to rinse my nose a few times a day with the irrigation kit (Saline water nasal cleaning, netipot , etc same stuff..)

    I'll be honest, the first few weeks after surgery felt amazing!!! I could breathe properly, had my hearing improved tenfold (playing the piano never sounded better!!! guess mucus does remove a few decibles from hearing) , speaking didn't feel like such a difficult task as it were, even in loud places!
    Apart from the post surgery nosebleeds, drained mucus which i had pretty often... I was absolutely cheering.

    After my nosebleeds ceased about 3 weeks after surgery, the post nasal drip , phlegm was still being coughed up , which didn't bother me because the doc said it was normal , plus i felt good so i decided to resume exercise...
    I started with a light jog to get my cardio back, resumed gym and football training- since i had gone my team had slumped to the bottom of the ladder so i needed to get my act together, FAST.
    I had gotten pretty unfit but apart from that, i felt like a completely new person!
    But unfortunately for me, this wonderful turn of events for me did not stay for long.
    The muffled hearing started to creep back into my life followed by the slurred speech/ inability to focus, problems with sleep, headaches and inability to focus, a mad case of dejavu aye!

    I got a allergy test done with the local GP and the results came back for High allergy for dust and dust mite at (235 Ku/L) - don't know what those figures mean but it sure was enough for the doctor to be pretty surprised when he saw it. So where does that leave me, i have realised that dust is well... everywhere. So my symptoms will never be naturally suppressed in this environment - SYDNEY AUSTRALIA .

    Anyways 4 weeks after my surgery. After having a post operative appointment with my ENT , my symptoms were again alleviated for another couple of weeks after the doc sprayed some nasal medicine in my nose and sucked out some mucus from my nasal/ sinus passageways, i could again, hear and speak without a problem.

    But not anymore D: !
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    *Snap back to reality*

    So here i am, 3 weeks after the first Post Op session, on this website posting this for your viewing pleasure.
    My doctor has brought up the possibility that i take some desensitisation medicine/ injections for my allergy but i have read some reviews that give that option a rather sketchy image because it may/ may not work and takes years of building up dosage for immunisation to be temporarily granted.
    My ENT has scheduled a hearing test for me (don't count on it much but it's pretty much for free so what the hell) ,as well as a second Post op session for the 1st of October, so i'll be sure to bombard him with a load of questions.

    If you are one who is experiencing similar or the exact same problem as i am, i can only offer you my deepest sympathies as i obviously had AND have first hand experience on what it feels like to be bogged down by this problem.

    That's about all i have to offer because this is the internet, and i don't know you.

    Haha

    Anyways, id like to thank you for your time whilst reading my story, i hope you have gained some insight to my experiences with allergies , sinus problems for these past few years'. If you have any information or suggestions as to what i can do to help me alleviate my symptoms, please post a reply to me, i will be sure to read it!

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    Old 08-30-2014, 04:31 PM   #2
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    Re: Sinus problems, Allergies. Or worse? Please read :)!!!

    Dust mites don't live in dust. It's not a good name for them, but that's what they are called. They live where dead skin is, and that's what they live on. Likely your mattress is older and a coil spring mattress, and you use a fluffy pillow. These guys live in these places and reproduce like rabbits. They are hard to kill.

    Three options. Get allergy shots for them, it takes a while but likely you will become immune to them.

    Two. Get a foam pillow as there are no places for them to live in and buy a new bed that is all foam, or air and dense foam, think sleep number style.

    Three, try a hepa vacuum, and vacuum very slowly all over the mattress with a new bag. This would have to be repeated often to keep their numbers down. Pillow switch is a must though.

     
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    Old 08-30-2014, 07:07 PM   #3
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    Re: Sinus problems, Allergies. Or worse? Please read :)!!!

    You evidently had a blood test for allergies. They are best for food allergies. The skin scratch test is best for environmental allergies (and drug allergies, too). I'd find an allergist and get proper testing. Yes, it takes dedication for the 5 year shot regimen. I've done it 3 times in my life so I am well aware of what's involved. Some people get permanent results from them. Some, like myself, do not. But I did get a good 10-15 years out of them before I even had to go back on antihistamines. But I do recommend getting proper testing from a specilist. And then see where you want to go.

    Also, get a mattress cover and also wash your bed linens in hot water weekly.

     
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    Old 08-31-2014, 05:23 PM   #4
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    Re: Sinus problems, Allergies. Or worse? Please read :)!!!

    You received two very good responses to your post. Get an appointment with an allergist, have the skin patch test and start getting your allergy shots once a week. Do what they suggested (bedding, pillow, mattress, etc). That's what I'm going through right now (have had sinus surgery twice but the drainage continues, causes great fatigue, etc). Since dust is one of my allergies, I'm getting my house cleaned professionally twice a month (we have a cat...one of my allergies but she's elderly so we're not getting rid of her). You just do what you have to do to get back to normalcy. Ask for information to take home and read when you see the allergist (I go to an EN&T but my issues don't sound as tough as yours). Good luck!

     
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    Old 09-01-2014, 09:07 PM   #5
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    Many thanks to you all for your responses! I will get all of it done ASAP and post progressive updates on here, cheers.

     
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