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Richard:

He's probably referring to oral steroids (prednisone) - pills that you take with food each day. Typically they'll prescribe something like a 10 day course of steroids - you'll take the highest dosage the first 3-4 days and then the daily dosage will taper down over the rest of the course of medication.

As for the surgeon, the first step would typically be an endoscopic exam during which they'll use a rigid or flexible tube with a bright light to look into your sinuses (the exams typically only take 5 minutes and you're awake throughout).

Have you ever had a CT scan? That's something they often prescribe at this point as well.
Prednisone is a very effective anti-inflammatory. It's safe as long as you take it for a short period of time (usually 7-10 days for sinus issues). Typically they start you on a higher dose (40 mg) and taper the daily dosage down over the course of treatment. You may feel a little wired the first few days but most of the other side effects are only a problem if you take it over a long period of time.
Yes you were spot on my doc prescribed me Prednisone. 6 tablets a day (5mg each) for 7 days. I am so anxious at taking this many tablets, its a battle between taking them or having to suffer my sinus pressure problems indefinately, or until it miraculasly goes away.
If it makes you feel any better, 30mg a day is not a very high dose of prednisone - lots of docs will prescribe 40mg or 50mg for the first 3 days of a course of prednisone (and then have you drop down 10 mg for the next 3 days).

You may feel a bit wired at that dosage but it's only for 7 days and you should notice an improvement within the first 48 hours.