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Sinus drainage/thick mucus

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 15, 2006
  • 03:28 AM

For years I have had sinus infection problems with lots of gooey green mucus drainage. I have had two sinus surgeries and I haven't had a bad sinus infection since the last surgery about 4 years ago.

I still have alot of drainage from my sinuses draining into my throat, mostley clear to milkey and very sticky I am always clearing my throat and making weird noises trying to get the mucus up. It isn't so bad during the day, maybe because I'm upright and the mucus can drain? It is very annoying to me and others. I feel embarassed but until I can clear the mucus I can't seem to stop clearing my throat. It is really bad at night. I usually go to sleep ok but I wake up around 2:30 AM almost every night and feel the mucus hanging from my sinuses into my throat. I try to ignore it but it is too annoying. It usually takes 1-1.5 hours to clear so I can try and go back to sleep. By then I am very nervous and having anxiety problems and pinched nerves in my back from caughing. The problem is so bad and has been on going for lots of years that it seems to be controling my life. If I'm not clearing my throat, I'm wondering when I will have to and it's getting to the point I don't want to go to bed because I know I will wake up in a couple of hours and be back at it.

My ENT tells me there isn't anything he can do. He tells me to take a mucus thinner but they don't seem to work very well. Sometimes they even make the problem worse. The stickey mucus is deep in my throat and doesn't caugh up very easy.

I have been seeing a Chiroprator that specializes in applied kinesology for 3 years or so. He has treated me for yeast infection/candida, imune system disorders and digestive track problems. He seems positive that we are making progress. I am better than I was several years ago because of no sinus infections, however I am very uncomfortable and tired of this problem. I don't know where to go from here. I have also been through several alergy tests for polins, metals, food etc.

Looking for help!

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  • Hay I just tried the nettipot version nelmed somthing like that it has pressure to it. I added salt and and a touch of vinagar Braggs it cuts down the slimey crud. Good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
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  • Bi Yan Pian is a good Chinese patent remedy for sinus drainage and congestion. Please just be careful where you buy this, as there are lots of "counterfeit" products that may contain heavy metals, dyes, and even some pharmaceutical ingredients. I recommend Plum Flower/Mayway brand or Min Shan brand for Bi Yan Pian and other Chinese formulas. Look for the GMP stamp on the bottle. www.naet.com can help reverse allergies. I used to have chronic sinusitis and adult onset asthma...I no longer have any of these problems after treating with NAET. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 10, 2009
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  • Hello, I posted some info regarding a nasal spray I tried...but it looks like the modertor removed the website link -- sorry about that. Anyway, this spray really works well for me...it's called Sinofresh. I use it now everyday and it really helps with the drainage. I was told that I may need sinus surgery but after using this spray I think I can hold off for now. You can go to Google and type in Sinofresh and you should be able to find the site and read up.Sure hope this stuff works! I just ordered some ... we'll see!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 27, 2009
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  • I too have had this problem since i was a child and always had to pull the mucus from my nasla cavity and spit it out else it would give me a very bad throat ...but now i am free from most of this sinus problem and here what i didfirst .. see a doctor and get treated with antibiotics ( ( amoxicillin will help alot) second - get a nasal decongestant and use it for no more than 2 days to clear out the blocked nasal cavities and releive the pressure on teh sinus..do not use more than 3 days continuously ( read the instruction on the bottle well) third - join a yoga class and learn the breathing techniques --the breathing techniques are important because the deepbreathing help to oxygenate the nasal cavities and provide more oxygen to the sinus - thus helping the body fight the anerobic bacteria liviing in teh sinus cavity ...every morning and eveing use a nasal saline rinse ( namely Ayr nasal saline ) the bottle tip fits the nostrils and the saline water is gently pushed and removed from the other nostril ..this way the saline washes of the nostril - sinuses and any allergen in teh nasal cavity ....also rinse the nasal cavity as soon as you catch a cold - i have seen that when ever i feel that i have started to get arunny nose - a quick nasal rinse -- washes off the allergens and the cold doesn't progress further ...open the door and windows of the house and let some fresh air in the house from tiem to time-- poorly ventilated rooms also promote sinus and other problems..try these and see if its helps you ..it helped me tremendously ...this is how it workd for me -good luck ...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 30, 2010
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  • I hope I can find some relief here, I snore like a lumber jack and wake with my mouth so dry that I can hardly swallow. Another thing is my tongue is pressed to the roof of my mouth upon waking. After I'm up, sorry do not know another word to describe this other than hacking up mucus, suck it down then spit it out. After I get it cleared out I'm find the rest of the day, no drainage, nothing. I have success with 1/2 dose over the counter nasal cold decongestant and it works until about 3am. My doctor doesn't really want me to use the medicine because it increases blood pressure, which I take medication for. Suggestions?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2010
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  • I have an odd question and I can't seem to find anything on this...Okay- here it goes!I've had a sinus infection probably now for 2 months (currently being treated with antibiotics and am very slowly getting better). I've also gone gluten free for awhile which seemed to help- and I'm not really sure- I think, after reading your posts that I'll give it another try. Anyway- when you're draining-(i.e., post nasal drip) can you perceive some movement of the mucus in your sinuses when you tip your head from side to side or while tilting you head back a bit (I sense that this feels much like 'water in my ears' and it feels located in the very center of my head)? Also- sometimes, does it help to push against your temple or a pressure point on your head to promote some sinus drainage? When I try to explain this to my doctor, she just says that the sinuses are all in the front of the head and that I shouldn't have any sensations in the middle or back of the head when congested. I'm just wondering of anyone with more chronic sinus issues are sensing this kind of thing and hopefully- I'm not crazy! Thanks for "listening"!!!!I suffered from sinusitus infections all through my early teens. I had a deviated septum that would cause blockages and that would result in a lot of fluid build up. I eventually had surgery to correct the deviated septum which helped the drainage, but did not stop it. Now, in my thirties I am starting to get a lot of drainage again. I see a chiropractor and one thing she does that helps is to massage the lymph nodes on the sides of my neck. Massaging them helps move blockages out of the lymph nodes so they can help drain mucous properly. This does help with fluid drainage, but does not get rid of it altogether. As and aside, you should only let a trained professional do this massage technique. There are certain pressure points that must be hit correctly, in a certain direction and if incorrect pressure is used near the arteries in the neck it can result in sending a clot into the body and this can result in stroke (from what I have read about the technique.) I feel like I constantly have fluid in my ears and the lymph massage helps this a little.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2010
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  • I too feel it move around in my head, infact If I use the saline wash and lay on a bed with my head hanging over the mucus finally rolls out the nostril. its so thick i can't even believe it comes out it usually is the size of a 50 cent piece. good luckI have an odd question and I can't seem to find anything on this...Okay- here it goes!I've had a sinus infection probably now for 2 months (currently being treated with antibiotics and am very slowly getting better). I've also gone gluten free for awhile which seemed to help- and I'm not really sure- I think, after reading your posts that I'll give it another try. Anyway- when you're draining-(i.e., post nasal drip) can you perceive some movement of the mucus in your sinuses when you tip your head from side to side or while tilting you head back a bit (I sense that this feels much like 'water in my ears' and it feels located in the very center of my head)? Also- sometimes, does it help to push against your temple or a pressure point on your head to promote some sinus drainage? When I try to explain this to my doctor, she just says that the sinuses are all in the front of the head and that I shouldn't have any sensations in the middle or back of the head when congested. I'm just wondering of anyone with more chronic sinus issues are sensing this kind of thing and hopefully- I'm not crazy! Thanks for "listening"!!!!
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  • try postural drainage.it should have been done first."postural dranage" Please what does this mean?
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  • Do you mean a hot steam or a cool mist vaporizer. I have been using a cool mist and maybe that is the problem. Let me know.Geez i am not sure this web site made me most grateful or most educated:I have reason to believe anything green is a true illness other than allergybut some of the symptoms described (stuck in your throat) may be something I have experienced and had no idea what it was much less how to describe. I also thought thick was something other than allergy. Looks like I may be wrong. And now I am really scared.To those of you having undergone surgery I am so sorry. Kenalog injections have been my most effective relief until recently. They seem to no longer work. Though I know that a tolerance is possible I wonder if they have not done something to change the medication as thank God, I have not had to have them that often.Are any of you folk set off in symptoms because of perfume/cologne exposures? Thanks
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  • I have had similar problems and I seem to have found the answer. I hope the following is helpful. About two years ago I started experiencing a lump in my throat that could not be cleared. I also noticed bad breath and a coated white tongue at the back. I started using a product called Therabreath (toothpaste and mouthwash) that helped alot. Then about a 8 months ago I noticed I was suffering from thick mucus that could be spit out but I was constantly spitting. It was thick - white and sticky. Very disgusting. However, I noticed it was worse after eating and definitely at night when I was trying to sleep. I started looking at what I ate and what common ingredient was in everything I ate. I soon discovered that Soy was present, in one form or another, in just about everything I ate. I started checking the ingredients details on food packaging and totally stopped eating anything with soy in it. Well, within 48 hours I was almost totally cleared of thick mucus and having to spit constantly. Its been two weeks now and I can't believe the difference. Its not easy since soy is present in alot of stuff. Bread for one. I definitely know when I have made a mistake since the thick mucus comes back almost immediately.I noticed in one of the comments on the website that someone had success with a low carb diet. That would make sense since it seems that soy is present in alot of high carb foods such as bread.I hope this information is helpfu.Wow! I have this exact problem. White, thick coating on the back of my tongue, constant bad breath I am always trying to cover-up (since I can't remove it :( ) I will definitely look into the Therabreath. For myself I've tried to eliminate dairy thinking that was the source of the problem - stopping dairy never rid me of the problem, perhaps just made it less thick in my throat. I will try the soy thing, but not eating bread?! That is going to be difficult. Then again my mother is siliac, so she can't eat anything with flour, so maybe I can deal with it. Thank you so much for the info!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 10, 2010
    • 05:11 AM
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  • All you drainage sufferers, I went several years having my doctor tell me that everyone has drainage and that I may just notice it more - in other words he thought it was all in my head (psychologically too \"/ ). I switched doctors. I also was having bronchitis a couple of times a year. He sent me to an allergist. After trying 6 or so kinds of allergy meds, the only kind that works for me is the kind with a "D" behind its name. Allergy meds are antihistamines, but with the D is added a decongestant. It sounds contrary, since decongestants loosen up the mucous and thin it out, but the D actually dries up my mucous. Yes I can have dry mouth at times, but it's well worth it. I now use the generic for Claritin D (loratadine D) because my insurance doesn't cover allergies (mine are molds). Anything you try, (allergy meds, nasal sprays, food changes, etc.) make sure you give them at least a week to two weeks try so they have time to get into your system. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 3, 2010
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  • what antibiotics did your doctor put you on?what a relief to see a succession of rational contributions.i agree with you all really with differing emphases,obviously.in my own case(sixty years of suffering!)the problem has been,(i think)swelling provoked by a mould--americans write "mold"--a little town in north wales here!----caused the sinuses to block. bacteria grew,and once burst forth in a spectacular display of colour ,and incredible mass,after an unintended dose of postural drainage---reading a newspaper spread out on the floor!that was the end of that particular edition!for several days i could breathe!bliss!it was to be many decades before i could do so again.what fixed me wasa doctor prepared to deploy several--four-- courses of antibiotics, (this is actually a very conventional ,very well established tactic), in conjunction with pseudoephidrene(sudafed,inengland.)result?i am 95%fixed!for over a year!(you need a lot of antibiotic because the sinuses are poorly vascularised,so not much gets through.)the sudafed opens up the nasal passages and sinus drains.wonderful for an over the counter medicine!oh ,yes,you need a high dose antibiotic.should have said.-----if chronic cough is involved,as it so unfortunately often is,be prepared to wait the four months it can take to let the lungs come out of their hypersensitive state.i think it makes sense to use a little cetirizene to keep allergic reactions at bay ,also.there now,thats all i know!best wishes to all,and thank you for not mentioning acupuncture!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2010
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  • I'm not sure how similar this is to these responses as I feel like my condition is rare.. but I have seen other posts describing my exact same symptoms. If someone can relate, please let me know - especially if you know of a cure or preventative measures. For a last few years now, I have has horrible buildup of hard mucus in my nasal cavity. I want to say it was caused from my toncilectimy but I remember having similar issues (to a lesser extent) before the surgery. Anyway, everyday I can feel the clogged nature of my sinus cavity. I can breath fine and I have no gooey green drainage or anything. But I can feel that there is something in my nasal cavity. It gets to the point where I start to snort very very hard to get it out because its extremely annoying. When the obstruction breaks loose, it usually gets inhaled into my lungs because i am snroting so hard. THen I easlity cough it up with one cough and I see it.... It's literally the size and shape of a frosted flake (maybe a bit smaller) and is usally somewhat square shaped. Its flat and very hard and extremely sticky.. like it was soaked in honey or something. Its aweful, to say the least. On many occasions, i have injured my neck or back from snorting so hard. My girlfriend thinks I am crazy. It seems to come back as frequently as every day but I only get it bad once every few days. I have moved thfour times (not because of the problem) and have seen doctors and nothing seems to help.Does anyone know what the heck this is???
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2010
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  • Ray, I have a similar history as yours but spread out over a much longer time. I had the same gooey green problem you did for most of my life. About 12 years ago I had the same surgery you did. The surgeon had me on the out-patient operating tabe 3 1/2 hours and said it was the worst sinus case he had ever operated on with 13 1/2 out of 14 of my major sinus cavities plugged. (I hadn't been able to breathe through my nose for two years). Anyway, the surgery gave me a new life and I had been relatively problem free up until recently. About five months ago, I began to experience a very similar problem to what you are presently experiencing. I began to cough, mostly at night and had to spit up a clear, but slightly lumpy and sticky sinus drainage. It has progressively gotten worse as time has gone on. As you , I find it extremely uncomfortable and wake up 1 to 3 times a night in severe coughing spells that are only alleviated when I spit up enough of the drainage. Also I spend a lot of time during the daytime running to the bathroom to clear my throat mutiple times and or cough up the drainage, trying not to scare or annoy people I work with. The last couple of months, I started eliminating all the things I thought it could be (cat, environment, mold, bedding, etc.), and have come to the conclusion it is food related. I am just starting to see a GP who has given me a couple of antibiotics as a precaution. He tends to believe it is an allergy and will refer me to an allergist. (I presently just caught a massive cold which really made me miserable and stopped attempts at diagnosis, but as soon as it is over, I will pursue the allergist trail). I have been very methodical in my elimination of things that I think it can be. I was out of town two weeks and the symptoms stayed about the same. I think I have proved it is not just one food as I have eliminated suspected foods and the problem persists. Tomorrow I am going to try eating only brown rice and water for a week or two and see if the problem subsides. If nothing else, it wouldn't hurt to lose a few pounds in the process. :) It's good to commiserate with someone wo has the same problem and history. I will keep you posted as to what I determine with my food elimintion project. if you find out what is causing your problem or you have any new information, email me back. Good luck! George At that point i began to just wondering if the brown rice and water has helped... i have the same issues and i too think it's food related...
    Rudena 1 Replies
    • November 21, 2010
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  • Try 30 to 45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise everyday. Drink half a gallon of water daily. This will help
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2010
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  • Do you mean a hot steam or a cool mist vaporizer. I have been using a cool mist and maybe that is the problem. Let me know.hot steam. do NOT use cool mist - it will make it worse. HOT steam opens sinus passages, any cold or cool air will constrict them and make the problem worse.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2011
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  • I suffered a lot with this problem.. but completely cured now...South asian remedies..do a google/youtube on the names1- i did KAPALBHATI pranayam and UJJAYI pranayam.. breathing excercises..for 10-15 mins twice a day..2- Normal Salt water wash with the help of a 'NETI POT'... you can do it with warm milk also..3- Brushing teeth and cleaning tounge AFTER breakfast and dinner..4- First thing in the morning remove the sticky saliva substance on the roof of your mouth..use your thumb to remove it..It will be gone in 3 days...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2011
    • 09:33 AM
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  • I have an odd question and I can't seem to find anything on this...Okay- here it goes!I've had a sinus infection probably now for 2 months (currently being treated with antibiotics and am very slowly getting better). I've also gone gluten free for awhile which seemed to help- and I'm not really sure- I think, after reading your posts that I'll give it another try. Anyway- when you're draining-(i.e., post nasal drip) can you perceive some movement of the mucus in your sinuses when you tip your head from side to side or while tilting you head back a bit (I sense that this feels much like 'water in my ears' and it feels located in the very center of my head)? Also- sometimes, does it help to push against your temple or a pressure point on your head to promote some sinus drainage? When I try to explain this to my doctor, she just says that the sinuses are all in the front of the head and that I shouldn't have any sensations in the middle or back of the head when congested. I'm just wondering of anyone with more chronic sinus issues are sensing this kind of thing and hopefully- I'm not crazy! Thanks for "listening"!!!!Actualy the sphenoid sinus is located in the center of your head, when the sphenoid is effeted by an infection or mucus retention due to inflamation the pain is normaly felt in the top and/or the back of the head. I would find a different doctor.
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  • I too have the problem of constant sinus drainage, coughing and clearing my throat. The last ENT I went to decided with only 1 quick look into my mouth that ALL my problems were acid reflux. After 8 months on medication for reflux, the problem has not improved one bit. The new ENT I am seeing thinks there are many problems going on at once. He prescribed a nasal spray and told me to try a product called ALKOLOL (does not contain any alcohol). This product has been around since the late 1800's. It is all natural and can be used as a mouth wash, gargle, nasal spray, or nasal wash. Since using it for the last few days as a spray I can't tell you how much crap I have been able to clear out of my sinuses. Last night I used it for the first time as a nasal wash and was amazed at how much stuff came out when I blew my nose. For the first time in ages, I am able to breathe almost completely free of any stuffiness. Not bad for the first nasal wash!!! I am expecting to get less and less out of my sinuses the more I use this product. I have also used it as a gargle to get the crud off the back of my throat and it works great for that too. Unfortunately, most pharmacies don't stock this product but my pharmacy ordered it for me and only charged me their price of $5.03 per bottle (comes in 16 oz. bottles) and I got it the very next day. You can order it online too, but I have noticed the price to be double what I paid. ALKOLOL can be used full strength or diluted, whatever you prefer. It almost has the smell of Listerine so at full strenght it is a little potent. I highly recommend whoever has this drainage problem to try ALKOLOL, afterall what do you have to lose? I know I sound like a commercial, but I am very excited to finally find a product that does what it says it will.
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  • I have severe draining and I have not seen my problem posted. In the last 6 months I have observed my draining go to another level. I can feel my face/sinuses get tight. When that happens....I can just hold my head over a toilet and it will plop out. I get amazed at the amount that comes out. It's really getting gross and tiresome doing this several times a day!Okay- here it goes!I've had a sinus infection probably now for 2 months (currently being treated with antibiotics and am very slowly getting better). I've also gone gluten free for awhile which seemed to help- and I'm not really sure- I think, after reading your posts that I'll give it another try. Anyway- when you're draining-(i.e., post nasal drip) can you perceive some movement of the mucus in your sinuses when you tip your head from side to side or while tilting you head back a bit (I sense that this feels much like 'water in my ears' and it feels located in the very center of my head)? Also- sometimes, does it help to push against your temple or a pressure point on your head to promote some sinus drainage? When I try to explain this to my doctor, she just says that the sinuses are all in the front of the head and that I shouldn't have any sensations in the middle or back of the head when congested. I'm just wondering of anyone with more chronic sinus issues are sensing this kind of thing and hopefully- I'm not crazy! Thanks for "listening"!!!!
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