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Chronic sinus problems...no cure

  • Posted By: cleomobile
  • November 30, 2009
  • 06:16 PM

3 years ago I started developing chronic sinus problems. I had an occasional sinus infection in the past, but 3 years ago it became very chronic.

It generally starts around Sept/Oct and lasts through winter until March/April. Though once in a great while I will get some pain throughout the summer, but not to this extent and certainly not for any intolerable length of time.

My symptoms include, facial pain, eye pain, headaches, ear pain, teeth pain, constant irritation in my nose.

My ENT checks for infections, and it's rare that I have an actual infection - he does nasal endoscopy as well as CT scans.

I have had allergy testing and it has all come up negative.

Corticosteroids often helped the pain, but within a week or so of being done with the meds, the symptoms return. However, I have been on the steroids again this last week and there has been no relief this time.

I'm also on Nasonex and Astelin - and have been on and off for 3 years. It does not seem to make a difference. Over the years I have tried Allegra D, Claritin D, Claritin, Zyrtec and Zyrtec D, as well and again, no change in condition with any of these.

I have seen a Holistic Physician and all she could recommend is saline rinses, vitamins, etc. I am otherwise in good health, I am not overweight, I at well and exercise. And I have done saline rinses pretty much daily for the last 3 years (Neil Med Sinus Rinse usually). I paid her $300 to tell me stuff I already know and already do.

My ENT says I am just going to have to live with it. I'm not willing to accept that.

Any ideas? Some days the pain is so severe I can barely function. I'm also extremely fatigued when I have these attacks.

I'm desperate for answers and do not want to have to be stuck living this way.

Thanks

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  • Your story sounds almost identical to mine, from timespan to symptoms to treatments. In the end I ended up having surgery - one consultant finally bothered popping a camera up to see what was going on and found my septum was quite deviated to the more affected side and both the lining in my nostrils and my one of the sets of turbinates (can't remember which - they're like little 'shelves' in the sinus/nasal passage area) were quite inflammed. I had surgery to correct the septum, cauterise the nostril lining and file off some of the turbinates and touch wood, haven't had anymore than the odd twinge of sinus pain (and that's only when I'm bunged up with a cold) since I had the op in March this year. It wasn't something I took lightly, and wasn't guaranteed to work, but it did for me and I'd do it again in a year if the problems flared up again. I had to take 2 weeks off work and was sore and uncomfortable for a little while after but it was so worth it for the relief from the pain and stuffed up feelings - I can actually breathe through my nose now!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 1, 2009
    • 02:15 PM
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  • Your story sounds almost identical to mine, from timespan to symptoms to treatments. In the end I ended up having surgery - one consultant finally bothered popping a camera up to see what was going on and found my septum was quite deviated to the more affected side and both the lining in my nostrils and my one of the sets of turbinates (can't remember which - they're like little 'shelves' in the sinus/nasal passage area) were quite inflammed. I had surgery to correct the septum, cauterise the nostril lining and file off some of the turbinates and touch wood, haven't had anymore than the odd twinge of sinus pain (and that's only when I'm bunged up with a cold) since I had the op in March this year. It wasn't something I took lightly, and wasn't guaranteed to work, but it did for me and I'd do it again in a year if the problems flared up again. I had to take 2 weeks off work and was sore and uncomfortable for a little while after but it was so worth it for the relief from the pain and stuffed up feelings - I can actually breathe through my nose now! Thank you for your reply. I have had cameras up my nose by 2 ENT's...both have said there is nothing to operate on. I do not get stuffy. I can breathe just fine through my nose. It's just pain/irritation in my sinus area, jaw, teeth, etc.
    cleomobile 1 Replies
    • December 2, 2009
    • 06:30 PM
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  • I feel your pain I have the same problem 2 years ago I had surgery and I was good until now the pain is back I have been on meds for two month and for 2 months now the only way I could sleep is sitting down The pain is unbearable I fine myself crying from the pain. I will be seeing my ENT Dr. this week and hope he could help me without surgery, The pain will wake me up out of a sound sleep it feels like someone hit me with a bat. I have no sence of smell, burning in my nose, ear pain, teeth pain. Something I try to get thru the night is applying vick on my cheek and taking a washcloth putting it in hot hot water and placing it on my cheek. Good luck to you
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2009
    • 00:13 AM
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