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.
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