I never had sinus trouble growing up - I did have a lot of ear infections, and evenetually tubes which helped tremendously.
During pregnancy with our big girl (2005) I was constantly stuff and kind of congested but was assured it was all normal and would go away. After she was born, the sinus infections began - countless rounds of antibiotics and steroids and eventually cat scans and x-rays and surgery to remove polyps from both sides of my sinuses (dec 05).
After the surgery, things were better for a brief time, but just a few months later, they came back, I lost my sense of smell, countless rounds of meds, developed some asthma like symptoms and then surgery again just 10.5 months later (Oct 06).
Sense then - same results - but no surgery yet, I'm just not ready.
I've had allergy testing twice with no allergies showing up. I've had blood allergy testing, same results. I've been tested for cysticfibrosis and it was negative but I just can't seem to beat it.
I can't remember the last time I could actually breathe out of either side of my nose or taste. Even the slightest cold requires antibiotics and then I'm not sure it ever actually completely gets rid of it. Lately it's like my nose is constantly dripping too - honestly I stick a kleenex up my nose at night so it doesn't run all over my face and onto the pillow - but if I blow not much comes out.
Meds I've tried - singulair, nasonex nose spray, pulmicort inhaler
Have also tried the saline rinses but when I'm as stuffy as I am now it's like they don't hardly get thru.