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Is this Chronic Sinusitis?

  • Posted By: randomboy123
  • April 25, 2008
  • 05:25 AM

After seeing many doctors for the same issue it is becoming increasingly annoying to have the same symptoms present. I am a 14 y.o. male swimmer.

I continually find a need for clearing my throat, as if something is caught there and I manage to bring up a lot of phlegm, which is quite watery. As well as this, when lying in bed it sounds as though occasionally something is actually dripping down the back of my throat. I am assuming this is post-nasal drip. I also have difficulty breathing when exercising even though I am extremely fit as a competitive swimmer. Also, I can be very tired at times, even though I get at least 8 hours sleep a night. Upon a few occasions I have had a swollen face for a day or two and it happens for unknown reasons. The doctors always seem to focus on asthma because of breathing difficulties but the tests come back normal or higher than normal due to my fitness from swimming. I have had a few viral infections of tonsillitis in the past few years as well as various other viral infections. I have also had a few migranes (not diagnosed).

Tests I have had are a chest x-ray, spirometry test, lung function test, blood tests and a sputum culture. All have been within a normal range.

I am wondering if anyone could advise me on whether this could be a case of CHRONIC SINUSITIS? The symptoms seem to fit and it seems to be one of the only things possible which hasn't been looked into.

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  • I was born with a deviated septum. (read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deviated_septum) It runs in my family. It can cause sinus problems and it can also be corrected. I never had mine operated on tho I often wish I did. My face swells from time to time, and I have many of the symptoms you mention. Have it looked into, it is easy to see on an X-ray or MRI. Good Luck, Kiera
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  • Thanks..I will.Any other ideas from other people please.. even if not to do with the sinuses..Is hyperthyroidism also a possible condition if those tests have come back normal as it may not have been tested for in other blood tests. Would the doctor have checked for this?Any advice please:)
    randomboy123 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • With clear phlegm it sounds more like chronic rhinitis instead of sinusitis...do you get frontal headaches around the temple or around the eyes? Any toothpain or discomfort? Any ear problems? Fullness in the years or history of ear infections? If you have yellow phlegm, or greenish, this would be more indicative of a sinus infection...have you had problems in the past with this? If so you are more susceptible to future sinus problems. Are you symptoms constant? Year round? Or are they worse certain times of the year - winter for instance? Best wishesDOM
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  • The phlegm is transperant, and I have had headaches but I am pretty sure these were migraines as I was also vomitting. I have had quite a few ear infections (fungal) but these are thought to be due to the amount I swim - they are inevitable. My symptoms have been constant for around 2 - 2 1/2 years now and they have been pretty much constant, probably worsening towards winter and becoming less during summer, they are beginning to worsen at the moment (I live in Australia). I do not believe I have had any history of sinus problems although I have had many throat infections. I hope you can help me so I can at least have a pretty good idea of what this is before I go to the Drs. Thanks
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  • The phlegm is transperant, and I have had headaches but I am pretty sure these were migraines as I was also vomitting. I have had quite a few ear infections (fungal) but these are thought to be due to the amount I swim - they are inevitable. My symptoms have been constant for around 2 - 2 1/2 years now and they have been pretty much constant, probably worsening towards winter and becoming less during summer, they are beginning to worsen at the moment (I live in Australia). I do not believe I have had any history of sinus problems although I have had many throat infections. I hope you can help me so I can at least have a pretty good idea of what this is before I go to the Drs. Thanks I would suggest you have an allergy of some kind. You may have problems with chlorine in the water. If you can, find a NAET practitioner to help diagnose this - this is a revolutionary noninvasive, nondrug treatment to help eliminate allergies. www.naet.com to find one in your area. Aside from NAET, I suggest a neti pot to use daily, and google candida overload (chronic fungal problems are candida related and a good cleanse will help get this under control). Best wishesDOM
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