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Sick for 1 year with no diagnosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 11, 2007
  • 10:46 PM

For the last year have had sinus infection after sinus infection and sore throat after sore throat, bronchitis, pneumonia. The sinus infection and bronchitis never seems to completely go away. Even after treatments with several antibiotics. This now seems to be more in my lungs, with chest pains and a dull ache in my lung area. Very tired all the time. Get dizzy and light headed. Have had stress test, which showed no heart problems. In past I have coughed up some blood, but that is not happening now. Have been xrayed different times and have been shown to have bronchitis. Been coughing up sticky white stuff. Right now being treated with Nexium, Nasonex & Advair. Also using nasal irrigation. What is wrong with me?????

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  • Hi 220,The chronic issues you are having are almost as frustrating for doctors, as they are for patients. There are so many possibilities for the base reasons you are getting these problems chronically.Two common culprits are allergies and immune problems. So, while you are dealing with your regular doctors, also go to an allergist, and see if there is something you are allergic to that you could eliminate. Allergies themselves do not cause infections, but they do reduce our bodies' ability to fight infection. So, more allergies often means more infections. There are also allergists who specialize in immunology...that is, they are also immunologists as well as allergists. Try to find an allergist that is both, so that doc can do the proper blood tests, etc. to see what might be behind your chronic illnesses.Below I've pasted part of an article (the whole article can be seen at the link provided) that is specific to chronic sinus infections. It mentions that steam can provide comfort. But I've read that steam can actually help sinuses heal, and that in one study, the people on antibiotics who breathed steam 4 or 5 times a day (a nuisance, I know) had MUCH better recovery rates than those who only took antibiotics.I hope something here is helpful.Best,Shulahttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/factsheets/sinusitis.htmChronic sinusitis Health care providers often find it difficult to treat chronic sinusitis successfully, realizing that symptoms persist even after taking antibiotics for a long period. As discussed below, many health care providers treat sinusitis with steroids such as steroid nasal sprays. Many health care providers treat chronic sinusitis as though it is an infection, by using antibiotics and decongestants. Others use both antibiotics along with steroid nasal sprays. Further research is needed to determine what the best treatment is. Some people with severe asthma are said to have dramatic improvement of their symptoms when their chronic sinusitis is treated with antibiotics. Health care providers commonly prescribe steroid nasal sprays to reduce inflammation in chronic sinusitis. Although they occasionally prescribe these sprays to treat people with chronic sinusitis over a long period, health experts don't fully understand the long-term safety of these medicines, especially in children. Therefore, health care providers will consider whether the benefits outweigh any risks of using steroid nasal sprays. If you have severe chronic sinusitis, your health care provider may prescribe oral steroids, such as prednisone. Because oral steroids are powerful medicines and can have significant side effects, you should take them only when other medicines have not worked. Although home remedies cannot cure sinus infection, they might give you some comfort. Inhaling steam from a vaporizer or a hot cup of water can soothe inflamed sinus cavities.Saline nasal spray, which you can buy in a drug store, can give relief.Gentle heat applied over the inflamed area is comforting. When medical treatment fails, surgery may be the only alternative for treating chronic sinusitis. Research studies suggest that most people who undergo surgery have fewer symptoms and better quality of life. In children, problems often are eliminated by removing adenoids obstructing their nasal-sinus passages. Adults who have had allergies and infections over the years sometimes develop nasal polyps that interfere with proper nasal drainage. Removal of these polyps and/or repair of a deviated septum to ensure an open airway often gives them considerable relief from sinus symptoms. The most common surgery done today is functional endoscopic sinus surgery, in which the natural openings from the sinuses are enlarged to allow drainage. This type of surgery is less invasive than conventional sinus surgery, and serious complications are rare. Surgery should be considered only after failure of medical treatment.
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  • Please do not listen to anything these fake docs tell you. If you have medical problems see a REAL doctor! My sister is no longer with us because they told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. They even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are being investigated for practicing medicine without a license. The owners of the site are in Queensland Australia and cannot be extradited but the investigation continues into the users reponsible.
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  • One of the best things I recommend for chronic sinusitis sufferers is a neti pot, or Dr. NeilMEd's Sinus Rinse (which you can get at Walgreen's). Do a nasal cleanse/rinse everyday just like brushing your teeth. This works to clear out the nasal passages so they can better do their job of filtering out toxins. It takes a bit of getting used to at first, but if you keep it up it will make a world of difference. Also, I agree with Shula on allergies and immune problems. Sometimes food intolerances (not allergies) can cause this, as well as candida overload. There is a treatment called NAET which supposedly completely clears all kinds of allergies. It is expensive, and a lot of insurances don't cover this, but it is an interesting idea. Visit www.naet.com they have a few books that may be helpful to you. Oh, and by the way, the Rude, Mean poster who has been slandering Shula and me is begin investigated by the Moderation Team on this website. So, hopefully they will help stop this stupidity. Best wishesDOM
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  • steam is right.use a steam iron!you will get better and look smart as well!i realise that this will sound like a flippant suggestion,but it is not.one of the difficulties of steam is that it can be inconvenient to use.combining it with another activity can help.hot showers and baths are good too,for a similar reason.pseudoephidrene taken regularly has really helped me as well.
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  • thank you for the responses and advice i appreciate it . i have been using nielmed for a while and am going to look in to allergies .also doctor called today and is setting up appointment with pulmunologist.hopefully will find more out soon. thanks again .
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  • Pulmonologist and an allergist sounds like a good combination of doctors to look to next. I hope you find some satisfying answers soon.:)Best,Shula
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