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  • Posted By: sthrnbelle
  • January 9, 2007
  • 07:53 AM

Hello everyone ;)

My name is Briana and I just moved to the island of Oahu with my husband. We are both stationed here. It seems as if this island is cursed. Not only have we both been sick on and off when we got here but it is starting to become a concern of mine:confused: .


Just a couple of days ago the Doc told me I came down with a nasty case of an upper respitory infection including sinusitis of course. I have had this once before and do not remember it ever making me feel this horrible or uncomfortable:eek: .

My main symptoms are: Nausea
Headache/stiff neck
And painful glands along my neck.

Does anyone have any good info on what I should do? I have been taking my antibiotics like I am suppose to but this is taking quite some time to work. If anyone can give any tips on how to conquer this I would appreciate it!


Thanks guys!:D

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  • Dear Briana,I am hoping your physician has placed you on a course of antibiotics? Are you having any yellow or green thick mucous drainage from you nose? Any fever? Typically, for "acute sinusitis" most people require at least 4 to 6 weeks of antibiotic therapy to reach full recovery, and may require nasal irrigations with a saline solution. How long have you been ill?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 10, 2007
    • 10:18 PM
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  • I have been ill for about a good week and a half now. I have been taking anitbiotics for roughly 6-7 days and am still not really seeing any improvement. Even when I take my med's (twice daily 12 hours apart) I feel like I want to vomit or become very light headed. Over all I feel as if I am not getting anywhere. Sleeping however has become a bit easier. Its either sleep sitting up or lay down and risk drowing in my own mucus (sounds totally gross I know!!) or at least it feels that way. Is there any thing I can let my doctor know that he might not pick up right away? Anything I can suggest?Thank you for your time!Sthrnbelle :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 02:42 AM
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  • Hi,Sinusitis can be caused by a number of different bacteria and different antibiotics work on different germs. I suggest if you are not getting better to have the doctor do a culture of the stuff in your head. That way they can target the specefic bug that is causing the problem. Not all broad spectrum antibiotics cover all the junk that can grow in your sinus and it may not be bacteria at all it could be a fungus. Go back to the doctor and get tough to get taken care of. Having been a military wife I know it can be hard to get the treatment everyone deserves. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 06:45 PM
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  • Thank you all for looking over my issue. Does anyone think a urine test was the only test they should have perfomed? I really feel as if they should have done a blood test. Does it matter or can either test tell the same thing?:confused: BriAka Sthrnbelle PSAnd your dern skippy its hard to get the proper med treatment in the military. :(
    sthrnbelle 2 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 07:31 PM
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  • Okay, maybe antibiotics can be helpful for some people, but to me they just plain SUCK!!! Sinusitis is also caused by fungal infections and they have found candida fungus in sinus passages of sinusitis patients. This explains why antibiotics don't always work. Also, just because you have an upper respiratory infection doesn't mean it is due to bacteria and if it's not, an antibiotic is going to just further damage your system...uggh! Sorry, I go on a rampage when I think about how I've gotten so incredibly sick from past antibiotic use. I don't really blame the doctors as they have no other weapons in their arsenal. In Chinese medicine we have many herbs that show antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. A very good formula to have in your medicine cabinet is called Yin Chiao (sometimes Qiao) Wan. Plum Flower carries this and you can find it easily on the net. Good for early stages of common cold, flu etc. Take this every two hours at the first sign of a cold and it will often kick it right out...another formula used for upper respiratory infections is called Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan. This is used for bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis with thick sticky mucus. I also suggest the following: 1. Mucinex, also called guinefessin (sp) to help thin your mucus and clear it out of the sinus passages...this works very well and is much better than a decongestant/or antihistamine, which are both too drying. 2. Try essential oils of clove, cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus, basil, and oregano...get the best quality you can afford and mix 5 drops each in about 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil. Massage around your sinuses (careful of your eyes) and/or use steam exhalation. These oils are also antiviral and antimicrobial. Hope this helps you and feel better soon:) Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
    • 03:09 AM
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  • I cant wait to try what you suggested...I hope this works!!!!!! :)\Thank you very much for the information.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
    • 04:26 AM
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  • antibiotics take a long time to mitigate sinusitis because the sinuses are poorly vascularised. if it is serious or persistent,you willneed repeated courses
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2007
    • 11:45 AM
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  • chinese medicine is a road of cobras.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2007
    • 11:47 AM
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  • Have you found any relief yet? I am also suffering from never ending sinusitis. It started the beginning of Dec. First I was put on the z-pac. That didn't work, so they tried augmentim. About half way through that, I still felt bad and the cough from post nasal drip was so bad I bruised a rib. They gave me guifanex (sp?) and put me on a strong antibiotic levaquan. I was better for about a week and then it came back. They sent me for a ct scan which showed 6 out of 8 sinuses were infected. Next they put me on a 20 day treatment of augmentim. I felt better about halfway through and then started feeling worse. The sinus headaches, ear aches, fatigue and cough came back. Now they put me on another strong antibiotic called avulex. If this doesn't work I am supposed to go to an ENT. I am just wondering why this isn't clearing up. Will the ENT test for fungus? Could this be allergies? I take zyrtec and rhinocourt, but was never officially allergy tested. I am getting so frustrated and just want to feel better. I have 2 young daughters and feel so bad that I don't always have the energy to play with them.
    sheila 2 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 00:13 AM
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  • I have been to 2 ENT and have had one CT scan which just showed swelling and a little bit of infection. The second ENT put me on 20 days of Ceftin and said lets get another CT scan done after the antibiotics. My face hurts most of the time and under/around my eyes have been so swollen, I had to take 6 weeks off work because my vision has been distorted. Plus I have been on 5 rounds of steriods and 2 rounds of amoxicillin in the past 4 months for this. My neck gets stiff. The funny thing is, I have never felt congested at all this whole time. I am so sick of antibiotics and oh ya Im taking a round of Diflucan now because of the yeast (you know where) from taking all these antibiotic. I cant believe this wont go away. I was in the hospital earlier this year on IV antibiotics after a hysterectomy for a whole year because they thought I had an infection and it turned out to be the high dose of estrogen was drying me out to the point that I didnt even have any saliva in my mouth and I was having horrible vaginal burning. Before that, the doctor had me on Augmentin/and Amoxicillin. When I went to the Urologist for a second opinion, he put me on Macrobid for a bladder infection. So I have certianly been on a whole spectrum of antibiotics this year. Im worried that I am going to build up a resistance to them if I havent already. It makes me afraid to continue the rest of my dose for what might be a sinus infection.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
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  • To unregistered:Your repeated use of antibiotics, steroids, and also the diflucan are putting your immune system through ***l. Antibiotics destroy your immune system. The yeast infection you had was directly caused by the antibiotics, and you most likely have candida overload. Diflucan is a very toxic drug, and in my opinion doesn't kick out the candida completely. Get info on candida - www.wholeapproach.com and www.candidasupport.org are two helpful websites (they sell products, but they also have lots of info on candida and its symptoms) Also, get yourself the best probiotic you can afford and take a double dose - you need to rebuild your intestinal flora, which in turn will help strengthen your immune system. You can find probiotics at a healthfood store or online. Look for one with several strains. A neti pot is very helpful for chronic sinusitis. Use it daily, just like brushing your teeth - can't tell you how much better I feel doing this! It takes a bit of practice at first, but really works to clear out your nasal passages so they can do their job of filtering out toxins. Chronic sinusitis patients do well on a candida diet - www.wholeapproach.com has a great food list you can print out as a guide. Lastly, I have suffered from chronic sinusitis for several years and acupuncture and Chinese herbs help me tremendously. It is not "a road of cobras" whatever that means:confused: . There are alternatives to Western pharmaceuticals. Please consider this option. Best wishes,DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
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  • Try NeilMed Sinus Rinse, it's easier to use than the pot.Use it everyday or twice a day, a good doc would have already advised this. I had a sinus infection last year so bad my face was swollen to where I was unrecognizable. When I went back to the doc after I was well, they were shocked to see what I really looked like. Such pain, the worst face pain, my eyes were swollen shut, my lips, I couldn't talk. AWFUL! So I use that sinus rinse everyday (it does feel so good, very refreshing!) as a preventitive measure along with a saline based nasal spray if neede during the day, and a room humidifier at night. We live in a high altitude area where the air is very dry. Good Luck hope you are feeling better. It took me 2 months or more to get back to normal.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 03:47 PM
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  • Thank you. Where do you get Neilmed from? you know, I am almost rethinking this sinusitus. My girlfriend just had radiation treatment for her thyroid and threw her into hypothyriod and she swelled up inside her head and behind her eyes. Now she knows what I mean about my eyes getting stuck. Plus this whole thing started when I started decreasing my estrogen and I havent felt bad at all, have had very few symptoms of infection, rarely any drainage at all, and suddenly I am very hypertensive. Plus my neck gets real stiff, but it isnt stiff all the time, and I swell in different places inside my head at different times. I get my repeat CT scan tomorrow. Then we will take it from there. I know one thing, the swelling undernieth and around my eyes never goes away. Im using Nasacort once a day and Astyllin at night. Im getting very depressed that this isnt going away.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 10:51 PM
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  • You can find Dr. NeilMed sinus rinse at most drug stores like Walgreens.It is a great product but takes a bit getting used to. I use it daily just like brushing my teeth and it keeps my nasal passages completely clear! DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 11:42 PM
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  • Today my face is painful and puffy around my eyes, glands in my neck are swollen, stomach is upset and I'm a little dizzy, and all of those symptoms are sure signs of a brewing sinus infection for me. I haven't had a cold, am not congested, but still ... here it comes again. I've had sinus infections every winter for years and have yet to find the magic bullet for sinusitis, but a combination of levaquin (antibiotic) for at least 10-14 days plus nasal rinses and decongestants seem to work eventually. I forgot about the mucinex until reading a post in this thread -- it's also very helpful. I've tried the natural remedies and have not had the best of luck, but am sure they are very helpful for some people.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 07:56 PM
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  • Get your docs to check for immunodeficiency CVID (common variable immunodeficiency) this usually show up with recurrent sinus infections and bronchitis etc a normal blood test will not show up any abnormality.
    Diane Sistern 29 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 08:38 PM
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