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Started as sinusitis, now don't know anymore. HELP!

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  • Posted By: Looking4answer
  • August 16, 2008
  • 10:53 PM

Hello.. I hope someone can help me to understand what is going on with me :( I have been ill since spring and my life is completely on hold because of this.

I am a 31 year old female and have been generally healthy, however, during the last couple years I have been dealing with some strange symptoms... for example, I used to get body ache for a week or so usually before my period but not always, or just feel fatigued for no reason.. then this strange pressure on the top of my head that was not like my usual headaches.. as well as sinus problems, especially in summer (allergy tests were negative).

This spring I developed a sinus infection and after 2 courses of antibiotics prescribed by GP (the first one, Doxycycline, helped but symptoms came back within 6 days and the second one, Augmentin, didn't do anything).

I went to ENT and he washed my sinuses 5 times in 3 weeks by doing a punction (sorry, I don't know if this is the right english word to use) and afterwards filling them with broad spectrum antibiotic. I also took Zinnat for 5 days, which didn't help either and eventually another round of Doxycyline which made my temp return to normal but for only 2 days.
After last two washings the doctor said that my sinus infection is resolved as there was no more pus coming out, BUT all my symptoms have remained the same. :confused:

SYMPTOMS:

I have low grade fever for a couple months already, it has not gone over 99.3 but it is not a normal temp for me, I also get chills and sweats often. I feel extremely fatigued, weak, no apetite most of the time, body ache- mostly in my back (skin feels like it has been scalded), pressure in the cheakbones mostly on the right side and in the forehead (I have no sinuses developed in the forehead) and nose, headache every day- especially at night, head is buzzing and feels like its going to explode :eek: and moderately congested nose (usually one side, keeps changing).

I have had 2 blood tests done by now. The first one was completely clear even though I was feeling very sick for some time already (with all the above symptoms), the second test with aditional parameters tested was also normal, e.g. thyroid, lipids, liver enzymes, rheumathoid factor, blood count etc.. Only my sugar was slightly elevated and eosinophils VERY elevated this time. I believe it could be due to Doxycycline because the test was done next day after the last dose of the antibiotic. I will know for sure this coming week when the test will be repeated yet again. GP put me on anti-parasite drug (Wermox) because of the high eosinophil count but I know that I have no worms and the drug did not make any difference in how i feel.

The CT on sinuses showed only some thickening of membranes and slight air-liquid levels in maxillary sinuses, the others were clear. CT was done after the first two punctions and I was sent back to my ENT to finish the treatment.

So, my question is: WHY do I feel so sick if my sinus infection according to the doctor has been resolved? Could there still be some chronic bacterial infection hiding somewhere in the sinuses?? OR could it be something entirely different??? My ENT assured me that if there was still bacteria present, there would also be pus being produced. He almost made me feel like I am a hypohondriac and mentioned antidepressants, but I am not imagining a fever and I have no reason to be depressed except for this strange illness.

Pease somebody help me or direct me. What else should I be looking for??

One other thing I can think of is that I have one abscessed root in a tooth (upper molar) but it has never bothered me, it has been there for years and years without any pain or discomfort, only a tiny bump in the gum, I got it X-rayed two days ago and confirmed there is an abscess. Could it be suddenly causing these symptoms?

Any help much appreciated!
And sorry for this being so long :D

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  • I know someone who died from an abcessed tooth that wasn't treated; what do you think?
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • August 17, 2008
    • 04:16 AM
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  • I know exactly how you feel, I am trying to find a good doctor who would believe in my symptoms. I have a couple of bad experiences with doctors just wanting to give me medication for depression and making me feel like I am making things up. I really hope you can find a better doctor and also take care of your teeth, I have a friend who was having really bad health problems to the point that she could not walk, because of the fatigue and pains she was having and everything was caused by her bad teeth, as soon as she fix them she got better. I really hope this is your case too, so that you can get better soon. God bless and take care!
    clemen08 9 Replies
    • August 17, 2008
    • 05:23 AM
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  • Thanks for your answers. I myself hardly believe it is because of the abscess, because it has been there for such a long time without causing any problems, but who knows.. it may have spread. Any other ideas about what could be causing a low grade fever that just won't go away? I am going to hospital for further tests and hope they find something that can be treated. I am so tired of this...
    Looking4answer 5 Replies
    • August 17, 2008
    • 00:29 PM
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  • go to an endodontist first; ask him for antibiotics, too...you have to remove the cause before you can feel better..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • August 17, 2008
    • 09:30 PM
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  • So you think it is the tooth after all? Wouldn't all the antibiotics i have already taken for sinusitis have killed the bacteria in the abscess?? Thanks!
    Looking4answer 5 Replies
    • August 17, 2008
    • 10:51 PM
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  • I sure hope I don't have Lyme :( Thanks for the links, I will read the info. Did you get cured? I have read that it is nearly impossible to get rid of the bug. I have a mobile but don't use it much, usually alternate the side. Thanks and be well!!
    Looking4answer 5 Replies
    • August 18, 2008
    • 10:23 AM
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  • Thanks for your answers. I myself hardly believe it is because of the abscess, because it has been there for such a long time without causing any problems, but who knows.. it may have spread. Any other ideas about what could be causing a low grade fever that just won't go away? I am going to hospital for further tests and hope they find something that can be treated. I am so tired of this... Im with what the others here have said, before you go and do anything else.. you need to get that tooth abscess fixed. Things like that CAN spread to the brain!! and could be responsible for your symptoms. Our bodies are often more susceptable to things just before our periods and that absess could be flaring up more at that time hence causing body aches etc. An abscess also could cause a fever. So get that treated and if you still have symptoms after that, post again. But for now.. the most likely issue is that tooth problem causing all this (your body having to fight a constant infection due to it). Antibiotics often only treat certain bacteria etc.. so just cause you've been on antibiotics it dont mean it was the right one for another problem you may have in your body. Im wondering if you've also had a nasal swab done??? (Staph can often be resistant to antibiotics and some kinds of it produce toxins).. If you havent had a nasal swab.. get one done.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • August 18, 2008
    • 10:41 AM
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  • Thank you for the tips :) I will certainly get the tooth fixed and then will see if that makes any difference. I haven't had a swab done, but I will ask about it once I go to hospital on Wednesday. Thank you for taking time to answer :)
    Looking4answer 5 Replies
    • August 18, 2008
    • 11:03 AM
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  • The tooth can be causing some of the problem. Sometimes the roots are long and grow into the sinuses. If you have had the abcess long, it can be leaking toxins/infections into your body. please get that fixed.Its possible you have more than one thing going on. A lot of your symptoms sound like they can be from a virus, mold/fungus, mycroplasma, or bacterial infection.""SYMPTOMS:I have low grade fever for a couple months already, it has not gone over 99.3 but it is not a normal temp for me, I also get chills and sweats often. I feel extremely fatigued, weak, no apetite most of the time, body ache- mostly in my back (skin feels like it has been scalded), pressure in the cheakbones mostly on the right side and in the forehead (I have no sinuses developed in the forehead) and nose, headache every day- especially at night, head is buzzing and feels like its going to explode and moderately congested nose (usually one side, keeps changing).""Please look into Blaze's suggestion. www.lymenet.org .Best wishes, ~~JerseyLymie
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 19, 2008
    • 10:23 AM
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  • JerseyLymie,my doctor is wondering about the high eosinophil count, it is still high this week also. She thinks it could be an allergic reaction. I think without proper testing it is impossible to know what is causing it. The fatigue is overwhelming, I can hardly do anything these days and my head is killing me. In the hospital they told me that they will have a bed ready for me only next Monday. Well, I guess it makes not much difference a few more days here or there. As for the tooth, I asked the dentist if it could be causing my sinus issues and she looked at the X-ray and said that the abscess is located nowhere near the sinus cavity, but I feel that bacteria may be finding a way, the bone is quite porous after all. Sigh... The hospital has a dentistry wing, I will try to get it done next weeek when i am there.Thanks so much... be well!
    Looking4answer 5 Replies
    • August 20, 2008
    • 06:20 PM
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