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Please help - sinus problems with fatigue

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 29, 2006
  • 02:51 PM

Since the age of 6, I have had constant sinus drainage running down my throat, which makes me have to cough to clear my throat so I don't feel like I'm drowning. I take a small dose diuretic pill in the morning which alleviates 90% of the symptoms and then I take Comtrex in the afternoon and two benadryl at night. If I do not do this, I feel like I am drowning and CONSTANTLY have to clear my throat. I do have acid reflux, so I take Cimeditine (prescription) and that keeps it under control. Allergy shots made me feel MUCH worse so I do not take them anymore.

I am allergic to dust (which is everywhere). I have not tested positive for any food allergies. I am allergic to nickel.

I have problems with fatigue and depression. I never feel like I get enough sleep - I do not have sleep apnea. My heart and lungs always check out okay when I go to the doctor. I wish I had more energy - I never have enough energy to do anything on the weekends but rest. Any suggestions?

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  • Two things I suggest:1. Get tested for Candida. Candida overload can cause chronic sinus problems and debilitating fatigue. Go to www.wholeapproach.com for more info and take their questionaire. If this looks like it fits your symptoms, then there are many cleanses you can do. Threelac is one of the best ones out there for candida. 2. Get a neti pot and use it daily. A neti pot is an ayervedic treatment to clean out the sinus passages so they can do their work of filtering out toxins. In India they use it just like brushing your teeth. This helps trememdously. If you can' t find a neti pot (usually in a health food store), then try Dr. Neil Med's Sinuse Rinse, a product you can find at Walgreens. Hope this helps!Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 29, 2006
    • 04:46 PM
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  • most chronic cough is caused by post nasal drip.take sudafed to .reduce intra nasal swelling.take cetirizene to mitigate effects of allergy .do this immediately. see your doctor as soon as possible.tell him you want to treat your problem as post nasal drip. he should know that this means multiple courses of high dose antibiotics in sequence.this is your best bet if you want to tackle this long standing problem without surgery.it will probably take a month before you see results with the sinus end of things.the cough willtake longer to resolve.this is because your lungs have become hypersenitive.it may take four months for the cough to get as well as it is going to.this time delay is the reason so many people with p.n.d. say "i tookthe antibiotics but they didnt do any good"then they give up.you must persevere.in the meantime try postural drainage when the s udafed has had a chance to reduce swelling a little.say two weeks. if you are lucky you will have to avoid respiratory infections for the rest of your life .ifyou are unlucky you willneed surgery,this is not the problem it was,due to the use of lasers.let me know how you get on.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2006
    • 09:49 PM
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  • Thank you so much. I will let you know how I progress.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 08:56 PM
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  • Don't take antibiotics until you get tested for candida. If you actually have candida (which I agree with the previous poster, you might have) antibiotics are only going to make you feel worse.Grapefruit seed extract and probiotics are a safe and gentle way to kill candida.Even if you don't have candida, your immune system is in bad shape- that's what you have to work on, not on taking something to mask the symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2007
    • 04:52 PM
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  • It sounds to me like your main complaint is excess fluid in your throat. This can be from you nose (which normally makes 2 liters of mucus per day), or could be coming up from your throat. Many people don't realize how much fluid your nose actually makes, so if you think about it- you may be making too much fluid, or you may be sensing it. if it is from your nose, then you should be able to get fluid to drain from your nose if you lean forward. If none comes out, I would be suspicious it is actually fluid coming up from your throat and is related to the acid reflux. Other symptoms of reflux include a feeling of something stuck in your throat (due to the acid digesting your throat). This is very common problem. If it is related to your sinuses, it may be due to infection or another cause. If it is an infection, then the netipot- or simply hypertonic saline irrigation is the way to go. (more later). If there is clear fluid coming out of your nose, and it has been ongoing since you were 6 (how old are you now?), then I would raise the possibility of vasomotor rhinitis (this is a reflex problem telling your nose to secrete fluid - it normally occurs when you eat hot foods etc, but some people get it all the ...There is a nasal spray for this called nasal atrovent) or even a CSF leak ( an abnormal hole from your brain fluid to your nose). If it is a CSF leak you need it fixed. To sort out if you have sinusitis, a CT scan of the paranasal sinuses bone windows in coronal section is what you need. If there is suspcion of a CSF leak, then a CT cisternogram is needed (a very focused CT to look for fluid draining.) Alternatively, you can have the fluid collected and sent for a B-2 transferrin test (only present in CSF).You could try taking prilosec over the counter, twice a day, one hour before you eat (or else the med does not work). Use this for 6 weeks straight and judge you symptoms. Also, I would stop taking your other medications. Especially the diuretic- that is just making you dry and affecting the rest of your body (likely in ways you do not want). You should consider allergy testing to see if you are actually allergic (skin testing). If it is due to allergies, then you have to treat the allergy (a nasal steroid spray is the simplest way to start) and step up from there. Also, get off any herbal meds you may be taking at the moment until you figure out what is going on - they can have many effects on the nose- cause it to dry and then have a rebound effect. good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 9, 2007
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  • I am so unbelievably pleased with the results I am getting with the Netipot treatment. I used it right before I went to bed for the past two nights, and I was actually able to breathe freely all night. I got the best sleep of my life. I am definitely sold on this. How come doctors don't get the word out?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 11, 2007
    • 06:50 PM
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  • Cause many types of docs want to cut you and drug you. The suggestions from the OMD are excellent, as you have found.You may want to pursue natural allergy treatment NAET.It is based on oriental medicine principles and you can findpractitioners at www.naet.com Liver imbalance may also cause some drainage.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
    • 01:47 AM
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  • I have had allergies my whole life. (Age 47). Also have asthma. Been sick since last fall with allergies and asthma and sinusitis. Have no sense of taste or smell. Been on everything : antibiotics, nasonex, advair blah blah blah. Now the doc thinks I should take singulair and more nasonex. I'm not so sure about that.Just recently discovered the neti pot and have ordered it. I can't wait for it to arrive!! I have not read a negative comment about them yet. I am more inclined to do something that will not be harmful over the long run.Wish me luck!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 02:27 AM
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  • First of all, WHENEVER possible, AVOID pharmaceuticals. The vast majority of the time, they are treating symptoms, NOT the cause of your problem. And they acidify your system until you slowly ruin your body's own ability to heal.Secondly, your body is CRAVING water... all of the diuretics and other "sinus" drugs you are taking are drying out your sinuses, which only makes the mucus thicker and more choking! Put them down and drink your eight glasses (if not more) of water per day, and you will thin the mucus to the consistency it should be. But by all means, don't drink tap water – only distilled or natural spring water.I had a bout with sinus infections and sinusitis several months ago. Doctors prescribed all kinds of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals... but to no avail. The pain and infection kept returning and my energy steadily declined.It was only after I researched natural alternatives that I found the answer: high doses of Vitamin C and a steady round of Echinacea, coupled with faithful hydration with distilled water. The studies I found recommended an "ascorbic acid flush" (which I didn't do), but said that high doses of Vitamin C can alkalize the body and restore its own natural ability to heal, while the Echinacea (among many healing properties) helps reduce the swelling of the sinus membranes and further boost the body's immune system.My regimen included 1000mg of Vitamin C and a 450mg blend of quality Echinacea/Goldenseal, every two hours. Within two days, the pain and pressure had subsided almost completely. It took several more days for my energy to return, but I was so happy to be pain-free, I didn't really mind. Now I maintain a daily intake of Vitamin C, but only take Echinacea when necessary, as an immunity can develop. I'm not sure how effective this particular regimen would be for allergy symptoms alone. But as sinus and allergy are be so closely related, I don't see how it could hurt.Hope this helps!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
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  • Yeah. I would stop with all the pharmeceuticals. If it's not the right antibiotic, then it doesn't help and will further weaken your immune system. Sudafed is very drying to the lungs and can cause more irritation in the long run. Neti pot, Vit. C. and echinacea (garlic too) sound like an excellent plan. You should try acupuncture too. They do alot of good with sinus, lung disharmonies. Candida is treatable and your symptoms can lessen as you balance the body. Remove any other allergens. Best wishes~
    1111healer 106 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
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  • I have used a neti pot for 5 years -- I still have chronic sinusitis but it surely helps. Today I saw an ENT who I told about my success with neti pots years ago. He dismissed it then, but today, naively suggested I use something called....a "neti pot." No sh*t, Sherlock!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
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  • Sinus drainage and fatigue amongst other symptoms can be linked to your liver's detoxification within the body.Test 1: If you answer yes to 5 of more questions, you may be increasing your risk of pollution to your body.Do you live in a city or by a busy road?Do you speand more than 2 hours per week in traffic?Do you exercise by busy roads?Do you smoke more than 5 cigarettes / day?Do you live or work near people who smoke?Do you bust foods exposed to exhaust fumes?Do you generall? eat non-organic?Do you drink more than 1 unit of alcohol a day?Do you spend a lot of time in fron t of TV or by a VDU?Test 2:CHECK OUT YOUR DETOX POTENTIALScore 1 for every symptom you occasionally have, and 2 for those you have frequently.HEAD headaches, faintness, dizziness, insomnia EYES watery or itchy, swollen, red or sticky eyelids, bags or dark circles, blurred vision EARS Itchy ears, Earaches, ear infections, Drainage from ear, Ringing in ears, hearing loss NOSE Stuffy nose, Sinus problems, Hay fever, Sneezing attacks, Excessive mucus formationMOUTH Chronic coughing, Gagging, frequent need to clear throat, hoarseness, loss of voice, Swollen or discolored tongue, gums, lips, canker sores SKIN Acne, hives, rashes, or dry skin, hair loss, flushing or hot flashes, excessive sweating HEART Irregular or skipped heartbeat, rapid or pounding heartbeat, chest pain LUNGS Cheat congestion, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing DIGESTION Nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, constipation bloated feeling, belching, or passing gas, heartburn, intestinal/stomach pain JOINTS/ MUSCLES Pain or aches in joints, arthritis, stiffness or limitation of movement, pain or aches in muscles, feeling of weakness or tiredness WEIGHT Binge eating/drinking, craving certain foods, excessive weight, compulsive eating, water retention underweight ENERGY Fatigue, sluggishness, apathy, lethargy, hyperactivity, restlessness MIND Poor memory, confusion poor comprehension, poor concentration poor physical coordination, difficulty in making decisions stuttering or stammering slurred speech, learning disabilities EMOTIONS Mood swings, anxiety, fear or nervousness, anger, irritability or, depression If your total score is above 20 suspicious of a detox problem and clean up your diet.If your total score is above 45 detox potential is under par.If your total score is above 650 - advised to seek the help of a practitioner.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
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  • ps: in relation to Test 2 above - the last results figure should be 65 not 650!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
    • 02:59 PM
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  • I found a wonderful website last night for sinus problems http://www.sinuses.com. I also agree with use of the neti pot. My sinuses have improved at least 40-50% since I began using it. I bought one each for my sons for Christmas, as they also suffer with sinus problems.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 00:41 AM
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