Sinus Surgery Anyone? Flare-Inducing?

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Audrey Ann
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   Posted 2/14/2008 6:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Greetings!  I went to my family doc this week with yet another sinus infection.  I have sinus infections almost constantly.  I also have allergies to almost everything they test for on that scratch test.  I have been through three rounds of allergy shots in the 23 years I have lived here in Michigan (2-3 years worth each round).  My family doctor sent me to a specialist who says I have a slight deviated septum and numerous polyps in my sinus cavity. 
 
That said, my family doc has been trying to get me to have sinus surgery for almost ten years now.  He worries about my constant need for antibiotics and thinks the surgery would help.  I have heard nothing good about the results of this surgery from anyone.  My grandmother (who had RA and, probably, lupus) had this surgery way back when and it did not help her.  She always told me to never let them do this to me.
 
So, is the sinus surgery invasive enough to probably cause a flare?
 
And, has anyone had any success from sinus surgery?
 
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
Prayers,
Audrey Ann
 
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 2/14/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Audrey,

I sure don't know anything about this surgery except that my mom had it and it did help her (but she doesn't have any chronic illness). I really just wanted to send you a hug and bump this back up so someone might see it. I hope you get some help . . . that sinus stuff is not fun.

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Audrey Ann
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   Posted 2/14/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much Rosie! Hugs to you, too!
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Audrey Ann
 
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okie
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   Posted 2/14/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi hun, I don't have many allergies and don't know anyone who has had the surgery but it sounds like you have been thru the wring with it enough.
Talk to your rheumy about what can be done to help the flare stay at bay if possible. Lynnwood usually suggests extra steroids the day before. I think it was her anyway. (brain fog).
With all the antibiotics and rounds of infections that can cause a flare anyway. Sounds like it's time to try a new approach. Maybe things have changed since your grandma had it done.
let us know
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carol
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   Posted 2/15/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Audrey Ann.  My daughter had sinus surgery 13 years ago when she was 9 years old and the surgery wasn't a cake walk, but it worked wonders.  She went from being on antibiotics every three weeks to none at all.  She still gets sinus infections 2-3 times a year, but can sometimes beat it without antibiotics. The worst thing about taking antibiotics all the time is the resistance that builds up in your body. The resistance may place you in the dangerous situation of needing antibiotics for something life threatening and they don't work.  Also, since having Lupus, I had constant congestion for a year and my ENT did minor surgery (coblation?) in his office and my flare didn't get any worse.  Anyway, like Carol said, things have changed since Grandma's day. Love, Butterflake 

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Audrey Ann
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   Posted 2/17/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your nice replies. You have given me some different possibilities to consider. I will certainly ask my rheumy and look further into the surgery.

Sorry I haven't been on lately, my husband I decided to visit my parents for the week in Florida. We are in Perdido Bay near Pensacola. The weather is rather cool and we lots of rain today but the rest of the week will be better - hopefully!

I'll keep you all in my prayers!
Prayers,
Audrey Ann
 
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