Sinusitis and Gerd

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sunflame
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   Posted 4/5/2005 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
eyes  I will introduce myself as one more newbie :-) to the group.  I would like to know if anyone in the group experiences sinus problems  related to GERD.  I have  chronic sinusitis which I was told by my physician may be attributable to acid reflux.  I would appreciate anyone sharing experiences or comments re this.  Thanks, and looking forward to hearing from members. :-)                                                            
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adjca
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   Posted 4/5/2005 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunflame. No, I don't have sinus problems but I can identify with the GERD. I'm doing so much better now that I've given up the tap water. If you haven't see the thread posted by Northern Joe on the bad effects of tap water on GERD, it's worth your while to check it out. This is a great site and you'll find lots of folks here who will try to help in whatever way they can. All have some problem they're dealing with and so we have bonded together to help each other. Good luck, Carol
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sunflame
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   Posted 4/13/2005 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply, Carol. This seems like a wonderful helpful site. I am now on Nexium twice daily to see if that will help the sinusitis probs as well. If anyone has more new helpful medication let me know. Thanks!
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance ~ Confucius


AEA
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   Posted 4/15/2005 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have sinus problems alot, and also have GERD. I also read an article in a magazine at my pharmacy that scientist were investigating a possible link between the two. Not sure how they are connected, but apparently we aren't the only two questioning such a correlation...

Diagnosed GERD/Reflux September 2003...
Diagnosed, 20cm. Ulcerative Proctitis December 2004...
When I take meds, I take: Colozal 750 mg. 3x3, Immodium 2 mg. 2x2, Protonix 40 mg. 1x2, Darvacet as needed...( I stopped taking them recently)
Working with doctor number, oh I lost count...
I think my gastrointestinal system is just ticked off! :-)


bigmamma
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   Posted 4/21/2005 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my teenage daughter has gerd. She takes protonix 40 mg twice a day. for the 7 years prior to her gerd diagnosis the had sinus problems and a cronic cough, all of which have cleared up since she started protonix. The acid would spray up and aggrivate her sinuses and she would breath in the fine spray which irritated her lungs and gave her the cronic cough. They now are aware the younger kids can have gerd and when a child is diagnosed with asthma and allergies which dont get better with treatment they now look for gerd. Too late to help her but at least other kids wont have to suffer as long as she did with the wrong diagnosis.

bigmamma
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   Posted 4/21/2005 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I forgot to mention that her gastroenteroligist said it is very common to have sinus problems and coughs with acid reflux, because when the acid spays up it rritates everything not just the esophogus.

Lonibel
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   Posted 6/11/2006 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Sunflame,

Your post is a year old but I wanted to say that I have had sinus problems every winter for the past 6 years - with accompanying antibiotics, which I suspect is linked to GERD. This winter, however, I began saline irrigation - you make your own solution with 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. salt dissolved in 1 cup warm water. Then you fill one of those mucus syringes you use on babies (or I guess some people use a turkey baster) and, standing over the sink, squirt the warm liquid into your sinuses. If you're a novice, just shoot it straight toward the back of your head (not UP) and let it drain out, but after a while you can maybe squirt it in one nostril and have it come out the other, or be able to spit it out. At any rate, thank God, I just made it through a winter without a sinus infection. In fighting mode, I do the irrigation 4 times/day.

hearty
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   Posted 6/11/2006 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
YES...The sinus stuff is just awful and the worse my gerd is the worse my sinus stuff. my nostrils just burn....I feel like I am breathing a strong chemical into my nose ....my nose is super dry and I have post nasal drip...Just yucky.

MVanessa
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   Posted 8/12/2006 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new here, and have had chronic sinusitis symptoms. I hoping they will resolve with treatment. I have constant headaches, and sore throats, and tiredness, and drainage.

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/13/2006 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
My GERD is so bad it causes problems with my asthma and sinus problems and then the stuff they give you for that aggravates my stomach more. Can't win I guess. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Singulair, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
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Joan M
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   Posted 8/13/2006 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a "known asthmatic" for a number of years. Of course using saline drops is a good idea for my sinus situation.

I am not sure what my GERD status is. Will be seeing a new GI guy on the 28th of August. Please keep me in your thoughts that day. I need good vibrations!

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/13/2006 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My acid reflux is the cause of my asthma. Back in 2000 I had a bad gallbladder and had heartburn 24/7 for 3 months. It was awful and then I ended up with the asthma. So the worse my heartburn is then the asthma starts up and sinus problems. I do use saline nose spray also. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Singulair, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


Joan M
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   Posted 8/19/2006 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi pandacrazy, mine is the opposite.

I had very bad allergies with asthma. I took theodur as a bronchodillator since the "rescue inhaler" was very unpredictable. (People were actually dying from them!). Anyway the pill (theodur) dilated my muscles and caused my GERD. I don't really know what my status is a my old GI guy was a poor communicator. Can't be just a good robot and listen to the doctor, you know...my health is involved.

Wish me good luck with the new GI guy.

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/20/2006 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joan, I also have alergies too that activate the asthma. I hope you have better luck with your new doctor. It is important to have a doc that listens and works with you. I really like my PCP who has been my doc for 12 years but after my surgery for stomach he just kind of gave up on the heartburn because he didn't know what to do so I have just lived with it until it got so bad I couldn't anymore. I think the new stomach doc he sent me to will work with me to solve this heartburn and the cramps and diarrhea problems. Let me know how you do with your new doc. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


Joan M
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   Posted 8/21/2006 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you pandacrazy...it is good to know somebody on the GERD board is rooting for me. Am really tired of the whole thing. I did go and buy slippery elm lozenges which are very good for my more or less continuous sore throat. I have also really lowered my caffeine intake. My PCP is also great, thank goodness. Have you thought about maybe you have IBS-D? I have IBS-C and have done well with that. Will be hoping and wishing for you to get the help you need.

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pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/21/2006 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I know how sick of the GERD that you are because I am 43 and have been dealing with it since age 14. I didn't have to start using prescription meds until I was in my early 20s. They are thinking I might have IBS-D. I think it might be a bacterial infection though because it came on so suddenly. I want the doc to do a test called the hydrogen test that I read about in the IBS section here. I bet if you got rid of all the caffeine completely it would make a big difference. Another thing that my new doc told me was to never drink anything carbonated either. I find it does help. I often wake with sore throats when the reflux is really bad. It feels like my throat is burned. Some other things that may help are vitamin B, calcium and acidophilus. Hope these suggestions help. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


freckle
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   Posted 8/22/2006 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I have chronic sinus problems with gerd, makes me wonder if both conditions along with fibro is caused by food allergies????

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/23/2006 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be and maybe would be worth looking into. I am alergic to milk which causes me to have sinus infections and constant draining when I eat anything with it in it. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


Joan M
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   Posted 8/26/2006 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I went and drove to another town and bought slippery elm lozenges. They are very good for clearing up my throat soreness. I have decided not to eat and watch the news anymore. The WORLD SITUATION is really tough on my stomach. I am trying to lower my caffeine level and did lose some weight...almost 20 lbs since May.

Best of luck to everyone.

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/26/2006 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah stress is not good for the stomach. I didn't watch the news at all when my son was over there for 7months. I just couldn't handle that. I still don't like to hear anything about the war. It breaks my heart everytime another mother loses a son or daughter because of the war. I can't tolerate any caffeine at all. I have lost 15 since June 1st. Am trying to lose more weight at the present time. It will help. I know from past expierience. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


Mayfly
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   Posted 8/27/2006 2:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi
 
Been reading your post on sinus problems related to GERD with interest. Ive had problems since gallbladder surgery almost 12 months ago.
 
Diagnosed with Asthma  but it doesnt respond to medication of any kind so am now being treated for GERD (omeprazole 40mg daily) Sinus problems have just developed too-- Ive had antibiotics but it keeps coming back.
I also have a chronic cough since gall bladder removal. What i want to know is if you have a cough with GERD is it a dry cough or productive?
Mine is very productive & seems not to respond to any treatment known to the medical profession! Ive even been admitted to hospital in an effort to sort it but its still the same.
Any suggestions ?
 
 
 

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/27/2006 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine is more a dry cough. I never cough anything up. Sometimes at night when it's really bad and I wake up choking on the acid. Have you considered alergies. I have a milk alergy that causes horrible sinus problems and infections if I eat any thing with milk in it. If I don't treat the infections right away it goes down into my chest and then I start coughing up that icky green stuff. Hope this helps you out. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!


Mayfly
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   Posted 8/28/2006 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pandacrazy
 
Thanks for your reply.
How well I know the icky green stuff- especially first thing in the morning.
Ive never smoked but sound like Ive been on 60 a day all my life!!!
 
Ive had recent allergy testing which showed nothing but you are the 2nd person who said it might be connected with dairy produce. I'm clutching at straws so I will give it ago.The only thing I'll miss will be chocolate.
 
I see the consultant again on 5/09 but am not expecting any useful outcome -I think he has given me up as a lost cause.
 
I also have Parkinson's Disease - is there anyone else out there with GERD, Asthma & PD?

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   Posted 8/28/2006 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Not all people with asthma have allergies. I think it sounds like asthma to me and the main thing is to get all the mucus out of your system. I hope it is clear or plain white. If it is gallons (I mean pints) of yellow or green, it could mean an infection. I have read that this mucus output is the body's way of defending itself over viruses, etc. Sounds like you might be run down. Can you rest? Can you eat real healthy?

A slight amount of color in mucus in the morning (sounds like a song) is normal.

Take care and put some good vibs out there tomorrow. Doctors don't always appreciate my sense of humor.

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/28/2006 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean Mayfly. My regular doc gave up on my heartburn when it came back a year after the operation to correct it failed. My voice is all raspy sounding from the reflux too. I hate it. They just keep shoving pills at me. He doesn't seem to think udoing the wrap halfway would help even though the surgeon thought it would help. Who knows with me. I do have to agree with Joan though it does sound like asthma and that's nothing to mess with. I would insist they test you for it. Good luck with that. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Zantac, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!

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