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Brian DK
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   Posted 4/18/2006 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
Here is my story; does anyone have the same or similar problems?  I am a 25 year old male who has smoked about 25 packs in my life.
 
about 2 months ago I got what I think was a sinus infection.  Sore throat, Running nose with yellow mucus, cough.  That lasted for a month.  After that I became congested in my ears, nose, throat, and chest.  I went to the doctor and had both ears infected.  Took Avalox for 10 days an went back.  He said my ears looked fine, but to this day (5 weeks later), they don't feel right.  They feel clogged and muffled and hurt at times.  My throat has hurt off and on for the past 5 weeks as well, and for the last 3 days has hurt pretty bad, but only on the left side (which is also the side that gives me the most ear trouble).  I went to an ENT yesterday and he gave me Nasanex to use and told me to take Claritin D once per day.  He said I have a partial Deviated semptum as well.  I am to have a CT scan done of my sinuses to see if that could be the cause.  Thoughts of cancer have also ran through my mind as this has not cleared up, and I have been worried, though my medical doctor promised me I don't have to worry about that.  My neck on the same side as the ear and troat feels a little sore too. 
 
Does anyone have allergies or sinus throuble that causes ears to be muffled even hurt at times, sore throat at times on just one side, and a stuffed nose all the time? 
Thanks

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   Posted 4/18/2006 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brian, when my allergies are at their worse I do notice that my ears pop more and my throat hurts from post nasal drip not to mention the constant stuffy nose. So if you don't have a sinus infection still then it could be from your allergies. Also too, when was the last time you went to the dentist? Sometimes if a tooth is infected/impacted it can affect your ears and throat. And no you don't necessarily have to have pain with an impacted tooth. I had one once that I didn't even know was bad until they started digging around it. I say give the Nasonex and Claritin a chance to do their thing and if you find no relief within a week, call your doc and see about other allergy meds.

Good luck :)
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Brian DK
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   Posted 4/18/2006 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just at the dentist and everything looked great I was told.  So I don't think it could be coming from my teeth.  I am just scared that it is something more than allergies or from my sinuses.  My throat hurts pretty bad today, and my nose has been stuffed up not running.  I have always had allergies, but never felt quite like this.  Usually I have the runny nose, and watery eyes.  I do live in a new area now, which could be the cause.  I would just like to be able to rule out the 25 packs of cigarretes I have smoked over the last 5 years. 

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   Posted 4/18/2006 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I doubt that smoking that few of cigarettes will contribute to what you are experiencing so far. You said you moved to a new area....does these symptoms coincide with the move? If so, you might to check your house/apt for mold levels. Do you have a shortness of breath? And the doctor says you're cured of your sinus infection?
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Brian DK
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   Posted 4/18/2006 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
The ENT says I could have sinusitis as my nose has been stuffed up, which could be causing the ear pain and sore throat, that is why we are going to do the CT scan.

My apartment is really dry and dusty. I just bought new pillows in hopes that might help if it were caused by dust. At times I do feel a little short of breath, haven't in a few days though.

I just can't figure out why it is only the left half of my head. It is that ear, and my throat on that side is killing me. If it were allergies wouldn't it be my whole head??

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   Posted 4/19/2006 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
When do you feel the most stuffed up morning, midday, night? Have you tried an air purifier yet? A humidifier in your bedroom at night? I guess what I'm trying to find out is what have you tried other then medications? And yes, sometimes allergies can only strike one side of your head or another. Allergies are sort of like colds at times, when you have a cold sometimes one side is more stuffed up then the other. One recommendation for the dry and dusty apartment is get some cheeseclothe and put them over the furnace grates on your floor or wall. If you have a window air conditioner, tape cheeseclothe over the vents. Keep windows closed at all times. The cheeseclothe will trap all the extra dirt, dust and allergens that come from your furnace/air conditioner. Run a cool mist humidifier in your bedroom at night while you sleep. Wash your bed linen regularly with hypoallergenic soap. If you sleep on a mattress, buy a mattress cover. This will help eliminate dust mites. Do you have any animals? Stuffed animals in your room? A ceiling fan in your bedroom?
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Brian DK
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   Posted 4/19/2006 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried a humidifier for a few nights but didn't stick with it.  I will have to start using that again.  I don't have any stuffed animals, but I did just throw my pillows away after (I am very sad to say) about 20 years.  I am sure that didn't help my situation.  Also, I don't change my sheets near as often as I should (like not in a long time).  I am not helping my cause at all I know.  Also, I just looked at my filter for my furnace last night and it was the most disgusting looking thing I have seen.  I breathed that air in all winter and didn't know.  So, I got a new filter last night for that.  My nose feels stuffed up pretty much all day long, the nasonex will hopefully help with that.  Also, not ceiling fan.
 
I didn't menttion this in my first post, but I also have been having some off and on pain in my lymph node areas (armpits, groin).  They are not swelled as the doctor has felt around them 2 times.  They just hurt sometimes.  Can allergies or sinusitis cause this?  So, this coupled with my sore throat on the left side and earache on the same side makes me wonder what in the world is wrong with me.  I have had no fever and no loss of appitite (though with a sore throat it hurts to eat).  It scares me to get on the internet and read about throat cancer and sarcoidosis.  (I know I should stay off the internet, but this has been going on for 2 months).  Thanks for the responses so far too.  Just being able to talk to someone about these problems helps a lot.

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   Posted 4/19/2006 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds as if you are taking the proper precautions if it's allergies but since you mentioned swollen lymph nodes then my bet is that it's not just allergies then. Allergies normally don't make lymph nodes tender especially in the armpit or groin. Something hinky is going on in your body thats for sure and I hope that you find the answer soon. Don't worry yourself over the "C" word, it will just make you a nervous wreck! I bet that when you find your diagnoses it will something quite simple and easily treatable (I hope!).
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Emily C
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   Posted 4/23/2006 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
i have a smiliar problem right now. i have had a sore throat (mainly on the left side) for over 5 weeks now. they did a culture and ruled out strep. i just went to see the doctor and they took some blood to see if it may be mono. the doctors and nurses all say that it is "unusual" for me to have this sore throat for so long. they say that it is a virus and that it should go away, but they have been saying "give it a week" for weeks now. i have Kaiser so the process and organization of the facility that i go to is very poor. i would like to see a specialist (ENT) but i guess they have to follow protocol and i have not been able to see my primary care physician. i feel like they are not really taking me seriously when i come in to be seen, and i have literally been told "i don't know what to tell you" by the doctor at the minor injury care unit. fortunately, after the third time i returned to Kaiser they finally took a blood sample to test for mono. i have also been self-diagnosing (because nobody can give me answers) and it has given me the same worries you were having... i also have smoked in the past, but i don't smoke regularly nor currently. hopefully i'll have some answers from the lab now that they took a blood sample.

Brian DK
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   Posted 4/24/2006 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like we are having some similar problems. Though, my sore throat went away last week. I still feel a tightness in my neck/throat area though. I just saw my ENT last Monday and am going to have a CT scan of my sinuses this week. I was tested for mono as well and it was negative. My concerns are that off and on I have pains under my arms and in my groin area where my lymph nodes are located. They are never swollen, just painful at times. So, that is scary. Also, like you said, the pain on one side of the throat can be scary. I had my tonisls out when I was 10, and my ENT mentioned that it looked like one of mine was growing back on the side of my throat that hurt. My ear on that side is also "muffled".

What I can say to you because I have been feeling like this for about 6 weeks is, stay positive and try not to self diagnose. Much easier said than done I know, trust me. I look in the back of my throat every chance I get. I have worried about cancer because I have smoked a little in the past. But from what I have read and been told by my doctor, that is so unlikely that it is crazy. I am hoping that my problems are caused by allergies or sinusitis and the CT scan will show that. Then maybe I can feel 100% again with some treatment.

How old are you? Do you have any other symptoms? Maybe we can find some more similarites and maybe its the same thing. I'll check back if you post a reply. Talking about it always makes me feel beter.

Emily C
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   Posted 4/25/2006 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I called Kaiser and the mono results were negative. Strep was negative too... AGAIN. So I went to see the doctor again today and tried pulling the same old schtick... telling me that it is just a virus, that I will get better, and that maybe I caught more than one virus. She tried to tell me to just take motrin. I told her I want to see a specialist. I am now having sharp pains on the left side of my throat... when at first it would only hurt when I would move my tongue or try to clear my throat... now I get sharp pains when I am just talking, sometimes laughing, and sometimes when I am not doing anything at all. I have an appointment with the speciaist on Thursday but I had to request it. What the hell is wrong with the medical system here???

Emily C
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   Posted 4/25/2006 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yeah, I am 24 and I don't have a runny nose, fever or any symptoms like that. However, I am feeling extremely tired no matter how much sleep I get. I am now also having this slight soreness under my arm pits and the area right under my chin feels puffy. I think my lymph nodes are really swollen now because of whatever I have.

Brian DK
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   Posted 4/26/2006 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Emily,

Sounds like you are doing the right thing and hopefully the specialist can help you figure out what is going on. I was in the same boat. I had to request to see and ENT after seeing my doctor 5 times for the same symptoms. I am plan on changing my PCP because as much as this guy seems to know his stuff when I talk to him, he didn't do anything to help me.

I went and got my CT Scan of my sinuses yesterday and have another appointment with the ENT on Monday. My sore throat went away but when I yawn it feels like my throat has a cut or something and feels like it is going to split open. I guess that is the best I can describe that. Also, I feel short of breath all the time. Not that there feels like there is something in my throat, but maybe that my throat is smaller or something. I plan on telling him that on Monday as well.

I honestly wonder sometimes if I am going to make it through this whole thing. It has been almost 3 months since I started to feel bad. I do feel better now than I did then, but I wonder if I will ever be 100% again.

I am sure you are looking forward to seeing the ENT tomorrow. I self diagnosed myself for a few weeks and all it did was make me feel worse. I doubt that there is anything seriously wrong with either one of us. Hopefully we will get better soon and enjoy the warm weather. Let me know what the ENT says. Make sure you tell him everything too, about the pains as well. Good Luck!

Britandcelt
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   Posted 4/30/2006 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Brian Dk and Emily C,

As someone who has suffered from the same allergy and sinus problems as you guys, and as someone in the nursing field who works for a PCP, I sympathize with you and your frustrations.  I see patients like you guys everyday. But, Brian has it right when he says not to self diagnose!!  Unless you are familiar with certain conditions and medical terminology, don't research the internet cause that will only increase your anxiety. First, let me just give you the 411 on what I went through.  It is expected for most people to get maybe one, two sinus infections a year.  I was getting upwards of six, seven a year.  I had an x-ray of my sinuses in 2003 which showed a possible retention cyst. This made a little bit of sense since I could feel a little lump on the roof of my mouth.  I was referred to an ENT, whom I still see today.  This particular ENT is in my opinion, the best MD out there.  He is kind, listens, doesn't rush, and understands.  These are extremely important characteristics for an MD to have because, as you know, not everyone has gone to medical school and understands big medical words.  Sometimes people need a little patience and explanation which, unfortunetely, not all MD's understand.  I have been lucky to find doctors like this, although I do understand the terminology so that makes it easier.  So, my CT scan was a mess.  Basically everything was blocked.  I ended up having surgery during which he opened up everything that was blocked and removed some of my sinus cavity.  So, in normal circumstances, I should of gone down to perhaps, one sinus infection a year.  (That's another mistake people make after having surgery.  It doesn't mean you'll never get an infection again.)  I am not a normal case though, since my surgery in July 2004, I have had 12-13 sinus infections.  He has looked in my nose and I have had a repeat CT scan, everything is nice and open.  But, the problem I am having is allergies.  My increasing allergies have been irritating my sinuses and causing inflammation. Like Red 34 said, post nasal drip can be causing your sore throat.  Especially if you have cobblestoning in your throat, the mucous can linger in those ridges and make a sore throat worse. Allergens certainly cause shortness of breath.  You probably have mild asthma, which I have too.  Painful lymph nodes can accompany any kind of infection really.  If you had some sort of cancer that was causing the pain, most likely your nodes would be huge.  Since your MD did not feel anything abnormal, I wouldn't worry about those.  You may be experiencing more symptoms on your left because that is the side that is occluded, or blocked.  My left sinus cavity was blocked, but not my right.  If your sinuses are dripping primarily from the left side, then of course the left side of the throat would be irritated more.  Allergies don't necessarily have to be in your whole head.  I have had just one eye get really itchy and watery.  Allergies can cause more than just sneezing, coughing, etc. My allergies cause me upper respiratory issues but also stomach problems, itchy skin, itchy eyes, etc.  Emily, you say you are tired all the time even when you sleep a lot?  I was like that too.  Infections can cause fatigue, mine just happened to be a Vitamin B-12 deficiency.  Once I started injections, I have felt great. I don't need to nap all the time.  If your mono and strep were negative, and there is no sign of bacterial infection as far as your doctor can see by listening to your symptoms and examining you, then, they assume that is has to be some sort of virus.  Doctors are human too, they may have medical degrees but sometimes, they even can't decipher what is wrong.  Unless you have a sinus x-ray at the time, doctors don't know that you have a sinus infection.  They can't see it.  But they listen to symptoms and if your sinus cavities are sensitive when they press, then they will most likely treat you.  It's not like an ear infection or strep where they can actually see the infection or test for it.  That is why there are specialists, experts on those particular issues.  I see a lot of patients get mad when they feel the PCP is not helping, but, then get angry when we want to send them to a specialist.  They complain that we are treating them like guinea pigs.  Well, that is what specialists are there for.  Primary care is generalized.  Don't lose faith in the doctors or think that you'll never be 100%.  Continue your Nasonex and wait until your CT scan comes back.  Until you have that report in front of you, you won't know what you are dealing with.  Also, get allergy testing.  Did you know that milk allergies can cause congestion and upper respiratory problems.  Just because you don't get diarrhea doesn't mean you're not allergic.  I am allergic to milk, eggs, trees, molds, dusts, cats, dogs, and about 25 other kinds of foods. Get a RAST test, that will have the plants and trees that are common to your region.  It will also see if cats, dogs, molds, weeds, and common bugs are bothering you.  Let me know how you both are doing.    


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Brian DK
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   Posted 4/30/2006 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Wow,

Thanks for the great reply.  It is great to be able to read posts like your that have a lot of detail and thought.  I try to write as much as I can too in hopes it will help others as well.

I go back to my ENT tomorrow morning.  I actually went to the hospital yesterday because I was outside at a picnic for a few hours and couldn't breath.  I absolutley felt like I was getting no air.  After 2 pills of prednizone and an inhaler they left me leave.  I don't know that I feel a ton better now, but certainly can breath without fear of falling over dead.

I feel like my throat down towards my chest is about the size of a small straw.  It deosn't hurt anymore, that only lasted a few days.  Now it just feels really tight and my lungs just don't seem to want to inflate all the way with air.  I can still at times feel a little mucus going down my throat, so I think I still have the post-nasal drip.  So, my biggest problem now is the breathing.  If I can get that under control I will be good to go I think.  But, I will tell him tomorrow all my symptoms in hopes that he can give me something to help.  I will let you know what comes of tomorrows visit.  Thanks again.

Brian


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   Posted 8/31/2006 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
i have allergy related sinus problems an once had 4 lots of antibiotics in a year i have found using a steam inhaler that you place over your mouth and nose as a mask with 3 drops of olbus oil helps and also beconase can have an affect but beconase is not good for you in the long term.My ears are exactly the same if they are clogged behind your ear drum there is not much you can do.but if you have a lot of wax in your outer ear cannel then try pouring a few drops of warm(test temp on ur wrist first and war it in a jug of hot water like you would with a babys bottle)olive oil in the affected ear 3 times a day until it clears up.if your ear leaks put a small piece of cotton wool in the ear but not into the canal but DONT use ear plugs they will make it worse

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whoa182
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   Posted 9/1/2006 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a similar problem and can't figure it out. Since last year when changing to a healthier diet my hay fever went away (no more runny nose, itchy eyes, soar throat, sneezing) and I didn't notice the symptoms this year either, but since march I got this post nasal drip which is thick and sometimes yellow/green. Nose is always stuffy but it didn't start out that way. The doctor also says my throat is a little red (but I don't feel pain associated with it). He gave me nasonex and it didn't do anything really...

I was thinking, if my hay fever basically got elminated due to good health habits, why would another allergy pop up in its place? My WBC is not really elevated either (you can see a link for my blood results on the sig). I've been under a lot of stress and this might be a trigger for the immune system to overreact. It's quite annoying too because I have a part time job where I'm on the phone constantly, and In the middle of a call I have to clear my throat but can't :(
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frani
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   Posted Yesterday 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   

I would like to share my story with chronic sinus problems & allergies.  My son had similar problems to all the above, for years-I think it started when he was about 7 or 8.  He had chronic sinus infections, allergies, colds, - he was on 5/6 antibotics a year, we tried Nasonex, claritin, other allergy medication, allergy shots - air cleaner in his room for allergy to dust mites, special mattress covers. 

about 2 years ago, I started to look at homeopathic options because I felt by time he's 20, he'll probably be immune to every antibiotic.  After trying alot of different things & nothing worked, I came across a product which is a combinations of omega 3's & shark liver oil.  He takes 1 tbs/day (it's a liquid) & he has not had 1 sinus infection in 18 months.  He's now 14.

When I explained this to my allergist - he couldn't believe it, except to say that there's alot to say about omega-3's & when he saw my son, he said it was the best he ever looked.  I believe the key here is the shark liver oil - it's an immune booster - when he doesn't take the oil for a while - he starts to get all nasally & congested.  I've done alot of research into shark oil & omega 3's & I think this may be the answer, at least for him & no antiobics.  Actually my whole family started taking it & we have not been sick w/colds or viruses in over a year.


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   Posted Yesterday 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Frani, welcome to Healingwell! That's awesome that your son is doing much better. I too believe in the power of natural remedies. Especially omega 3's. Just a thought, has your son had his tonsils checked? The reason I ask is because a few years back, I was constantly getting colds, brochitis, flus, ear infections, strep throat, etc and when I had my tonsils out, I suddenly stopped getting them. It has been heaven! I do get the occasional cold but not like before. I guess my tonsils were making me sick.

I think that as a society as a whole we are relying on antibiotics too much so to find an alternative answer for his issues is great. Thanks for sharing.
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frani
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   Posted Yesterday 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, had tonsils, adnoids, checked & been to the ENT several times.  They said there was nothing unusual - it was just allergies which would very often end up as sinutitus & then the infection.  I will stick w/my shark liver oil!!!  Thanks for responding!
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