Gail i am truly sorry for your pain. there is nothing like the facial pain you get with a rampant sinus infection. i am so sorry that your body is taking a beating- please dont feel guilty about work, i know its easier said than done, but you are REALLY sick and should focus on resting up, recuperating fully and you dont need the added stress of work worry.
you are in my prayers, i know how awful firsthand this can be- even after sinus surgery i still get it. i am so so so so so sorry- have you used a plastic bottle "nasal flush"? its like a baby bottle and the tip of it goes up one nostril and you squeeze it and the warm saline buffered water in it pours out the OTHER nostril, clearing out all gunk in your sinus cavities. then you swap nostrils and repeat the action. it is better than a nasal spray, its totally cleansing and i have found it helpful with the facial pain, as it relieves the pressure in sinus cavities. all good pharmacies should stock them. they come with sachets of buffered salt that you mix with warm water.
I hope and pray you feel better soon, take care and rest up my friend,
Oh Gail, it must be bad, cos as you mentioned, having Chron's would give you a high pain tolerance- i am just so sorry. my best advice beside resting up is to send your hubby to the pharmacy and get the 'nasal flush' kit as it relieves facial pressure so much.
and you know all the rest, like keeping well hydrated- have you tried a ihalation? a bowl of boiling hot water with a few drops of vicks of tea tree oil and a towel and you breathe it all in?
I hope you feel better soon, you dont deserve this on top of it all,
Maz XX i loves ya! XX
OK- first, remember i am NOT a medical professional, lol.
but my experience with this is huge. i dont think the nasal spray you are using will help at all- you need a steroidal spray for your sinuses- i dont know if you have it in the states, but Rhinocort is good stuff. again, the 'nasal levage flush' pump bottle is amazing as it completely carries out all the pressurised gunk from inside your sinus cavities where it is currently blocked- leading to the pain. this may sound weird, but if you cant get the nasal flush bottle from your chemist, my dad taught me a trick as a kid that also works, although its a bit messy. get a glass of warm, salty water and 'drink' it through your nose- it will come out your mouth, dragging infected mucus with it. its like the home remedy version of the nasal flush kit. yes you will gag and choke a bit, but it helps, always do it over the sink. i take prescription painkillers as well and have found a non- steroidal nasal spray called Drixine, which instantly clears nasal pasages and lets you breathe freely, but it can only be used 3 days in a row.
Oh Gail i am so sorry- i also take benadryl which i find dries up alot of excess mucous, and if taken at night time, it will aid in sleeping also. also before you mentioned your teeth? a real bad sinus infection will pain the bones in your face, including ear, jaw and your teeth may ache something fierce, mine do, but it IS caused by the pressure/buildup and lack of drainage. maybe try an inhalation as well- it can loosen up the gunk, and as a bonus, its very relaxing.
just so no one gets the wrong idea, people i am NOT giving professional medical advice. im giving advice from my experience, which is no substitute for that of a doctor, and Gail knows that- thats why she asked me. just making it real clear that im advising from personal experience. you can never be too careful!
Let me now how you go, precious Gail, im sorry you are having to deal with this- i actually woke with a sinus migraine this morning- totally blocked up, feels like i been smacked in the face with a shovel! you are not alone. im sending you a yummy massage and chicken soup via our magic carpet- and a nasal flush bottle!
Oh sweetie, I am so sorry you are feeling so awful. Now first of all do not do a Kitt, and blame everything on you. You are sick, the business you work for will run. Lose the guilt, it is a wasted emotion. That is Mum Kitt's best advice.
I worked over Christmas one year as I had to because like you I could not call in sick and have someone else have to work my 3 shifts. Went to the Doctor on Monday after Christmas and got my butt reamed but good. My Doctor said " So Kitt, if you were to die tomorrow do you think the hospital would shut down?" I sheepishly said "no".
So you come first. Perhaps they could give you a antibiotic IV that would kick in faster.
Maz knows a lot about sinus issues, I am sure she will be answering you soon.
Love to you and many prayers.
Post Edited (stkitt) : 1/7/2009 7:13:46 AM (GMT-7)
I am sorry I could not have been more helpful in my post but I knew Maz had the personal experience re sinus.
I hope you are feeling better. Sinus issues sound horrible. Take care of yourself or we will come over and staplegun you to youir bed okay??? Nah kidding, we would wrap you gently in soft blankets that repel guilt...NO guilt (says she who bought almost entire staff wine and chocolates to apologise for six day hospital stay!!! lol) I need to take my own advice. We didn't choose to get sick. Priority is get Gail well!
Hugs (gently) Meg
Good Morning Nanners,
I hope you woke up this morning feeling better and the facial pain did not come back. I feel so bad that you are going through this.
You are one of the kindest and caring members on the board and to hear how ill you are makes me sad.
My prayers are with you and rest my sweet lady.
Many gentle hugsKitt
Post Edited (stkitt) : 1/7/2009 5:37:48 PM (GMT-7)
Gail im so sorry you are still suffering. Maybe you need a 2nd course of antibiotics to beat this properly. Im glad the saline flush is helping, it should be loosening up all the goo. do you have pressure/pain in your ear on the blocked side? keep doing the saline flush, whatever way you do it, sucking it up with your nose using a cup may not sound pleasant, but it DOES work. more steam inhalation with vicks in the water- the combo of heat and menthol and steam will further loosen the gunk and allow the blockage to begin moving.
im so sorry you are still sick, its hellish.
i love you bunches and wish i could give you a hug,
I am so happy for you and glad you are finally feeling better. remember, rest when you get home...............your body is continuing to heal itself so be good to yourself and think of you first.
Hugs and prayers
I'm sorry I missed this post until today but am so glad you are feeling better. The only other thing I would have suggested you try is a moist warm washcloth on your face to relieve the pain. That is what the doctor had me do a few weeks back when I had such bad sinus pain. That and a cool mist machine in my bedroom at night to relieve the congestion and break up the gunk. It really did work. My sister swears by the "nasal flush" thing. She had a bad sinus infection recently and was on two rounds of antibiotics and the sprays as you are and someone told her about the "nasal flush" and she did it like 3 times per day and she was feeling a lot better after a day or two of doing that. Again, I am so happy to see you are on the upside to feeling better.
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