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Posted By : Luvzminis - 7/21/2017 10:59 AM
I just looked up an old post from 2010 that I had started on this subject. A very belated 'thank you' to everyone who responded. I thought the responses were so interesting and varied.

Just wondering if anyone else has this issue? I'm currently dealing with sinus issues--mild nasal congestion and a slight headache. But I also feel like I'm in a mild flare.

I did dye my hair yesterday with natural henna and cleaned with diluted tea tree oil. I made sure I had good ventilation, because the tea tree oil, especially, can be overpowering (I just used a few drops in lots of water). The humidity here is super high, too, and I would guess that's a factor.

I did discover, too, that I need to watch my salt and sugar intake more closely. I've had pickles and olives and have just a few tablespoons of ice cream daily with a dab of chocolate sauce. Unfortunately, my body is not happy about these small treats. Though I don't eat a lot, seems I'm sensitive to both sugar and salt.

Mostly, I wonder what the best remedy is for my sinuses. Sinus tablets seem to dry out my nasal passages too much and don't provide much relief. Irrigation helps somewhat. Steaming helps the most, but it's already so humid in my house!

I've been eating more onions and garlic, too (don't worry--no one currently here that I would breathe on!)

So, I'll try to post the link to the old thread here:

Again, there are great, varied responses on this, and if any 'newbie' would like to add to it, that would be great.

Thanks, and hope everyone is doing well. tongue
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

St. Padre Pio

Posted By : Sherrine - 7/21/2017 6:07 PM
I can be stuffy frequently and I do get drainage down the back of my throat. The humidity plus storms play into this for me. I don't take anything for the since I take enough medication and it isn't that bothersome to me. It's weird but some nights I can't breathe through my nose so I roll over and lay on my other side and my nose clear up! Go figure!

I eat pickles and olives but I rinse them thoroughly before I eat them because I'm sensitive to sodium. If I buy potato chips, I get the 50% less sodium ones and they are yummy.

Do you drink diet soda? If so, try switching to water. I have drunk only water for years but this spring I decided to enjoy one can of diet soda a day with my dinner. Boy, did that taste good! I started having problems with my blood sugar around the same time. I didn't put two and two together because it was diet soda after all! Well, I did a little searching and with some people the diet soda messes with the gut which in turn messes with blood sugar! I don't really understand it but I figured I'd stop drinking soda for a week and see what happened. My blood sugar went back to the good level again! I now could enjoy a small treat at bedtime again! Yay! So give that a try. Hopefully it will work for you too.


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Posted By : Ljm2014 - 7/23/2017 12:22 PM

In the past year..i sometimes wake early morning feeling stuffy in the sinuses..once i am up that passes..

I was just reading an article on salt treatments that help sinus issues , asthma and allergies..

May be something we should research..they were referring to places you can go for salt treatments..but may be some way to treat at was not clear to me.

Just a thought..

I have strong salt cravings..but feel bad if i over indulge..

I think when we have these strong cravings our body is telling us something


Posted By : Luvzminis - 7/24/2017 1:54 PM
Thanks for the responses, Sherrine and Lj! smile

Sherrine: Though I'm not happy that you also get a stuffy head at times, it's always nice to know I'm not alone in this. This tends to hit me 'out of the blue' and I used to only get it in the cooler months. Now I'm also fair-game in Summer, too, apparently. But I am getting older, so maybe that has something to do with it.

Good idea to rinse the pickles and olives! Also, choosing the low-sodium chips. I did pick up some lower-salt Wheat Thins last time I shopped.

No, I haven't had diet soda in decades! I do have a glass of soda once or twice on the weekend. I avoid caffeine, generally, though sometimes I'll mix half-and-half something like cherry Pepsi and Sprite.

I think I am getting better about drinking water, especially since I notice more dryness than ever, since I hit menopause. I sip throughout the day, so it makes it easier. Water seems to be helping my dry skin, too.

Glad you can have that small treat before bedtime again--yay! turn

Lj: That article on salt treatments does sound interesting. It is using salt as a nasal rinse, or something entirely different (sounds very different by what you posted here).

Yes, that's interesting: strong cravings are our body telling us something! I agree--there is likely a reason for it.

Hope you both have a wonderful week and thanks again. smile
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

St. Padre Pio

Posted By : upallnight89 - 7/27/2017 10:49 PM
This summer has been horrendous for me with sinus and ear issues. I have been on three rounds of antibiotics and they finally found I have a staph infection in my ear and they had to change the antibiotic I am currently taking three times. I'm doing the sinus rinses and vaporizer also. It seems I live on Excedrin Migraine and ice packs are my friends. I think I could predict the weather much more accurately with my sinus issues than a weatherman. If it it goes to rain or snow, my head tells me. The weather/barometric pressure changes, really plays a role in my sinus headaches and also certain smells such as perfumes, candles, soap and shampoos. I stay inside if the pollen is high also. If I am outside very long, I make sure I wash my hair to get the pollen out also I don't hang my clothes outside either. Right now I am trying an air purifier and making sure my a/c filter is cleaned a lot. I went through a balance center a few yrs ago and they told me my migraines start out as sinus headaches and turn into a migraine. If I can take something for it when I first feel it coming on, I can usually knock it out. They also told me, my headache meds can cause rebound headaches and try not to take my medicine so much. I ended up at the ER with one of the worst headaches of my life and they wondered why I didn't take my meds. Sometimes you can't win. I know milk and sugary foods make my congestion worse. Sorry I wrote so much here, I have just dealt with sinus issues so much and so long. I even had sinus surgery and it did nothing.

Posted By : Ljm2014 - 7/28/2017 1:37 PM
I keep hearing more people complain with sinus issues this year.

Also with fibro i feel we are more sensitive to the sinus issues..

Some morning i wake with mine feeling clogged, but as i start the clears..go figure.. this is new in the past year

Posted By : Luvzminis - 7/28/2017 2:20 PM
Thanks, upallnight89 and Lj. It seems to be a common problem for us.

This morning, I noticed a strong, flowery scent outside. I never did track it down, but evidently something 'new' is blooming!

I, too, have noticed more sensitivity to soaps, cleaners, etc.. I even got out my Vicks inhaler and used that this past week. I don't think I ever used in in the summertime before! It did help a little.

Maybe more stuff in the air? We've had high humidity and rounds of storms, with lots of mildew and molds outside. Not good. Hopefully, everyone will clear up soon.

Have a good weekend, everyone. Best to all. smile
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

St. Padre Pio

Posted By : cilly - 8/14/2017 5:27 PM
Another sufferer of both issues.

Sinus headaches and body pains are killing me tonight,even Advil is failing to help me.

Hope it gets better,allergies and fibro make it worse combos ever.

Stale indoor air is not helping me but outdoors is worse.

I NEED MY STEAMER badly,need to buy one .

sorry for so much venting !!!!!

Posted By : Luvzminis - 8/15/2017 3:36 PM
Hi Cilly: Sorry to hear about those issues. Yes, tricky to deal with them.

Do you take shots or anything for your allergies? I was tested for allergies years ago, but nothing specific showed up. But I certainly can do my share of sneezing, especially in the morning!

I know what you mean about stale indoor air. And yes, sometimes outdoor air is not much improvement. Usually I have to wait a few hours, and the pre-mid-morning seems to have the best air quality. By afternoon the humidity hits and sometimes it helps; other times it's just "too much."

Have you ever tried an air purifier? I used to have one, but it didn't change anything. Maybe I just had a poor one?

Steaming helps me, definitely. Gentle face massage and putting a warm, damp cloth on my face while resting can help, too.

Sinus masks are handy. I have one which goes in the microwave, but have to be really careful using it, as it heats up fast and I sure don't want to burn my face! Once it cools a bit it feels great.

Hope you're feeling better today!! Did a weather front go through or anything like that? Weather changes, as you likely know, can really affect fibro.

Best wishes. smile
"Pray, hope, and don't worry."

St. Padre Pio

Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 8/15/2017 7:43:46 PM (GMT-6)

Posted By : countingstarsx - 8/15/2017 9:11 PM
I've been reading a lot lately about the link between viruses and Fibromyalgia.

It would make sense that someone who's fibro was triggered by EBV would have sinus issues, especially during a flare.

I know I do.

Posted By : countingstarsx - 8/16/2017 11:50 AM
Hey Rockon!

Thats interesting. I have been going down the rabbit hole of post-viral issues lately, never got an appointment with Dr Afrin. Have you heard of Dr. Jack Kruse? He has a whole lot of interesting things to say on the topic of optimal health, and I've been researching that quite a bit too. '

My biggest question would be what caused the mast cell disorder? ;)

Posted By : countingstarsx - 8/17/2017 6:47 PM
Awesome! I found out about him from a random podcast I was listening to, initially thought he was a real quack but kept thinking about all the things he said that really made a lot of sense. I've fallen down the rabbit hole. I've been working on reading all the books that he recommends, but they are really heavy reading. I have the Fourth Phase of Water by Gerald Pollack on hand from the library, he is the one who discovered EZ water. I'm excited to get to it. Its seriously a text book.

I was pretty interested in leaky gut awhile back -- I was treated a bit, but I've found out that I am really sensitive to a lot of supplements and herbs so I wasn't able to finish that. I was then diagnosed with SIBO, and was successfully treated for that. Working on viral load now, and trying to work Dr Kruse's protocols as best as I can. Its 2 steps forward one back at this point, but its progress!

What is Restore? I've never heard of it.

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