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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Not ready to get back on the ABX -- yet!

But, I'm having sinus type pressure either from the Lyme or from the rainy weather we're having.

Claritin helps some. But am pretty woozy.

The sauna today helped it seemed!

Any other non-meds things I can be doing to clear this up. It was SO hard to give up the ABX and now it's SO hard to restart them as I know it's almost like "there's no turning back" once you restart... thanks in advance for all suggestions and advice.

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   Posted 5/12/2009 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   

Saline nasal rinses (use a netti pot) or saline nasal spray - hydrates sinuses to facilitate elimination of allergens and pathogens

Vicks VapoRub - inhaling the menthol vapors can open plugged sinuses, enabling them to drain

Steam inhalation - bring a large pot of water to a boil, lean over the pot (not too close, don't want to burn yourself) to inhale the steam, put a towel around your head to help trap the steam for easier steam inhalation; can put a drop or two of eucalyptus oil into the water for extra decongestant action

Sleeping with your head elevated can make sinus drainage easier

Reduce dietary allergens, especially milk protein - the proteins in milk are known to promote the formation of mucus; boiled milk (boil for 5 minutes, then skim off the foam that develops on top & then allow the milk to cool before using) may not be as much of a problem

Massaging the sinus areas (carefully around eyes, nose, cheek bones, & forehead) can encourage better circulation and thus facilitate better drainage

Avoid afrin and other nasal decongestant sprays; they're addictive if used more than 3-4 days in a row

Drink plenty of fluids - dehydration causes drying of mucus membranes, which then makes congestion tougher to get rid of

Use the above with commonse sense - if something causes pain, worsening of symptoms, or bleeding from your nose, discontinue use and consult your doctor.

I hope this helps - take care,
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds:  Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Colloidal Silver (used topically), IV Milk Thistle, probiotics.

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   Posted 5/12/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   

That sinus stuff is going around. I am just getting over it myself. My head felt like it was going to blow up and it even hurt in back of my eyes. My ears and my throat hurt too. I used a saline nasal rinse called "Sinus Rescue". Boy did that help. Something about the saline gets that junk moving and out of there. I'm sure any saline rinse will work.

All of Razzle's ideas are great!! I hope you get to feeling better soon!
2003 symptoms started with very intense panic attacks and anxiety. Also had sound and smell sensitivities. Was in and out of the hospital from 2003-2005. Diagnosed with panic disorder.
2007 found an LLMD and was diagnosed with Lyme. Didn't start treatment.
2008 symptoms came back with a vengence. Muscle pain, joint pain, floaters, stiff neck, rib pain, slow thinking, brain fog, etc...
2009 went back to see LLMD. Diagnosed again with Lyme plus co-infections....Babesia and Bartonella.
Illnesses:-Chronic Lyme Disease,Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Ulcers, Hypoglycemia
Medications:-Biaxin 250mg to start (starting slow and working my way up, Mepron(babesia), Ultram(muscle/joint pain), Thyro Complex 60mg(Thyroid), Probiotics ,Caproyl(intestinal candidas),Psyllium Powder(intestinal cleansing support),Bentonite Magma(absorbent aid for intestinal detoxification)
-Plus a ton of other supplements

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   Posted 5/12/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I used something kind of strange to relieve sinus pressure. I can tell if food has MSG in it because it makes my nose run. The side effect is it helps with sinus pain because it makes them drain.

There were times when my sinus pressure was so bad I would eat Ramen noodles (loaded with MSG) to get relief.

I am not recommending anyone use MSG, but it worked for me.


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   Posted 5/12/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
very nice razzle.

also along with the milk if your eyes bother you this is a trick my grandma showed my mother and it works wonders..boiled milk (boil for 5 minutes, then allow the milk to cool before using then skim off the skin that develops on top & place it over your eyes for about 5 mins. this well out infections in yur eyes. sounds awefull but it does work.

also at night you can place vicks on the bottum of your feet then put socks on but do not go near a open door afterwards go right to bed. this is another of grandma tricks i know works. hope this along with all the others helps.


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   Posted 5/12/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I want to hug everyone who's replied to me.

And since I can't I will just thank you guys. It's been rough, rough, rough. So, I am taking each suggestion to heart.

Godspeed healing.
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