Help after FESS operation (ENT)

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   Posted 1/3/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Peeps.
Not sure if ive posted in the correct section but this was the closest i could find.
Ive been suffering from chronic sinusitis for a few years now.
Ive been to the docs and have been referred to ENT for CT scan.
The scan showed that i had lots of sinus polyps.
Last Monday i went in for the FESS operation together with a op to straiten a deviated spectum.
The problem is my head now feels like its going to explode at any moment such is the pressure.
I have been given co codamol for the pain and Nasonex to settle my sinus.
Its only been six days since the operation but i still have no air flow though my nose whats so ever. This means that i cant get the nasonex to penetrate at all and the nasal douching is also not penetrating. Same problem with steam ect.
when i look up my nose i can see that the swelling is completely blocking it.

I lost my job just before christmas and i have a interview on monday for which i need to be at my best....
what i want to know, is there any way i can speed recovery up and make myself a bit better for monday?
Can i take a decongestant like sudafed? Ive read else where that sudafed or another decongestant might not be a good idea since it reduces inflammation in the nose by restricting blood flow to the infected areas. Blood flow being important to healing.


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   Posted 1/3/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Does your surgeon know that you are still experiencing lots of swelling in the nasal tissues? If so what did he/she recommend? If not, I think you should call.

I believe you are correct that things like Sudafed are not recommended at this stage. How long after surgery did they recommend you apply cold to your nose? I recall after my septum repair that I was told to ice 2-3 times a day. It may be diffferent now because I had mine YEARS ago. Also, if you are in a dry climate or where it is very cold, both can add to the dryness and swelling in the nose. Did they say if you could use a humidifier?

Keep using the Nasonex even though you think it isn't going where intended. It will help what it can reach.

Wish I had more advice - hope your interview goes well.
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