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   Posted 2/16/2007 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been having problems with my sinus in the morning. It started around Christmas. I took 3 rounds of antiboics and no luck. Went to an ent and he sent me to an allergy specialist. I do have allergies, but that medication wasn't working. They think I have silent reflux sense I don't have any other complaints except for the runny nose and coughing up lots of mucus in the morning. They say it's hard to diagnose. Does anyone else have this problem? Thanks, Dee

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   Posted 2/18/2007 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
It doesn't sound like reflux to me.  If acid is coming up, I don't think it would cause a runny nose.  Some people do have sinus problems when they have reflux but you don't seem to have the normal reflux symptoms.  Sometimes, I think these doctors just want to put a label on symptoms they can't figure out.

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   Posted 2/19/2007 3:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have silent reflux. I have throat problems but don't feel any acid coming up.  Only have bloating.

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   Posted 2/19/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you have pets in your home? What exactly are you allergic to? Maybe by changing some things in your home and making it safe for allergic people you can greatly improve your sinus problems.
You should really be under the care of an allergist, I think most people with sinus problems have allergic reactions to things around them.
For example, I have a friend who has had 3 sinus surgeries (none worked) and has asthma and many allergies, she also has a small dog that she always carries around and holds near her face.
The dog has dander and she is definitely allergic to it but will she give up the dog.........NO. So she has to keep suffering and taking all kinds of high dosage antibiotics (due to infections in the sinuses). I don't know what to say!
Please, all you animal lovers, don't write anything to me about this :)

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   Posted 2/19/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dee,
With my family (and a couple friends who live about 600 miles away), this winter has been awful for viruses. Both my kids and I took antibiotics after having bad colds/sore throats for about 3 weeks. They didn't really help. I think its viruses. But all of us have been sick in one way or another all winter long. At first, I thought it was because the weather was so mild. But for several weeks now, its been around 0 degrees alot, and we have several feet of snow on the ground, and we're still feeling yukky!
I have had stuffiness for about 5 weeks, and now I'm nauseous and dizzy. My daughter has had one sore throat after the other, and now she's nauseous too! We started her back up on her allergy meds, and that didn't help either.
I don't want to discount the possibility of silent reflux for you, but keep in mind that the viruses this winter seem to be really persistent.
Be sure to drink alot of water, use a humidifier, and take Mucinex twice a day. Its Guaifenesin, and it thins your secretions.
Actually, I've been doing all that, and I'm still stuffed up!
Be sure to do all the anti-reflux stuff, like avoid stuff like chocolate, caffeine, acidic juices and tomatoes, etc. Don't eat within 4 hours of lying down. You could even try some over-the-counter reflux meds, and see if that helps.
But mostly, I think we will all eventually feel better when spring gets here! (until our allergies set in!). Hang in there.

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   Posted 2/19/2007 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I want to thank all or you for your advice. It's been real helpful. Thanks again. Dee

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   Posted 2/20/2007 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
P S I"m going to the William Storms Allergy Clinic in Colorado Spgs. CO. They say they'll be able to solve the problem. My hopes are up! Dee

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   Posted 2/23/2007 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, good luck Dee with the new clinic.  I have a sore throat often which they have narrowed down to reflux disease.  The ppi's don't help a lot.  I had hemograghic (spelling?) gastritis which put me into another league. 

I agree that your problem could be allergies or viruses.  Hope you feel better.

 I will not take the super dose of ppi's.  It is bad for calcium absorption and increasing your likelihood of contacting pneumonia.  I am a very allergic person with asthma and don't want pneumonia.  My doc said my levels of blood calcium are ok so I guess it has not affected that.

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