Hey guys. Been on these forums a lot because I have Ulcerative Colitis.
I quit smoking in January after moving to a new city and starting up a new life. Quitting smoking gave me a major Ulcerative Colitis flare up that I'm now treating with prednisone and other stuff (including vitamins and supplements).
It also gave me a nasty sinus infection. It started with a running nose and then evolved into god knows what. My nostrils are rarely clogged but I had pain in the sides of my head/bridge of my nose for awhile as well as intermittent pain on the top of my head.
I went to a doctor and was put on a month's worth of general antibioitics (I don't know they name--they don't give you that here). They didn't work so I went to an ENT specialist who put me on a 3-day course of antibiotics the first two times and a 5-day course the third time. None worked. Every time I go in I ask for an MRI/CT Scan and he just says "no", tells me that I still have a sinus infection and gives me the exact same antibiotics again. I'm in an out in five minutes because he won't take it seriously.
I'm trying to get an appointment at the major hospital where I have my UC stuff done but the way it works here is that I need to see a doctor at a clinic before I can get a referral and the ENT doctor I keep seeing doesn't give referrals. It's all a pain in the ass.
As far as symptoms go, I recently decided to clean my apartment and kill any mold that might be around. I also bought a humidifier. It seems to be helping but I'm not entirely sure.
After the most recent round of antibioitics, the pain I had on the sides of my face seemed to move to the front. I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. The corners of my eyes seem swollen (the tear ducts--they seem to be blocked) and my eyes are slightly reddish in the morning. I should also add that I've been having ringing in my ears for more than a month and it has gotten better since the last course of antibiotics though I'm not entirely certain. I've had pain in my gums, behind my eyes, in my cheeks and in my lower jaw as well. Sometimes my left cheek twitches and feels like it's drooping (nothing I can see visually though).
I really want your advice on this and I need to know things I can do. I've tried to get a Netti Pot and all of that but I can't find them anywhere and not even the specialist knows what they are. I don't want to go back to the ENT doctor because he just keeps putting me on the same cocktail of antibiotics and over-the-counter medications over and over and over again. I actually think the last bout of antibiotics made things worse. Before that I was having mainly clear snot but now I'm having some green/yellow and I've had specks of blood as well (to be fair I don't know which is coming from me quitting smoking and which is coming from the sinus infection).
Any advice is appreciated. Everytime I Google sinusitis or sinus infections, I get warnings about
severe infections that cause meningitis/complications and eventually death. I get scared out of my mind about
this at times and having an ENT that doesn't take me seriously at all doesn't help.
Post Edited (Wavefunction) : 4/18/2011 10:56:47 AM (GMT-6)