Sinus Infection Ruining my life

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Jackk587
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   Posted 4/25/2011 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Not sure if this is the right spot to post, if not i apologize, I know people with IGA deficiency have allergie problems

Well I am posting here to see if anyone else has gone through this. I have had a sinus infection for about 6 months, maybe longer, I have tried all antibiotics and nothing works. Been to a doctor, then a ENT, then a infectious disease specialist. The disease specialist found out that I had iGA difficiency, and my regular doctor says because of the IGA deficiency the medicine will not work until the levels get higher or back to normal. I was wondering is that right? I have an appointment with a doctor to help treat the IGA deficiency, but honestly im losing all hope that this infection wont ever go away, and I graduate college in two weeks, and its going to be hard finding a job when im sweating from a fever and drained.

symptoms
-fever(although its not high, i start to sweat and such)
-One side of my nose is always blocked
-dryness around my eyes
-bad breath

Right now im taking vitamins and using neti pot and alegra d

So was wondering if anyone went through anything like this, and any tips or suggestions I should do, or tests to have done to get rid of this infection. Thanks

Alcie
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   Posted 4/25/2011 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had chronic sinus infection for over a year and a half, documented by CT, MRIs over this time. I've also taken at least a half dozen antibiotics and they just can't get to the blocked sinuses because there's not much blood flow. Sprays and rinses can't get past the blockages either.

My ENT said now it's time for balloon dilation of the passages, rinsing out the sinuses, taking samples of the stuff in there. Then I got the paper that said what he's really going to do, and I looked it up in depth. It's called ethmoidectomy, which means surgically removing entirely the tissues of both the ethmoid sinuses - into which the other sinuses drain - and then taking the balloon and dilating the frontal and maxillary sinus openings - which means crushing the surrounding bones! It may be as much as 4 hours of surgery, so I need blood work and an EKG beforehand. My headache (24/7) and chronic infections are bad enough I am willing to go through this.

The point is to research the subject. I put in probably 20 hours or more reading! Make sure you know what you are talking about, and find out if there is an alternative. Ask for MRI to see if you have a blocked up sinus to begin with! You have to be willing to go through the treatment and have a few days of not so nice recovery, as far as I can find out. I kind of wish my nasal septum could be straightened (this whole thing started with a wreck that broke my nose), but don't think I could stand that much more at the same time. At least there's no nose packing that I know of without that major addition.
Alcie
 
 

cc428
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   Posted 8/26/2011 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jackk587, i really do feel your pain. i have been having on and off sinuse infection for almost a year now.. it is so darn annoying! My sinus was never good but it only got much worse after the sinus operation to drain out the sinus blockage. I shouldnt have done it! I regret doing it. I spoke to my GP and he said that most of his patients who have done any kinds of op in their sinus, ends up getting sinus infections easily... for some reason.. Right now i am having another case of sunis infection.. im taking Rulide antibioticcs and panadol to help with the mucus production. I get pretty bad post nasal drip too... i really feel this on and off sinus infection is impacting on my life,... i will be going back to my ENT dr next month. I hate going there because everytime he puts the camera thing up my sinus... it KILLS! But he said that i've got an ulcer in my left sinus, the side which ALWAYS is the problem... so hes gotta monitor it.. i dont know what to do either... right now im just kind of treating the problems as they come. i dont know how to prevent it :( depressed!

emtlion
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   Posted 9/29/2011 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jackk587-

First, I am curious as to what your ENT said. He can scope up there and take a peek right in his office. It's a bit wierd, but not too uncomfortable to go through. You may have nasal polyps or a deviated septum. If he didn't look up there, go find a different doc.

The reason for your bad breath is usually from what are commonly known as 'tonsil stones'. It's the crud that crystallizes from your drainage. They are pretty gross, but go away if you get your tonsils out. This helped me.

Next, make sure you use the neti-pot or neil-med twice a day. it sucks, but over time does A LOT. Trust the product. It really helps. Also, if you get to your doc saying you want to give a strong push to get rid of it, have him prescribe you some prednisone (TAKE IT LIKE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO). Also, ask for a trial of fluticasone (it's nasal steroid spray that will help all the swollen tissue shrink to open up space for drainage. The steroids suck and you'll eat like crazy for the 10 days you're on it. While you're on it, do the rinses twice a day, nasal spray, and take your Allegra D too. Remember to drink a lot of water so the mucous is thin enough to drain. Often times people don't drain well because they're pretty dehydrated. If you do all this and still have problems, it's time for a CT scan. You're probably 80-90% blocked up there and it'll just get worse.

I had very positive experience with the FESS surgery. (I have to have it every 5 years) It's like a roto-rooting. They don't break any bones, it's outpatient (go home the same day), and honestly, I didn't have pain after at all as there are no pain receptors in your sinuses. So, all in all, focus on the ENT doc and if he hasn't looked up there, get a different one.

Good luck,

Gina

tinabones
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   Posted 10/9/2011 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
i dont have sinus problems but i was reading ubt sinus issues caused by bacteria infections are seeing dramatic results from xylitol nasal spray. i bot some at the organic grocery store just to keep my levels in chek
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