epinephrine sensitivity, sinus surgery Scared!

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Alcie
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   Posted 5/15/2011 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I've got upcoming sinus surgery and I'm reading that these are done with concentrated topical epinephrine to reduce swelling and bleeding.  I don't tolerate injected local epi, get tachycardia (very rapid heartbeat).  I'm also sulfite intolerant, and this stuff is always preserved with it.
 
It's scaring me silly.  I plan to try to get up enough courage to call doc tomorrow.  There is an alternative: oxymetazoline (used in lots of OTC sprays).  Most docs simply don't believe me when I talk about sulfites, so I expect this doc won't believe me about epi either.
 
Did anyone out there who is epi-intolerant have sinus surgery?  I searched the old posts and found nothing.
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