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autunm
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   Posted 3/27/2012 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone.i am new to this site and would just like to tell you my story and maybe ask a few questions.at the moment i am suffering really bad pain in my sinus plates under each eye and through the eyes and from one eyebrow right across to the other eyebrow.i know this is my sinus plates which are giving me grief but most of the local doctors i have talked to say there is no such thing.the bad pain has been ongoing for about a year now and it never seems to let up.i know i suffer allergies and i am on a long waiting list to see a private allergist but the wait is 15 months long.this pain is so bad that it is giving me severe headaches which turn into migraines.i am a chronic headache and migraine sufferer but this pain in my sinus plates is blowing my bad headaches which are already there.i don't sneeze,i don't have a runny nose but i do occassionally get a sore ear or throat.i already take the highest amount of painkillers each day for my chronic migraines but it does not work so it will not give me any relief for my sinus pain.it feels like a lot of pressure is in them as well.i take sudafed tablets for my allergies and sinus every day and flush my nose out with saline water and use scripted nose sprays but nothing is working.i recently had antibiotics from the doctor and the pain did become a bit less by the end of 2 weeks of taking those tablets.most doctors will not give me antibiotics for this bad pain and i am falling apart with it all.25 years ago i had a sinus operation on my nose where the specialist broke my nose and did a few other things and i did not suffer anything for 10 years but after that it all started coming back slowly and now it is full on.i honestly don't know what else i can do while i wait to see a specialist.i previous tests to see what i am allergic to,it was mainly all the normal things like grass,dustmites and i found out i was allergic at the time to my cat which i had to give away.i have just started using a special duster around the house but it is not helping.i find if i get really upset for some reason and cry,the pain in my face doubles and i feel like my face is all swollen up and my nose.does anybody else suffer this? mad

couchtater
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   Posted 3/28/2012 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I wonder if you have a major sinus infection.
Go back to your PCP and ask him to give you the major wallop of antibiotics and steriods. It might help you.
Joy

autunm
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   Posted 3/28/2012 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks couchtater.i have gone to many local doctors and none of them will give me antibiotics for my bad sinus plate pain.i guess that is how they all work here in australia.very frustrating.the mucus does not look infected so who knows.how has your day been?take care. idea

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   Posted 3/29/2012 1:11 AM (GMT -7)   
see a neurologist and also get a ct scan or mri
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autunm
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   Posted 3/29/2012 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
hi smurfy shadow.thanks for your reply.at this stage i don't have the money to go to a neurologist.i have already been to 4 neurologists in the past for my chronic migraines and headaches and they could not help me.i guess i will just have to suffer the intense pain until my appointment arrives in 15 months to see an allergist.my twin sister has been through the same thing as me and she saw this allergist who did immunotherepy on her for 3 years and she got slight relief for a couple of years but now she is suffering again.it was an expensive thing to do and the injections hurt a lot but i see no other choice at this stage.how have your been?i am not sure of your story.take care.thanks. smurf

Alcie
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   Posted 3/30/2012 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sure no doctor, but as a patient who suffers chronic sinus infections, it sounds like you could have one too.  The passages probably weren't opened 25 years ago when you had the nose surgery.
 
My sinus openings were opened, but all that did was give me a drippy nose all day every day, despite antibiotica, antifungals, sinus washes twice daily.  My allergies are well controlled with shots, so it's not that either.
 
If you get temporary relief with antibiotics, like I do, I'd make a bet on the chronic infection (as a patient).  Sinus washes probably don't normally get into the tiny openings into the sinuses.  Mine are opened, but it doesn't help any.  I suspect I have a plaque which isn't washed away by just a rinse.  I've tried antibiotic in the rinse, but that didn't work either.  Recently I was on Diflucan (for fungus, yeast), but that didn't do anything at all but give me horrible nausea to the point of stopping it.
 
I'm not sure what you mean by sinus plates.  Usually we talk about the sinus cavities.  The sinuses in the forehead drain down, but the sinuses in your cheeks drain upwards and therefore only drain when you lean forward or lie down.
 
My allergy doc tells her patients to rinse with 1/2 tsp noniodized salt and a pinch of baking soda in a 8 oz water.

autunm
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   Posted 3/30/2012 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
hi alcie.thanks for replying to my post.you sound like you have been through a very difficult time with your sinus and allergies.i am not sure where you come from but over here in australia,they call them sinus plates which are under each eye.like you,maybe i do suffer chronic sinus infections.there is not a lot i can do until i see the allergist in 15 months time.when the pain gets really extreme,i will go to the doctor and not leave it for months like i did before.i could deal with it a little bit better if i did not already suffer chronic migraines and headaches.these supposed sinus infections really blow my already bad headaches off the planet.i find it hard to get through each day and night with this bad pain.i am beginning to think only winter here in australia is when it settles down a fraction.my sister had her bad sinus pain all year round before she started immunotherepy injections for her problems.i am starting to be like her.i am so sorry to here you have gone through so much with your problems.if you want to chat with me on this forum,i am here for you anytime.maybe between us,we can help each other out a little bit.take care. turn

Alcie
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   Posted 3/30/2012 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Autunm, I get allergy shots which work a treat for my allergies. Last year I had to add grass which had not been a problem previously, and I'm a grandmother. You can get new allergies any time. Have you tried antihistamines? Loratadine is good and non-drowsy.

Allergy shots don't have to hurt. The trick is to have them in a less sensative part of the body with a really short, tiny needle. It only has to get under the skin. I get them in my butt because my arms are too sensitive. If there's no one at home to do it, I can pop them in my thigh myself, like one would if they had diabetes. A little pinch before popping it in takes away the pain too. Sure beats misery of allergies.

I get relief with antibiotics, but the infections come back. I've put up with MRIs and CT scans to prove it. Any doctor could prescribe these. Can you at least see a general doctor?

autunm
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   Posted 3/30/2012 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
hi alcie.you sound like you have had a lot of experience with allergies and sinus.i have talked to so many doctors over the years about my allergies and sinus problems but they have all said to me that they can't help me.that is why i have booked in to see a private specialist in 15 months time.i can only take one type of tablet each day for my allergies and sinus due to being on pain killers every day because of my chronic migraines and headaches.all i can do is keep doing the nose flushes and sprays and taking tablets but there is not a thing i can do to stop the pain.it is a shame that there is not any other allergists in our area.there must be a lot of sick people around to have the wait list so long.you sound like you have yours more under control than me and that is a good thing for you.i am happy that you have done what i can not do yet.thanks for being there for me and supporting me.take care and look after yourself. turn
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