Could all of this be caused by allergies?.

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   Posted 5/3/2012 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there

I am a 48 year old male with a history of chronic sinusitis and allergic rhinitis. I also have a deviated septum on the left side. Allergies run very deep in my family and this year (from what I understand) has been an especially harsh time for people suffering from allergies.

Anyway, for the past few months (off and on) I have been waking up in the mornings feeling like I've been through the wringer (ie; sinus headache, head spinning, really loopy and out of it, intense brain fog, clogged up head, eyes hurt and watery, congestion, pressure, feeling like I'm about ready to jump out of my skin, etc). I tend to sleep in very late (until about noon) and it takes me hours just to feel like anything resembling "normal" again and start my day. Sometimes it can be pretty debilitating and I don't even feel all that good until much later in the evening (if then).

I did have about 3 really good days where I felt a lot better but just about the time I thought I was over the hump, it hit me pretty hard again. I've been getting low-grade fevers of about 99.00+ every so often too (and 100.6 once) so maybe a sinus infection going on here or something. The intermittent low-grade fevers are nothing new. I've had them for ages but they seem to have started up again after an intense period of severe stress and high anxiety.

I've had tons of blood tests (even lots of rare and unusual ones), seen the doctor, neurologist, opthamologist, etc. Also had an MRI of head and neck. I also suffer from cervical arthritis, Tourettes, GAD, OCD, GERD, Gastritis, IBS, etc. I've been using Astelin nasal spray which seems to work pretty good but the last few times, I've actually gotten even worse after using it. Pretty miserable and with my anxiety, it sometimes feels like I'm losing my mind!.

Anyone else going through this with similar symptoms?.

- Thanks, Seth

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   Posted 5/4/2012 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Your symptoms do sound like a sinus infection, maybe even an ear infection or fluid build up in your ears. You should see your doc. In the meantime, to help clear up the congestion feeling you can try a saline nasal spray, a netti pot and possibly an otc congestion med such as Sudafed (if you can tolerate it).

I hope you feel better soon! I had a sinus infection this past New Years and I was miserable!
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   Posted 5/4/2012 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Seth, I think you might want to consider seeing an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Your symptoms are very significant for sinus infections, and you want to clear it up if possible.

There is a new surgical procedure now for making sinusitis virtually disappear. I was in to see my ent specialist this A.M. for a shot and re-read the information. Apparently, one goes into the hospital (or surgeon's office if equipped properly), is sedated with either local anesthesia or is put to sleep; has a painless inflation of the sinus areas affected (with a balloon-like instrument). The sinuses are opened, expanded, and drained, and the likelihood of sinusitis re-occurring in the depth of symptoms that you're having is not likely to continue to occur.  (I would be guessing, but I think the surgery is called "sinuplasty".)

Patients who get along well may go home the same day.

When people have sinus infections, I think there is nothing like seeing a specialist for treatment. These professionals are so knowledgeable about the whole thing and the relief is amazing. I see one for an allergy shot once every two weeks.

I will tell you one secret about sinus infections. Stay away from sugar and leave chocolate alone. One doctor told me that eating chocolate when one has a sinus infection is like throwing gasoline on a fire.  (Cheese is noted for being troublesome for some who
are sensitive to it.)

It's worth your investigating.

Take care.

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Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 5/5/2012 8:45:02 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/6/2012 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree that seeing an ENT is essential for getting rid of chronic sinus infections.

I've had sinuplasty, and it's anything but painless. Don't let anyone do it in an office! The balloons have to crunch bone to widen the canals to the sinuses. It takes at least an hour, so you don't really want to have it with just local anesthesia. The sinus openings are very near the brain, so you don't want to be wiggling. It's outpatient, and it helps a lot of people who have chronic sinus infections. I was one of the unfortunate ones it didn't cure.

I just finished another two weeks on antibiotics. Steroid sprays and sinus washes don't stop the infections, but at least they feel good for a few hours. It's important to stop the infections because, for me at least, they end up draining into my lungs and causing infection there.

I've also seen my allergist about the infections. She had me trying various inhalers and antifungals. My allergy shots are taking care of my allergies, but do nothing to prevent my recurring infections. This can be a route for others to follow though. Some people do have allergic rhinitis or fungal infections.

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   Posted 5/6/2012 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Alcie,

I was interested in your post. (I'd want to be put to sleep too!) I had something done similarly many years ago and it was helpful, but didn't cure sinus infections completely. Diet has a lot to do with sinus infections.
I hope we haven't frightened SethP away with our vivid descriptions of the "cure" for sinus problems!

I'm wonderng, based on your current experience, if you're taking any other medications that could possibly be lowering your white blood cell count to cause repeated infections? I've been reading so much about that in regard to depression and bipolar illness in which some medications are causing agranulocytosis (low white blood cell count).

No need to answer; you know whether you are or not. 
I've recently undergone tests that indicate my allergies are more severe than they were years ago, so I'm on steroid nasal spray, too (Fluticasone) and a shot every two weeks until July when an immunologist is going to take a look at my problems.  Has that been suggested to you yet?  (I expect it will be, and I understand that it is expensive; we'll just have to wait and see, I guess.)

Take care.

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Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 5/6/2012 3:57:18 PM (GMT-6)

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