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penny471
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   Posted 3/19/2015 3:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello.

I hope that everyone is having a nice day (despite allergy and asthma issues).

I'm posting today because I was recently diagnosed with sinusitis ugh.
On Sunday, my mother noticed that my face was swelling a bit (I didn't realize it myself). Then, the next day, my nose, and especially my left nose kept dripping and dripping. I couldn't even sleep faced down. I also had a bad headache and toothache (my entire teeth). I assumed it was sinusitis so I went to the hospital and sure enough, it was. The dr prescribed an antibiotic called Augmentin and another med to help clear my nose.

It's been 4 days since I started the medications. The massive headache and teeth ache have gone; however, my nose still feels stuffy and at times runny (especially after showering) and my head sort of feels like I'm out of it - a bit dizzy (vertigo-like).

I don't really have a question but I'm wondering how and if you were diagnosed with sinusitis and how you handled it.

The dr says if this antibiotic doesn't work (she prescribed it for 12 days), that she's going to have to do it the IV way??

From the sound of my post, should I continue to take the antibiotic for the 12 days or should I go in to see my dr again to explain that I'm not so sure the antibiotic is helping..??

I'd appreciate any comments.
DX UC in 2008 (left-sided), had symptoms since 2006.
DX colorectal cancer Stage 1: Sept 2012.
Total colectomy: Nov 2012.
Take down: May 2013.

Other DX: Bronchial asthma (since 2009), anaphylaxis shock (2012).

penny471
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   Posted 3/19/2015 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm also not sure if I should seek a second opinion at another hospital or if it's just too soon. I just went to this hospital because I figured they would have my records from my surgery for my colon).
DX UC in 2008 (left-sided), had symptoms since 2006.
DX colorectal cancer Stage 1: Sept 2012.
Total colectomy: Nov 2012.
Take down: May 2013.

Other DX: Bronchial asthma (since 2009), anaphylaxis shock (2012).

Alcie
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   Posted 3/19/2015 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you are having sinusitis. It can be miserable. It of ten does cause dizziness and your other symptoms.

IV? No one ever suggested to me that getting IV medication was an alternative to oral med if the first one didn't work. Sounds feasible, just the first time I've heard of it. I've always been given another oral antibiotic. One doc told me only sulfa drugs get to the sinuses because there is very poor blood circulation there. I only tolerate those for a couple of days though.

To help with the congestion you could try using a sinus wash. Put the words into the search box at the top of the page for many threads about this.

Try to get this cured - don't stop treatment too soon. You don't want this bug to become chronic!

super20dan
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   Posted 3/19/2015 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
you have a very good doctor- sinusitis can be extremly hard to clear up with oral anti biotics. i have had to have iv for this and it work great. there has been only one new antibiotic for sinusitus in the last 20 years and its getting harder to treat stubborn infections with orals in some people. the iv is no big deal and it will work. what oral antibiotic have you taken this time? the best are biaxin-amoxocillin-leviquin- zythromax and the new one is suprax. doxacycline can sometimes work too.

super20dan
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   Posted 3/19/2015 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
i see you are on augmentin (amoxocillin) - good drug -it usually works for sinusitus. good luck

penny471
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   Posted 3/21/2015 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your responses - appreciate it.

Alcie - You mentioned only sulfa drugs get to the sinus because of poor circulation there. Maybe that's why this illness is hard to treat. I've read online that sinusitis keeps recurring for most people. And thanks for the sinus wash suggestion. I Think I'm going to purchase a sinus wash from Amazon. Thanks, Alcie.

super20dan - I hope I have a good doctor ...sometimes if things don't get cured right away, I end up having doubts. I'm still dealing with the runny nose and although I no longer have the headache and teeth ache, I sometimes have a hard time tasting foods. It's not that bad, though, and I can hear on the left side of my ear but can't really hear on my right. I tried to pinch my nose and blow some air so my ear would pop but it's not really working
I have an appointment next Thursday - she's probably going to do the IV. Was it a one time injection for you? Or did you have to go a couple of times to clear it? Yes, that's what the dr told me - that Augmentin usually does the trick.
DX UC in 2008 (left-sided), had symptoms since 2006.
DX colorectal cancer Stage 1: Sept 2012.
Total colectomy: Nov 2012.
Take down: May 2013.

Other DX: Bronchial asthma (since 2009), anaphylaxis shock (2012).

penny471
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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 3/21/2015 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I read somewhere that Apple cider vinegar works well in disinfecting the sinus. I guess we drink it..?? Have you heard anything about this? I'm wondering if it's effective at all....but I'm also hesitant because vinegar is acidic and I'm wondering if it will have a bad effect on the stomach.
DX UC in 2008 (left-sided), had symptoms since 2006.
DX colorectal cancer Stage 1: Sept 2012.
Total colectomy: Nov 2012.
Take down: May 2013.

Other DX: Bronchial asthma (since 2009), anaphylaxis shock (2012).

Alcie
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   Posted 3/22/2015 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
DO NOT pop your ears! You'll just force germs up there. You can also do some damage to the delicate structures. It's OK to yawn or chew gum when trying to equalize pressure, as in coming down from altitude in a plane. If you are having ear pain see the ENT.

Ask your doctor before putting anything besides salt and water into a sinus wash. There is some possibly reliable info on using a little vinegar in the wash.

Do NOT use tap water. In my water treatment courses there is mention of brain-eating ameba being found as far north as Some of the northern states. Use only boiled (and cooled) or distilled water. I like to heat mine 30 sec in the microwave, but don't get it too hot!

I use a Neil Med bottle, clean it with bleach or in the dishwasher. Alcohol or vinegar are recommended for cleaning too. Rinse with distilled water.

Make sure you use the right amount of uniodized salt and baking soda. 1/2 teaspoon salt + pinch of baking soda / 8 ounces water. The packets are convenient. Just look for the right amount. Some are for the smaller bottles.

penny471
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   Posted 3/24/2015 3:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, thanks so much for all the info, Alcie. Really appreciate it. Decided not to pop my ears after having heard what you had to say and just been trying to swallow and yawn.

Yes, I've heard about tap water. I guess we really have to be sensitive about those kind of issues. Totally agree. Do you have sinusitis as well? Or some other allergy, I suppose...?

I was scheduled for an apt this Thursday but ended up walking in today cause of the headaches and dizziness. The dr told me to keep continuing with the Augmentin, though. I thought she said she was going to do IV but she mentioned that it was for patients with much worse symptoms than mine. So I suggested perhaps changing to Cravit tablets (levofloxacin), since another dr prescribed them to me when I had sinusitis 4 years ago. She said that it takes about 3 months for sinusitis to heal so to just continue with the Augmentin.

Is that so...? I'm not so sure whether to seek a second opinion or to just trust this dr and see. She booked me another apt for next Tuesday.
DX UC in 2008 (left-sided), had symptoms since 2006.
DX colorectal cancer Stage 1: Sept 2012.
Total colectomy: Nov 2012.
Take down: May 2013.

Other DX: Bronchial asthma (since 2009), anaphylaxis shock (2012).

super20dan
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   Posted 3/24/2015 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
make shure you let the boiled water cool to just under 100 deg. any hotter and it will burn .

super20dan
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   Posted 3/24/2015 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
when i have to have i.v for infections -its usually 3 treatments. i have to really be sick -otherwise it usually pills. just the fact that your dr talked about iv therepy is us unsusal and shows they are on the ball. most drs would never consider it.

Alcie
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   Posted 3/25/2015 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Every drug store and most large grocery stores have sinus wash bottles and the salt packets to go with them. You can make up your own salt water - 1/2 tsp uniodized salt, pinch of baking soda in 8 oz water.

Yes, I have had chronic sinusitis since breaking my nose in a truck accident. Sinus surgery only made it worse.

I have lots of trouble taking antibiotics; they all upset my stomach and gut. I take probiotics, which is always a good idea when taking antibiotics, but that and taking just half doses just doesn't help the severe nausea. I don't tolerate sulfa meds more than 3 days. I was very interested in the idea of IV antibiotics!

Today my latest sinus infection has spread to my eyes. I keep a bottle of antibiotic eyedrops in the fridge just for that. If I hit the infection the first day I notice it it's gone in 2 days.

I wonder could I get enough to squirt up my sinuses? I may try a small dose of the vinegar, although I'll have to use rice vinegar because of sulfite intolerance.

super20dan
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   Posted 3/27/2015 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
finding a dr that will give i.v antibiotics is extremly hard. i broke my nose in a car wreck also and its then that my problems started . i cant take penicillin based antibiotics so my choices are limited
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