Sinus congestion

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/28/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi...I have been suffering from alergies, asthma, and severe sinus problems for over 3 years now. I have seen the Otorhinolaryngologist for abotu 2 1/2 years and have visited the Allergist several times. I sometimes get sinus infections although they are not too frequent anymore. I suffer mostly from a stuffy nose. I think my passage ways are more inflamed than congested. I can go days at a time with out being able to breath out of my nose at all. I have tried several nose sprays such as Flonase, Astelin, and Rhinocort. I have also tried over the counter sprays such as Afrin and Nostrilla. Nostrilla worked for a while but not any more. I also had sinus surgery last year in April and I was clear for about 4 months and then all of my symptoms returned. Last time I visited the Otorhinolaryngologist, he said he saw nothing wrong with my recent CAT scan and suggested allergy shots. I get so frustrated with not being able to breath because it controls everything in my life, from sleeping to work and excercise. I am also currently taking Tylonel severe allergy and sinus medication and singulair. Nothing works. I have even been on Steriods a nunber of times and that only offers temperory relief for about a few days. Can anyone suggest a GREAT doctor I could see (I am even willing to fly to another city if I need to) or any suggestions on what I could take or do. I just want to take back control over my life! I live in the Marlton NJ area.
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/1/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Pardon me for mentioning what may be obvious but many people have not tried a salt water rinse (not saline). I do a salt water rinse in the shower every morning and it really helps clear out the stuffiness. Mix a teaspoon of Kosher salt in a quart of distilled water with a pinch of baking soda as a buffer and inject a small amount with a rubber ear syringe.

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 3/5/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you considered Allergy Shots? I went to an Allergist for four years and tried all different kinds of allergy meds, but nothing seemed to work. I changed doctors this past fall and he started allergy shots on me which has made a big difference! I also take Singulair and Allegra D (prn). I am a few shots away from my maintenance dose.
DX:Glanzmanns Thrombasthenia(bleeding disorder)"GT" Type 1 as an infant, IBS 2004 with no testing done.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 3/6/2007 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestions! I started using the sinus rinse over the weekend and I seem to be more stuffy than before but I will continue with it several more times to see if perhaps it works better after several uses. I am looking into allergy shots. I have already seen an allergist and he suggested them but I was afraid to spend so much money and find out they do not work.  I am desparate so I will try anything now. i will keep you all posted.
Thanks again!

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/8/2007 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
YEA! willing to fly Pittsburgh PA> UPMC. ENT.Fifth leading ent Doctor in the world.Berrylin j.Ferguson MD.she found something that every DR. missed in my case and I have seen about 15 some odd Dr. in the past year. I was having wheat gultin allergies causing all kinds of syptoms from sinus to panic attacks, foggy head and so on..take a look
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