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   Posted 11/30/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been dealing with allergic sinusitis since September. Medications did not do the trick. ENT wants to perform FESS ( Functional Endocsocic Sinus Surgery) Being somewhat of a worrywart not sure what to expect ( especially the aftermath of surgery)
Has anyone out there had this? Can someone tell me what to expect?
Any assistance would be appreciated!

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   Posted 12/1/2007 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   

SAF,  I have not had this surgery done.  Hopefully, someone will come along who has had this surgery done.  I also wanted to welcome you to HealingWell.  I hope you will get you needs met here.  It has been a great source of information for me as I was diagnosed with epilepsy about 15 months ago and was simply lost until I found HealingWell.  We all learn a lot from each other.

Take care!



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   Posted 12/1/2007 1:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried allergy shots (immunotherapy)? My Brother had severe sinus symptoms from allergies for years, and he finally went and got allergy shots. He says the shots have helped so much that his fear of needles isn't enough to keep him away from continuing to get the shots.

For my own allergies (sinus also), I find eating any uncooked dairy makes it worse, and also find that regular sinus allergy medications do nothing. My doctor gave me a prescription for Pulmicort (an asthma inhaler) and told me to fit a baby nipple over the top of it to form an adapter for my nose. He said to cut the top part of the baby nipple off and then insert the tip into my nose and use the asthma inhaler by breathing the inhaler medicine up one nostril at a time. This method has worked very well for me. Maybe you could ask your Allergist or ENT about it?

Another thought is that sometimes allergic sinus symptoms are made worse by sinus infections (bacterial, viral, or fungal) that may need to be treated at the same time as the allergies are treated in order for there to be any lasting relief.

Finally, have you tried nasal rinsing with saline (using a netti pot or other similar method)? I've heard of lots of success stories with the rinsing because this method removes a lot of the pollens, dust, etc., that cause the allergic reactions in the nasal passages. My aversion to saline has kept me from trying it so far, but I might bite the bullet and give it a try sometime soon.

Good luck whatever you decide to do,
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   Posted 12/6/2007 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks I have been on different medications ( steroid, antihistamines, decongestants) I have used saline sprays, Nasonex and humidifiers. CAT scan shows my right sinus full of liquid which doctor said has solidified. FESS is to remove this liquid.

Overall I feel much better and only get the occassional sinus pressure and ear ache that started this whole mess.

I am just concerend about surgery. for some reason being anesthisized scares me for some reason! ( too much Grey's Anatomy and ER over the years I guess!)

Thanks for your comments.



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