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14 July 2010 @ 11:11 am
Health crud.  
 For going on three years now, I've had sinus problems.  I went my whole life with no allergy symptoms at all, ever, and then one day I thought I was catching a cold, but no....the "cold" never went away, and never moved beyond my sinuses.  At first, it was mostly a problem in the morning and at night, for mysterious reasons no one understands.  I thought "well, in the Fall it will go away".  

But it didn't.  It stayed for the whole entire year!  It stayed no matter where I traveled to on vacation (Disneyland, for instance.)  It stayed through my whole Elimination Diet, which would seem to preclude a food allergy.  In fact, allergy meds, whether over the counter or prescription strength, have literally ZERO impact.  I could be popping candy for all the good they do.  Over the past year, this issue has gradually worsened, to the point where now, every day, all day, and all damn night, I cannot breath through my nose.  Like at all.  It makes eating a fun filled activity, let me tell you.  My husband wears earplugs at night because apparently when one's sinuses are that bad, one snores.  I have tried the "neti pot" (for those who don't know, it's flushing you nasal cavities with salt water every night/day).  It doesn't really work for me.  The water barely dribbles through, if it gets through at all, and I've stood there for over half an hour multiple times, trying.  I've tried acupuncture.  Nothing, nada.  My doctor is completely mystified.  She thought perhaps I had a bacterial infection that exacerbated allergies, and gave me some antibiotics.  Nope, nothing.

I guess when she checks up there, something I can't remember the name for in my nose is very swollen and inflamed.  She gave me endless prescriptions on this nasal spray that is supposed to help with the words "use it whenever you need to".

Okay, the stuff works - kind of - for maybe a second and a half!  If I were to "use it as I need it", I'd be going through a bottle of the stuff per day.  I'm so f-ing tired of not being able to breath, of not remembering what food really tastes like, of not being able to smell anything, of not being able to f-ing breath.

Since my doctor is apparently not making the call herself, I made an appointment for this monday with an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist.  I am counting the days.  But if he takes one look and says "oh, you just have allergies", I think I might scream.  
kistha on July 14th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Dude. I so know how you feel. Fingers crossed for the Ear Nose and Throat doc to have a nice and easy solution.

Loves and hugs.
rhienellethrhienelleth on July 14th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
I know you do. {HUGS}
lizardbeth: Rugratlizardbeth_j on July 14th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Do you still have your adenoids? Because this sounds almost exactly like what my son had in preschool -- a mysterious, incurable sinus problem, including the blockage and snoring. When he was finally referred to the specialist, the specialist listened to our tale of woe, got an x-ray of his head, but pretty much already knew exactly what it was. And when the adenoids were removed it was presto! All better! The doctor said he has some of the most swollen ones he'd EVER seen, so it was pretty bad. If you don't have yours (because of a tonsillectomy - it's common to take both at the same time, apparently) that's obviously not it, but I hope so, because it's a pretty easy procedure and the difference was amazing.
rhienellethrhienelleth on July 14th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Oh! I think that was exactly what my doctor said was swollen! Yes, I still have them.

Oh, to have it be something easy, even if it does mean surgery...
soundingseasoundingsea on July 14th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
My problems are probably not the same thing (allergies), but I deal with my frequent sinus infections with a combination of neti pot and OTC Sudafed (the real stuff, which people make meth out of and so they hide behind the counter). The neti pot doesn't work for me if I'm really congested, but if I pop some Sudafed it usually works.

If it is congestion, and isn't from allergies, an antihistamine (as in most allergy meds) won't help, but pseudoephedrine might?
rhienellethrhienelleth on July 14th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
I've tried both, sadly. :( The "real" Sudafed is by prescription only here in Oregon, but some friends of mine who live in Seattle brought me some (it's still sold OTC there), and it did just as little for me as the prescription decongestant my doctor tried. (Started w/ a Z, don't remember the name.)

I've tried the neti pot in conjunction w/the meds and the nasal spray...it sort of kind of works, then - I mean, I see no real difference, but Mark swears my snoring at night is not quite so awful when I do this. *shrugs*
roseaponiroseaponi on July 15th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
Well, you can forestall anything the ENT might say by saying your doctor has already prescribed everything imaginable for allergies, and not once in three years has anything worked.

But, I've met a couple of ENTs now and the thing with specialists is that they aren't particularly eager to send anyone home with a glib explanation. They're used to seeing patients with problems beyond the normal scope - that's what they're for. So please don't stress over what he might say.

Best of luck getting this fixed soon and getting back to enjoying sleep and food and all. ((hugs))
anneteanneten on July 16th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine got the same rigamarole from his primary care physician - 'use nasal spray for the rest of your life' was his prescription. He finally got fed up and asked for a referral to a specialist - and lo and behold, he needed surgery because his sinuses were blocked. I don't remember the name of the surgery (I'll ask), but it has made a world of difference in his life - he said it was the first time he could breath through his nose since he was a teenager (he is now 25).

I think the problem with some primary care physicians is that they choose not to make the referral recommendation. It could be due to insurance rules, it could be something else. But it's good you're going somewhere else. I doubt the ENT will dismiss you out of hand, especially if he/she takes a look and sees that your passages are swollen shut.

Lots of hugs and positive energy in the hopes that they figure it out quickly!