Chronic Sinus

Posted by frank005 @frank005, Jan 2, 2017

Back in the middle of September 2016, my ears started to feel like it was plugged up and right ear ringing,when I bent forward or even cough my head hurts and also have alot of congestion. Went to see Ear Nose Throat doctor and she recommended me to do sinus rinse twice a day, prescribe me prednisone for five days and order a blood test to what I am allergic to. Medication did not work. Went back to the same doctor this time she told me to take sudafed and flonease. Medicatiion did not work but the sinus rinse did. I couldn’t get another appointment right way so I wen to see another Ear Nose Throat doctor. This time doctor recommended me to have a cat scan so I did. It turns out I have chronic sinus. So he prescribe twice to me antibotics and another round of prednisone low dosage. It did not work. I went back to my doctor and I told him you know what I have allergy. He put me on allergy medication which y you take before you go to bed at night. Medication did nothing for me. I have another appointment to see my doctor end of this month. What really worked for me is Mucinex.which I take at night before going bed.

I want to find out if any of you out there had similar experience that I’m going through and it got resolved.

Hello @frank005, and welcome to Mayo Connect. Your story of sinus problems shows how persistent you have been in finding an answer. I applaud your efforts! I too use Mucinex regularly for congestion, cough, etc. and find it helps. I also use a nasal spray and the saline rinse. I hope that your next appointment with the doctor helps give you some resolution. Chronic sinus problems are a nuisance and are hard to deal with. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing. At Mayo Connect, we care!

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@frank005, hello! Thank you for posting on Mayo Clinic Connect! Our community is here to help and get you in touch with other members who have been living and dealing with similar situations or diagnoses.

I would like to introduce you to @cbs61752 (Carol), @heathert and @Buc7777 all members who have expressed sinusitis concern here on Connect.

@frank0005, You mentioned a blood test for allergy testing. Were any other types of allergy testing done?

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@jamienolson

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@jamienolson

@frank005, hello! Thank you for posting on Mayo Clinic Connect! Our community is here to help and get you in touch with other members who have been living and dealing with similar situations or diagnoses.

I would like to introduce you to @cbs61752 (Carol), @heathert and @Buc7777 all members who have expressed sinusitis concern here on Connect.

@frank0005, You mentioned a blood test for allergy testing. Were any other types of allergy testing done?

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I don’t know where to post this?
I’ve been to allergists, last one had too complicated method of exploration. 20 years ago, saw allergist that at the end gave me a pile of lists of EVERYTHING I COULD USE. Much easier to not have to look for ingredients in every product or food that I buy. This included brand names products.
I live in Redondo Bch. CA. I also live near Phoenix – Sun City West. If you know any allergists there?
Do you know of a Dr. that gives one a list like that. Mari

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@jamienolson

@frank005, hello! Thank you for posting on Mayo Clinic Connect! Our community is here to help and get you in touch with other members who have been living and dealing with similar situations or diagnoses.

I would like to introduce you to @cbs61752 (Carol), @heathert and @Buc7777 all members who have expressed sinusitis concern here on Connect.

@frank0005, You mentioned a blood test for allergy testing. Were any other types of allergy testing done?

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I also live near Phoenix – Sun City West. If you know any allergists there?
Mari

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@hopeful33250

Hello @frank005, and welcome to Mayo Connect. Your story of sinus problems shows how persistent you have been in finding an answer. I applaud your efforts! I too use Mucinex regularly for congestion, cough, etc. and find it helps. I also use a nasal spray and the saline rinse. I hope that your next appointment with the doctor helps give you some resolution. Chronic sinus problems are a nuisance and are hard to deal with. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing. At Mayo Connect, we care!

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Thank you for your feedback.

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@jamienolson

@frank005, hello! Thank you for posting on Mayo Clinic Connect! Our community is here to help and get you in touch with other members who have been living and dealing with similar situations or diagnoses.

I would like to introduce you to @cbs61752 (Carol), @heathert and @Buc7777 all members who have expressed sinusitis concern here on Connect.

@frank0005, You mentioned a blood test for allergy testing. Were any other types of allergy testing done?

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Hello @mari– I apologize for the delay in my response.
I believe that posting your Allergy question in “Just want to talk” https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/other/ would be best.

I can imagine how challenging and time consuming it is to read every label when shopping. Here is a link to the Phoenix Mayo Clinic appointment line http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63 where you can request an appointment for food allergy investigation including the food and food additive challenges department.

Do you suffer from just food allergies? or seasonal and environmental allergies as well?

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@jamienolson

@frank005, hello! Thank you for posting on Mayo Clinic Connect! Our community is here to help and get you in touch with other members who have been living and dealing with similar situations or diagnoses.

I would like to introduce you to @cbs61752 (Carol), @heathert and @Buc7777 all members who have expressed sinusitis concern here on Connect.

@frank0005, You mentioned a blood test for allergy testing. Were any other types of allergy testing done?

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I HAVE many allergies – the blue dye in detergents etc. Will I get a print out of what I AM ALLOWED TO USE after appointment?once had a stack of papers w the brands and products that i am Not allergic too.Marian Dooley

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I have similar problems which affect me at night only, at least bad enough I can’t sleep. I have used the nasal rinse w/saline and a bit of Alkalol. I have also used a humidifier. Have not tried Mucinex, but that is my next step. ENT said I had a deviated septum that he could fix. I have had that all my life and my problem has only happened recently; Also, I have quit smoking I hope for the last time. This time it was a Christmas present in 2016.

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@bobireland

I have similar problems which affect me at night only, at least bad enough I can’t sleep. I have used the nasal rinse w/saline and a bit of Alkalol. I have also used a humidifier. Have not tried Mucinex, but that is my next step. ENT said I had a deviated septum that he could fix. I have had that all my life and my problem has only happened recently; Also, I have quit smoking I hope for the last time. This time it was a Christmas present in 2016.

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Hi Bob (@bobireland)
Congratulations on your 2016 Christmas present. I guess you can call that one the present that keeps on giving 🙂

I suffer from chronic sinusitus too. Earlier infections were dealt with by using antibiotics, but now I find I can keep flareup at bay by using my neti pot. As soon as I start to sense congestion, I use the neti pot morning and night. Using it at night definitely helps me be able to sleep. Here a video about using the nasal rinse from Mayo Cllinic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UixdsD1lJNY

Are you using a neti pot or squeeze bottle?

Sometimes the rinsing isn’t enough and I also have to use a mometasone nasal spray.

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Chronic Sinus issues here too. I average three sinus infections per winter/spring. I use a Neilmed bottle rinse (easier than the netipot). I use a generic brand of musinex as needed. It is so frustrating.

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Hoping to get some help. I was in excellent health and never had any sinus issues but in 2013 while living in Asia I developed almost monthly sinus infections requiring 3 hospital admissions in 2 years and finally extensive ENT surgery. One year after surgery I became extremely ill and was admitted yet again with sinus infection, endocarditis, pericarditis and septic arthritis. It finally abated and I moved back home and away from the poor air quality hoping things will improve. Since then I have had numerous sinus infections requiring 3 more surgeries and frequent visits to ENT for endoscope and cleaning. I have been saline rinsing the whole time sometimes with a steroid spray or antibiotic ointment in the saline bottle. I have been on so many antibiotics and steroids my doctor is reluctant to put me on anything else unless it’s severe. My symptoms are getting worse with constant post nasal drip, terrible headaches and green hard debris dropping from my sinus to mouth and and it seems like this will never end. The infection is staphylococcus and was originally in the sphenoid sinus but the others have been affected as well. All allergies test have been negative. Any help appreciated.

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@suzanne65

Hoping to get some help. I was in excellent health and never had any sinus issues but in 2013 while living in Asia I developed almost monthly sinus infections requiring 3 hospital admissions in 2 years and finally extensive ENT surgery. One year after surgery I became extremely ill and was admitted yet again with sinus infection, endocarditis, pericarditis and septic arthritis. It finally abated and I moved back home and away from the poor air quality hoping things will improve. Since then I have had numerous sinus infections requiring 3 more surgeries and frequent visits to ENT for endoscope and cleaning. I have been saline rinsing the whole time sometimes with a steroid spray or antibiotic ointment in the saline bottle. I have been on so many antibiotics and steroids my doctor is reluctant to put me on anything else unless it’s severe. My symptoms are getting worse with constant post nasal drip, terrible headaches and green hard debris dropping from my sinus to mouth and and it seems like this will never end. The infection is staphylococcus and was originally in the sphenoid sinus but the others have been affected as well. All allergies test have been negative. Any help appreciated.

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Hi, @suzanne65 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Six years of sinus infections sounds like an awfully long time to be enduring this issue.

I've moved your post here where others have discussed chronic sinus infections. I'm hoping that @kdawn32 @frank005 will return and offer their insights on the continued infections you've been having. @julianned may have some input on the staph infection and @fdixon63 @jenniferhunter @bennb023 @janovr may have some thoughts related to managing your chronic sinusitis.

I'd also encourage you to look at this Mayo Clinic information on chronic sinusitis https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-sinusitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351661.

Have you gotten a second opinion from another ENT on your situation, suzanne65?

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