Chronic sinusitis

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I have had chronic sinusiitis for many years and had more nasal srugery than Michael Jacksno, none of which has cured the problem!!!! The difficutly seems to be an underlying general allergy status which manifests amongst other things as allergic rhinitis toghether with nasal polyps (also removed several times). Most of the time I just live with it taking anti-histamine tablets when necessary, but occasionally the discomfort becomes so bad that I need to see the ENT specialist again for treatment. This time I'm finding a prolonged attack very tiring and debilitating with frontal headaches and a constant feeling of pressure in my face. I have just completed a two week course of steroids and am continuiing with antibiotics for another two weeks. The symptoms returned a few days after discontinuing the steroids so I suppose that says it all! Nevertheless, there are days when I really do get so fed-up with it all and fed up with taking analgesics for the pain![/size]

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    Bennie, ask yr specialist/gp about clarithromycin (kills aerobes) and metronidazole (kills anaerobes) taken in conjunction... it's a heavy regimen tho - you might also try betnesol nose drops at the same time as these

    if that fails then levofloxacin (and betnesol drops) is excellent for chronic but is the last resort

    all only available on prescription..

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    i am going round the bend with sinusitus,i have have loads of antibiotics but they do not work.i find most of my pain is in my nose then into my head,eyes cheek bones.it is making me mad because my doctor says surgery will not help,has any one had surgery or suffers with what i can only discribe as being punched by ali a good boxer,just relief from my throbing nose would be nice any advice cheers crezy smile
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    Hi there, its distressing to hear of your problems as I have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitus the infection being in the bone below my eyes. This has been the most painful condition which I can date back to August 2008 if only the doctor had given me the correct antibiotics I may not be in this situation now. For the last four months I have suffered the most painful attac I have taken 3 loads of antibiotics and received injections in the mouth for the pain!!! I have gone to my herbalist who has mixed me a sinus tincture I am also doing nasal irrigation everyday and steam......have you tried this??? But tell me please....do you think its worth putting myself through the surgery? kind regards
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    24799 Posted by : lyndale Guest

    Post date: Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:53 pm

    Post subject: Sinus Fess operation

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    Hi just read your post, I had the Fess operation on 25th Jan 2010, I had it through BUPA, at the Meridan Hospital in Coventry and cannot praise enough the Consultant and care I recieved.

    I have suffered chronic sinusitus for the last 2 years, syptoms being pain and congestion around nose,eyes, crackling and pressure in the ears, no taste or smell, post nasal drip the list goes on.

    I was going to work on autopilot and the spending the weekend in bed trying to recover.

    I went to my own doctor many times and he must have gave me at least 8 courses of antibiotics which would have little or no effect.I tried alternative medicies which were a waste of money.

    Finally I decided that a Sinus Fess operation was my last resort, I did a lot of reserch on the internet on the operation and asked around to see if any body had had the operation.What I found was quite a bit of negative comments, things like my freinds friend had that operation and it was so painful or did not work.

    This is my experience of my Fess sinus operation

    I had the operation on Monday at 1pm and was back in my room at 3pm.

    I had felt no pain at all as I was under General Anethestic.

    When I came around I had packs with little strings hanging down tied in a not under my nostrills.

    I was given paracetamal as light pain relief, but to be honest I have felt worse pain in the dentist chair.

    The first thing I noticed was when I was given something to eat I could actually taste it.

    I stayed in overnight and had the nose packs removed next morning, this did make my eyes water a bit and there was a bit of blood lose, but after a few minutes all was ok.

    I came out of hospital later that morning, with nose drops and salt wash

    I am now into the second week of recovery and can already feel the difference it will take 4 to 6 weeks for nose to heal but so far so good.

    Based on my own experience, I can honestly say that the operation was far less painful than I was expecting, and have certainly have no regrets.

    (Will it continue to work) This was the first thing I asked my consultant, there is no garantees in life, but what this operation does do is open up the sinus channels and give them the best possible chance of staying mucus free.

    hope this helps

    Lyndale52

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    Will it continue to work? No way to tell.

    I had FESS & septoplasty in July 2008. When I came round, I breathed in, & suddenly realised just how blocked my right sinuses had been. I felt the air flow through them! I'd seen the scans, showing almost complete blockage, but I must have got used to it as it gradually built up.

    After a deeply unpleasant spell (I won't recommend the surgery to anyone who doesn't need it: the aftermath is not nice) getting over the surgery, I noticed a massive improvement in my condition. Apart from being able to breathe freely, I stopped getting the frequent colds, coughs & throat infections I'd been suffering from.

    But it only lasted a few months. The blockage has gone, & not returned, but it seems that the damage done to the linings of my sinuses by long-term infection has left them susceptible to more infections. I'm on a steroid inhaler, & I've had more antibiotics in the last 18 months than I care to think about. At least, it's not as bad as it was before.

    Paul

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