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Diagnosed with sinusitis, fluid in ear and infected dental carries!

Hi! everyone.

On April 28th, I finally went to see an ENT. He suspected that I may have chronic sinusitis. Ordered a CT scan to be sure. The following day I felt so weak and sick, I had to go to the hospital. They performed a blood test, urine test and CT scan of my sinuses. The doctor said he saw fluid in my ear, infected dental carries and I have sinusitis. I was prescribed five different medications (augmentin, flonase, prednisone, loratadine and zofran). I finished the antibiotics on Sunday, yet I still feel really bad. The facial pain and weakness is not going away. I'm at a loss at what to do. I can't see a dentist in such a weakened state. I don't think I could tolerate anything being done to my teeth until I get my strength back.

Infected sinuses, teeth and ears! What a nightmare! Does anyone out there have problems like this? Don't know what to do. So tired of feeling so very sick.

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  • eman06971 eman06971 kim08942

    Hi Kim,

    I have almost the exact same symptoms, plus extreme dry mouth, and it feels like someone is choking me 24/7, and I'm currently on my 3rd round of antibiotics(all different)

    I had these symptoms last year in September, saw an ent and he said everything was structurally okay, which was more frustrating than if he had a diagnosis.

    I was referred to an immunologist(a person who tests for allergies), I saw her, and of course, to no conclusion.

    The symptoms stayed, but because I had two shoulder surgeries, they kinda had to take a back seat.

    Now I'm recovering from my second shoudler surgery, and the symptoms are back with a vengeance.

    So you're not alone, I hope yoou start feeling better soon, and let me know what happens, as I'd like to have some insight into this type of sickness, as it might help me find a 'cure' to mine.




    • kim08942 kim08942 eman06971

      Hi! Eamon.

      Thank you so much, for replying to my post. It's such a comfort to know there's someone out there who understands how I feel. I'm still taking the flonase and loratadine every morning. The antibiotics were awful. The pain and sickness is such a drag on me. Feels like a never-ending flu bug. I'm sure you can relate. Thinking of going to the dentist very soon. Maybe he can help.

      Tell me, how have you been? Are you feeling okay? Sounds like you have chronic sinusitus. Sorry to hear about your shoulder surgeries. Must have been a very painful thing to go through. What happened? Write back soon.Kim.

    • eman06971 eman06971 kim08942

      Hey Kim, thanks for the reply smile

      I know exactly how you feel, I'm afraid to go to bed at night because I know how sick I will feel in the morning, it's not exactly the best lifestyle for a person in their mid 20's sad A never ending flu bug is exactly how I'd put it too, plus waking up with a severe sinus headache every morning really sucks.

      I would go to the dentist if I were you, it might be hard to get yourself there with how bad you feel, but if it provides any relief it'll totally be worth it.

      I wish I could tell you I'm doing fine, but the sinus issues are really bringing me down, ruining my social life, I'm best man at two of my friends weddings coming up in the next two months, plus in 3 weeks I have an audition to be in a tv show, and I really don't feel up to any of it.  It's just very frustating not knowing the cause of the problem or able to do anything about it. The shoulder surgeries were quite painful, but I knew the pain would subside in time, but this sinus problem seems to have no end, I would happily go under the knife again as opposed to my head feeling like it's going to explode.

      I was a bit of a gym junkie, plus my job was/is quite taxing on my shoulders, so I had both reconstructed, but surprise surprise it didn't get rid of the shoulder problems, but that's another story.

      Anyway, enough of my rant,

      How are you feeling today?

      Are you around my age? If so, I bet you get the feeling you're wasting your youth battling instead of having fun... like you said, such a drag.

      Hope you're feeling better,




    • kim08942 kim08942 eman06971

      Hi! Eamon,

      Just thought I would drop you a line before I called it a day. Today was kinda rough, but I soldiered through it. The headaches are the worst (head, cheek, ear and jaw). What do you take for the headaches? Tried putting a heating pad on my face. Helped some. You should try it. The meds make you so tired. I know what you mean by the sleeping thing. You don't know what to expect in the morning. Scary. Exercising is totally out of the question. Slowly trying to get back to power-walking. It does effect your daily social life. I can't return to college next semester because of it. Couldn't even complete my Accounting finals. Feel like a 100 year old woman, instead of someone in the prime of life. I want my youthful vitality back! By the way, the choking thing is totally normal. A couple months ago, I had these awful coughing fits. Made me cry. Write anytime. Hope to hear from you soon.Kim.

    • eman06971 eman06971 kim08942

      Hi Kim, 

      I hope you're feeling better today.

      I can commiserate with you 100% about the headaches, it feels like something punching the back of your eye balls from the inside, I've found if I take two dissolvible aspirin in the morning the headache isn't as potent, but it's far from a cure, also an ice pack on my eyes sometimes helps if it gets to migraine level.

      That really sucks that you have had to put your life on hold, I can relate, I wish I was a kid again with no worries.

      I just got back from the dr's and again, just another course of anti biotics, they just rush you in and out with no empathy, it's not right, I'm not sure if it's the same in your part of the world (I'm from Australia).I feel bad for us both,all weshould be worrying about is dating and partying haha, I hope you have a supportive partner, it's actually cost me relationships because people who don't have chronic illness and pain have no idea what it's like.

      I hope you have a nice day,


    • kim08942 kim08942 eman06971

      Hi! Eamon,

      It's early Monday morning, here in the United States. I might see a dentist this morning. Don't know if I can get in, yet. What kind of antibiotic did you get this time. The last I took was Augmentin. They were horrible, huge tablets. The doctors are the same in the States. Very quick consultations. My head and infected wisdom teeth are hurting bad today. Can't eat all that much. Just don't have a good appetite. It would be nice to feel carefree again. Just glad to have supportive parents and sis. Everything else is gonna have to wait. How are you feeling? I know the antibiotics don't make you feel good. Isn't sinusitis wonderful! Bye for now. Kim.

    • eman06971 eman06971 kim08942

      Hey Kim,

      It's midnight here, and a huge headache is keeping me up, probably shouldn't be looking at a computer screen, but what else is there to do.

      I would see the dentist if I were you, if you can, sounds like your teeth are causing you a world of hurt, The antibiotics I'm currently on are called Cefuroxime.

      Yeah it seems Dr's are the same everywhere, I just watched a thing about Dr's in Florida, wow, I thought things were bad with pills/drugs over here!!

      I haven't eaten much since this flared up again, I have gone from a solid 90 kgs/190 something pounds, to 82Kgs in 3 weeks, I'm feeling very weak and frail.

      That's really good that you have a supportive family, my mum is struggling with osteo arthritis and had major neck surgery a few months ago, so I feel really bad being the 'sick one', but she is really awesome.

      Sinus problems are a treat, we are very lucky!!


    • kim08942 kim08942 eman06971

      Hi! Eamon.

      How are you today! What did the doctor have to say? I just got back from the dentist late this afternoon. He says I'm going to have to have my wisdom teeth surgically removed. They are going to have to knock me out. So scared. He put me on Amoxicillin and Vicodin. Never took Vicodin before. Is it safe? Scared to take it. They all felt sorry for me because of my bad sinus infection. Plus all the strong medicine I've had to take. Guess I must look horrible! Felt so bad the whole time. Glad to be home. Never heard of your antibiotic before? Any side effects? So sorry about your mom's condition. Hope she feels better. Wish my appetite would come back. Can't afford to lose any weight.Talk to you later.Kim.

    • eman06971 eman06971 kim08942

      Hey Kim, 

      To be honest, I'm feeling like death warmed up. 

      The Dr just gave me the usual get in get out consultation, and more antibiotics. 

      You'll be fine, I had mine taken out when I was concious,  and it wasn't that bad, just make sure to stay on top of your painkiller regiment, but at the same time don't be a slave to them. We don't have Vicodin in Aus, but I think they are a paracetamol cross codeine mix, which is a good painkiller, but like I said don't enjoy them too much. Goodluck with the surgery, it'll be over in a split second once your out, and then there's one less thing for you to worry about. 

      My antibiotics don't seem to have any side effects,  they just don't seem to be doing anything.

      I feel your pain about your appetite, I'm not a big eater to begin with, so I've lost tons of weight.

      Hope you're feeling better!! 

    • kim08942 kim08942 eman06971

      Hi! Eamon.

      This awful sinus infection doesn't seem to want to let up. So exhausting. Woke up this morning and my nose was bleeding. Must be from the congestion and inflammation around my eyes, nose and face. Feeling weak. Can't eat. Feel like I need to vomit. Can't even think about having surgery anytime soon. Must get over this terrible infection first. So tired of taking all these meds and antibiotics. Aren't you? Hope you are doing better than me.Talk later.Kim.

    • Rere26 Rere26 eman06971

      Hi Eamon I completely understand how you feel I have so much pain in my ears I thought it was in ear infection but it's not the doctors don't know what wrong my ears feel plugged up they burn in the inside my ears and it feels like someone stabbing me. I gave so much pressure inbetween my eyes and nose. And I go to sleep and wake up with migraines. It effects my social life a lot I'm an actress I just got a lead role in a Broadway play in New York and I'm thinking about dropping out already. I don't go to the gym like I used to. I'm just tired of it. But enough about me how are you feeling I hope better.

    • Silkshack Silkshack Rere26

      I'm an actress currently in a show in NY and have had to call out constantly because of this. I've seen the ENT and the dentist but nothing is changing. It's hurting my voice and when I am in the show I have to push and it's no longer fun to sing and it's always painful in my sinuses and my ears feel like I'm under water. There's no where to put sound. I'm at a loss and want to quit. Voice lessons at frustrating cause it feels like I lost everything that came so easily. Seeing aneurologist on Monday. Hoping for any answer! Let me know if you ever need support cause our industry doesn't seem to get it. Let me know if you find anything out!

    • Deemac7949 Deemac7949 Silkshack

      I have been dealing with symptoms similiar to yours for a couple of years. It has definitley been very frustrating. I am on my fourth ENT and all i get is that this is a rough year for allergies. I have been diagnosed with chronic sinusiitis so i struggle with headaches, fullness of the ears, pressure in the middle of the forehead area. A post nasal drip that doesnt stop and the feeling that i am under water on some occassion. I am on allergy medication, taken allergy shots doing neti pots and still i don't know from day to how i am going to feel. I have also tried acupuncture. At this time nothing seems to work consistently. The worst for me is the morning upon waking up all the mucous from the night start to pour down from side my head. I can feel it dripping down my throat coming out of my eyes, u get the jist I do not have any answers for u, i am just letting u know u r not alone.

    • eman06971 eman06971 Rere26

      Hi Rere,

      I'm sorry to hear about your troubles, have you had any luck since you posted this?

      If so, how is your career going, it must be a dream come true being a leading actress in New York.

      I'm still struggling with the same old things I had when I originally posted here, it sucks, but you've got to keep on keeping on I suppose.

      Hope yuo're well, and congratulations on your success,

      Kind Regards,


    • tj268 tj268 eman06971

      Hello, I know it's been awhile since you posted but I somehow found my way to this pagesmile

      I am really hoping you are feeling better and found a cure for what's ailing you BUT if not, you may want to look into Sjogrens Syndrome. You sound a lot like myself and there is so much to learn about it and a great site here!

      Hope you don't have it and are feeling great but check it out if still feeling lousy and choking.

    • marg1962 marg1962 eman06971

      Had allsame symptoms. 8 months. Finally went oral surgeon had root canal infected couldnt hardly feel it but was badly infcted. Extracted 2 teeth drained pus etc cleaned ouut sinus and now symptoms mostlygone. Seems toothroot cnals never free of bacteria and over time it travels u to sinus, ear, head etc. 6 drs said no issues but was gettg colored muscus. Sncetooth extractions and sinus cleaning where roots inside sinus by oral surgeon finally 90% better. Dizziness ear pain sinus pain gone. Drs wont tell u could be a bad root canal after years old and nerve dead so cant tell infected til scanned...... Oral surgeon told me 70 percet sinus infections caused by teeth and people suffer years not checking them. Said all root canals never get all bacteria out and overtime gets to sinus ear etc. Get scan of teeth good luck

    • Deemac7949 Deemac7949 marg1962

      I have been suffering for a long time sinus wise and we all know how they can get you down and affect your life.

      I have had a root canal done over 44 years ago and has u mentioned over time bacteria can spread within a root canal. This root canal was never done proper in the first place. Besides cleaning my teeth I have not done anything with this particular tooth since the initial root canal was done. So I went to my dentist and advised that along with the sinus pain I felt pressure on the tooth that the root canal was done on. The dentist looked at the x-ray and advised that he could not see any infection but said the root canal because of the discoloration of my tooth could be cleaned out better . So he has referred me to a root canal specialist who I will see next Monday to see if there is possibly some infection.Hopefully this will be the solution

    • julie37508 julie37508 Deemac7949

      Hi, I noticed many of these posts are over a year old, but yours is more recent.  I have always had sinus problems, allergies, but I was having a lot of nasal stuffiness, waking up with sinus headaches, and a few days ago, I was having trouble with my left ear, which is also the side my sinuses are worst on.  It didn't really hurt, but it felt like I had fluid in my eustachaian tube, crackling, pounding, popping, especially when I laid down.  Now it is getting better, but I feel like I have actually had a bug, weak, tired, like you feel as you're getting over something.  Makes me think I was actually sick and didn't even realize.  Anyway, I am still stuffy, it is very frustrating.  

    • Deemac7949 Deemac7949 julie37508

      Yes it is very frustrating I don't know when I have a bug because because I suffer from sinsus and allergy issues year round which consist of some type of stuffiness years round. As I speak my ears fill very full and I am tired. The worst times or any time I wake up because of the drainage.

    • louise39160 louise39160 julie37508

      Hi, just wondering if anyone suffers with numbness/tingling alongside all these other issues? I have all of these symptoms mentioned but all get a tingling/numbness on my left side.

      Feel like I can't concentrate on anything else but feeling unwell sad x

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    • christa999 christa999 marg1962


      When you mention having sinus cleaning - what do you mean?  Did you have an oral surgeon complete the extraction and the sinus cleaning by an ENT?  Several doctors seem to think my root canal is fine -but I think it is linked to my sinus issues. 

    • chris54275 chris54275 christa999

      Cleaned and checked at ENT, but i was also suffering from a cholestomea, which is a nasty and dangerous middle ear infection built up over a number of years, only diagnosed with MRI/CT  scan, Id operation on 10th May, this lasted 5 hours, reconstruction of ear again, surgeon was so good and Im drastically improved, if I can be of further assistance please contact, terrible positon to be in, symptom after symptom without clear identification,

      best regards Chris

  • eman06971 eman06971 kim08942

    Hey Kim, you poor thing, Im sorry to hear you're struggling so badly,

    I can relate to everything you said, except I've not woken up with my nose bleeding yet, touch wood. Sorry I haven't replied in a couple days, I had a migraine for 3 days straight and couldntbare to look at a computer screen, I'm so insanely frustrated at this whole situation.

    I hope you're starting to feel better,

    All my best.

    • kim08942 kim08942 eman06971

      Hi! Eamon.

      Sorry, I haven't posted in the last two months. I've had a really difficult time recovering from two very bad wisdom tooth surgeries. How have you been? Good, I hope? Write back, if you can.Kim.

    • eman06971 eman06971 kim08942

      Hi Kim!

      I'm not sure you'll ever see this.

      Did you have any success in getting rid of your health problems??

      I hope you're doing better.

      I haven't had any success unfortuantely, I've had two surgeries this year, but the doctors can't seems to zero in on what's going wrong.

      Anyway, hope to hear from you,


  • maddyjackie maddyjackie kim08942

    You sound just like me....I hate to even tell u, I have bin sick sine October last year, the doctor calls it Chronic inflammed sinusitis. Antibiotics or allery meds wont work. I have been so so sick, like u say, very weak, I could barely walk, and dizzy. Since March this year I starting to finally get out of the house. I use to be a very athletic person. I ran daily, I cant run anymore sad and yes Like u said, tired all the time. The doctor tells me theres nothing he can do for me. I live as thow I have a balloon in my head and it expands on and off daily. After being severly sick for  7 months, I can get out now and I'm on 10 months of being sick. I have good days and bad days, it usually gives me maybe a week of feeling good and 2 weeks of being sick, and top the the dizzy not good so so sad. I hate to say it but I dont feel so bad knowing others have this also, its still really horrible. I'm going to ask the for another referal to a different ENT doc. for a different opinion. there must be a cause !! I send u healing vibes smile 

    • maddyjackie maddyjackie AngelMichael

      How do I take the Olive leaf extract ? in a netti pot ? The thing is its not in my nose or forehead its right dead centre of my head, the Doc said its sinuses in there, and its swollen/inflammed so not sure if what your saying can get back there, thanks u AngelMichael

    • marg1962 marg1962 maddyjackie

      Did same thing. Same symptoms 8 months. Finally went dentist got xray said teeth infected. Oral surgeon eextracted 2 teeth had roor canals so i couldnt feel much pain badly infected sinuses ear head etc. He pulled drained and fnally better. Had go back after 1st tooth as infection not all gone he had go back pull 2nd tooth and drain sinus again to get last buggers out. Wasnt bad did with laughing gas in office. Bacteria stubborn may hav go back but at least now kno why ents, immunologists.. Etc. Couldnt fix it. They never mention get your teeth checked. A wellness nutrionist iwent to finally told me as i lost 30 lbs from infection. Said often sinus infections usually caused by teeth infected or acid reflux. I have both. Now finally can go out and pains swelling weakness gone. Hooray. Good luck

  • lauren99639 lauren99639 kim08942

    Hi Kim,

    I have had these same thing it has been about a monh of this. I went to the doctors they treated with a Zpak. I finished it Saturday. Still no better,my teeth hurt and the roof of my mouth Also my ears, headaches all the time and my eyes hurt I have never had this problem before in my life. And yes I feel so weak I have missed work. Just went back today, not sure if I can keep up with this if not any better. I am contacting my doctor tomorrow lets see what happen. Do you smoke? Just want to check sense I do. Keep us updated and I will to maybe we can help each other with a cure. Pray you feel better soonsad

  • leonie05935 leonie05935 kim08942

    Hi everyone, I have had the same thing and now the sinus thing has gone to my chest so I am coughing constantly, bleeding nose. The only thing that helped my sinus pain was to inhale boiled water with tea tree oil in it - just 3 or 4 drops, put your head over the bowl, towel over head - BE CAREFUL if you are using boiling water, let some steam escape from under the towel so you dont burn your face/nose! Inhale the steam for around 5 minutes, if you need to blow gently to remove any gunk, do so and then steam again. I find that my nose is pretty blocked after doing this but 15minutes later I am breathing freely with no sinus pain under my eye, ear (do this as many times a day as you want).. T tree oil is antiseptic, fungicidal and germacidal - you can also put a few drops in hot water and swish around mouth - SPIT IT OUT DONT SWALLOW! It is good for teeth/gum infections.. I am trying to avoid an op on my sinus to clean it out and so am trying everything I can other than antibios ..... also takingCapryl and probiotics....

    • marg1962 marg1962 leonie05935

      Go to a dentist. Did all u did still sick. 8 months antibiotics, neti pots nasal sprays etc. Dizzy sinuspain ear pain headaches. Sat chair 8 months no better except for few days here and there. Dentist found crack intooth infected cant feel it as root canal. Oral surgeon extracted drained and sutured sinus floor. Did twice as 2nd adjacent tooth got it. Now not dizzy pain swelling gone lost 30 lbs so weak but gettg out finally.. Sinus surgery per se has problems. See if u have any teeth root tips inside or touching sinus. even if not root tip travels bacteria up to sinus thru soft tissue invading bone floor of sinus. Drs ents all 10 i saw couldnt fix but oral surgeon did. Get teeth checked. Is a common cause of all these symptoms and so is acid reflux see gastro dr. Both said often treated teeth and gastric issues and atients finally got well. May hav go 2nd time ora surgeonn after extraction if still any pain as infection nasty and may need 2nd draining and 2nd tooth next too might be infected as mine was but didnt feel it. Good luck.

  • leonie05935 leonie05935 kim08942

    I have finally cured my infected sinus - the pain in my teeth, ear, nose and forehead and the bleeding nose went away in three days. I took Serrapeptase and it is amazing. Highly recommend for sinus as it stops the inflamed sinus and reduces mucus - you can buy it from the natural health shops or online. I take one before I go to bed. And if I forget its amazing how the pain in my sinus comes back again. There are numerous videos on youtube and other information out there if you want to do some research. The best think is no more antibiotics or facing the sinus operation!

    • marija04914 marija04914 leonie05935

      I must have a look at this. I have suffered for soooo long with sinus problems. It takes months to shake off and I am fed up of taking over the counter sinus remedies. Foggy head, lack of over it!

    • carmel83758 carmel83758 leonie05935

      This sounds more like a fake review - advertisement - to me. If you are so sure that your sinuses are bad when you do not take this then why not sort out why they get this way in the first place? I have spoken to lots of people who have tried serraptese for these things and say they do not work and are a waste of money.

    • carmel83758 carmel83758

      By the way. The sinus operation does not stop the sinuses playing up again in the future. The only operation work having is to remove pollyps - if steroids wont do it -

      or to hvae the bone or skin in the nose removed to make it easier to breath.

    • leonie05935 leonie05935 carmel83758

      This is definitely NOT a fake review! I was diasognosed pan sinusitus, the 'most impressive' case the surgeon had seen :-) I had been on antibiotics constantly for over 2 years, seretide, flixinase, flixitide, steroids, antihistimines.... you name it. BUT i was adamant I was not going to have invasive surgery which comes with many unknown side effects and not always effective. SO, I took my health into my own hands.No.1 DIET, i quit sugar and gluten and went very low carb; this was because I had read the candida can trigger sinus (and now I do find if I have a sweet desert my sinus's start to hurt)  2. I had allergy testing done & am allergic to dust and dog, so am having injections weekly to immunise myself. The Dr at the allergy place also said I had an allergy to aspergillis, so he put me on a course of antifungal medication.

      It was while I was having a very depressive episode with sinus that my health insurance guy mentioned serrapeptase and said he had know many people found it was incredible for sinus. I would have taken anything to get rid of the constant pain...and after three days it was history, no sinus pain, no sores in the nose, no bleeding - gone. So for ME it worked incredibly well - we are all different and it may be different things that are triggering the sinus events. I dont take the serrapeptase every day now, just when I have a flare up. I have also lost the bad cough that came with it. Life is good again, I am still working at a full cure but to live without the curse of sinus pain is fantastic.

    • carmel83758 carmel83758 leonie05935

      Ok so it is not a fake review, but with all due respect the people who post fake reviews, and I have seen a few that definitely were on this site, are hardly going to admit it,.

      AND to say your sinusitis was IMPRESSIVE? You make it sound as though you had studied for years and got the highest marks in an exam. Like you achieved something wonderful.

      Sinusitis is caused by fungus, an allergy, or silent acid reflux.

      None of them is impressive, there is nothing clever about having something happen to you

      And I know lots of people who have had simialr situatins to yours. Nothing to boast about. It is not an achievement.

      Luckily for you someoneone suggested something and it helped alot. Am very pleased for you.l But there are dozens of other things they could have suggested that would have been more likely to help.

      Researching for a few hours online would give you a list of them. Serraptese does not usually rank amongst them.

      Hopefully with your injections and things to stop the allergies you will be alright, then that will be what got you better, nothing else. If it is really caused by those things there will not be more flare ups. If it is something to do with dust then you would hve that constantly not seasonly or now and then.

      When my sinuses were bad lots of people told me to rush out and buy this and that.

      To start with I did, it was always a waste of money. You have to stop and think abit when it colsts money. Then the person will always say oh but it helped so and so or oh but its wondeful. Ignoring that it costs you money and ignoring there are lots of peolple in that situjation it does not help or there are better alternativ

      I have had my nose operated on several times. Had bits of bone removed,bits of skin and all sorts. Been through hell with my sinuses for years.And I got myself better.


      Getting ill is not some sort of miracle, but finding the right thing so you are well is.

    • leonie05935 leonie05935 carmel83758

      That is a pretty weird reply .... my ENT specialist quoted in his letter " CT scan showed a marked deviation of the septum and very impressive pansinusitus".... apparently I have NO air in my sinus passages..... I decided to work on it myself as I did  not want an operation. I had also tried lots of remedies, but yes the serrapeptase worked for me. The reason for this kind of forum is to share what does work and doesnt so that people can try if for themselves. Stop being a bully.


    • maddyjackie maddyjackie carmel83758

      Well Carmel.........what fixed it ?? you mentioned earler its either allergies, fungus or reflux, well the only thing it can be for me is reflux and I've bin taking drugs for that for years and have been tests for allergies and fungus, and I still have inflammed sinuses, so what helped u ?

    • karen65150 karen65150 leonie05935

      I am so very refreshed to hear that sinusitis can be the trigger to having Candida. I have been sick for a very long time, being misdiagnosed 3 times in a year. I am so fed up. I started with the serious sinus infections, then ended up one day feeling like a bug was caught in my throat. Hacking & Hacking trying to get out what ever it was all day long. Then early evening started feeling worst. Took my temp & had a low grade temp. Then over nite my throat was completely infected, couldnt swallow even water. Went to the ER, doctor only looked In my throat & diagnosed me with severe strep. Gave me a penicillin shot & a round of antibiotics for home & steroids. I got better fast. BUT!!! This was a beginning to a long & dreadful road. Since that, ive had episodes of the feeling that there is something in my throat that is hard to cough up. And with this comes, low grade fever, body aches & pains, headaches are a defiant. Whether mild or severe, in which exsist in my sinuses. Then to discover I have oral thrush, which I knew it before a clinic doctor diagnosed me. So now im thinking, that the stuff caught in my throat is Candida. But why???? Thats the big question. And I go to my primary doctor to get tests to confirm that its yeast in my throat, gave a sputum sample twice, & results come back with showing that in my cbc I had a high h-pylori & another bacteria from my sputum sample. But nothing about Candida. In which I know was presant due to the physical proof in my mouth. And my lab results didnt show a fungus smear. So my doctor puts me on 3 different types of antibiotics. Now im getting nervous because as we all know, antibiotics help yeast to grow. Here I already have candida orally and no telling where else, & now im suppose to take these antibiotics. Well I did it. After having done my research and put myself on a strict diet (Atkins) no gluten, basically the candida diet. The crap in my throat cleared up. But then I had to fix the bacteria found in my body. So here I go again. I took all three antibiotics, & I feel just a little better but got that stuff in my throat again for a couple days, now its turned from yeast (I think) to massive slimy trasparent mucus, that is driving me nuts. But only this comes & gos. It seems like its a allergy of some sort. But why the candida??? This is a mystery to me. And I have suffered with sinusitis for years. Could this be my break thru in finding the real problem. I took alot of natural herbs & spices along with coconut oil, in which has cypralic acid, to rid the candida. It helped alot. But I need it to stay gone. I thought that i had leaky gut that may had been the reason. But my sinuses have even given me eye discretions in the past 3months. And doc said there was fluid in my ears. So I guess, ENT here I come.

  • Sibusisu Sibusisu kim08942

    Hi Kim and all the others on this post. I am new to this website, so not sure all will see this message.  When I read  these entries it made my heart ache and brougth back my own nightmare that started in April 1994 (wow, 20 Years ago!). I am happy to say that I healthy now.. But, at that time I was living in Swaziland, and working in international health,  I was in my early 40s, very happily married, had lots of energy, enjoyed hiking and horse riding, and gardening and loved my job. I got sick rather suddenly while in Malawi.. had many of the symptoms described (headaches, dizziness, disorientation, joint and muscle pain, gastro issues etc and developed ohers later)  in Malawi my symptoms baffled the docs so I was treated for malaria (which I didn't have) medevacced back to Swaziland, tested for everything under the sun  (MS, lupus, coxsakie, all sorts of other viruses, by docs in South Africa, got worse for 6 months and was finally, finally diagnosed with Myalgic Encephlomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome,/CFS/Fibromyalgia-- it has many names. To make a long story shorter, I was eventually referred to a doctor who had made the connection between chronic sinusitis and fatigue, malaise, muscle pain, etc.. in fact this connection was discovered a century ago but lost as medicine became more the fact that most of  you are treating sinusitis is very great!. Most people with the syptoms you all have do not always make that connnection...the doctor I saw Dr. Alexander Chester, has studied this syndrome for decades  has published papers in JAMA, LANCET etc,  is well respected by his peers, but not all ENTs buy the theory.. AND not every person with sinusitis presents with this set of symptoms that many of  you  have described.. appartently some people are predisposed to this "syndrome"  (google "nasal fatigue reflex" to read his hypothesis.  So Dr. Chester's approach is to relentlessly focus on the sinuses.. to  improve their function, clear up infection (which is difficult because one job of the sinus is to filter out/trap infections and prevent them from getting into your lungs)  reduce what is causing chronic inflammation, swelling, etc. all of which triggers the fatigue, pain, neurological problems. (I also suffered from chronic dry mouth which he explained was from not breathing through my nose because of the swelling and mouth breathing, which dries the throat) I also had a chronic sore throat (caused by post nasal drip). I have to say that I was not even aware I had a sinus problem- I also  discovered I had a few food sensitivies (wheat, dairy, fermented things like wine and beer) that also caused swelling in my sinuses,  and chemical sensitivities that also kept my sinusitis chronic.. I consulted with a naturapath who helped with allergies and sensitivities.. Appartently, when the sinuses are also connected to the immune system (being the first line of defense for detecting airborn toxins etc, so it gets "up regulated" causing the flu like feeling that many of you describe..  The sinus connection also explained why I felt so bad in the morning.. when you lie down to sleep, the sinuses (no longer helped by gravity) fill and swell when infected or inflammed. so I also used things like nasal spreaders (strips you put on your nose) at night to keep my airways open..have a humidifier by my bed, and breathe steam first thing in the morning..  I also had  endoscopic sinus surgery (septoplasy) to open up my airways, had allergy treatment changed my diet, took very good care of my sinus (saline rinses, water based lubricants, steam, warm compresses, avoiding irritants or allergens) raised the humidity in my house (dry hot air drys the sinuses-  but you have to be careful not to have it so high that you get mold, as that is a  common allergen) avoided chemical exposure (esp petrochemicals, new paint, new rugs, and other fabrics treated with fire retardents, as they triggered sinus swelling..)  anyway, it took some time and discipline, but I am happy to say, that   I regained my health, my strength, my ability to work and enjoy life.  When I start to get a sinus infection, I jump on it right away, if I ignore it and it goes deep and undected, I start to spiral down and have to work harder to resolve the symptoms.. 

    SO, don't give up, don't dispair, try different approaches to healing sinusitis (if you have ever seen a CAT scan of your sinuses, you will see that they are very complex!) try to find a doctor to work with you who sees the connection between  sinusitis and your symptoms.  I hope this helps some of you out there. It is a dreadful thing to go through. 



    • maddyjackie maddyjackie Sibusisu

      Hi Sibusisu................I do all what u do for my sinuses, I dont get what u did what made it work ? I still ahve mine, its over a year now, my main issue that makes me almost looze my mind is it feels as thow my head is going to explode and I am dizzy every single day sad so what did u do ??

    • tara00929 tara00929 maddyjackie

      Hello I am new to this site have you had ANCA blood test done before your symptoms sound like your could be flaring. It all sound very familiar . I was found to have GPA after 10 months of the same sinus problems

    • maddyjackie maddyjackie tara00929

      Hey Tara, I'm new kinda a few months anyway. I was refreed to the Ears nose throat specialist here in Canada, and all he said I wasnt a candidate for surgery, and sent me home with pills for acid reflux, well I knew I have that for years, and my doctor says theres nothing they can do for me I have Chronic Sinusitis I live day by day with swelling head and dizzy, I'm weak today, I can barely function. I typed up your ANCA I will ask him to do this. Thank you, if u have any other ideas or whatever, please feel free to comment sad

    • leonie05935 leonie05935 maddyjackie

      You need to buy some serrapeptase - ask you health supplement shop or buy online - it is just an enzyme and it reduces all inflamation - and wow does it stop sinus in its tracks - It took 3 days and I was pain free - its now2 months and I have stopped taking it daily on when I feel the pain and pressure do i take it now - it truly has been a miracle for me. Good luck.

  • carmel83758 carmel83758 kim08942

    Have an infected ear. Used to get both ears badly affected plus headaches and nose and nose polpys. What helped me a lot was gong on multivitamin pills daily, as well as antioxidants, I also take a magnesium and potassium every day as no multi vitamin contains much of it, plus

    fibre. Now if I get an"attack" it is just a fraction of what it used to be, far easier to cope with and easier to clear up. You posted this 5 months ago, how are you now? I would suggest thinking of curcumin or garlic as a preventative measure if you are ok now, hope you are.

    • karen65150 karen65150 carmel83758

      Are there any specific signs of having polyps? My old primary moved away, and wanted to do a scope for them. My new primary hasnt ordered a test. I may need to press the issue with her. Because of all the issues ive been having for a very long time now. refer to original reply to: leonie05935 I have delth with sinusitis for a long time. The last sinus infection I had, I blew out stuff that looked scary. Bloody & mucusy worst yet. Im so fatigued and tired it is debilitating. Any Information you have I will use to my advantage. Thank you so much.

  • susan53595 susan53595 kim08942

    While researching my sons symptoms I came across this thread. I continued on with this research after reading about all of you and your similar conditions ( not the same as my sons thank goodness) I am so sorry for the suffering you have endured that when I found this article I just had to come back to share some of this information..followed with the link to the entire article you shoud be able to click on it and it will automaticly take you there, Sometimes this is happening when you are asleep. Enough said so here you go.     When your temporalis closes your mouth enough so that your teeth can touch, and then you move your jaw over to the left a bit and hold it there, you'd be using the right lateral pterygoid to do so. Essentially, you'd be clenching your teeth on the left side. If you were to hold that position long enough, guess what? The right lateral pterygoid becomes dysfunctional. Where, then would it hurt? At one or both ends of the muscle, where it attaches at the jaw joint (the condyle), or at the other end, along the nasal passages. Frequently, when a lateral pterygoid muscle becomes dysfunctional, it will cause pressure and pain in and around the nasal passages and sinuses, and can be called a sinus headache. Not only does the patient feel pain and pressure from the sinuses, but also a dysfunctional lateral pterygoid will cause the sinuses to produce a discharge (a runny or stuffy nose). This patient is in a real fix. A visit to the sinus specialist for a special x-ray reveals nothing particularly wrong with their sinuses. Antibiotic therapy rarely resolves the condition. The patient is convinced, however, that there is definitely a problem with the sinuses. The patient maintains this conviction by observing that they do get some relief from sinus headache medications. What's in sinus headache remedies? High dosages of analgesic (pain medication) for muscle pain and decongestants for a stuffy, runny nose... the two symptoms that result from a dysfunctional lateral pterygoid!

    Good luck. Much love.

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    • dawn77077 dawn77077 susan53595

      Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU Susan! I went and looked up information on what you referred too and alas! This very could be my problem! I am not a 'Dr. runner' so for the last two years I just struggle and learn to live with this nasty pain. Tired of previous bouts of antibiotic I just live with it!  My teeth ALWAYS hurt on one side, just some days worse than others. Some days I can't chew on that side but it's always there. Two days ago I woke many times in the nite from the pain and that nite I was very conscious of teeth clenching which I do a lot. Well yesterday the pain in my upper molars and sinus (cheek) was unbearable. It brought me to tears a couple times and that's rare cause I have a very high pain threshold. I was exhausted and in so much pain I thought I need to get to a Dr. I cannot live with this anymore, a Dr. has to be able to fix this! I know it's not a tooth issue as I go to the dentist 4 times a year for cleanings. I HAVE had an actual sinus infection 3 years ago and this feels similar but not at all the same if that makes sense. When I had my (one and only) sinus infection I could actually smell it! I used the Nettie pot and flushed puss and blood out non stop. When I finally went to the Dr. he gave me countless bouts of antibiotics but obviously not strong and long enough. I lived with that for two mths when I finally told him enough dicking around and send me to a specialist. I seen the specialist and he ordered a CT scan which showed my one cavity totally blocked off. He gave me a super strong antibiotic and for a whole month straight!  It cleared it up finally and I was back to my old self. Thank God!  A year later the pain came back but on the other side. Why I don't think it's an infection this time is because it never gets better but never gets worse (to the puss and blood extreme). An infection (if it is) should turn into a full fledged infection after two years I would think, and it's not. When I rinse with a Nettie pot nothing unusual or strange looking comes out. Soooooo after reading up on your info (through other sites) and read symptoms, this sounds like me!  I have always had jaw issues since I was a kid (got kicked in the face by a fellow swimmer) and since then my jaw has always had a 'snap' when I move it. I am now 50 yrs young and noticed my jaw getting worse, like when I yawn sometimes it locks open and then cracks closed when I finish my yawn. Excruciating pain!  Bad when I have to be conscious of making sure my jaw is square when I yawn!  Needless to say, jaw trauma, my age and teeth clenching, this all makes sense. I WILL pursue this as I need some release of this aggravating non stop pain. This condition makes much more sense to me than sinusitis. Thank u again for some new info for me to check into. I feel relieved even though I'm still hurting!! Thank u, thank u! I will post again when I look into this more and treat for it....wish me luck cause if this is what's going on then it can be treated!! 😂

  • paula93145 paula93145 kim08942

    Hello, Kim have had tinnitis for two years with no sleep . Ruined my life completely. Took scans. Said I have tinnitis. Tried lonase, zana, Ativan. And I am nauseated constantly. God someone please help me. 213 9957321 Paula

  • paula93145 paula93145 kim08942

    Kim Paula again. Scans said sinnitis. And sometimes S. cause tinnitis. Nausea always and dizzy and cant sleep or eat for two years with terrible congestion and neck pain. Just fell like dying. Cant take it. Help!!!!!

    • eugene92083 eugene92083 paula93145


       I do not know if I could help you. I suffer from sinusitis for few years.

       Here is what helps me. Note, I am not cured.

      1. Use saline solution to flush your nassal passage. I put one drop of iodine sometimes.

      2. Build up your immune system.

      A. Take contrasting showers (hot/cold) every

      morning. Walk bare foot. Lower your termostat temp. 

      B. Exercise

      C. Consider yoga, meditation, hot sauna.

      3. Get a moisturizer and maintain about 35% humidity in your bedroom

      4. Eat healthy. Remove sugar, less red meat. 

      5. Sleep a lot

      6. Drink water. 

  • kasey34116 kasey34116 kim08942

    I had an assessed tooth which cause a sinus infection I took the antibiotics and then got the tooth pulled 3 months ago. I still have the pressure in the head and the swelling in my face. I started getting dizzy spells and fluid coming out of my ears after it got pulled. I don't know what's going on and the doctors here won't really look into it. The do a quick check and send me home never any tests or anything. 

  • jason63382 jason63382 kim08942

    I suffered with sinus issues for 20 years after having two dental implants following losing them playing rugby, around 3 months ago I needed these replaced and the dentist recommended that the top for needed to come out, I opted for a temporary denture at the time with the option to have new implants at a later date, since three months i have not suffered a runny nose, sinus problems or headaches, your top 4 front teeth seem to have a lot to answer for

  • shesean shesean kim08942

    Use flonase every morning. I also use Alkolol wash ever day. It helps alot. I have also given up dairy, espeically aged cheese, and red wine. Let me kow if you need help getting the alkolol. It's isn't crazy expensive in the US. Good luck!!!

  • Gizmo1963 Gizmo1963 kim08942

    Hi Kim, like Sibusisu and many people on this site I was eventually diagnosed with CFS/ME/Fibromyalgia by a rheumatologist. My sinus pain, migraine, pain through my tooth and down my neck has continued for 3 long years and I have tried everything. Zolmitriptan will lessen the pain but I seem to be forever on antibiotics. Also on my bad flare ups I get post nasal drip and end up coughing up thick brown lumps of disgusting mucous - does anyone else get this?

  • Jean.Ann Jean.Ann kim08942

    I have had sinus problems for many years, sometimes really bad (and sometimes triggers migranes).  Unfortunately doctors have a habit of prescribing antibioticts for the condition, these don't work unless there is actually an infection in your sinuses.  Many times the doctors gave me more antibiotics but to no avail.  I stopped going to see the doctor as it was not helping.  I found that menthol helps and a decongestant (sudafed with no paracetamol - no point in getting the one with paracetamol as paracetamol didn't even touch it).  Was interested to read that someone recommended walking barefoot as I have always done that (don't even own a pair of slippers) and don't really think that it makes a difference.  Hope you feel better soon.

  • jn0125 jn0125 kim08942

    So I have been having sinus headaches and earaches for a while and i asimply thought it was because of the wisdom teeth i had coming out from my sinuses. On top of that i havea very small jaw. 4 teach from the upper and bottom had to be extracted. THe only ones of those 8 that i never got extracted were the upper wisdom because they were coming from my sinuses and had not yet errupted. So fastforward years later all of a sudden these teeth are errupting fatser than normal. SO assumed that my isnus headaches and earches were from the teeth errupting. I wake up one day only to find that when i drink water or any liquid it comes up through my nose. I went to my dentist to see what was going on and he took x rays and told me that yes the teeth must come out but that they were not reason form this "hole" in my sinues. So decided to go to my doctor and he told me that most liekly it is a sinus infection and he now has me on nasones antibiotic and claratin D. THe problem is that i cannot speak i sound like a cartoon. But it does seem like the opening in my sinues is closing. My doctor said that if the prescribed medicnines did not help he was going to preform a CT scan. I only hope that the medicines that he prescribed help me. Has anyone ealse suffered from this opening in the sinuses due to a sinus infection?

  • rememberme923 rememberme923 kim08942

    Hey, I just read your post. Antibiotics alone aren't going to help.  You need to see a dentist. I've been having migraine headaches, sinus inflammation, and neck pain; it turns out my wisdom teeth had to be removed because they were impacted. You really should see a dentist because you probably need to get something pulled. ALWAYS, if you experience migraines, you need to see an ear doctor, dentist, AND a general  practitioner or ENT as you did. 


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