New to what has been diagnosed as chronic sinusitus

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I am 52 years old, and over the past 2 months my ears feel like someone has their fingers in them. Clear mucus comes from my nose daily, my lower lip feels like it is numb and tingly, and my sinus cavities hurt and feel inflamed. 2 doses of antibiotics, flonase, prednisone, Ativan, multi vitamins, heat and cold therapy on my face, breathing in moisture, and nothing seems to work. I have read the different posts in the forums, and am hoping that someone has actually found some relief. I was living in Arizona last year, and did not have these symptoms. I came back to Michigan last July, and didnt develop these symptoms until this April. I am wondering if the climate change caused this, but there was also a "super bug" going around in the U.S., and I caught that as well. I constantly am running a low-grade fever, and all the ENT states is that my membranes are inflamed and no infection now, so all should be well in a few weeks. I am getting depressed, as I no longer have any energy, am not sleeping well, and am constantly irritated. Any suggestions other than those already listed? smile

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    have you been tested for allergies? could be that or an irritant in your enviroment.
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      Hello, and thank you for the response. I have not been tested, as I have been told numerous times that allergy testing is a waste of time and money. I do know that we had lived in an environment for 2 months, that had high levels of mold in the home. We have since moved out and are in a new place now for about 2 weeks, but my face still feels swollen and tingly.
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    Ok I am glad you're American so I can be straight to the point, that statement is wrong and I am the proof of it. I have the suspicious you can be allergic to house dust mites because they hate dry places like Arizona, but they are universally common in humid places like Michigan. The next guideline states that sinusitis are most of the time  caused by allergic rhinitis. 

    https://patient.info/health/chronic-sinusitis

    I said fortunate because the solution would be allergic shots which are near impossible to get in the UK. The place this Web page is based in. In America that's easy to find and get. 

    Of course I am speculating but an  igE or prick test will give you the answer.

    The effectively of allergic shots is proven and checked by international revisions like Cochrane, but I recognise allergic clinics are a hit and miss. I suffered permanent sinusitis until I sorted my rhinitis, beginin with nasal sprays like Ipatropium and later on with allergic shots. My sinusitis dissappeared After that.

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    I've had the exact same symptoms for 3 months. I've tried 5 antibiotics, nasal sprays, steroids, etc. I was told I have inflamed sinus. What I've found to work is increasing my water intake. For the pain and pressure I take Magnesium 400 mg and D2 400mg daily. I know it sounds crazy but it has worked. Google Magnesium. I also use colloidal silver in my ears and nose. I'm not 100 percent better but a week after doing all this my energy is coming back, depression fading and headaches tolerable. Im a Nurse so I've researched these suggestions to death. Lol. Hope you find relieve.
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      Hello Mindy. I am currently taking Magnesium and colloidal silver by mouth. I am not putting the silver in my ears or nose, as both have bene so disturbed lately, I am worried about putting anything in my ears. I noticed that as of this morning, my entire lower jaw aches and my left ear, which was closed for the longest time and then re-opened for 2 days, is now plugged up again. Actually, the ENT said it is the Eustachian tube which has swollen membranes and is not allowing air to travel through it. I am at a loss. I don't have any more infection; Flonase seems to make my sinus cavities "burn" and go numb. The tube membranes are still swollen, and my jaw aches. I am now wondering if it has something to do with TMJ? Thank you for your response. I respect the nursing field.
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      I understand not wanting to put anything in your ears when they hurt. I put a couple drops in mine 2xdaily for 3 days. I would then plug my nose and blow out several times a day. My ears finally opened and have stayed opened. I was also given the same ear diagnoses. To check for TMJ press on your cheek below your eye and open your mouth. Any pain, clicking or popping? My jaws also hurt but I believe it's all the pressure. Flonase does nothing for me. My ENT suggested tubes in my ears. I'm seeing a Specialist today. If I receive any helpful information I will pass it forward. Hang in there, This Too Shall Pass.
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      Thank you so much. I have determined that the Flonase is what is making my face feel numb, and tingly, most likely due to the alcohol. I also dont want to get used to having steroids in my sinus cavities either. Good luck today!
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      I forgot to mention: I do have popping in my ears whenever I open my mouth. My left E tube is swollen shut, so when I pinch my nose and blow, it will never open, but the air goes into my sinus cavities and makes them hurt.
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      Mine did the exact same thing. I just kept working with them until they opened. I would do it at night, so I could sleep off being uncomfortable. It felt like Swimmers ear. The main goal is to get the inflammation down. 2 weeks ago my main complaint was my ears, I think I may have resolved that once they FINALLY opened. Now it's the sinus pressure in my face. I put the Colloidal Silver now in my nose......I guess we will see. So far it gives me more relief than anything else. When this first started I had a nasty virus. My drainage was dark green for 2 months. I imagine it's just going to take some time for the inflammation to decrease, but it is sure taxing on the spirit. I'm scheduled for surgery in 3 weeks, I'm hoping the specialist will have a better answer today. Keep Ya updated.
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